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.
"We loved working with Jesse and Moira for our wedding. They were very laid back and flexible on our wedding day, and the photos turned out wonderfully. They captured our day beautifully and completely unobtrusively. We would highly recommend them to anyone!"
~Lizzie & Zach
My partner and I got married in Playa del Carmen November 2013. As a same sex couple, we were very nervous about selecting a photographer. We had a hard enough time finding a resort that was ok with our wedding. We knew the photographer would be with us all day, and we wanted to make sure they would be able to put us as ease. My partner and I are very shy and super awkward around a camera. After months of combing through reviews and portfolios we decided to hire Take It! I have to say this was probably the best decision we made in our whole year of wedding planning. So let me tell you about Lupe and Agustin.
Where to begin… After spending two days with Lupe and Agustin I am convinced they could put anyone at ease. Spending time with them was like spending time with friends; friends whose job it is to make you feel beautiful and taken care of. Lupe is kind and bubbly and extremely artistic. Agustin is hilarious and creative and has an eye for very unique photos. He even got in the water with an underwater camera for our Trash the Dress session. These two fit so well with our wedding party. So many guests came up to me after to say how much they liked Lupe and Agustin. And that was before they saw the photos!
But I’m sure everyone is interested in the photos. We received them yesterday and were just blown away. Lupe and Agustin captured vibrant colours, breathtaking scenery, artistic details and, most importantly, precious moments between my partner and I. We looked so natural and happy in all the photos. You could never tell that we are shy. My friends have commented that we could be models. Imagine that! The best thing about these two is they are both incredible photographers with slightly different approaches. The result is a series of photos from different angles and perspectives. Our package came with 200 photos. That seems like a lot, but it took us 3 weeks to make our choices because all the photos were so good! I can’t say enough how much I love them!
I know this review has been gushing, but seriously, these photographers are worth it. I would not hesitate to recommend Lupe and Agustin to anyone. If you want photos that are gorgeous and unique these are your photographers. Lupe and Agustin, thank you for capturing the precious moments between me and Kiera so we can remember them forever. You are the best!
Thank you so much for the wonderful pictures. You made our celebration so much more fun and festive!
One of our friends who passed out during the reception actually said those photos refreshed her memory because they are so story telling. Those pictures are not just artistic, but they talk. It’s truly the captures of the best moments. We have no regret of this event, because you made this gathering so much more meaningful and beautiful. Everyone is stunned with your pictures!
I would like to share this quote from my friend who was not able to attend the wedding but saw the slideshow
“Now, I have to tell you how much I thoroughly enjoyed viewing your wedding video!! I even felt at one point that I would cry because YOU and everyone and everything was so superbly beautiful!!! the overall video was so wonderfully crafted; it was a delight to watch. ”
My wedding was not magical. But you, Andreas, made it magical!
Thank you! We miss you! big kiss from everyone!
Julien in my opinion is not a wedding photographer but an artist. As a bride I could not have been happier with my wedding pictures as they captured the essence of every moment of my wedding day. The photographs are simply outstanding. I was fortunate to have traveled to Puerto Vallarta a couple of months before the wedding to plan my perfect day with my mother and we had the pleasure of meeting Julien during our trip. We hired him during our meeting not only because he was highly recommended and we had previously seen samples of his work on his blog but most importantly we hired him because he was friendly and incredibly passionate about his work. And now that the wedding is behind us, we could have not made a better decision. During the wedding day he was everywhere capturing every moment; and now every picture tells a story. On the day of the wedding, Julien and his assistant were on time, prepared, and came with a flexible and super friendly attitude. Julien in my honest opinion is the absolute best photographer in Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding areas and he charges a fair price for his work. When I met with him he set up realistic expectations on when I was supposed to receive my pictures and he delivered before the deadline, which I was incredibly happy about.
To any bride out there looking for a phenomenal photographer, Julien is your guy!!! It was great meeting him before the wedding but looking back now, it was unnecessary as his passion for his work provides you as a bride with stunning photographs of your wedding.
Thank you Julien on behalf of my husband and I and all our wedding guests and family who loved your work!
Audrey & Jeremy
Photos are one of the most important wedding things, because they’ll be with you whole life.
Igor not just making photos, he creating masterpiece. Without any doubt it’s a real talent!
I’m glad that we’ve choose Igor as our wedding photographer, because photos that we’ve got are amazing, you want to look at them again and again.
Igor, thank you so much!
When we started planning our wedding, photography was near the bottom of our list. After 14 years together we had our fair share of photos, and the typical wedding photos were not our style. We did, however, appreciate and value the idea of capturing our wedding to be able to reflect back and remember the day, so we were struggling satisfying both of these perspectives.
Shayne had a great vibe, professional but laid back. Looking at his portfolio we could tell he had an eye for great photos. Our fears of boring, cold, lifeless photos went away
Heather and Korey
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!
Oh, how lucky we were to have stumbled upon Maria and Fabio! One look at their stunning portfolio and we were completely captivated! True to their style, our wedding photos were breathtakingly beautiful! Vivid expressions, rich colors, innocent smiles and silent thoughts - they unintrusively captured every wonderful moment of our day. They are a great team together, complementing each other, very endearing and yet very professional. Thank you, Maria and Fabio, for gifting us such indelible memories of our wedding day!
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.
"Marine, Nosso álbum de casamento está simplesmente EXTRAORDINÁRIO!!!! Seu capricho, sua atenção aos pequenos detalhes, seu talento, sua simpatia e seu bom gosto, realizaram nosso sonho de termos como lembrança do dia mais especial de nossas vidas, uma obra de arte cheia de romantismo e beleza, que é o nosso lindo álbum!!! Sem palavras para descrever o quão emocionante é mostrá-lo à família e aos amigos. Sem dúvidas, Marine, você será para sempre lembrada por nós, e com enorme carinho. E sem hesitar, que faremos com você, os próximos registros de momentos importantes de nossas vidas!!! Um grande beijo, Vic e João"
Copacabana Palace - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil - June 6th 2015