WPJA Member Testimonials
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Matt Adcock, Mexico
1. Well, I just wanted to say thank you for holding an organization full of such talented professionals! Also, thank you for holding the contests! Placing first in any category is HUGE for me... the competitors here are the BEST. I feel honored to placed amongst the absolute best in the WORLD!
Recently, a local Atlanta Advertiser, www.atlantabridal.com did a write up on my business and its affiliation with WPJA and the recent contest results and I think you should take a look. This website is a big website for wedding professionals in Atlanta and TONS of brides visit this website daily....Anyway, if you have a moment, check out:
.... This article is viewable from her homepage..which is great advertising for me.... but she posts a blog and it is topic #1 viewable from homepage!!!!!!!! Lei Lydle is the founder of www.atlantabridal.com & throws praise to www.wpja.com ! Worth a read...
I am stoked to be a member at WPJA.... Oh, did I mention, WPJA is a MAJOR help in the advertising campaign for me! BRIDES LOVE YOUR SITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2. I had a bride from TN looking for wedding photojournalist today...she found my listing in GA and submitted the form.
Very simple info there..
I love her answer to )how did you find me?)
Wedding Date 07/02/2005
Ceremony: Hendersonville, TN
How Found: WPJA....cause it rocks
Mark Earthy, England
We have both been members of the Wedding Photojournalist Association for what is approaching 6 years.
During these past fantastic years we have been booked countless times by couples that have found us through the WPJA. We have been booked for weddings throughout the UK and for destinations weddings in Europe & Asia.
Our couples have a clear understanding about the style of wedding photography they wish for and that is for their photographers to tell the story of their day where the focus is on capturing the candid moments not the poses. For us it is an ideal match and as Wedding Photojournalists we are booked by clients
that love our style of story telling documentary wedding photography - a perfect marriage of Client + Photographers :)
We love seeing the quarterly photo competitions and the fantastic images from fellow worldwide WPJA members.
Best wishes from London
Mark & Marianne
Shane Snider, North Carolina
Just wanted to share this latest WPJA benefit...
Contact Form Submittal: "As the editorial director of Kodak Propass Magazine, Kodak's online magazine for professional photographers,I'm always looking for photographers who bring a fresh perspective to their craft. I was wondering if you ever use any Kodak product, be it paper or film, and if so, if you'd care to be featured at some point in time. Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Warm regards, Cindy R."
Karri North, Canada
Over the past year of membership I've been pleasantly surprised at the amount of positivity that comes from my association with the WPJA. Not only am I drawing in clients who are truly interested in and appreciative of the art of photography, but I seem to gain both trust and prestige in the eyes of my clients/potential clients when I direct them to the WPJA website to explore the incredible images posted there.
I use the site for my own inspiration all the time.
Thank you WPJA and all you photographers that make it up!!
Mike Topham, Virginia
It seems that our best clients are referrals from WPJA. And as a former news photographer, I really enjoy the emphasis that is placed on photojournalism and creativity. In my opinion, the WPJA is fast becoming the worldwide authority on wedding photojournalism.View Profile
Juliana Wiklund, Sweden
Last weekend I had, by far, the most fun and most loving wedding this year.
Although the couple was very famous and many celebrities were amongst their guests, they treated me with the highest respect a photographer could ever wish for. How did they get in touch with me? Through WPJA!
As they are from England and the wedding would be held in Sweden, they just searched the Internet for "Wedding Photographer Sweden" and when the WPJA site came up first in the search motor, they were deeply impressed by the respect and seriousness it transmitted. From that point, it was just to choose the Swedish photographer from the WPJA that was most adequate to their needs.
Thank you for sending me this wonderful couple and giving me the opportunity to show them the beautiful pictures that can be gotten when they hire one WPJA professional!
Warm greetings from Sweden
Glen Stubbe, Minnesota
When a bride comes to me through the WPJA, she comes with a sophisticated understanding of the power of photojournalism and an appreciation of what I can bring to her wedding. The WPJA is a wonderful magnet for authenticity in wedding photography and I'm proud to be part of it.View Profile
Aaron Willcox, Southern California
I just added Asia to my destination locations about two months ago. Thanks to WPJA, I will be flying to Hong Kong in two weeks to photograph my first Chinese wedding. I probably book at least half of my weddings from WPJA. Thanks for providing such a fabulous tool for both photographers AND engaged couples!View Profile
Sarah Whitmeyer, North Carolina
I received a call from a bride the very first day I was listed on the site!
