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At Brides, it’s our job to highlight the best of the best in the wedding industry, and we’ve admittedly fallen short. There has been an obvious lack of diversity in our work, from our real wedding features to best-of lists, and, going forward, that will no longer be the case.
Our team is committed to making Brides a more diverse brand. We recognize that we have a lot of work to do, but we can promise you one thing: We will be better. Internally, we’re planning actionable long-term commitments and goals that will help hold us accountable, and we look forward to sharing those with you all soon.
To start, we’ve compiled a list of 100+ black wedding professionals whose talented work should have been shared a long time ago. This list is just that, a start, and we’ll continuously update it with creative and passionate pros in our industry. We encourage you to follow, collaborate with, and support these vendors now—and always. We vow to.
New York City-based photographer Amy Anaiz began her career as a talent agent for top still-life and beauty photographers. It was there that Anaiz mastered and refined her photography skills, ultimately launching a renowned photography business of her own.
Chi-Chi Ari studied fashion design at Parsons, The New School for Design, and worked as a fashion designer for many years. But, she claims it was the "undeniable hopeful romantic" inside her that led Ari to pursue a career in wedding photography.
Best friends Sheena Meekins and Gina Esposito are the women behind New York-based studio Anée Atelier. Before co-founding Anée Atelier, Meekins had an eight-year career in publishing, working for Condé Nast and Time Inc., and is a two-time Marketer of the Year award-winner. Esposito has more than 17 years of experience capturing weddings and more.
Award-winning photographer Elizabeth Austin’s approach to photography is this: "Candid moments are just as important as the curated moments." While based in Atlanta, Austin also captures destinations weddings.
Justin Douglas is a fine art wedding photographer based in Texas and Scottsdale, AZ. His work has been featured in a variety of publications such as Wedding Sparrow , Wedding Chicks , People, and Magnolia Rouge .
Allie and John Photography—A. J. .P for short—is a Colorado and destination wedding photographer. They know that no couple or wedding is the same and are "ready to be inspired" by their couples’ love stories.
Amara Ikeji, the woman behind the lens of Amarachi Ikeji Photography, first picked up a camera during a fashion internship in college and hasn’t put one down since. She serves clients in New York City, Philadelphia, and Europe and strives to capture "stylish moments of love and beauty."
Southern California wedding photographer Matoli Keely actually has a background in science. Her "analytical and scientific side" influences her photography style, capturing images "worthy to be preserved as heirlooms."
André Brown is the lead photographer of André Brown Photography, a boutique studio in Atlanta. Mixing natural light and flash lighting techniques, Brown’s work has been published in […]
Source: 100+ Black-Owned Wedding Businesses to Support Now and Always