The International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP) is a rarity among wedding photography organizations. Photographers cannot simply buy an ISPWP membership, they have to earn it.
Our requirements are experience, talent, and professionalism. To be accepted, a photographer must have shot at least 50 weddings, submit their portfolio for review, agree to operate under the ISPWP Code of Conduct, and have an ISPWP Sponsor or four references. And THEN they have to be voted in by current members.
In short, when you hire an ISPWP Photographer, you are hiring a talented veteran with a track record, peer recognition, and a passion for creating heirloom images of your wedding.
This gallery displays the 1st place images in each category for the most recent contest. To view the whole gallery, click on the thumbnails below.
The ISPWP has the strictist membership criteria of any wedding photographer organization. Each member must be a veteran of at least 50 weddings, submit a portfolio for review, be sponsored by an existing member or provide 4 references, and agree to operate by our Code of Conduct. Each application is voted on by current ISPWP members.
All it took was one look at Adrian’s website and my fiancé and I were hooked! We were a little lost when it came to booking a photographer (especially out of the country) but our photos turned out better than we could have imagined!
I absolutely loved the uniqueness of the photos and how all the candid shots captured every emotion of the day. Adrian and his partner were very professional and great to work with. We had a long break between our ceremony and dinner and I was a little worried how the day would play out since we didn’t have a set timeline but Adrian and his partner just kept shooting and we ended up with beautiful pictures! He even got some great shots of us jumping in the pool! (Which I know was a challenge).
Overall, I couldn’t have picked a better photographer and we will cherish our photos forever! We are loving our pictures and have tons of them printed and framed all over the house!
Thank you for making our day so special,
Jessica & Joseph.
A true professional, creative and knows to capture the right moments. Very nice pictures for a good price and a very pleasant cooperation. - Maarten & Roxane
Going back to Q1 2012, I was making one of my (common) deep researches through the internet looking for a photographer for our wedding. After several days I found Adrian’s portfolio online. From that moment my only task was to convince my girlfriend that his team should be the one. His work spoke by itself.
I was doing all of this from Ireland, so it wasn’t that easy. Truth to be said, I was 95% sure that he will do it. the 5% left was finally and quickly clarified after talking with him a couple of times by phone. He caused a good impression on me and he agreed to move to attend the wedding.
Before the wedding, just 2 or 3 more calls to talk about planning, and we meet him and his team right on the wedding day. They were exactly what we were expecting: astonishing professionals, doing his job without making guests realize they were there.
After the wedding all the different material was delivered before schedule, and since then we didn’t stop sharing his contact details because whoever sees the photos they ask for him!
I’ll rate him with 5 stars.
Julio & Lorena.
Mario was such a pleasure to work with during our wedding, we absolutely love how our photos came out. Everyone who has seen them has been in awe at how beautiful they are. I have heard over and over that they are the best wedding photos anyone has seen yet. People can see in our photos how much fun my husband and I were having and can see how in love we are. Mario brought that all out in his photos. Very impressed with everything. Anytime I emailed Mario he got right back to me. We received our discs only a few weeks after the wedding and I was able to look at the proofs through his site within two weeks which was great!
I would highly recommend Mario to anyone who is looking for a great photographer. I was very picky about who we hired and did a lot of research prior to finding him and I am so happy we ended up hired him.
We searched online for photographers in London and trawled close to a hundred sites before being captivated by the pictures on Élan Images. As soon as we spoke to Rich, we knew he was the photographer for us. He was the epitome of friendly and professional, with a great sense of humour to match. He put our anxieties to rest and listened to our requests carefully as well as offering great advice.
On the day, he came with his fantastic big grin and enthusiasm and worked his magic. For us, on the most beautiful day of our lives, he fitted in completely to our party; being able to both take photographs of the wedding without intruding, but also being part of the fun. So many of our friends also said what a great laugh he was! He even stayed longer than we had arranged without any fuss when things overran. We have received the photos and couldn’t be happier. They are absolutely perfect with a great mix of moments and posed shots. Using his skill, Rich managed to make two very camera shy people look relaxed and happy! Every time we look at them it’s like we are back on that wonderful day and we are extremely glad that he was there to capture it all.
Love Phil & Jo xx
Our wedding day was a dream come true and Mario beautifully captured every moment!
Mario was super helpful every step of the way. We do not live in Nassau (we are from NYC) and during my planning process Mario was always available for a chat or a string of emails. He made me feel confident in him from the beginning without even meeting in person. I do not like to have my picture taken and was a fairly nervous bride about that. Mario was able to quell my nerves and our shots are amazing. The photos are stunning - I cannot stop looking at them. The night we received our disk of images I was mesmerized. Each shot was trumped by the next. Our wedding album will be a tome of every shot he took that day because it's too hard to choose the "best" ones.
Mario caught private, intimate moments of beauty. He was able to get amazing shots of my nephews (ages 2 & 4) that are so stunning you would think that he actually got them to hold still. The photos of our guests at the reception are magically fun. He was able to capture fun moments and crazy dancing shots that perfectly sum up what a great day it was. In addition our reception venue was perfectly mood lit - but it was dark. If you could see our pictures you would think the venue was very bright - but his flash was not intrusive at all! Actually, some of our guests (when they saw the pictures) said they didn't even remember him being there to take that shot. Not that you want to loose Mario (he's super fun & funny) but I think it's important that the photographer blends in and becomes a part of the surrounding and can just get the essence of your event. And that is exactly what he did.
Wedding photos are mementos that are to be treasured forever. I truly cannot express how much I love our wedding photos. I would recommend Mario Nixon to anyone who asks and am forever grateful that he was there on our special day.
~Darcy (& Andy) R
Mario exceeded all of our expectations by leaps and bounds! From our very first e-mail to communications after the wedding he has always responded to all questions, promptly, professionally and with good humor. He was also absolutely wonderful to work with in person! Somehow , he managed to disappear into the crowd but was always ready to unobtrusively snap a photo when a great moment popped up or a group of guests asked for shot. Throughout the night several people told us that they wish they'd had him for their weddings! We liked him so much, that if he weren't already our photographer, we would have loved to have him at the wedding as a guest!
As far as his skills as a photographer go, his portfolio more than speaks for itself. We absolutely love our photos and how he managed to capture not only shots incorporating the beauty of the island but also our hapiness and love for each other! We're amazed at how vibrant they are and I can't imagine any way to more completely capture the feel of ceremony and evening. Whenever we look back at them in the years to come, they'll instantly take us back to how it felt to be newly married and celebrating with our friends and family!
If you're considering Mario for your event absolutely hire him, you simply won't find anyone better!
We were so lucky to have a 5 star venue and 5 star meal matched by a 5 star photography service end to end - if you put in half of the effort you put in we would have been happy so you can imagine how delighted we are with all your extra effort! Thanks Mark. Caroline & John
Absolutely blown away by this woman's talent. Such a wonderful person with an amazing eye. She prevailed our expectations & gave us the most perfect images we will cherish for a lifetime. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
- Sacha and Graham Tunks, U.K.
James was so easy and fun to work with! I love all the pictures that he took! He kept us laughing and was very punctual. He took the time to go over eveything in the contract so we fully understood what we were getting! The best part is how we received the final pictures! It was such a unique and special way to do it! I would recommend James McCoy to anyone!!