I was so amazed, I felt obligated to testify :)
Agaton Strom, New York (City/Metro)
Almost all my business is from the WPJA. I would say 85-90 percent. I much rather have clients find me through WPJA than other resources. Clients that find me on WPJA are educated brides and they are looking for my style. I have to spend less time educating the clients of my journalistiv position at the first meeting.View Profile
Peggy Bair, Kansas
I LOVE WPJA -- I don't know where we'd be without it but I remember how much harder it was to explain "wedding photojournalism" without it. A strong percentage of inquiries I receive come from WPJA. Brides who go there already have a sense of what they want, which lessens the amount of "explaining" I have to do. The contests are so inspirational (although I don't envy the difficult task the judges have of picking the best from so many great entries!)View Profile
Rich Janniello, New York (City/Metro)
Just a quick note to say thank you for creating such a fantastic organization. The WPJA is my #1 referral source and I couldn't imagine my business without it. Thanks again!View Profile
Ben Chrisman, Northern California
I'm very excited to be part of WPJA. I feel like I've found 'my' community amongst the wedding photographers...I am happy to be a part of a wedding photographer community which doesn't feel the need to stage situations which are more beautiful when left alone. My main problem with traditional wedding photography is that I do not feel I can believe any of it as truthful. That has changed since being a part of WPJA.View Profile
David Crane, Southern California
I just received my very nice [WPJA] tee and check for the summer contest. Thank-you! I'd also like to thank-you for the fine service you provide. I am a full-time newspaper shooter and freelance editorial shooter, but I must say, the response for my wedding photography has been overwhelming since joining your ranks. Clients who find me through the WPJA already know exactly what I am about. No hour long dissertations on the difference between my style and that of a studio shooter! THANK-YOU! Keep up the great work, I will add the wpja logo to my web site just as soon as I have the time.View Profile
Kella MacPhee, New Jersey
I've been a member of The WPJA for a few years now and it has definitely given me a real jump start to my business! It's a great resource for unique wedding photographers! Couples are looking for something different and fun and The WPJA provides them with some awesome choices!View Profile
Jeff Tarantino, New Jersey
My most informed referrals come from the WPJA. When I receive an inquiry from a bride who found me through WPJA I am confident that she not only knows what she wants and expects but also has a respect for what photojournalism is.
I'm grateful for your commitment to maintaining your standards and to providing quality articles for not just your members but for the bride and groom as well through WedPix.
I'm in good company here. Thanks!
Michael Albert, Canada
By the way, business has shot through the roof after joining the WPJA...and most every inquiry is from the type of client I am looking for.View Profile
David Crane, Southern California
...thanks again for a great site and support. Clients who find me through the WPJA site are always great to work with and make my job so much easier because they know exactly what to expect, my membership in the WPJA has been one of the best moves I have made.View Profile
David Perkins, England
When my acceptance for the WPJA came though I was overjoyed and I still feel that way today.
We receive many of our best clients thought the WPJA website as they a excited by wedding photojournalism before they call the studio. I could not recommend the WPJA more highly.
The online stats‚ show we receive a constant stream of new referrals from the WPJA site every week.
Thank you kindly.
Stacey Kane, Maine
Just wanted to take a second to thank you again for everything you do with WPJA. I'm honored to be part of such an incredible group. Like most, I always ask brides how they found me. I'm particularly interested in knowing this information since I not only haven't advertised my wedding photography in any significant capacity....I have an unlisted phone number to boot! In fact, it wasn't until about a month ago that I finally ordered business cards! So, it shouldn't come as any big surprise to know that a VERY large percentage of my business comes from WPJA. Even better, it doesn't just come from WPJA directly...it also comes from referrals of the other members of WPJA. I know that most of the members in my region, including myself, refer couples to the WPJA site when a wedding date is already booked for them. I believe that WPJA is successful for so many of us because it is a form of the best type of marketing....word of mouth.
Honestly, I could go on and on about the many positive attributes of WPJA from a photographer's perspective. Praise runs very high for your organization from my clients as well.
I want to thank you again for all that you do. I am more than proud to be a member of WPJA. I truly appreciate (as do the other photographers I've spoken with) that you uphold a higher standard for membership. Knowing the quality of photographers that are members of WPJA makes it very easy to refer brides to. I know David, Michele, Melissa and Jamie and they are wonderful photographers and great people. I'm thrilled to be in such good company!
