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The Top 100 Wedding Photographers in the US

Photographer’s Brandsmash – Top 100 Wedding Photographers in the US – 2016

Just in time for 2016, I’m releasing the 100 Best Wedding Photographers in the US list.  In the past I wrote a post of 30 influential portrait & wedding photographers, this list is a follow up to that one! Since becoming a wedding photographer of offbeat & quirky weddings in the Philadelphia area in 2006, I’ve realized wedding photography while a fun job is lots of work.  So I’d like to recognize some of the best wedding photographers in the country for their dedication to the craft.  To be a successful wedding photographer you must be not only an artist but a savvy marketer and an entrepreneur rolled up into one.  To formulate this list I asked some of the smartest photographers I knew to nominate the photographers who impressed them the most (in business or in art).  This list was compiled from submissions along with photographers who I’ve seen consistently improve their craft.

So without further ado, the top 100 Wedding Photographers in 2016 (in alphabetical order of course)




Adam Houseman
Amanda Picone
Angelica Glass
Anna Kuperberg
Anne Almasy
Ashley and Jeremy Parsons
Ben Chrisman
Blonnie Brooks
Brendan Bullock
Brett & Tori Photographers
Brett Butterstein
Callaway Gable
Caroline + Ben
Cindy Guessford
Christina Blanarovich
Christopher Becker
Cliff Mautner
Crissy Everhart
Crystal Stokes
Daniel Stark
Danny Dong Photography
David Murray
David Zaveloff
Dee and Kris Photography
Diane Stredicke
Dina Douglass
Douglas Despres
Dylan and Sara
Elizabeth Messina
Emin Kuliyev
Erin Chrisman
Erich McVey
Erik Clausen
Evan Hunt
Gary Nevitt
Hiram Trillo
Hunter Leone
Jacklyn Greenberg
Jaime Emery
Jana Williams
JB & DeEtte Sallee
Jeff Newsom
Jen Woodruff
Jeremy Chou
Joe Buissink
John Michael Cooper
Jose Villa
Joshua Dwain
Julie Paisley
Justin and Mary Marantz
Justine Ungaro
Kamila Harris
Karina Picache
Kathryn Krueger
Kelly Rashka
Kirk Mastin
Laura Gordon
Leah Haydock
Leslie Gilbert
Lin & Jirsa Photography
Lindsay Docherty
Lindsay Hite
LuRey photography
Matt & Kristen Roberts
Matt Miller
Maurico Arias
Melissa Jill
Michael Ash Smith
Michelle Gardella
Michelle Randolph Turner
Mike Colon
Morgan Lynn Razi
Nessa K
Ning Wong
Parker J Pfister
Pat Furey
Raven Mathis
Rhinehart Photography
Right Start Photography
Rob Greer
Roberto Valenzuela
Ryan Brenizer
Ryan Joseph
Sam Hurd
Samm Blake
Sascha Reinking Photography
Scott & Melissa Hopkins
Siang Loo
Susan Stripling
Syed Yaqeen
Tara Welch
Taylor Lord
Tim King
Todd Laffler
Tony Hoffer
Trevor Dayley
Tyler Wirken
Vanessa Joy


I’m sure I missed some great wedding photographers…Who do you think I missed? Who are the photographers impress you with their beautiful wedding photos or business acumen?

Mike AllebachMike Allebach is an award winning Philadelphia wedding photographer of tattooed brides at Allebach Photography and guest blogger at Offbeat Bride.   Follow him on instagram at @tattooedbridephotoguy and his work on facebook.

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Why You’ll Never Succeed at Facebook Business Page Names


Sometimes bad ideas go viral. Today a rumor started saying if you changed your business name on Facebook to include your city, you’d get found easier by potential clients.  If you are like me you’ve seen a million notifications of name changes like this:





Why naming your photography business something else is a bad idea.

1. It breaks Facebook’s terms of service.  This may actually work for a bit!  But sooner or later your page may get banned or the Facebook search with not show your page at all.


Page names must accurately reflect the Page. Keep in mind that only authorized representatives can manage a Page for a brand, place, organization or public figure.

Page names can’t include:

  • Terms or phrases that may be abusive or violate someone’s rights.
  • Improper capitalization. Page names must use grammatically correct capitalization and may not include all capital letters, except for acronyms.
  • Symbols (ex: ® ) or unnecessary punctuation.
  • Long descriptions, such as a slogan. People who manage Pages can add this information to a Page’s About section.
  • Any variation of the word “Facebook.” Learn more at Brand Resources.
  • Misleading words. If a Page isn’t the official Page of a brand, place, organization or public figure, the Page name can’t mislead others into thinking it’s an official Page or that it’s managed by an authorized representative.

Page names can’t consist only of:

  • Generic words (ex: Pizza). Pages must be managed by official representatives of the topics they’re about.
  • Generic geographic locations (ex: New York). Learn more about locations.

2. It looks silly.  This looks like keyword stuffing from 1998, when the same word was repeated over and over again. You look silly.

3. It’s like a tattoo, you can’t remove it.  You only get one Facebook page name change and then it’s permanent. Choose wisely. As someone who worked for a business that changed their name legally, I know the difficulty of fixing this. It can take months with legal paperwork.

How to name your Facebook Business Page in 3 Easy Steps. 

1. Look at the last check you’ve received for your business.  Who is it made out to?  This entity might be a good start for your Facebook Page name.  Otherwise go with the name you use in your logo.  This means if people won’t make a check out to The Best Photographer in Washington, D.C. Ever and you won’t put that on a logo…don’t use it as your Facebook name.

2. Do you have an LLC on the end of your name? If your state (check with your lawyer) allows it consider dropping it for the official Facebook Name and just list your name with the LLC in your FB About section.

How to add an about section to your Facebook Page

Depending on your Page’s category, you can add different types of basic info. For example, if your Page’s category is Local Businesses, you can add your address, phone number and more info about your business.

To add info to your Page:

  1. Click About below your Page’s cover photo
  2. Click Page Info in the left column
  3. Click the sections you want to edit and add your info
  4. Click Save Changes

This info will appear in your Page’s About section and on the left side of your Page’s Timeline.

Learn how to change your Page’s category.

3. Move the Location from your Business Page Name to the Address portion of your Facebook Page.

How to add an address according to Facebook

To add an address to your Page, your Page’s category must be Companies & Organizations or Local Businesses. To add an address:

  1. Click About below your Page’s cover photo
  2. Click Page Info in the left column
  3. Click to edit the Address section
  4. Add your address and click Save Changes

Learn how to change your Page’s category.

I hope this tutorial was helpful in choosing your Facebook Page Name!

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Mike AllebachMike Allebach

Founded Brandsmash as a marketing resource for photography small business owners with his mantra “Your story changes everything.” Prior to going full time with his photography business, Mike was a Marketing Director. Hailed by a Rock n Roll Bride as “the Original Tattooed Bride Photographer” Mike Allebach crafted one of the most distinct niches in photography.