The International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP) holds a quarterly contest for all their members – all around the world – and we entered for the very first time in the Spring 2010 collection. And….we won 6 spots in 6 different categories! We’re so excited…this is an awesome recognition to have our photos stand beside the work of some of the very best photographers in the entire world – many of whom we look to for inspiration…and usually just gawk at their photos in awe!
What categories did we win a place in, beside some of the world’s BEST wedding photographers?
Family Love – 7th Place – Amanda & Mike’s Wedding
All About Light – 9th Place – Shelby & Dean’s Wedding
Wedding Details – 12th Place – Jamie & Carmelo’s Wedding
Bridal Party Portrait – 14th Place – Amanda & Mark’s Wedding
Engagement Portrait – 17th Place – Trish & Chris’s Engagement
From the ISPWP’s website, here’s a description of the Society:
Quite simply, the best wedding photographers in the world
The International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers is a rarity among online wedding photography directories. We’re small. We’re exclusive. We’re picky. We are a worldwide group of top professional wedding photographers who have the experience, talent, and reputation to deliver outstanding wedding photography to our clients.
When you hire an ISPWP photographer, you are hiring with confidence because every member has met our high standards for membership:
Members must have shot at LEAST 50 weddings as a lead or solo wedding photographer. Many of our members have shot hundreds of weddings. Some of our members are Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists. Some of them serve as teachers and mentors for new wedding photographers. All of them are market leaders and are have been dedicated to their craft for years. Wedding photography is not a field where you want your photographer to be learning on-the-job. When you hire an ISPWP photographer, you know you’re hiring the solid experience of a true professional who has delivered quality results week after week, year after year.
Members must have their website and online portfolio reviewed and approved by a committee of ISPWP members. We look at representative samples from at least three weddings to get a sense of how a photographer sees, thinks, and captures the events of the whole day. As wedding photographers, we look at wedding pictures every day. Most of us are involved in online communities of photographers so we are exposed to thousands of professional wedding photos every year. When a photographer is accepted into the ISPWP, you can be sure they have received a seal of approval from their fellow wedding photographers.
Members must have no active complaints with the Better Business Bureau or other consumer protection organization. Sometimes experience and talent don’t necessarily mean that someone follows good busines practices and customer service. Every ISPWP member has a stellar record of providing reliable and trustworthy service to their clients.
Members must operate under the strict ISPWP Code of Conduct. This provides protection for both the client and the photographer. It also ensures that ISPWP photographers operate their businesses with accepted industry practices.
Members must provide at least 2 client references and 2 wedding photographer references, or have an ISPWP Sponsor. This ensures that all members have the respect and recognition from their peers in the community.
The fact of the matter is anyone with a camera can call themselves a wedding photographer. But we believe that some clients care enough about their wedding photography to hire a true professional. Someone who has paid their dues and been tested year after year with everything the wedding industry can throw at them. We believe down to our core that wedding photography provides a vital, important function within the family structure and history, and we are dedicated to creating wedding images your family will treasure for generations.
The bottom line is that the ISPWP is your short list of photographers to consider for your wedding. We’ve already done the leg work for you. We’ve reviewed each member, checked references, and cut down the list to the best of the best.
We’re so stoked today we don’t even know what to do with ourselves…but we’re probably going to keep working on all our most recent weddings, for the Summer 2010 contest coming soon! Thank you SO MUCH (SOOOOO MUCH) to all the couples whose photos were chosen and recognized in the contest…we obviously can’t do our jobs without you!