About Us

Lisa Raffo Ashley- Manager and Founder of the Collective

Curated and managed by Lisa Ashley, The Wedding Artists Collective is a group of wedding photographers and filmmakers based mostly in California, New York and Florida.

From her Venice, CA studio Lisa promotes the artists’ work, manages calendars, responds to initial inquires and handles contracts and billing, freeing up the artists to do what they love and do best- make beautiful photos and films. Everyone in the Collective is lucky to call themselves not only colleagues but also good friends. It has truly become a perfect collaboration mixing business, friendship and art.

When she's not managing the Collective you might find her down by the beach, riding her bike around town or cooking a new recipe while listening to some West Coast Jazz on the record player.

Josh Goleman Studio- Photographers & Filmmakers based in NY

Josh is the principle shooter, creative director and owner of Josh Goleman Studios. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Murphy who manages the studio and assists Josh and the other shooters on almost all weddings. Together with their band of like-minded, creative and talented shooters their studio is in a constant buzz. However, when they find the time they love nothing more than to explore the city, road trip upstate with friends or sit in their backyard sipping on a glass of home-brewed beer.

When booking Josh Goleman Studios we’ll set you up with the right photograper and or videographer(s) based on the location and date of your wedding.

Gary Ashley- Photographer based in NY & LA

Gary’s a big fan of surfing, making good food and perfecting his jalapeño infused tequila. He's also a big fan of two people in love, surrounded by friends and family, and he considers it an honor to be along for the ride.

Now living in Venice, CA with his wife Lisa, Gary travels back to NY at least once a month for various projects and weddings. Though he mostly shoots digitally he loves nothing more than to bust out his various film cameras including his Widelux, Diana and of course Polaroid. Coming from a documentary background he feels its his job to not only create magical portraits and perfectly shoot the details but also to capture the essence and story of your wedding in a loose and relaxed way. For most weddings he shoots as a team with his wife and lady behind the Wedding Collective, Lisa Ashley.

Brookelyn Photography- Photographer based in NY, Seattle and Hawaii

Brooke has been a photographer for 10 years and has been shooting weddings for 8 of them. Aside from being a photographer and mother to her daughter, Aven, Brooke is a bonafide Traveler. Using an apartment in Brooklyn as her home base she can often be found in one of her two other "homes away from home"- Seattle and Hawaii. Or you may find her hopping on a plane to Iceland, Turkey, India, Mexico, South Africa… you name it.

She loves exploring new places, finding amazing food, drinking wine and coffee and documenting her daily life through Instagram. If you like good food, drinks or coffee you should probably meet her. If you appreciate her photography and anything else mentioned above you’ll probably work really well together.

Shannen Natasha - Photographer based in Napa, LA & NY

Originally from California Shannen now splits her time between NY, LA and the Napa area. The majority of her work is on either coast, however her love for travel often takes her internationally and to many other parts of the US where new environments provide great inspiration for her photography.

Shannen's approach to photographing weddings is to shoot each wedding as she would want her own captured. Not only are all the details paid attention to and people highlighted in an editorial manner, but the beauty of ambiance, atmosphere, and of course the moments of the day are all things that she portrays through her work.

Les Loups- Photographer & DJ based in NY

Ro + Kenan live in Red Hook, Brooklyn, with their twin babies Cassius and Townes and their two pups Roscoe + Walter. She’s a photographer and he’s a DJ with a radio show called Chances With Wolves. As you might guess, they love working as a team. They share a passion and interest in the strange beauty that can be found in everyday experiences, and have been making art together pretty much since the day they met. Respecting the fact that everyone has their own, perfectly unique love story, Ro and Kenan bring a laidback, light-hearted confidence that helps to capture the honest, natural interactions that happen between two people in love.

You can hire them just to shoot the photos if you like. Or you can hire them to not only shoot the dance party but to bring it. It’s up to you, but of course we know which one you should pick!

Lovebrain Films- Filmmaking Studio Based in NY & CA

Courtney is the principle shooter, creative director and owner of Lovebrain Films. She was born and raised in Minnesota, spent six years living in NYC and is now, by some strange twist of fate, splitting her time between Singapore and NY. Working with her amazing team of filmmakers, Lovebrain is truly a transcontinental studio ready to shoot on both sides of the world at a moment's notice. In addition to her wedding work she's also a Webby Award winning travel video producer. She LOVES (I mean, REALLY LOVES) creative brides and grooms who are putting their own spin on their day. Artful and non-traditional, Courtney works with couples to tell their unique love story. She strives to capture real emotion; welding videos to music that reflect a couple’s style. If her typical client had to be summed up? LB couples are passionate about adventure, fashion, design, traveling and want a digital heirloom of their most treasured moments.

Eric Hires - Destination Wedding Filmmaker based in FL

Eric is an old soul with a love for the outdoors, travel, and adventure. When he’s not traveling for a wedding or commercial shoot he can be found riding waves, climbing rocks, or fly-fishing a mountain stream with his dog, Blue. Eric is man’s man, but a self described hopeless romantic. He got his start in cinematography shooting surfing and documentaries, and picked up a 16mm camera within his first year in the business. When a friend asked Eric to shoot his wedding a few years later he said, “yes, but only if we can shoot film.” Since then the wedding side of his studio has snowballed, taking him to California, New York, Nicaragua, and many places in between. Shooting exclusively 16mm film on an analog camera, Eric has created a unique visual niche in the wedding world. He brings a daring documentary style to weddings that isn’t for everyone, however, if you love listening to records, the feel of an old book, exploring the outdoors, and the timeless look of film, he just might be the perfect person to tell the story of your wedding day.