Introduction

I'm Nicholas Purcell, a wedding photographer based in Australia. This annual list of the 100 Best Wedding Photographers in the World is now in it's fourth year. It is becoming a, somewhat infamous, tradition. The list spikes comment and criticism and yet now, as ever, it is intended to honour and recognise artists who devote their creativity to other people's weddings. It's not meant to be scientific in any way, and obviously I don't include myself in the list (because that would be just too silly).

The starting point in compiling this list was reaching out to a handful of wedding photographers I respect and asking them to anonymously nominate others . Then I spent time looking at their work and a thousand other portfolios I've come across (if you think I should consider you or someone you know for the 2017 list please follow me on Instagram AND leave a comment at the bottom of this post along with a link).

Talent is a basic requirement, a sign of individuality is what will get someone on this list. Ideally the work identifies the photographer immediately.

Pictures were kindly supplied by the photographers. The Where tells you their studio location (though few don't travel) and the Why attempts to explain why I think they're artistically worthy of being on this list. 

Obviously there are hundreds more excellent photographers than are just on this list. It could easily have been a 1000 Best. 

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The Mavens: Expert photographers review your folio or help with your business

One final point, you may be familiar with my new business The Mavens, a new service where photographers can easily find expert photographers to review their portfolio, or help with business, I toyed with the idea of moving this list to that site, but ran into the obvious conflict of interest. So I'm keeping this list here, as a token nod to its independence. If you are a photographer and want some expert advice from leading photographers, click here

And so, Nicholas Purcell Studio is happy to present, in alphabetical order...


The 100 Best Wedding Photographers in the World: 2016


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2 Brides

Where: Sweden
Why: Elegance, style and masterful use of light. Doesn't just capture beautiful things, gets the emotions down too.


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Abby + Dave

Where: Calgary, Canada
Why: Skilled shooters who can tell a story with one, usually very beautiful, image.


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Adam Kealing

Where: Austin, USA
Why: Assured, minimal, comic and great timing. Great photojournalism.


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Alan Law

Where: Cornwall, UK
Why: Raw image making, almost as if the photographer was an invisible presence on the day.


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Alberto Ballbe

Where: Barcelona, Spain
Why: Beautiful use of tone in his predominantly black and white images. Anticipates moments.


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Amanda Marie Schwinghammer

Where: Minneapolis, USA
Why: A gift for beautiful, relaxed imagery with a light touch.


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André from Branco Prata

Where: Porto, Portugal
Why: Light is treated so respectfully. Simplicity is too simple to describe his work, André intentionally puts beautiful space in his images.


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Angelica Glass

Where: New York, USA
Why: Seeks unusual compositions and trusts her instinct with out of the ordinary ideas.


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Ash Imagery

Where: Philadelphia, USA
Why: Beautiful, art, noir. Timeless.


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Andy Gaines

Where: York, UK
Why: In the tradition of the best photojournalists, anticipates moments and can convey worlds through one image.


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ARJ Photography

Where: Cheshire, UK
Why: A talent for grabbing moments, with a natural affinity for seeking beautiful light. Lovely work.

 


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Barbara Zanon

Where: Venice, Italy
Why: Excellent photojournalism with a really beautiful sense of artistry. 


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Bayly & Moore

Where: Auckland, New Zealand
Why: Beautiful, consistent and technically adept shooters. Check out their stop motion videos!


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Ben Adams

Where: Newcastle, Australia
Why: Relaxed, personal, fun and consistent image maker. 


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Ben Blood

Where: Seattle, USA
Why: There's a really beautiful stillness in Ben's work.  Quiet and painterly. 


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Benj Haisch

Where: Seattle, USA
Why: Storytelling in nature. A real gift for putting people in a landscape to get something beautiful out of both.


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Bill McCullough

Where: Austin, USA
Why: One of the more unique wedding photographers out there. Like Martin Parr his work is striking, penetrating, witty. 


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Bradford Martens

Where: Dallas, USA
Why: Beautiful, quiet image making full of artististry.


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Bruno Stuckert

Where: Brasilia, Brazil
Why: Such an original eye. Graphic, photojournalism, new ideas and ever so slightly off-beat.


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Cafa Liu

Where: Toronto, Canada
Why: Artistic, noir, photojournalism. Marches to his own drum beat.


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Cameron Neville

Where: Brisbane, Australia
Why: Sensitive. Grounded. Uses his lens to pause time. Seeks to tell a universal story, weddings as part of life.


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Carlos Elizondo

Where: Monterrey, Mexico
Why: Relaxed, fun, personal and intimate. Uses colour to as part of this style.


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Caroline Ghetes

Where: Phoenix, USA
Why: Striking images that pare things back until it's just emotion.






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Shawn Connell from Christian Oth Studio

Where: New York, USA
Why: Casually captures beauty and not-to-be-repeated moments with an equal sense of style.


