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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.

Wedding Photography Contest Galleries

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.

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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.

Jan Plachy, Vienna, Austria

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.”


Mario Nixon, Nassau, Bahamas

I am a photograph enthusiast! I love pictures and find that they are such meaningful and artistic forms of capturing memories. With that being said, choosing a perfect wedding photographer was of my highest priority. After many long hours of searching for the right photographer, my husband and I chose Mario Nixon. We really loved his work seen through his web page. After establishing lines of communication, we knew that Mario was the right choice for us. As many vendors in the Bahamas seemed to operate on "Island Time," Mario was an appreciated exception. He always was very prompt in his responses and communicated effectively and efficiently. On our big day, he arrived on time and was ready to go. He demonstrated a laid-back, fun, personable, and friendly demeanor and was very flexible working with us, our wedding party, and guests. Once we received our photos, we were overly excited. Mario captured timeless, gorgeous, unique moments that we truly enjoy over and over again! We couldn't be happier with the beautiful gift of these amazing images! So many of our friends asked if Mario worked in the US, as they wanted him as their wedding photographer as well. A huge thanks goes out to Mario- he is amazing at what he does, and we would recommend him to anyone seeking a fantastic photographer!

- Katie

Jan Plachy, Vienna, Austria

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

Debra Zeller, San Francisco, California

The photos look great, really great. Thanks a lot for making it look even better than we remember. I know I keep saying this, but my parents are *still* talking about how amazing the photos are and everyone who sees our photo box is immediately jealous. Score."

James McCoy, Charleston, South Carolina

James was amazing! He is very professional while still being friendly and likable, so we felt very comfortable with him. Before the wedding day we went over all the shots that were most important to me and he did a great job capturing those for us, as well as many I never thought about. James delivered our pictures to us in about a week and a half and we were amazed at the beauty, quality and amount of pictures he was able to get. I will continue to use James for family photo shoots in the future and would highly reccomend him to anyone looking for a photographer for any kind of event.

James Sturcke, Logro√Īo, Spain

"Your photos are spontaneous and natural and completely unlike traditional wedding images. You’re a professional photographer who puts people at ease; I hardly realised you were there half them time. You offer unbeatable value for money and the photos are fantastic.” Verónica, Barcelona.

James McCoy, Charleston, South Carolina

James photographed our rehearsal dinner, wedding, and day-after brunch and we are so thrilled with his work. James was flexible and easy to work with before the wedding, and he was an absolute joy to be with the wedding day (and weekend). He's relaxed, funny, professional, and he kept us on schedule without ever making us feel rushed or stressed. He also showed up early and stayed late. And, of course, our photos are gorgeous.

Daniel West, Gauteng, South Africa

Myself and my wife Jeanika Jacobs got married on the 27th of February this year and we were privileged enough to have Daniel West as our wedding photographer.

Daniel West exceeded all our expectations and captured our special day as a true fairytale depicted through his photographs.

Every picture captured our love for each other, for our baby girl and the love we have for our family and friends. Daniel West has so much passion for what he does, in combination with his unrivaled talent, professionalism and attention to detail, this makes Daniel West one of the best photographers in South Africa in my opinion. From making you feel comfortable in front of the camera to sharing in the excitement of your big day and just being an awesome person in general, Daniel West will not disappoint.

Regards Stuart & Jeanika

Jesse La Plante, Denver, Colorado

"We met Jesse and Moira at a Bridal Show about a year before our wedding. If you've been to a bridal show you know there are tons of photographers all wanting you to book with them. My husband and I talked to several. They handed us their brochures and shuffled us along not wanting to miss potential business walking by. None of them stood out, they all blended together and none made us feel good.

Then we met Jesse and Moira! We were first in awe of the amazing photography hanging in their booth. Their photos stood out! They were different in a great way! After talking to Moira for a few minutes I knew they were different. They didn't try to shuffle us along, they answered our questions, told us a little about their background and how it helps them in photography. Meeting them was sort of like finding "the dress". We knew they were it!

I was impressed with Jesse and Moira's planning leading up to the wedding. We met so we could tell them about a few wedding day surprises that we wanted captured. Jesse and Moira worked up a timeline and scouted the venue for great places to photograph. Moira called me with a few follow-up questions to make sure everything was perfect.

The day of the wedding was perfect. Moira and Jesse were in the background and captured the day perfectly. They didn't miss a thing and the images are beautiful candid reminders of our day. It's been three months since our wedding and I look at our pictures daily! They are beautiful!

I can't say enough good things about Jesse and Moira and would highly recommend them!"

~Kendra & Heath

Jesse La Plante, Denver, Colorado

“Our story it isn't a perfect fairy tale wedding story. However, our photographers’ craftsmanship tells a different story. Jesse and Moira are BEYOND amazing photographers. They're amazing people. Jesse and Moira flew into Boston several days beforehand, easing any fears I had of them not becoming familiar with the area and venue. They surveyed the land and took a walk around our 90 acre farm to find 'prime shooting locations'. The duo needed very little attention from me, and were independent on the morning of the wedding, professionally navigating their way around the property and through guests. I was a barrel of emotions on our wedding day in August. Jesse and Moira were there for us every step of the way. In the morning, despite the pouring rain, Moira kept me happy and calm while she clicked away at the details and kept my bridesmaids and I moving (it's easy to get sidetracked when there's a bunch of women in your tiny apartment) and Jesse captured all of the special moments with 'the boys.’ When things seemed to go awry, I found myself turning to Moira and asking for her advice. She handled each scenario I brought to her with professionalism and grace. As the day went on and a handful of alarming events took place (including but not limited to an ambulance arriving for a family member), Jesse and Moira became beacons for solace. They kept us smiling and moving, and ensured they captured beautiful moments we didn't even know were happening. At one point, while we were walking in the rain, I turned to Jesse and Moira and I told them that I didn't know if I could've done the day without them. Now, as I peruse our gorgeous wedding album, I still feel the same way. They captured the fairy tale wedding we didn't even quite realize we were having. Your wedding day is going to be complex and full of surprises (hopefully all good!)... there is no question on whom I recommend to take this journey with you and your to-be. Perfect team, perfect photos.”
~Lindsey & Jake