Bride and Groom FAQ

What is the ISPWP?

The International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers is an organization of the best wedding photographers in the world. Created by professional photographers to raise the standards of the wedding photography profession, we showcase only the best of the best. But how do we differ from other online photography listings?

Uncompromising Quality 

Our membership cannot be bought. Unlikely many photographer directories, our admission process is tough. We’re picky. We believe wedding photography is a skill that is not honed by simply owning a camera. Our ISPWP members have displayed excellence in wedding photography far beyond that of amateur photographers. Our process for application is methodical and unwavering, and many are turned away. We can say with no hesitation that the ISPWP showcases the best wedding photographers in the world. 

Our Stringent Vetting Process

Each ISWP candidate is required to go through an extensive application process. The requirements start with at least 50 weddings photographed as the lead photographer (assisting or second-photographer duties do not apply to this criteria) but goes much further. We also require 2 personal recommendations and a portfolio review of 3 full weddings by our ISPWP review panel as well as a website review. This panel comprises of award-winning photographers from all over the globe. The panel must agree on acceptance. In addition, our members must agree to and abide by our Code of Conduct. Each member is held to our ISPWP standards of both photographic excellence as well as displaying high ethical standards in their work practices and customer care.

Commitment to Standards

With an ISPWP photographer you will have peace of mind that the photographer whose work you love is a photographer who loves their work. Being a wedding photographer requires a different kind of skill that many photographers shy away from. Beyond being masters at their craft, they have to deal with varying venues and lighting situations, working with many personality types, and they have to get it right the first time. Our ISPWP photographers are immensely proud that the work they do captures memories for people that last their lifetime and beyond. When you hire an ISPWP photographer you’re investing in a photographer who believes passionately in the documentation of your wedding day for future generations.  

That’s where the ISPWP comes in. We screen and review every member before their application is accepted. When you hire an ISPWP photographer, you can be confident that they have years of experience, they have shot a LOT weddings in a wide variety of situations, and they subscribe to a professional code of conduct. They truly are the best in the world and each one of them has dedicated their professional lives to their craft. In short, we’ve done the searching and screening for you.

How do I Find A Photographer on the ISPWP Website?

To view the photographers in your area, simply go to the Home page, enter your location and click Search. Our member photographers in your area will be displayed. From there you can click on the links to view their website, view their full profile page, “Favorite” them, or contact them directly. 

If you would like to simply email the photographers in your area for more information, click on the “Have Us Recommend Photographers For You” button and fill out the short form. Photographers from your area will receive your message and contact you with their availability and other information.  

How does the “Add To Favorites” feature work?

As you view the photographers on our site, you will see a button that says “Add To Favorites.” If you find photographers you like, you can click on the "Add to Favorites" button to save them for later viewing. To see all of the photographers you have favorited, click on the “Brides/Grooms” menu item at the top of the website, and then click on “My Favorites.”