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Cinzia Bruschini

Where: London, England
Why: Evocative. A flash-back, old memory feel to her images.


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Citlalli Rico

Where: Cancun, Mexico
Why: Rich, gentle images that aren't afraid to tell a story through the absence of light.


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Craig Warga

Where: New York, USA
Why: Refined, elegant and technically assured. A skilled, consistent shooter. 


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Cristiano Ostinelli

Where: Milan, Italy
Why: Brave and conceptually strong images.


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Danelle Bohane

Where: Auckland, New Zealand
Why: Thoughtful and soulful images with lots of calm reflection. 


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Dan O'Day

Where: Canberra, Australia
Why: Tells a story with a painter's approach to colour and tones. 

 


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Davina + Daniel

Where: Montreal, Canada
Why: Striking images made by embracing colour, unusual composition and strong ideas.


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Docuvitae

Where: LA, USA
Why: Edgy, fine-art (in the wedding and traditional sense). Enjoyable photography.


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Ed Peers

Where: London, England
Why: There's a lovely peacefulness to Ed's images, he's not afraid to step back for a restful portrait or focus on a detail that adds a pause to the story.


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Elisabeth Millay

Where: California, USA.
Why: Softness and tenderness through subtlety of colour, light and emotion. 


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Elizabeth Messina

Where: California, USA
Why: Impeccable taste, style and a romantic's sensibility.


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Eric Laurits

Where: Virginia, USA
Why: Photojournalism at its finest. Senses and records beautiful moments of art.

 


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Erich McVey

Where: California, USA
Why: Stylish, very high quality editorial approach. Softly lit, timeless beauty.


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Erick Reyes

Where: Monterrey, Mexico
Why: Dreamlike images and striking portraits that don't scream wedding.


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Eric Ronald

Where: Melbourne, Australia
Why: Eric doesn't photograph weddings, he photographs the life thats happening at a wedding, there's a difference.


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Erin & Tara

Where: Melbourne, Australia
Why: Beautifully blend modern and classic and the worlds of fashion and hip.


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Facundo Santana

Where: Argentina
Why: An excellent photo essayist who uses minor details to give a sense of the day - like the shot of rain soaked suit shoulders.


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Fer Juaristi

Where: Mexico
Why: Fer says he's "the crazy guy" who treats every wedding as an "experiment". His photos are alive. His compositions and ideas go to the limits of his creativity. But he never forgets the couple is the heart of the photo. Love without the kisses.


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Forged in the North

Where: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Why: Distinctive. Real talent for blending the environment into the couples story.


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Franck Boutonnet

Where: Paris, France
Why: Strong colours, compositions, concepts and reflexes. A master of technique.


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Hardy Klahold

Where: Denver, USA
Why: Powerful, often dark, images. Sees things others would miss, Hardy's not afraid to shoot anything if it adds to the story.


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Hugh Forte

Where: Southern California, USA
Why: Intimate, spacious images that pause and breath. Peaceful.


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Hugh Whitaker

Where: Toronto, Canada
Why: Peaceful, quiet, assured image making. 


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Ian Weldon

Where: Durham, England
Why: Absolutely fearless in capturing the reality of the day, with a twinkle in his lens.


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Ingrid Nelson from Myrtle & Marjoram

Where: California, USA
Why: Such a sensitive approach to people, to taking their picture, and to light. Intersperses a handful of detail shots amongst a huge number of beautiful, close-up portraits - I've not seen these anywhere else. It's non-formulaic, wonderfully alive, and makes for powerfully human wedding photography. 


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Ira Lippke from Ira Lippke Studios

Where: New York, USA
Why: The refined, tasteful, elegant image maker.

 


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James Day

Where: Sydney, Australia
Why: There's a tenderness to James' work, he has a gift for befriending people, they let him in and it shows.


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James Moes

Where: Seattle, USA
Why: Understated, natural images that capture a sense of the individuals being photographed.


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Jana Williams

Where: California, USA
Why: Taste and editorial sensibility. Elegance but with a twist of Vogue.


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Jean Pierre Uys

Where: New York, USA
Why: A strong fashion style that focuses on fun and beautiful light. The Testino of weddings.


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Jennifer Moher

Where: Toronto, Canada
Why: Peaceful, quiet image making, more likely to evoke a feeling than tell a story. 


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Joao De Medeiros & Pamela Leite

Where: Portugal
Why: Exquisitely gentle, sensitive photography. Great use of light and moment.

 


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John Barwood

Where: Bristol, UK
Why: Continues a tradition of fine British photojournalism but has a disctinct skill for capturing the emotion and joy of the day.


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Jonas Peterson

Where: Byron Bay, Australia
Why: The ultimate storyteller. Takes a story and nails it to the wall. 



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Jonas Seaman 

Where: Seattle, USA
Why: Gloriously baroque storytelling. 

