In 2019 and 2020 I was nominated for Rangefinder Magazine’s 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography. This award is one of the most prestigious in the wedding industry. While I didn’t win, it’s always an incredible experience to go through my entire body of work and pick only the best.
For those that aren’t aware of the the competition, 200+ photographers that have been full time for 5 years or less are nominated to submit their 30 best images. Then the editors of Rangefinder pick the top 30. So I try not to get my hopes up as winning is a feat but I’ve learned so much by looking at my work with such a critical eye.
Out of all the work I’ve created, it’s difficult to narrow my images down to just 30. It’s quite painstaking actually. Last year, I turned to countless industry friends to critique my submission and they all came back with different favorites or advice. While helpful in some aspects, it left me confused. My usual ability to make gut decisions was questioned which left me disconnected from the images I’ve always loved.
This year, I didn’t show anyone until after I had submitted. I went purely on my own gut and the images I love the most. Even though I didn’t win, I can’t focus on figuring out what others want to see. I’m proud of the work I created and being able to show it to the top industry minds is winning enough.
Enjoy my top 30 for 2020!