The ISPWP is a community of the world’s best, most experienced, and most talented wedding photographers. Below you will find the ISPWP membership requirements, the benefits of membership, and a link to the application form.
The application process helps to ensure that ISPWP members meet the requirements for experience, talent, integrity, and professionalism. Each application is carefully reviewed by the Membership Approval Team which is made up of current ISPWP members. They evaluate each applicant on the following criteria:
- Applicants must have photographed a minimum of 50 weddings as the primary in-charge photographer. Weddings shot as a tag-along, second, or backup photographer do not count. This is the minimum experience requirement, many ISPWP members have shot hundreds of weddings with decades of experience. Some of our members are Pulitzer prize finalists and winners.
- Applicants must submit their website and wedding galleries for review and evaluation. The online galleries must demonstrate artistic and technical ability. The portfolio must include a minimum of three galleries depicting coverage of three separate weddings. This allows the Membership Approval Team to evaluate how the applicant shots a wedding from beginning to end. If the submitted galleries show only selected favorites from a variety of multiple weddings, or if they are limited to creative bridal portraits with no other wedding coverage, the application will be rejected.
- Applicants must have no outstanding complaints with consumer protection organizations such as the Better Business Bureau.
- Applicants must agree to operate in accordance with the ISPWP Code of Conduct. The standards of practice in the Code of Conduct protect both the photographer and the client, and provides assurance to the client they are dealing with an ethical professional business with highest of standards.
- Applicants must be sponsored by an existing ISPWP member, or they must submit two client references and two wedding photographer references. This provides evidence as to their professionalism, reputation, and experience.
Your ISPWP membership provides you with a wide variety of ways to promote your business, boost your website traffic, gain authority in your market, and interact with other veteran pros.
- Excellent SEO results and high traffic, with each page designed to drive site visitors directly to your website
- Targeted marketing to clients who are seeking the world’s best photographers
- Multiple high quality relevant incoming links to your website to boost your Google ranking
- Authority and exclusivity which give your clients confidence in your abilities and professionalism
- 16 FREE contest entries to the quarterly photography contests ($160 value)
- A SEO optimized promotional platform for you to publish Articles, Real Weddings, and in-depth Interviews
- Wide exposure. Each membership includes one home location listing and up to four optional secondary listings
NOTE: Due to an overwhelming number of applications received lately, we are temporarily suspending new applications until March 15, 2015. The ISPWP application and review process is a time-consuming process where each application is reviewed by a committee of ISPWP members and voted upon. We are committed to maintaining our high standards for membership and want to take the appropriate amount of time to properly review the hundreds of applications that have been submitted recently. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please come back on March 1 to submit your application.