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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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9 Quick In Person Sales Tips from Really Smart Photographers

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I don’t consider myself an expert on In Person Sales…so I asked real experts on In Person Sales a few In Person Sales quick tips.  Here is what they shared!

Matt Roberts offered these tips:
1) Don’t include high/full res digital files in the base package.
2) Sell within the emotional window shortly after the reveal.
3) You’re not ‘selling’, you’re ‘advising’. You are simply walking them down the path of which options are available and asking questions to understand what recommendations of products you have would fit them best.
4) Package your a-la-carte wall art/album add-on items.
5) Offer a discount for that night only (during the sales session).
6) Don’t create buyer’s paralysis. KISS packages, KISS photo selection process, etc
7) Bring them in on the album creation process ie/ Design more album spreads than ordered, include them in the weeding out spreads process
Marit Welker offered this tip:
8) Be confident. Even if you are shaking in your boots, they don’t know that. If you say things like many of my clients like to… then it makes you sound established and experienced.
Trevor James Millions suggested:
9) The biggest tip for inspiring confidence in my approach to sales and valuing my work was watching Zig Ziglar videos on Youtube.
Leave your In Person Sales ideas in the comments below!