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.

Sasithon Photography

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 & 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.

Samm Blake

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. She's learned over the years that her favorite images are created when there is a genuine communication between the person she is photographing and herself. The moment she loves most at a wedding is when a person is able to let down their guard and show the vulnerable side to themselves. 

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.