 


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Jonathan Young

Where: California, USA
Why: Stylish and elegant but with an eye for seeing quiet emotion.


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Jose Villa

Where: California, USA
Why: The absolute master of style and taste. Superb editorial judgement.


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Joseph West

Where: Houston, USA
Why: Fantastic at using light to convey mood and emotion.


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Kelly + Sergio

Where: Tucson, USA
Why: Strong, quirky, distinctive imagery that doesn't miss the emotion of the day.


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Kelly Tunney

Where: Canberra, Australia
Why: Honest and impartial storytelling with a twinkle.


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Kevin Mullins

Where: Wiltshire, England
Why: Excellent photojournalistic instinct, perfect timing.


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Kristen Tourtillotte

Where: Seattle, USA
Why: Quiet, human, documentary. 


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Lauren Scotti

Where: Los Angeles, USA
Why: Edgy, cool, experienced image making with great consistency and energy.


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Levi Tijerina

Where: Denver, USA
Why: Intimate, emotional and generous.


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Look Fotografía

Where: Zaragoza, Spain
Why: Brave photojournalism that pursues great ideas and moments with equal measure and technical skill.


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Love Katie + Sarah

Where: Melbourne, Australia
Why: Elegant, minimal, quality work.


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Marius Barbulescu

Where: Bucharest, Romania
Why: Fun, lively, technically assured photojournalism.


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Michael Gray

Where: Sydney, Australia
Why: Muted, gentle, organic, sensitive and warm, intimate photography.


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Mike Hill

Where: New Zealand
Why: Whimsical, creative, technically assured and psychological image making.


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Miki Photography

Where: London, UK
Why: Creative photojournalism with great technical skill. 


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Naomi Goggin

Where: London, England
Why: Capturing the day in a relaxed, natural, unobtrusive way.


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Nirav Patel

Where: San Francisco, USA
Why: A master observer, sees small but significant details others would miss. I don't mean cufflinks, I mean amazing shots like one of light creeping through a church door. 

 


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Noa Azoulay from Feather Love 

Where: San Diego, USA
Why: There is a genuine nostalgia to Noa's imagery. Her personality is in her art.

 


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Nordica

Where: Stockholm, Sweden
Why: Talented at capturing and evoking a sense of place along with sensitive approach to the feeling of the day.


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Oli Sansom

Where: Melbourne, Australia
Why: Quiet, thoughtful photos that reflect the story rather than tell it.


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Otto Schulze

Where: New York, USA
Why: A beautiful blend of formal, modern, classic, and sensitive within a photojournalist's approach.


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Pablo Beglez

Where: Canary Islands, Spain
Why: Intimate, tight framing and original ideas.


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Pedro Etura

Where: Zarazoga, Spain
Why: There's something generous about Pedro's images, the space he gives people, the time he focuses on small details.


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Petar Jurica

Where: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Why: Thoughtful, quiet, unobtrusive image capture.


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Preston Utley

Where: Denver, USA
Why: Edgy images done with taste and style.


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Ron Antonelli

Where: New Jersey, USA
Why: An experienced newspaper shooter, Ron can tell multiple stories in a single image.


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Ryan Flynn

Where: Seattle, USA
Why: There's a lovely clarity to Ryan ideas, composition and use of light.


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Samo Rovan

Where: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Why: Quality, vibrant documentary photojournalism with a passion for capturing happiness.


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Samuel Docker

Where: Derby, England.
Why: Images with a great depth of feeling.


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Sansom Photography

Where: Yorkshire, UK
Why: Strong use of colour and original composition that in no way detracts from the power of the image making.


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Savo

Where: Ireland
Why: Unusual eye for moments. Consistent.


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Serafin Castillo

Where: Spain
Why: Personal image making full of intimacy and original focus.


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Shane Macomber

Where: Seattle, USA
Why: Perfectly blends classic and hip. Can tell a larger story in one image.


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Spencer Lum

Where: New York, USA
Why: There's genuine wistfulness and yearning for memory in these beautiful images by Spencer Lum.


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Storytellers & Co.

Where: Pennsylvania, USA
Why: Complex images that evoke a sense of time. Beautiful. 


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Tanja Lippert

Where: San Francisco, USA
Why: A gentle mix of fine art, art and editorial. Tender too.


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Tec Petaja

Where: Nashville, USA
Why: Exquisite, natural, organic, quiet and calm. Truly beautiful.


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Thierry Joubert

Where: France
Why: Profoundly intimate witnessing. Beautiful.


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Two Mann

Where: Calgary, Canada
Why: Technically expert photographers they bring a sense of humour and vitality to their image making.


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Wesley Nulens

Where: Hasselt, Belgium
Why: Relaxed, personal image making with beautiful application of light.


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With Love and Embers

Where: Pennsylviania, USA
Why: Contemporary, sharp and elegant. Doesn't shy away from intensity.



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