ISPWP Membership Application

The ISPWP is a community of the world's best, most experienced, and most talented wedding photographers. Below you will find the ISPWP membership requirements, the benefits of membership, and a link to the application form.

ISPWP Membership Application

The application process helps to ensure that ISPWP members meet the requirements for experience, talent, integrity, and professionalism. Each application is carefully reviewed by the Membership Approval Team which is made up of current ISPWP members. They evaluate each applicant on the following criteria:

Experience

Applicants must have photographed a minimum of 50 weddings as the primary in-charge photographer. Weddings shot as a tag-along, second, or backup photographer do not count. This is the minimum experience requirement, many ISPWP members have shot hundreds of weddings with decades of experience. Some of our members are Pulitzer prize finalists and winners.

Talent

Applicants must submit their website and wedding galleries for review and evaluation. The online galleries must demonstrate artistic and technical ability. The portfolio must include a minimum of three galleries depicting coverage of three separate weddings. This allows the Membership Approval Team to evaluate how the applicant shots a wedding from beginning to end. If the submitted galleries show only selected favorites from a variety of multiple weddings, or if they are limited to creative bridal portraits with no other wedding coverage, the application will be rejected.

Integrity

Applicants must have no outstanding complaints with consumer protection organizations such as the Better Business Bureau.

Professionalism

Applicants must agree to operate in accordance with the ISPWP Code of Conduct. The standards of practice in the Code of Conduct protect both the photographer and the client, and provides assurance to the client they are dealing with an ethical professional business with highest of standards.

References

Applicants must be sponsored by an existing ISPWP member, or they must submit two client references and two wedding photographer references. This provides evidence as to their professionalism, reputation, and experience.

Membership Benefits

Your ISPWP membership provides you with a wide variety of ways to promote your business, boost your website traffic, gain authority in your market, and interact with other veteran pros.

  • Excellent SEO results and high traffic, with each page designed to drive site visitors directly to your website
  • Targeted marketing to clients who are seeking the world's best photographers
  • Multiple high quality relevant incoming links to your website to boost your Google ranking
  • Authority and exclusivity which give your clients confidence in your abilities and professionalism
  • 16 FREE contest entries to the quarterly photography contests ($160 value)
  • A SEO optimized promotional platform for you to publish Articles, Real Weddings, and in-depth Interviews
  • Wide exposure. Each membership includes one home location listing and up to four optional secondary listings

Membership Fee

$179/year (less than $15/month)

All applicants must have either a sponsor (an ISPWP member who knows you and can vouch for you) OR references from 2 wedding photographers and 2 clients.

  • Submit 3 Weddings for Review

    1. Please submit 3 links to 3 wedding galleries. If you don't have specific links, provide viewing instructions.

    2. Each gallery should be an image collection from ONE wedding. Do not submit a gallery of favorite images collected from many weddings.

    3. Galleries may be slideshows, blog entries, client galleries, or finished album designs.

    4. Each gallery should have a MINIMUM of about 30 images so we can review how you shoot the entire wedding.

  • Submit Your Sponsor Information

    1. If you know an ISPWP member, you may ask them to sponsor you. Your sponsor must know your business well enough to be willing to vouch for you. Sponsorship does not guarantee acceptance. All applications are subject to the same level of review.

    2. If you do not have a sponsor please skip to the "Submit Your Reference Information" section below.

  • No Sponsor? Please Submit Your Reference Information

    If you do not have an ISPWP Sponsor, please provide references from 2 wedding photographers and 2 clients. Your wedding photographer references are not required to be ISPWP members.