Rangefinder Proudly Presents the 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography 2017!

     All of us at Rangefinder have been chomping at the bit, but it’s finally time to celebrate the honorees of our sixth annual 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography competition!

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First, here are the trends we observed. While years past have been marked by dark styles and film-like palettes, we’re seeing a return to true documentarians—each with a signature aesthetic twist. Rather than epic landscapes captured from far away, cameras are coming closer to show raw emotions, silly expressions and subtle interactions, conveying—as much as possible—a sort of tangibility of what a wedding really felt like.

Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the list of this year's 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography. (We extend a big THANK YOU to our sponsors, FUJIFILM and ShootProof! ShootProof created our official gallery featuring the full submissions from the honorees):

Original Article: https://www.rangefinderonline.com/news-features/industry-news/rf-proudly-presents-the-30-rising-stars-of-wedding-photography-2017/

MANTAS KUBILINSKAS
Age: 32
Resides: Washington, D.C.
Years in business: 4

A WILD ESCAPE
Ages: 28 (Chris), 26 (Gina)
Reside: Cologne, Germany
Years in business: 1

ART WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
Age: 36
Resides: Dublin, Ireland
Years in business: 4

BEN HIGGINS (BOY CALLED BEN)
Age: 28
Resides: Bristol, England
Years in business: 4

BEN SOWRY
Age: 27
Resides: Sydney, Australia
Years in business: 1

BRUNO REZZA
Age: 28
Resides: Chihuahua, Mexico
Years in business: 5

CAMI GRUDZINSKI
Age: 37
Resides: Davenport, FL
Years in business: 4

CHRIS GLENN
Age: 32
Resides: Costa Mesa, CA
Years in business: 3

DANILO AND SHARON
Ages: 24 (both)
Reside: Belgrade, Serbia/Stockholm, Sweden
Years in business: 4

DAREK NOVAK
Age: 42
Resides: Sligo, Ireland
Years in business: 5

EMILIE WHITE
Age: 36
Resides: London, England
Years in business: 5

GIUSEPPE MARANO
Age: 34
Resides: Rome, Italy
Years in business: 5

HAFENLIEBE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
Ages: 40 (Björn), 27 (Jessy)
Reside: Hamburg, Germany
Years in business: 3.5

HELENA AND LAURENT
Ages: 35 (both)
Reside: San Francisco, CA
Years in business: 4

IRINA AND MATEJ
Ages: 30 (Irina), 31 (Matej)
Reside: Osijek, Croatia
Years in business: 2

JORDAN VOTH
Age: 27
Resides: Seattle, WA
Years in business: 3

JORDANNA MARSTON
Age: 37
Resides: Northamptonshire, England
Years in business: 4

KREATIV WEDDING
Age: 33
Resides: Düsseldorf, Germany
Years in business: 4

MARIANNE CHUA
Age: 30
Resides: London, England
Years in business: 4

MARTIJN ROOS
Age: 25
Resides: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Years in business: 2

NAOMI GOGGIN
Age: 31
Resides: London, England
Years in business: 5

NAOMI VAN DER KRAAN (KNOWME FOTOGRAFIE)
Age: 33
Resides: The Netherlands
Years in business: 2

NIGEL JOHN
Age: 32
Resides: Northumberland, England
Years in business: 2

PABLO LAGUIA
Age: 38
Resides: Alicante, Spain
Years in business: 5

QAY
Age: 31
Resides: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Years in business: 1

ROBERTO PANCIATICI
Age: 39
Resides: Berlin, Germany
Years in business: 4

SAMUEL GOH
Age: 32
Resides: Singapore
Years in business: 4

THE COLAGROSSIS
Ages: 28 (Mitch), 27 (Destany)
Reside: Fort Wayne, IN
Years in business: 4

THE FRAMERS
Ages: 31 (both)
Reside: Lisbon, Portugal
Years in business: 4

ZALMY BERKOWITZ
Age: 33
Resides: Huntington Beach, CA
Years in business: 3

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!

Johnatan + Chey || Georgetown || Washington DC || Engagement Session

It was so fun to document Johnatan and Chey hapiness. During their engagement session in Georgetown and  Lincoln Memorial we looked like explorers who was trying to find some unique spots to photograph them. Guess what? Take a look at their engagement session and you will see what we discover :) 

Alex + Michelle || Old Stone House || Union Market || Engagement Session

Alex and Michelle are a beautiful and charming couple. I am very excited to share with their engagement session at which took place at Old Stone House and Union Market Washington DC. Oh one more thing. Their wedding images coming soon on my blog as well. 🤓👏🏻

Greg + Isabele || Ritz - Carlton Hotel || Georgetown, Washington DC

This spring I had a huge honor to document outstanding wedding day of Greg and Isabel at Ritz - Carlton Hotel in Georgetown. I was impressed by this couple since our first meeting. Stylish model Greg and elegant Doctor Isabel are amazing, smart and really interesting people. It was a pleasure to work with them. You just have to see their extraordinary wedding pictures. 

Pictures was taken with my beloved Nikon D750

John + Elizabeth || Carnegie Institute for Science || Wedding

On the 1st of April I had an honor to document really beautiful wedding of John and Elizabeth. It is really difficult to describe how amazing that day was. Elegant ceremony began at Washington DC War Memorial.   I still remember as it was yesterday how perfect was that moment and how happy was John and Elizabeth. For the reception couple chose  Carnegie Institute for Science. During the reception music and lights were provided by Josh Goldman "Dj G".  Also we had an amazing photo shooting at Lincoln Memorial and National Gallery of Art. Very special thanks for Mari Harsan for helping me to document their special day! I had really great time during this amazing wedding. I was able to take a lot of creative, artistic pictures. From all my heart I wish John and Elizabeth many years of true love!

Kody + Stef || Redeemer Church Chesapeake || VA Wedding

Few months ago I had an amazing time with Kody and Stef in Shenandoah national park during their engagement session. This time I had a huge honor to document their beautiful and really special wedding day at Redeemer Church. I had really great time during their wedding and I am happy that I was able to meet really amazing people and to take a lot of beautiful pictures. 

Matt + Adriana || Silverbook Farm Engagement Session

I just love my work especially when I can enjoy great company during the session. This time I would like to show you amazing pictures from Matt and Adriana engagement session at Silverbrook Farm. I had a great time with this couple and their adorable and beautiful dog. During the session, I was able not only to take pictures and document the moment of true happiness,  to capture honest emotions and beautiful smiles but also I was able to play with a fluffy puppy. As the biggest dog lover, believe me, that was heaven for me. 

Pete + Liz || Engagement || Fort McHenry National Monument || Baltimore MD

In the middle of the March 2017, I had a great opportunity to document true love and true happiness of Liz and Pete at Fort McHenry National Monument, Baltimore. We had an amazing time together. I was able to take a lot of beautiful and creative pictures and thanks to this amazing couple. I am really happy that I had a chance to work with such an amazing people at the beautiful and unique place. 

Jon + Molly || Lincoln Memorial Documentary Engagement Session

I had just an incredible time with Jon and Molly at Lincoln Memorial. I was really surprised when they told me that they are professional Frisby players. Can you imagine how happy I was to see how they play Frisby.  This couple is full of energy, love and happiness. I enjoyed every moment wth them.  It was such an honor to work with really extraordinary people and document their happiness.