It’s no secret that I spent more time and energy searching for a wedding photographer than many people spend searching for a bride. I easily screened 100 portfolios before I narrowed the field to a handfull of favorites.
Why so much trouble? Of all the things you buy for your wedding, the photos are the only thing that lasts. So I was a little (ok, a lot) picky about choosing a great photographer.
Since the Great American Wedding Photographer Hunt, I’ve had a few friends ask for recommendations. So, I figured I’d share some of my favorites.
First – a disclaimer. My criteria was: an eye for photojournalism, a range of talent (from macro details to sweeping wide angle views, from black and white, to vivid color) and a willingness to travel to Baltimore. Because of that last requirement, most of these photographers are based in the North East, although I did stumble across a few other great photographers from further West.
Without further adieu, here are my favorites:
Susan Stripling, New York
I can’t possibly recommend Susan enough. Her images are stunning, her colors are vibrant, and she was a joy to spend our wedding day with. (Don’t underestimate the importance of this last point. You spend a LOT of your day with your photographer, so make sure your personalities are a good match). If you’d like a reference for Susan, I’d be happy to answer any questions.
THE OTHER INCREDIBLY TALENTED PHOTOGRAPHERS:
(in no particular order)
Punam Bean, New York
Cliff Mautner, Philadelphia
Shane Carpenter, Baltimore
Kevin Hulett, Utah
Kevin shot my friend Helen’s wedding in Paris. He did a great job, and he’s one of the nicest guys you’ll meet.
Pen / Carlson, Chicago
LemonLime Photography, Kansas City