It was nice to hear from you. Please let me know next time you make it to Maine. Maybe we could all try to get together.
Toby Morris, Southern California
I am a WPJA member, and it has been working so well, that i was wondering if it would be possible to pay the additional fee and add my name to a couple of states (namely MASS and NJ).
Thanks very much in advance, and again, you guys offer the best service out there,
Alex Zeevi-Christian, New York (City/Metro)
....I also wanted to thank you and your team for the fabulous job you have done with WPJA.
Your website contributed tremendously to my photography.
Kim Long, Ohio
Since becoming a member, well over half of my clients have found me through the WPJA or were referrals from clients who had initially found me through the WPJA.View Profile
Fadi Kheir, New York (City/Metro)
First of all I want to thank you for running such a great site. The impact it has had on my wedding work has been amazing and winning an award was really great. Also if you would like to use any of my photos on or to promote your site please do so.
Eric Joseph, New Jersey
Becoming a member of the WPJA was a personal goal. I was referred to the organization by a bride who mentioned our style was just what they represented. I'm very thankful to be a part of the organization and hope to continue to strive toward the standards the WPJA represents.
I also spread the word about being a member to my clients and let each client know about the organization as well to better show our work and business is represented by more than just an advertised site.
Benjamin Rusnak, Florida
The new site looks great! One can never hear this sort of thing often enough so let me say thanks for the very professional service that you provide to help brides find photographers like us and to help further the professionalism in the field of wedding photojournalism. Your continued efforts raise the bar for all of us.View Profile
Shane Snider, North Carolina
My business is really taking off because of the WPJA membership. This is the first year I really advertised and started the business in earnest. Traffic to my Web site was painfully slow until I was listed on the WPJA site. I just signed a bride and groom last night who were referred through WPJA - this was my first "Platinum Package" sale. I'm getting at least two to three serious inquiries a week just from WPJA traffic. My wife was worried about me spending the money to join, but she agrees now that this is by far the best thing we could have done for the business.
Thanks for everything you do.
Michelle Robinson, North Carolina
Only one day with WPJA and I already got an inquiry from a bride.
Peter Doyle, New York (City/Metro)
Thanks for the updates, I would be spending more time updating my listing and reading news and such on WPJA... but the site works so well for me I'm too busy!View Profile
Meg Baisden, Florida
The WPJA has been such an amazing tool for me - I owe countless SOLID leads to your site and continued advertising efforts in the few short months I've been a member. My only regret is that I didn't apply for membership sooner! Congratulations on the awesome search engine ranking -
being above theknot.com is HUGE in my book!
Keep up the great work!
Jeff Tarantino, New Jersey
Let me take a moment to thank you for the honor of being included in the WedPix article, "RAINY WEDDING DAY PARADE". It was a terrific boon for my business and WPJA continues to guide the most educated brides to me.View Profile
Jonathan McBride, Pennsylvania
Thank you so much! I've only been on the site for 2 days and have already gotten 2 referrals from the website!View Profile
Denise Cregier, New York (Upstate)
I just wanted to let you know that I just got the sweetest inquiry for a wedding from someone who found me on WPJA. She said my work stood out, and that the images were beautiful. She even has the same last name as my paternal great grandmother, which I found very interesting. I just feel that the contacts I get from your site are true matches, and I just had to let you know!View Profile
Matt Adcock, Mexico
I'm off to a destination wedding Thursday in the Bahamas. ALL because of WPJA. Unlimited package, paying for travel, 5 nights, the whole 9 yards... Client hired me site unseen from LA. I am staying for 5 days. My assistant & I are Scuba certified, as well as bride & groom, so we are all going diving!!! These shots are going to be killer! Thanks wpja.
Ce Helton, Southern California
I am so glad to be part of the wpja. I can't tell you how many quality clients I get from wpja as well as the networking I have done. I have already shot some weddings with members of wpja for weddings I travel to and need a second shooter who is local to that area. I know the quality of their work even before I work with them.
Thank you for putting this together and "coaching" us. I just renewed my membership and couldn't fathom not doing so.
