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Elizabeth Messina

Elizabeth Messina is an award winning artist and passionate film photographer. Her images are powerful and intimate, a sublime balance between light, composition and emotion. Elizabeth is sought after by a discerning clientele. Her images have graced the covers & pages of countless magazines and books. Elizabeth "was named as one of the best wedding photographers in the world" by Vogue Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar. Her work often takes her to the far corners of the world. Although she’s often in creative pursuit, camera in hand, she’s most happy in the presence with those she loves.

When Elizabeth isn’t making photographs you’ll find her at home in Southern California with her husband, three children, two dogs and a strong cup of coffee. 

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Joel Serrato

Joel Serrato’s artistry in wedding photography is built upon a strong foundation of capturing pure moments of emotion, innocence, laughter and love. This gorgeous tapestry called life grows with each couple’s journey, which he captures exquisitely on film, time and again.

Specializing in huge, complex weddings—“the bigger the better”—and seeking clients who are crazy in love and aren’t afraid to cry, the Harper’s Bazaar published photographer's nuptials of note include Pat Benatar, Tamera Mowry, Elle Fowler and Adam Housley, to name just a few. 

“I give my all to my clients. When I’m shooting your wedding, I’m in one thousand percent.”

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Ryan Ray

I am a fine art film photographer based in the south, and travel worldwide for the majority of my work. I live in Texas with my wife Cary and our son River. The most important things to know about me are: I love people deeply, I approach my work with professionalism and enthusiasm, and I give God glory for enabling me, through photography, to show others just how beautifully and uniquely they have been made.

Named a Top Wedding Photographer in the world by Harper's Bazaar. Named Top Wedding Photographer by Martha Stewart Magazine and Top 10 Most Sought-After Wedding Photographers by Rangefinder Magazine. My work has been featured in print in Martha Stewart Weddings, PEOPLE, Harper’s Bazaar, Brides, The Knot, Southern Weddings, Southern Living, Geraldine, among others. Online features found on Style Me Pretty, Goop, Once Wed, among others. You can also find my work on the cover of Martha Stewart Weddings, Southern Weddings, and Magnolia Rouge.



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Benj Haisch

As a wedding photographer for the last 12 years, I’ve been able to visit some amazing places and see a lot of incredible things, but the people are what gets me out of bed in the morning. Helping create a visual history of the most important times in the lives of my clients is so satisfying, especially knowing that the photos I have the privilege of taking will only become more and more important as time passes. Based in the Pacific Northwest, I love spending time in the mountains shooting film of my wife Maddie and our son Oslo.

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Ryan Muirhead

Ryan is an artist interested in using photography to explore what it means to be human and the world around him. He spends his days making personally significant images with old film cameras. His sincere belief in the power of art to be able help us understand who we are, heal emotional wounds, and bridge divides between us, drives a passion for teaching both the technical and artistic elements of photography. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon.

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Tec Petaja

Named as one of the top wedding photographers of 2018 by BRIDES Magazine, Tec Petaja’s ability to capture the authenticity and beauty of his subjects is what makes him one of the most sought-after wedding, lifestyle, and destination photographers in the industry.

When he’s not on a plane flying to his next destination, you can find him at home in Nashville, Tennessee where he currently resides with his wife and sweet baby Pax and their newest addition Lake Hue.

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Yan Palmer

bio: "I'm no one, who are you?" -Emily Dickinson. 

You can call me what you wanna--an artist, a teacher, a writer, a creative  champion using whatever medium i have to understand and love people and this world better.  Photography let's me enter the orbit of human connection in such an intimate way; to witness, to ask, to meditate, to experiment with light and how the loving gaze illuminates essence.  

I believe in kindness over coolness, laughter as therapy, doing whatever it is you do with heart, and taking the time to see the people and the world around you. i'd like if we can try some of these things together.

As a single mom of three incredible children, the last 10 years as a mother and full time traveling  professional photographer/teacher have had a lot of ups and downs--- I bet your years have too. I believe in celebrating the ups, and learning the story of the downs.

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Eric James Leffler

Eric James Leffler has been shooting professionally since 2010 with his love for art and photography beginning much sooner.  Armed with a 35mm camera given to him by his uncle, he traveled to Australia where he lived for a year after college and discovered his passion for travel and photography. 

