Based in the scenic foothills of the Smoky Mountains of East TN, Ben Finch turns his lens to wedding, editorial and commercial commissions; his vision is clear: approach each project with intention and kindness, blend an an eye for detail in controlled settings with a keen ability to seek out the spontaneous.  

In 2008, while working as a Business Consultant, Ben realized that he was successfully helping others to grow leaps and bounds but was neglecting to pursue his own creative interests. He needed to lean into his own inspiration and look towards a more impassioned career path. With a bit of luck coupled with an insatiable desire to exceed clients’ expectations, Ben has become a sought after photographer who brings the beautifully composed elements of his interior work and uses that same consideration of negative and positive space in a portrait. 

Ben, who never meets a stranger and embraces a bit of career curiosity, has degrees in Theology, Communication and Leadership. He spent several years as a Business Consultant in the private medical field, even more years as a Pastor, authored a book, learned to fly airplanes, managed a retail store, worked as a musician, became a designer, and an educator. He's a learner who is always up for a good adventure. Along the way, the best part of it all, are the relationships he’s built.

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Catherine Guidry is a New Orleans based wedding photographer, podcaster and educator. She has photographed close to 400 weddings and successfully built a debt-free six figure business over the course of the last decade, been featured in a variety of publications including Southern Brides, Style Me Pretty, The Knot..and is now helping other photographers and creative entrepreneurs embrace imperfection and pursue their passions through the podcast "Mistakes Make Magic." Her greatest achievements lie in creating memorable experiences for her clients and teaching other creative entrepreneurs and photographers how to successfully run their businesses!

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Erika Delgado

Erika Delgado is a certified coach to creative’s and wedding photographer documenting sophisticated, once in a lifetime events and portraits, with her brother Alexander and her husband Joshua. Together the team offers years of experience with meticulous dedication and care in each of their projects. Erika studied Hospitality and Event Management in Orlando and Switzerland; after returning to Miami she began her Wedding Photography Career. A few years later, she expanded by spending time in the energetic city of New York. Since then, Erika and her team have photographed hundreds of weddings in addition to portrait sessions and commercial work for clients like Cartier and Modern Luxury. Her work has been featured in national wedding publications including; BRIDES, The Knot, Inside Weddings, Modern Luxury Weddings, Southern Bride and Grace Ormonde.

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jainÉ kershner

Jainé Kershner started her photography education series “Tea with Jainé” to share advice, resources, and lessons learned over the last 10 years as a wedding photographer. Tea with Jainé includes an Instagram TV series, blog, bi-monthly podcast, meet-ups, 1:1 coaching, and the marketing intensive workshops for wedding photographers. 

Jainé Kershner Photography has been featured in several wedding publications including Martha Stewart Weddings, Style Me Pretty, Brides, and The Knot. She was handpicked as one of NYC’s Best Wedding Photographers to know by BRIDES and voted Best Brooklyn Wedding Photographer in 2018! 

James & Jess travel the world photographing luxury weddings & teaching fellow entrepreneurs how to thrive in business and life. Based out of sunny Santa Barbara ,they have photographed over 350 weddings around the globe over the past 14 years and strive to show others that this beautiful life is worth living each day to the fullest.

James & Jess

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Jessa Schifilliti

Jessa Schifilliti (rhymes with Confetti) is a moment preserver who specializes in capturing elevated and genuine love stories in coastal towns, everywhere. With a degree in creative advertising and a past life similar to the opening montage in ‘Devil Wears Prada’, Jessa has spent the last decade honing her eye for photography and design. 

When she’s not photographing beautiful weddings on the coast, she’s designing the california-bungalow inspired home she shares with her husband, Brian. Between creative projects, wrangling her two boys, life is busy but sweet. She loves a crisp white t-shirt, beach days, and enjoying a margarita with a good friend. Her work has been featured in Martha Stewart, BRIDES, Style Me Pretty, but most importantly, in the homes of her sweet clients. 

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Julie Bunkley

Invision Events is a nationally celebrated design and plan firm based in Birmingham, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia and was recently named by BRIDES as a Best Wedding Planner in America. 

Julie Bunkley, the owner & creative director of Invision Events, is a PR and design maven as well as a longterm, strategic visionary. With a degree in Public Relations and self taught in In Design, Julie’s aesthetic and passion for building a brand is well over a decade in the making. Her eye is always on the long game, reminding us that a sustainable and successful business is a marathon and not a sprint. Her work has been featured on countless occasions in Martha Stewart Weddings, BRIDES, People, The New York Times, Fortune, InStyle, Bridal Guide and Southern Living, among others. 

