Brian Smith left a successful career in engineering to pursue a passion for photography and creating inspiring and artistic portraiture. He made the decision to switch careers after photographing a wedding on a Saturday and reveling in the beauty at work on a Monday of a pursuit that so fully occupied my mind, and fulfilled my artistic and outwardly expressive desires. A lifelong hobby had quickly become all he could think about. Photography is artful, it's technical, it's expressive. It is whatever you want it to be and that is a beautiful endeavor.
He considers himself a photographer of people. Whether that be as a wedding and elopement photographer in Charleston South Carolina, Northern Michigan and Destination or through creative portraiture in studio or on location for your brand, identity or business - it's all people with a story to be told.
2019 Film Photographer of the Year
Rebecca Yale is an internationally acclaimed destination wedding photographer based in California. She was named one of the Top 74 Photographers in the World by Brides Magazine & Top 10 Photographers in the World by Destination Weddings Magazine. Rebecca was awarded the Grand Prize in RF Magazine’s Wedding Photography Awards in 2017 as well as first place in 2015-17.
Photographer of the 2017 Knot Dream Wedding, Rebecca has been featured in 50+ publications including Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, The Knot, People, US Weekly, Grace Ormonde, and Belle Lumiere, where she won Film Image of the Year in 2016 and Film Photographer of the Year in 2018. She has a B.A. from NYU, where she studied photography, art history and aesthetic philosophy. She worked professionally in the fashion and photojournalism before finding her true passion in weddings. Rebecca’s goal is to help other photographers create more intentional imagery every time they click the shutter.
2018 Film Photographer of the Year
Gosh, its so weird talking about myself, but here goes. I'm married to my former employee, however he is no longer taking orders from me LOL. Mother to two of sweetest little girls you can ever imagine. I love overpriced iced coffee (Starbucks) and go there at least twice a day, even my 5 year old knows exactly my order. I'm obsessed with everything white and neutral, it just so pure and classic. I was 8 or 9 when I first handled a 35mm camera loaded with black and white film. I shot and developed film in high school and throughout college. I didn't get back into photography until the birth of my first daughter and it was history from there on. With the rage of digital photography I didn't even think about anything other than that, until my second daughter was born. I wanted more substance and soul from my images not just for me, but for my clients. And there was film.
2017 Film Photographer of the Year
I believe when my clients hire me, they are hiring me for my ability to tell their stories through my lens. Being a fine art wedding photographer it means I take the time to create a storyline for my clients that will be truly magical. I want my clients to look back on one of the biggest days of their lives and relive each and every moment. Every wedding is unique, and offers an opportunity for a love story to be told in completely different ways. My job is to document those fleeing in between moments, encapsulate memories in a tangible form, so my clients can pass down their memories for future generations. Being a film photographer, I love the ethereal feeling a film image provokes. Film has made me a better photographer and really forces me to conceptualize an image before shutter is clicked.
2016 Film Photographer of the Year
Laura Gordon is a fine art photographer specializing in weddings all across the world. In the passing moments of a wedding day, it’s easy to lose sight of all that’s taking place and those moments seem to vanish before you know it. I direct my focus on preserving those memories and I long to make thoughtful imagery that is crafted to be classic and timeless. Through careful observation and attention to detail, I am able to create a beautiful and unique narrative. Everywhere we look, we are surrounded by beauty, and beauty often comes in the simplest forms.
2015 Film Photographer of the Year
I’m based in Oregon, where I live with my beautiful and talented wife, Amy, who is always by my side as office manager, film loader, assistant and better half. We predominantly shoot weddings, but also do a fair amount of portrait and editorial work, with jobs taking us all over the US and abroad (luckily, we both love to travel!). Shooting film inspires me, allows me to best achieve the look and feel I want for my work, and gives me the opportunity to connect with my clients during shoots in a way I don’t think I could if I was shooting digital. Shooting film makes me a better photographer, and a more fulfilled artist.
2014 & 2013 Film Photographer of the Year
... extremely validating and humbling!
- Clay Austin
2017 Color Image of the Year Winner
Winning the Color Image of the Year Award was by far one of my most cherished accomplishments! The film photography community is so uniquely close knit, that being recognized by my peers and artist I admire was extremely validating and humbling!
