Lisa Raffo Ashley- Founder and Manager 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 Northern California office 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.

Lisa is also the creator of the annual industry retreat, Collective Gatherings. You can follow along on the adventures here #collectivegatherings and @thewedding_ac

Sasithon Photography- Photographer based in NY + Kenya

Sasithon Pooviriyakul is a lifestyle and travel photographer whose passion lies in capturing the beauty of everyday life. Her photography work, both personal and professional, has led her around the world, from documenting remote village communities in Indonesia or family life in the deserts of Somalila, to shooting outdoor portraits in stormy Iceland, to capturing the urban rhythm of her very own neighborhood. Shooting weddings, whether near or far, always inspires the same feeling of adventure - it's a new, exciting and inspiring moment in a person's life, which, despite all the planning, is filled with surprises. It's in those small (and sometimes big!) unexpected moments that the magic happens and being invited to capture them is a gift. Sasithon is based in NYC and has photographed weddings in the United States, Central America, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.

Gary Ashley- Photographer based in NY & SF

Living in Northern California, with his wife Lisa and baby Ronan, 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. His goal is to be as unobtrusive as possible and let clients be themselves.

Gary's work has been featured in C Weddings, Style Me Pretty, Carats & Cake, 100 Layer Cake, Green Wedding Shoes and more.

Samm Blake- Photographer based in NY

Samm now lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn but she's originally from a small town in the south of Western Australia, Albany. It's considered one of the most remote places in the world and growing up there instilled her with a deep sense of longing for adventure.

She sees her work as a true collaboration with her clients- not a strict journalistic approach only capturing what is there. She tells her clients when they’re looking back on their wedding photographs, she wants them to remember how they felt in particular moments and on their entire wedding day. She never asks her couples of anything that is not honest- she's only interested in the real smiles, real expressions and real emotions.  

Samm was named one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world by American Photo and her work has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, C Magazine, NY Weddings, Harpers Bazzar and more.

Shannen Natasha - Photographer based in SF, LA & NY

Originally from California Shannen now splits her time between NY, LA and the San Francisco and 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.

Shannen has been named by Martha Stewart Weddings as one of the top wedding photographers in the country and her work has been consistently featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides Magazine, The Knot, Style Me Pretty, Once Wed, 100 Layer Cake, Green Wedding Shoes and more.

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.