Today, Eric is a hybrid shooter in every sense, shooting weddings digitally under his company Eric James Photography and shooting film for all of his personal, portrait, and travel work (@ej.leff).

 While Eric is also a lover of craft beer, live music, good books, and most sports, his passion for travel and film photography remain at the top of his list.

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Thomas Lucas

Specializing in boudoir, Thomas uses his understanding of the human condition to create an experience that focuses on delivering images that encapsulate the stories of those being photographed. He is from Montgomery, AL where he has been processing film for Indie Film Lab for over 5 years.

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Erin Stubblefield

I’m a hybrid wedding photographer and videographer from St. Louis. On any given Saturday, you can see me juggling my Contax645, Canon 5D MKIV, and Fuji X-T3, but film remains my one true love.

Incorporating film into client work was daunting, specifically because I didn’t know the outcome immediately, but it changed my perspective and style for the better. I become a more intentional photographer, and my business grew exponentially because of it. I currently photograph weddings internationally, and have been featured in publications such as Style Me Pretty, 100 Layer Cake, and Ruffled Blog.

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Amanda Watson

Amanda has been shooting film for over 15 years. What started as a passion for the darkroom process developed into a love of capturing timeless, natural moments between newly engaged couples. Her work has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot, Southern Weddings, Style Me Pretty, Wedding Sparrow and many more. While specializing in wedding photography she also enjoys shooting personal & editorial work as well as helping and teaching other photographers not only how to confidently shoot film but also in coordinating & styling personalized photoshoots.

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Nancy Ray

Nancy is a believer, wife, mama, photographer, podcaster, blogger, and speaker. She is the host of the Work and Play Podcast and she owns Nancy Ray Photography, leading a small team of film wedding and family photographers. Nancy speaks regularly at several conferences and retreats, sharing her inspiration and foundations in building a successful business and a balanced life.

Nancy has been shooting in film for 7 years and believes it is the perfect representation of her passion for legacy. She lives and works in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband, Will, daughters, Milly and Lyndon, son Beaufort, and great dane, Winston. You can find out more about Nancy on Instagram and her blog.

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Josh Moates

 Josh Moates, was born and raised in Central Alabama. As the bass player in the band TRUSTcompany, he traveled throughout the world on tour. While away from home, he discovered his true love of the South, coming to appreciate its unique and eclectic character. Now as owner of Indie Film Lab and working as a photographer in Montgomery, Alabama, Josh finds his muse in his love of all things Southern. He’s often inspired by the South’s people, its back road landscapes, its downtown skylines and its shadows of days gone by.

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Kristin Sweeting

Kristin Sweeting is a traveling film and digital wedding photographer who lives in a 1900 Victorian in small town outside Nashville, TN with her son Hudson, where she hosts in-home workshops, shoots, and glow-in-the-dark-dance-parties. She loves teaching photographers how to run sustainable businesses, shoot and scan film, connect deeply with their clients, and view their lives and businesses in an intentional and holistic way that promotes health, growth, and kindness. Her photography work has taken her all over the world, and you can find her work in print and online publications such as Brides, Martha Stewart Weddings, Rangefinder, and The Knot. 

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Jamie Swartzel (Birdee)

Since 2014, Birdee has been exploring photography as a medium for appreciating the feminine form.  Through her work she examines themes of femininity, strength, grace and water using primarily 35mm film. Self taught, her journey began with self portraiture as a means of healing and empowerment.  Birdee has since shared that experience with many other women through immersive portrait sessions, specializing in underwater portraits.  Her passion is to provide a unique perspective to portraiture and fine art.

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Gabby Riggieri

Gabby Riggieri is a Boston-based photographer specializing in weddings and editorial work. As a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design's photography program, she spent years perfecting her eye for technical darkroom color and fell in love with alternative film processes. Gabby has extensive experience designing compelling editorial shoots, however she prefers not to label herself as any “type” of photographer. While she dedicates much of her time to her wedding business, she enjoys working outside of the box and experiments with different film cameras, in-camera image manipulation and collaging.

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Reginald Campbell

Reg Campbell is a San Antonio based photographer. A comedian at heart, he has a penchant for documenting people in their environment, and showcasing their individual personalities. Always up for a good (or morally deranged) joke, Reg loves to laugh and never takes himself seriously.