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Kati rosado

Kati Rosado is hybrid destination film and digital photographer living in Florida. She specializes in weddings with a focus on natural, vibrant, and joyful imagery. She was chosen as one of the best Miami Wedding Photographers by Bride's Magazine and her photographs have been featured on many of the top wedding blogs including Martha Stewart Weddings, Style Me Pretty, The Knot, and more. Kati's philosophy in life and business is true authenticity, as she believes if you now who you are and are genuine with your couples, your work will speak for and sell itself.


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kelly mathis

Kelly is a hybrid photographer specializing in Midwest weddings, destination weddings and senior portraits. Shooting on both film and digital mediums, her style has often been described as organic, natural and timeless. When she's not documenting beautiful weddings, she is a financial educator to creative entrepreneurs coaching them on how to pay off debt, create a savings plan, and build a sustainable + profitable business. Kelly's goal is to teach others how to live out their creative dreams while experiencing more freedom, less-stress, life-changing wealth, and a lasting legacy for generations to come. 

She is a momma to five (yes––five!) sweet kiddos and a wife of 8 years to her carpenter husband, Ben. Kelly is a small-town Wisconsin girl with a deep love for travel, craft beer, Jimmy Fallon, cafe mochas, warm cozy sweaters, and all things Joanna Gaines. In the off-season, Kelly spends most of her time with her family and completing projects on their beautiful 1800s farmhouse! 

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kir tuben

Kir Tuben is a hybrid wedding photographer who is inspired by authenticity. Her degree in Documentary Studies blends with her passion for Fine Art to create her unique brand. Kir is a Florida girl at heart and resides in Washington D.C. with her husband and two cats, Tuna and Lobo. Although the East Coast is her home, she shoots weddings all over the globe and has been featured in publications including Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot, Inside Weddings and Brides. Kir is all about being direct, honest and upfront and encourages you to come to introduce yourself or grab a glass of whiskey with her!

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krystel stacey

Krystel is dedicated to inspiring fellow leaders and entrepreneurs by sharing her success and struggles while owning and running three thriving businesses. She has been recognized as a leader in her field and nominated Woman of the Year by San Diego Magazine.

Krystel's work has been featured on Huffington Post, Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides Magazine, and The Knot. With over a decade of experience in business she is now sharing her expertise and secrets to success.
She resides with her husband, daughter, and pup in Coronado, CA where she is inspired by the sunshine and sea.

She believes that this life is a gift and you only get one chance to live it so you must go after your dreams full force. She now coaches many entrepreneurs to live the life they imagined.

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magi fisher

Magdalena is an artist, lawyer, storyteller, traveler, and lover of all things design, ocean and earth-conscious. Her journey has taken her from photographing professional surfers while swimming in some of the world's most epic waves around the world to receiving a Juris Doctorate from Rutgers Law. Magdalena's experiences - adventure, attention to detail, professionalism, and a heart for truly, madly in-love couples - has allowed her to efficiently grow and run her wedding photography business and team while completing her law career. She excels and thrives on the entrepreneurial aspects of business organization, sustainable workflows, and balanced efficiency. If she’s not photographing a wedding with her husband or running her team, you’ll probably catch her eating an açaí bowl, reading a book at the edge of the ocean, or watching SVU reruns in her beach bungalow.

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olivia carson

Olivia's love affair with film began at age sixteen when she started documenting her angsty teenage years on Kodak Gold that she purchased and developed at the neighborhood Walgreens (sometimes within the same afternoon). She love all of life’s little nuances and the way they manifest themselves during the sweetest days of our lives. If there's one thing Olivia has learned over her years of bearing witness through a tiny viewfinder, it's this: greatness exists in the inconspicuous and overlooked details. To her, there is so much beauty in simplicity and the way that it allows our humanity to shine through. Olivia believes in paring things down to the essence without removing the poetry (in business and in life). In other words, she believes in everyday magic. This philosophy has helped Olivia appear among the pages of Vogue Italia, Offbeat Bride, Grey Likes Weddings, Once Wed, and Magnolia Rouge Magazine.

When she's not crafting copy for five figure launches or creating intentional, enduring imagery for couples along the West Coast, Olivia calls Seattle home. As a recovering busy person, you can find Olivia embracing rest over hustle by shopping the farmer’s market, spoiling her Miniature Schnauzer with Canadian bacon treats, and falling asleep on the couch to episodes of Lost.

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michael & anna

As photographers and sales educators, Michael and Anna Costa teach creatives how to curate a sales experience for their clients which not only increases income but more importantly creates an energetic flow towards upleveling their craft.

