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9 Film-shooting Wedding Photographers You Should Follow!

By Matthew Ryan on February 24th 2012

Why shoot film? Why not shoot digital like the rest of the world? In these cases, it doesn’t matter if it’s film or digital… their work is amazing.

Jonathan Canlas

Jonathan Canlas is the God-Father of film these days. He shoots 100% film 100% of the time. I’m not sure if he even knows what a memory card is. It doesn’t matter though, because Jon’s work speaks for itself. His work is honest and direct. No props needed. Jon teaches the Film is Not Dead Workshop which I can highly recommend. Check out his work at

Jose Villa

Jose’s work is simply out-of-this-world. Sometimes I look at his images and think to myself, “REALLY?!” I could only dream about having that sort of talent. Jose teaches a photography workshop that I hear is the real deal. Check out Jose’s work at

Jen Huang

Jen has a very unique style. Bright and vibrant is what I would say to describer her photographs. Jen also offers a film workshop. Check out Jen’s work at

Elizabeth Messina

Elizabeth Messina is I think one of the best at capturing the details and emotions of the weddings that she shoots. Her work isn’t over-thought. It’s easy to look at and “get” right away. It’s candid, sometimes conceptual, but always great. Find her work at

Karen Wise

Karen is great at capturing details. Her portraits are immaculate. Her colors are amazing, that’s why her work as a wedding photographer has also paid off in the food photography world as well, and vice versa. Check her work out at

Samm Blake

Samm is based in Melbourne, Australia one of the many great photographers coming from down under. Her B+W work is amazing. She makes great use of light in every circumstance. Check her out at

Jonas Peterson

Speaking of photographers from Australia, Jonas is another who I think is top 10 every year. Jonas’ work is real. He doesn’t try and overshoot, or over-edit. The photographs he takes are natural and candid. No need for fancy rigs/lights, just real. Check him out at

Fer Juaristi

Fer is based in Mexico, and is a hybrid shooter. He shoots a lot of film, but also a lot of digital. His camera(s) of choice is a Leica, and so his work has a real documentary feel. He has some really great B+W work. Check him out at

Diana Palmer

Diana’s work is incredible. She shoots great details and has a good eye for getting the moment. She describes it as “hip and honest”. I couldn’t agree more. Visit her site at

There are scores more film-shooting photographers out there that I know and love, but I wanted to just give a little breakdown of my favorites.

I too shoot a lot of film and love the process of it. I hope you find some inspiration through any one of these recommended photographers.

Have a great day!

About the Author

Matthew Ryan
Professional Photographer based out of Utah
Website: Matthew Ryan Photography

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Film and Wet Plate Photographer based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Take a look at my work at Follow me on twitter @m_r_photo.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Ewa Highland

    Check out KatieJulia, (35mm and Medium format, UK), D’Arcy Benincosa, (USA) and Greg Finck, (France) as well! All super film photographers. KatieJulia is giving a fantastic online mentor program – ICONIC. I think D’Arcy Benincosa does too. I know she gives workshops around the world. Greg Finck gives workshops in France, but in English.

    I absolutely ADORE film and it lends itself so well to Weddings. I love the artistic, romantic effect – (my site, I’m near London in the UK)

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  2. Johnny Martyr

    Awesome list, thanks for posting this! Anyone looking for a b&w film shooter in Maryland, USA, please check out my work!

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  3. Joseph Prusa

    Nice list.

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  4. hair stylist peterborough

    You could definitely see your skills in the article you write.

    The world hopes for even more passionate writers like you who are
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  5. Jonas Peterson

    I shoot both film and digital :)

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  6. rising

    nope, jonas peterson is now using digital camera

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  7. Shawn

    What a great work…. really appreciated…..Nice article!

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  8. St Louis Wedding Photographer

    SO glad more people are shooting film in weddings again…we started adding it back in last year ourselves

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  9. Pamelajean082649

    Your work is pretty amazing, too! Nice article!

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  10. Pamelajean082649

    Your work is pretty amazing, too! Nice article!

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  11. diana (yan) palmer

    thank you so very much for including me in the lest matthew! not sure i’m deserving, but hey, i’ll take it. =)

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  12. Nkicroft

    nice list! i thought jonas peterson shoots digital with vsco presets though?

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