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Why the Best Wedding Photographers are ISPWP Members

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.

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Apply For ISPWP Membership

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.


I was so pleased with the profesionalism, and flexibility James provided form the very first consultation. He was not only on time but an hour early! We couldn't be more pleased with the entire experience!

James McCoy, Charleston, South Carolina

From the very first minute we saw James' portfolio we knew that we found our dream photographer and actually our expectations were exceeded far beyond words can express. Thank you, James, for being so professional, punctual, courteous, attentive to details and thank you for capturing so many great moments - all the photos are so naturally beautiful and so ALIVE. We will never get tired of going through the photos again and again. We admire your talent and wish we could turn back time and experience our wedding day again! Thank you for putting your heart into everything you're doing! We love you!

Jake and Anna

James McCoy, Charleston, South Carolina

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

Mark Capilitan, Sligo, Ireland

Thank you Mark for everything you did for us on the day of the wedding, as well as the engagement shoot and of course the final details including our fabulous album. We absolutely love it. You were so easy going and relaxed on the day and the pictures speak for themselves. Stephanie & Paul

Mark Capilitan, Sligo, Ireland

Dear Philip, I hope you and your family are all doing very well! Andy and I flew back from Thailand yesterday, moving back to London for a few years. We've just been looking at last, (we've been so looking forward to seeing them) through our wedding album and they are absolutely stunning! Thank you so much for all your hard work. We were just saying again how very lucky we feel to have found you- you felt like an important part of our big day and my family loved having you there. The pictures are incredible and such a special reminder of that day- beautiful beautiful albums too! I'm really glad we went for 2 in the end; it was too hard cutting them down from the original selection! It was extra special looking at the albums this morning as we've got some exciting news; a new Perrins addition to our family who is due in September! I can't wait to them the photos one day. Thank you so much and best of luck with your busy summer season! All those newly weds will be very lucky to have you as their photographer. Kind regards, Katherine and Andy

Philip Stephenson, Paris, France


I wanted to send you a quick note highlighting a wedding photographer by the name of Eric Fabrer (Marseille, France), whom I recently worked with. My name is David H...., a fellow Portlander, who decided to get married In France instead of here in Oregon. I normally do not write letters like this, but I feel like I need to for this individual. I only know about your specific association because he briefly spoke of it.
Not only did his photo’s turn out absolutely perfect, but (and the reason I am writing this letter) Eric’s friendliness and humor helped make our wedding perfect. As I’m sure you can imagine, two Americans getting married in France, surrounded by only the French language, can be quite challenging. Eric knew my fiancée (now wife!) and I were slightly uncomfortable, as we did not have family or friends attend our ceremony, but his personality truly helped make us feel comfortable. I’ve worked with other photographers before and none have I ever been so pleased with. I will always be indebted to Eric for helping make our wedding perfect.
I do not know how your specific industry or association functions, but should you ever come across Eric, please consider him.
Thank you, Joe.

David H….

Eric Fabrer, Marseille, France

Hands down THE BEST photography team . AMAZING pictures, GREAT compositions, a TOP NOTCH equipment and a VERY PROFESSIONAL approach. Thank you very much for capturing all the love, laughter and emotions of our wedding day and we look forward to working with you on our next big life event!”

Katharina and Emanuel Pogatetz, Wien

Jan Plachy, Vienna, Austria

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!!

James McCoy, Charleston, South Carolina

We would like to thank great, sympathetic and above all professional photographic couple John and Mary. Shooting was due to their approach is very relaxed and also very entertaining. We are happy that they have become an integral part of our so momentous day. They could be captured in the highest quality, so that the photos will come back in time, as if it was still June 11, 2011. For all of them from us includes a large THANKS.”


Jan Plachy, Vienna, Austria

James at James McCoy Photography was wonderful to work with! He was exactly the type of photographer we were looking for! So laid back and easy to work with, while at the same time making sure he was able to get the best pictures possible! His work is absolutely beautiful and he has an eye for great picture opportunities! I would definitely recommend James McCoy Photography!!

James McCoy, Charleston, South Carolina