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Top 100 wedding photographers

Slr Lounge named Brett Butterstein Photography one of the Top 100 wedding photographers. “While SLR Lounge covers articles and tutorials for all types of photography, our roots have always been weddings.  So when determining our list of the “100 Best Wedding Photographers in the U.S. and Canada,” we did not take the task lightly.  After researching for weeks, analyzing thousands of portfolios, and getting expert opinions from industry leaders, we came up with the following list.


Foundation Workshop Spain

This past summer, between shooting two weddings in Europe, I taught a small Foundation workshop with friends Huy Nguyen, Sergio Lopez, Kelly Rashka, Susana Barbera, Zoe Lammin, Pedro Cabrera, Andrea Giraldo and Anabel Vargas. The third European installment dubbed FE3 was in the Gran Canaria Islands off the west African coast. No matter what size our group is, this workshop always has plenty of tears, laughter, fear and exuberance. It’s as exhausting to teach as it is to be a student, with long hours, unexpected adventures and critiques deep into the night. This is a gallery taken with my Olympus E-M1 sharing a taste of the place and the experience we had together.



The vibrant colors and enthusiasm of this couple were a pleasant contribution in documenting this Long beach Renaissance Indian wedding. In my typical routine, I wore a suit, this time with a red tie for the ceremony. This goes against my goal of not looking like a photographer and trying to blend in. Thanks to Vidya and Ram’s generosity and huge hearts, I now own a traditional Kurta and will never again be the white guy in a suit at an Indian wedding.


Nicole + Evan | The Grand Del Mar Wedding

Everything about this Jewish wedding in San Diego was grand. Only fifteen minutes from my house, The Grand Del Mar resort is one of San Diego’s top-rated hotels. Nicole and Evan proved to be the kind of clients that we love – pushing us to be our best, planning the day’s schedule around photography, unafraid to show their emotions and offering us drinks at the reception. The event planner was Laura Rizzo of Weddings by Design.


Nate + Jenny | Sayulita, Mexico Wedding

This wedding was so much more than a job. It was a family vacation, an unforgettable adventure and a chance to witness two wonderful friends marry in this little surf town north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Santa Barbara and Colorado wedding photographers Nate and Jenny had their ceremony at Don Pedros palapa overlooking the Playa Los Muertos. Andrea with Sayulita Dream Weddings was the event planner. We experienced the unbearable heat we had heard about, and without air conditioning under the palapa, the dance floor became a happy, sweaty mess.


Marcela + Josh | Zacatecas, Mexico Wedding

This beautiful mountain city is known for few gringos and the bullring that was converted into the luxury Hotel Quinta Real. It’s open air circle, filled with candles, was an inspiring space for a wedding reception. The ceremony was in the ruins at Museo Rafael Coronel. I met Marcela at more than one wedding in Mexico before her and Josh decided on this little-known place. Their wedding planner, Mari Carmen De Alba, took time out of her insanely busy day to drive us around town to scout portrait locations the day before the wedding. An unexpected surprise on this trip was finding new friendships with Karla and Gabo of Red Carpet Films. I’ll never forget partying in the mine shaft at El Eden, riding the tram above town, Marcela’s infectious enthusiasm and their low light, multi-faith ceremony full of vibrant colors.


Ashley + Rick | Temecula, California Wedding

The stone house at Temecula Creek Inn is a wedding venue close to where I live, tucked in a little canyon by Interstate 15. It’s always a treat to photograph a wedding and simply drive home in the end. Since I often travel to weddings, this was a change. This crew can drink. The guys took the lead in the beginning and then later in the night, it was the ladies that impressed me the most. Christine Ong with Lavash Weddings and Events and TCI’s Danielle Magee were the easy-going coordinators that quietly made our jobs super easy. Ashley, Rick and their friends have a wild side, a trait I have no problem connecting with.


Vanessa + Michael | San Miguel De Allende Wedding

When it rains in San Miguel De Allende it only seems to make this place more romantic and magical. The San Miguel De Allende Parroquia, a famous landmark visible from most vantage points in town, is where Vanessa and Michael had their wedding ceremony. Their catholic mass was the first event I photographed inside of this historic building. They both got ready at Hotel Casa Rosada and their reception was at the private residence, Villas Xido. There is no wedding like those done by Penzi Weddings and Events. Like a wedding photographer with his or her own style, Guadalupe and her team have their own look and feel. Their attention to detail, hard work and authenticity continues to amaze me. What I appreciate about Michael is his quiet wisdom, demand for perfection and willingness to do anything for pictures. Vanessa was a dream to work with. Her stunning features and easy laugh made her my favorite subject in recent memory. Congratulations to Photographer Kristina Cazares Neri for expecting a baby! She traveled all the way to Mexico while pregnant to photograph this wedding with me.


Nicole + Evan | New York City Engagement

On a hot summer day in Manhattan, Nikki, Evan and I met in Central Park and spent several hours chasing light, drinking tequila and blasting AC in the car. I really like these guys and know their wedding is going to be unforgettable.


Lauren + Kyle | Santa Fe Wedding

On an extraordinarily windy day, the stunning bride Lauren and her kind fiancé, Kyle, married at the private Santa Fe, New Mexico resort Las Campanas. Going back to Santa Fe for a wedding always brings back lots of memories of living around here. I will always love N.M. for it’s strange charm, food and amazing light. The band Downtown Fever came all the way from Dallas to rock out what looked liked the SNL stage. Heidi and Lindsey of Plum Studios were the wedding planners.

"One of the Top Ten Wedding Photographers in the World"-American Photo