Gracie has always photographed what she loves, and for her, that has been people. People and their stories are extraordinary. People always come first, before a rigid timeline or perfect image. Her background and training years in photography started in college, continued in Africa as a documentarian, and in 2012 she started shooting weddings. She loves the art of fine art photography and the adventure of a wedding day; the unpredictable moments of raw emotion as well as beautiful attention to design that all reflect one special couple. He approach is to use a fine art style, mixing a clean and refined aesthetic with the documentary and candid. In the end, creating images that are beautiful, artful and reflective of her couples story. She loves intimate ceremonies, candlelight dinners, and coastal views.
2019 EMERGING Film Photographer of the Year
Gracie Byrd Jones
William Trang is a photographer and an avid storyteller who loves capturing love in its most unrestrained and authentic form. His style is romantic and true to life. And he passionately believes that creating a fun, comfortable experience for his couples is the key to photos they’ll love and cherish forever. In his free time, you’ll find him traveling with his wife’s hand in one hand and a film camera in the other.
2018 EMERGING Film Photographer of the Year
As a child, I have explored many forms of art and creativity. From learning how to play the piano and guitar to crocheting and creating animation, I have always found myself in the art world.
As an artist, I seek to create imagery that holds a deeper meaning and will stand the test of time. As a visual storyteller, I strive to curate images that will make your hearts flutter.
Film allows me to create images that beautifully embraces light and generate colors and tones that are natural and pleasing to the human eyes. It provides an emotional feeling and sensation that is truly indescribable. It encourages me to slow down and make a more deliberate decision because every frame is valuable. This makes every shot so much more meaningful because every decisive moment is special. I am completely engaged in my environment when I shoot with film.
2017 EMERGING Film Photographer of the Year
I have always been a creative person and have attempted my hand at almost everything—but I quickly realized my truest & most rewarding outlet for creative expression is through my photography. I am a dreamer, beauty seeker, + big believer in love. I find inspiration from my surroundings, beautifully written verse, and the people I photograph. I’ll occasionally tell my clients that I fall a little bit in love with everyone I photograph and it’s true! I seek out your most beautiful + vulnerable aspects in order to capture your true beauty in an art form. I also pay great attention to detail and organization + these strengths combine well to make me a great wedding photographer. I will be very organized and help your special day run as smoothly as possible, while also capturing moments that will live on forever in beautiful photographs!
2016 EMERGING Film Photographer of the Year
I am Kylie. I am a modern fine art film wedding photographer living on the east coast. Beyond photography I enjoy so many things in life. On my weekends you can find me sipping bubbly and poorly singing Taylor Swift songs. I am the mom of three fur babies, one that meows and two that bark. If I wasn’t married to my stud of a husband I would be a full time animal hoarder, I have yet to meet a critter that I don’t want. I hale from the west coast originally but adore Virginia and am happy to call it home. Connecting is my passion and the fine folks around here make that easy. My favorite moments are spent listening to crickets on the front porch with a glass of wine.
2015 EMERGING Film Photographer of the Year
We started our adventure together 11 years ago as international penpals before eloping and moving to Germany, where we started our business in 2011. In 2012, we moved to America and started shooting film! We believe in creating timeless, elegant images using film for our clients as a full-time husband-wife wedding photography team. We love travel, old cameras, and our four pets.
2014 EMERGING Film Photographer of the Year
Michael & Carina Bethea
" It was a chance for me to reflect on what I had achieved ..."
- Minh cao
2018 DE Film Image of the Year Winner
Belle Lumière's End of the Year Awards gave me a reason to ask myself, "When did I go out of my way to try extra hard and what became of it?" It was a chance for me to reflect on what I had achieved and dream up what I can accomplish ahead of me. And for that I owe my gratitude to Belle Lumière, Lexi, and the film community that encourage me and others to move forward.
Film IMAGE Winner
Rebecca Yale & Richard Photo Lab
2016 EOTYA Film Image Contest
Film IMAGE Winner
Anna Peters & Photovision
2015 EOTYA Film Image Contest
Film IMAGE Winner
2014 EOTYA Film Image Contest
Film IMAGE Winner
2013 EOTYA Film Image Contest