Michael and Anna believe that approaching sales from a place of love, gives the client more than they ever dreamed of upon first contact. They are their own proof. Michael and Anna implemented this sales strategy from day one when they were both starving students working toward art degrees. They built a 6 figure business the same year they graduated. Now more than 10 years later they have served hundreds of photography clients (celebrities included) the world over. Michael and Anna have been featured in Huffington Post, PDN, Martha Stewart and Harper's Bazaar to name a few.

Michael and Anna live on the coast of California with their daughter and son who both eat way too much ice cream.

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rohana olson

Rohana specializes on documenting a couple's unique love story through romantic photographs, capturing unforgettable moments, and treating all of her clients like they are a part of her family. 

Rohana's work is elegant, natural, and timeless and captures her clients to showcase their most honest side with authentic emotion. You can trust her to create timeless poses, genuine emotion, and capture your intimate and candid moments with love and care.

When she isn't out documenting love story’s, capturing joyful family’s or mentoring other creative entrepreneurs, you can find her at home, testing out a new recipe, dancing in the kitchen to Frank Sinatra with her husband, or playing snuggle monster with her little girl. 

Her clients are joyful, kind, and timeless. They connect with Rohana so that she can capture genuine expressions, and make photographic magic all while creating a memory.

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sarah carpenter

Sarah Carpenter is a destination wedding, portrait, and dance photographer who lives in Redmond, Washington with her husband and kids. After more than a decade of chasing dreams of dancing professionally and achieving a scientific degree, Sarah realized that her true passions had always been in photography and quickly made it her mission to practice as much as possible and become a top photographer. Much of her inspiration still comes from her dance photography as she is inspired by the lines, movement through the frame, the strength and the grace of a dancer's form. Throughout the years, Sarah's main focus has been to give her clients a beautiful, thoughtful experience culminating in a collection of intentionally curated photos that tell their story.

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tyrenda pentecost

Ty Pentecost is a classic fine art film photographer located in the Bay Area who also travels throughout the United States. She is an educator and mentor who has taught photography related classes.

Tyrenda runs an online education academy for photographers who are looking to learn film and digital photography basics. She has also previously educated onboarding employees at eBay Inc. Having worked for a fortune 500 company as a learning and development specialist, Tyrenda understands the importance of developing learning content to create real change management and tangible learning outcomes. Her educator style is friendly and warm, which is why she has thrived with new photographers that may need a softer touch. In addition, her transparent nature and relatable personality have left her with positive feedback across the different education platforms she has taught on. Tyrenda has enjoyed serving the photography industry as a photographer and educator over the past seven years.

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Tyler speier

Tyler Speier is a native Santa Barbara resident with a deep love of that laid-back luxury, Southern California style. There’s nothing he doesn’t know about this majestic area ideal for destination weddings and special celebrations. With his knowledge of the region and passion for design, Tyler started Tyler Speier Events in 2008 and has since planned and designed hundreds of weddings and parties across the state. His work has been featured and highlighted in countless media outlets, including Martha Stewart Weddings, Inside Weddings, Bridal Guide, InStyle, Brides, Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks, Green Wedding Shoes, Inspired By This, Pop Sugar, The Venue Report, Loverly, and several other national and local publications. Tyler’s passion for visual storytelling, his energetic love of life and others and his unparalleled experience make Tyler Speier Events some of the most respected and sought after Santa Barbara wedding planners and designers.

Vanessa Hicks is a wedding and portrait photographer currently documenting love in San Diego, while hopping back to her home in Hawaii! She is a military spouse and veteran, and has successfully moved her business four times in the past 6 years! She truly believes in empowering others, and the importance of documenting her clients legacy! When she’s doesn’t have a camera in her hand , you can find her with a Starbucks cup in her hand, watching Harry Potter or The Office on reruns, or just lounging on the beach with an umbrella drink in her hand!

vanessa hicks

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Wendy Kay

Birds of a Feather is a Dallas-based wedding planning firm with a focus on creative design and offering clients a concierge-level planning experience specializing in approachable detail-oriented design with artfully captivating color palettes that have become their signature. Birds of a Feather has been named as a Best Planner in America by BRIDES as well as a Top Wedding Planner and Event Designer Worldwide by Martha Stewart Weddings.

With a background in producing and directing live television for the better part of 10 years, Wendy Kay is the definition of “quick on your feet.” She prides herself on being a professional problem solver—which has served her well in her 11 years of planning and executing flawless events.

Wendy founded Birds of a Feather Events in 2010 after planning her own wedding, and has continued on to become a serial entrepreneur of sorts starting several sister companies and diversifying her streams of income. With a straightforward approach, Wendy builds a rapport with her clients. She believes that the more she gets to know her couples, the better (and more personal) the wedding will be.