Brett Butterstein, Southern California
Thanks to everyone at WPJA for all of your hard work! I get a ton of bookings from my listings with you and know many of my colleagues do as well. Now if I could only get my gangsta necklace...View Profile
Carla Ten Eyck, Connecticut
I also wanted to tell you that being a member of the WPJA has increased my bookings already (I have only been a member since October! - [2 months]) Thanks for heading such a reputable organization!View Profile
Marie Labbancz, New Jersey
1. I must tell you how wonderful your site has been for my business. It is truly helping me find the "right" kind of clients. They are looking for a truer form of wedding photojournalism, and that in turn is helping me be freer in my work. Thank you for all your hard work, and please let me know if I can ever be of any assistance.
2. It's just amazing how much energy you put into WPJA. I can't tell you how much I admire what you are doing to raise the bar for Wedding Photojournalism. You are helping define what it really is and what it should be.
Thanks for everything!
David Murray, Georgia
... Also, again wanted to say thanks for all your fine work in launching and promoting the wpja. We now use it as our referral site. If we are busy for a date we send the client to the wpja and say those are the photographers we would recommend. Hope to meet you some day.View Profile
Trevor Wilson, Scotland
I should let you know that I am delighted with the WPJA and have always been. After joining, and subsequently leaving, two of our UK organisations I feel that I have finally found a society in the WPJA that approaches weddings the same way I do. The competitions and articles the website publishes are inspiring and I am a regular visitor - if I have had a bad day I will look through some of the past competition photographs and find it an uplifting and inspiring experience.
I am delighted that the WPJA exists and I, and I am sure many others, will continue to be proud supportive members of the society.
Heather Hughes Ostermaier, Virginia
...I speak fondly of WPJA and often reference it to couples when I am already booked because of the high standards you uphold. I also started in the newspaper industry (and am still there) and treasure honesty & truthfulness in photographs, even at weddings, and am thankful that there is a wedding organization that agrees.View Profile
Sacha Miller, Wales
I think the WPJA is an excellent professional photographers organisation.
Being based in the UK, I do not receive as many referrals from the WPJA website as the USA counterparts, but membership offers many other things. Firstly it is an honour being a member of a relatively select group of photographers, with such high standards in both technical and artistic skills. (Unlike so many other so called 'pro' organisations which I have experimented membership with). When I first left the newspaper game and entered the wedding market, it was quite daunting, but being able to read other like minded photographers' experiences was very helpful and reassuring.
Sorry to drone on, but I wish you and the WPJA Team all the best.
Kim Chapman, Maine
I wanted you to know that I just returned from the most beautiful place in the world...Punta Cana, Dominican Republic! Thanks to WPJA, I was fortunate enough to be hired for this beautiful destination wedding. It was such a dream come true for me! I never would have landed this if it wasn't for WPJA. I look forward to my upcoming destination wedding in St. Thomas as well. Dreamy! Thank you so much for giving me these amazing opportunities!View Profile
Aurel Virlan, Romania
I'm a very new member of the WPJA... For me it is an honor and I feel proud when somebody finds me from the WPJA.
The WPJA is a wonderful world of photography... I spend hours just watching amazing moments, faces, details...
Philip Thomas, Southern Texas
I'm humbled and I'm still pinching myself to be part of the WPJA. I have a long way to get where I want to be, and even then I will always be striving to get to the next level. So thank you for the opportunity.
You write how other photographers in the WPJA refer others when they're booked-and that's exactly what happened to me when a kindly WPJA photographer referred me to a Houston couple who came to San Antonio to have their wedding with family & friends. A good example of the WPJA team, as you put it.
I've been a photographer for 15 years but just started capturing weddings just a year ago when my passion for documenting weddings rather than the traditional style-which was such a turn off-changed. I wanted to physically vomit just thinking about it.
Thank you for accepting me into a great organization.
Robin Shotola, Maryland
Just wanted to let you know how much I value my WPJA membership, and to thank you and your staff for all the work you do to keep the organization running.
Being a WPJA member has had an incredible effect on my business. I'm getting more inquiries and bookings than I ever have before because of WPJA's great publicity, a well organized website, and all of the great advertising - word-of-mouth and otherwise. Entering the contests and seeing the work of other members has pushed me to a new level creatively.
But the best part about being a WPJA member and the high ethical standards of the organization is that when I'm booked or (God forbid) unable to shoot an event because of an emergency, I know that I have an entire network of like-styled and, more importantly, like-minded photographers who I would absolutely trust to take my place. In fact, I don't even refer clients to non-WPJA photographers anymore.
Anyway, keep up the great work and, as always, if there's anything I can do from Baltimore/DC, just ask.