The wait is over! We’re thrilled to announce our 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Pictures 2021. Our esteemed 30 honorees have been sworn to secrecy for the final month however lastly, they’ll shout it from the rooftops and revel within the pleasure of becoming a member of the 30 Rising Stars alumni. Further particular to us is that 2021 marks our tenth 12 months working this competitors, and every year the expertise continues to get stronger and extra numerous from all corners of the globe. This 12 months, our 30 are primarily based in such farflung locations as Vietnam, Eire, Malaysia, Finland and New Zealand, in addition to native markets to the US—Michigan, California, North Carolina, Arkansas and New York, amongst others.

In case you aren’t acquainted, this prestigious listing acknowledges and honors wedding photographers who’re creating an indelible mark on the trade and galvanizing it to evolve aesthetically.

[Read: How to Become One of Rangefinder’s 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography]

Annually, the Rangefinder editors invite picture trade leaders—together with different editors, photographers, wedding planners and distributors—to appoint wedding photographers from world wide for consideration. Age just isn’t an element, however certified nominees will need to have been taking pictures weddings full-time for 5 years or much less. As soon as a photographer will get nominated, they put collectively a submission of 30 photographs that wholly characterize their signature as a wedding photographer. When the editorial and artistic employees at Rangefinder judges these submissions, they search for compelling narratives, constant method, visible cohesion and numerous material.

These rising photographers present promise in taking the aesthetics of
wedding pictures to new locations. Visionaries as we speak, they’re the educators and mentors of the longer term. Our 5 judges are mesmerized by the method as we encounter distinctive views and artistic approaches that blow us away. This 12 months, the competitors grew to dizzying heights (actually!) as we encountered plenty of intentional blur and summary painterly seems, in addition to some drone photographs that had been very architectural in nature. We additionally took word that the darkish and moody look is again as nominees actually leaned into taking pictures with darkish shadows and not-so-ideal climate situations. Lastly, there have been much more elopements and intimate weddings showcased this 12 months, however far much less mask-wearing {couples} than what we noticed in 2020.

However sufficient with our verbal descriptions! Gear up, dig in and put together to get absorbed within the beautiful imagery created by this 12 months’s 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Pictures:

Adrian Vilanova

Andrea Verenini

Arte Visible MF (Sebastian Bravo)

Bernadeta Kupiec

Cedar & Pines (Megan and Nate Kantor)

Charlotte Kiri Pictures (Charlotte and Bruno)

Chonfan Bong

Emily Black

Emma and Wealthy

Eshant Raju Oguri

Photomagoria (Magdalena Glowacka)

Gabrielle Desmarchais


John Department IV

Jon Gazzignato

Julie Blink

Kane CY

Maya Tsolo

Malorie Kerouac

Mariana Pierce

Martina Ruffini

Nina & Darek

Paulina Bichara


Phylicia Willis

Pyry cantons

Stay in Mild Pictures (Mairead McDaid)

Ryanne Hollies

Story Images (Kristi Boatright)

The Salty Shutter (Dane Tucker)

Our 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography 2021 Are Here!


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