I spend so much of my time scrolling through a feed. I think we all do… There are times I’ve wished I could just not be a part of social media, but with my job, it really is best to stay on. The way I have tried to eliminate so much of the comparison game is only following photographers that inspire, encourage, and challenge me. I’ve gotten rid of photographers who are desperate for followers, in it for the industry money, or just not my style, not my cup of tea. I thought I would compile the photographers I truly look up to and who inspire me to be better, capture more, and experiment. They let couples tell the story, emotions lead the moments, and allow their style to have wiggle room within the couple’s style. They are so full of life and love. I know you are going to love them to! So give them a follow and get lost in their feeds like I do.
I want to be clear. These images are by THOSE photographers. PLEASE see each image’s photo-credit. I have no intention of stealing or taking work from these talented people. I want to share and showcase their beautiful work!
This dude. He captures people at their center. He has this way of evoking emotion in the midst of chaos. I’m in love with his images within cities. Every time Phil’s images cross my screen I fall madly in love with photography, love, and motion. He’s a freakin’ beast behind the camera. He sees motion and just snaps it perfectly. His images never get old. They are timeless.
Images by @philchester IG: https://www.instagram.com/philchester/
JUST LIKE HONEY | NADINE BERNES
The colors. The nature and soul that seem to carry through every image she shares. This woman is fearless in her photography. She’s always pushing the boundaries, making moments rich in culture and light. Not to mention Nadine is just the most adorable blue-haired woman, full of fierce pursuit and creativity. Just check out her work, y’all.
Images by @justlikehoney.us IG: https://www.instagram.com/justlikehoney.us/
CODY + ALLISON
Where to start with these guys? They knock it out of the park every wedding. Their website is a masterpiece alone, not to mention the way they capture light. They seem to have a way of making the couple feel like the only thing in the world. Not sure that makes sense, but gosh, I feel present when I see one of their images. I love the earthy red tones they weave in every edit. They document and create in perfect balance. Gosh, what a team.
Images by @codyandallisonphoto IG: https://www.instagram.com/codyandallisonphoto/
THE MONTOYA COLLECTIVE
Oh man, Keely and Aaron are absolutely incredible. I think what strikes me so much about their photography is how they let emotions lead. They are always there at the right moment with the ideal focal length, with raw talent to capture raw moments. I am so moved by their work every time. They also have such a way with black and white!
Images by @keelymontoyaphoto IG: Keely- www.instagram.com/keelymontoyaphoto/ Aaron: www.instagram.com/aaronblakemontoya/
SOME OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS I ADMIRE:
Emily Magers: https://www.instagram.com/emily.magers/
Haley Rynn Ringo: https://www.instagram.com/haleyrynnringo/
Sara Monika: https://www.instagram.com/saramonikaphoto/
Marco Schifa: https://www.instagram.com/marco_schifa/
Dawn Photo: https://www.instagram.com/dawn_photo/