Rangefinder 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography is the most prestigious industry award IN THE WORLD that a wedding photographer can receive.
Rangefinder started as a magazine in the 1950s. Based in New York, it is now the world’s leading online resource for photography education, inspiration, and motivation. When the Rangefinder 30 Rising Stars are announced, photographers around the globe pay attention. You have to be nominated by an industry leader before you are even considered for the shortlist and just making that list of two or three hundred nominees is considered quite an achievement. To make the final thirty, your work will be scrutinized by the editorial and creative staff at Rangefinder to ensure that not only is your work up to a world-class standard but that you’re also bringing something new to the table.
Some of our absolute heroes in the world of wedding photography have appeared on this list over the last few years. The people who’ve inspired us, motivated us to become better, and in some cases, given us a kick up the arse when we’ve needed it.
Basically, this is a big deal!
We were nominated to submit 30 photographs back in the summer, but 2021 has been the busiest season we’ve ever had. With all the weddings delayed by the pandemic rescheduling to the same few months, we had triple our usual workload. We kept delaying our submission until we had enough time to do it justice but no spare time appeared. We ended up staying up into the wee hours between shooting two weddings and just picked 30 of the photos that we loved, and explained ourselves openly and honestly. No time for a game-plan, no strategy, just Boom! “Here we are. This is us. See ya, thanks, bye!”
For the next few weeks Emma only occasionally dreamed about making the thirty. Rich had forgotten all about it as he was convinced we didn’t stand a chance. Then one night Rich was awoken by maniacal laughter from downstairs. Emma was just checking the emails before going to bed when she noticed the email letting us know we are part of Rangefinder’s 30 Rising Stars of 2021. We sat awake in a state of excitement, confusion, and pure shock for the next few hours.
That was a month ago and we’ve felt nauseous ever since. Emma is terrible at keeping secrets but the title is taken away from you if you blab before the official announcement. We’ve been in a constant state of butterflies and trying to fight off imposter syndrome ever since.
That’s the explanation and story done. We’ll try to keep the Oscar speech style “thank yous” short…
Most importantly, thank you to all the couples who’ve let us come and hang out at your wedding. You’re the true stars here. Without your joy, openness, relaxed attitude, and willingness to just let us get on with it, we wouldn’t have made it this far.
Thank you to Andy Gaines, Blair deLaubenfels, Alan Law, Lisa Jane, Laura Babb, Marianne Chua, and Tim Dunk. Whether you realise it or not, you’ve said something that has stuck with us and that has helped us become the photographers and people we are right now.
We’d also like to thank the people who’ve supported us, helped us, encouraged us, and been there for us over the last few years. Thank you to The Dignums, Nikki Cooper, Larissa Joice, Andrew Billington, Kevin Mullins, Anna Pumer, Katy Jackson, and York Place Studios.
Oh! Here’s a fun fact, the person who actually made Emma pick up her camera and shoot her first wedding is a previous honouree. So here’s a very special shout-out and a huge thank you to the one and only Camera Hannah!
If we’ve missed anyone, we’re truly sorry. We’re just really, really tired.
Congratulations to all the other 2021 honourees. Yet another year of truly exceptional talent that we are humbled to be among. Has it sunk in yet? We should meet up for a drink. We could do with a drink.
Finally a huge thanks to Jacqueline, Libby, and everyone at Rangefinder for including us in the Rangefinder 30 Rising Stars 2021. You’re probably aware by now of how much of a big deal it is for your honourees, but we can’t overstate how much this means to us. Thank you so much.
Here are the photos we submitted and you can see the rest of the Rangefinder 30 Rising Stars of 2021 here.
One more thanks to Emma’s Mum and Dad for supplying us with potatoes, sausages, and ramen noodles during those long, cold, skint winter months!
Multi international award-winning wedding photographers and husband and wife team, Emma + Rich take photographs with our own creative, fun, and unique way of telling your story. Based in Scarborough near York and Hull, we travel across the UK with our own style of fun wedding photography.