I’m beyond thrilled to be have just been named one of the Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World by American Photo Magazine. It is truly humbling to have my work recognized in this way, since like many photographers, I often work alone, late into the night, with the pursuit of image excellence taking priority over almost everything else. I am so proud to be honored alongside so many photographers whose work (and good hearts) I admire. This year’s list features (in alphabetical order by first name) the following amazing artists. I’ve included web site links and their locations, and I encourage you to take a spin around their respective sites and blogs, as you’ll no doubt be dazzled.

American Photo Magazine’s Top 10 Wedding Photographers for 2011

Camille & Chadwick Bensler / Jonetsu Photography, Vancouver
Dina Douglass / Andrena Photography, Los Angeles, California
Greg Gibson / Greg Gibson Photography, Washington, D.C.
Jesse & Whitney Chamberlin / Our Labor of Love, Atlanta, Georgia
Jonas Peterson / Jonas Peterson, Brisbane, Australia
Marcus Bell / Studio Impressions, Brisbane, Australia
Nate & Jaclyn Kaiser / The Image is Found, San Diego, California
Parker Pfister / Parker Pfister, Asheville, North Carolina
Rocco Ancora / Rocco Ancora, Melbourne, Australia
Yervant / Yervant, Melbourne, Australia

Here’s the cover (on newsstands May 10th, but on Zinio now), the letter from the editor (explaining the selection process) along with a list of the advisory panel members, and my feature in the magazine. Congratulations to my clients Kristen and Tara, whose images were chosen for this piece. The editors asked me to provide 30 images for them to choose from, and they ended up choosing two images taken in India (in Udaipur and Samode, respectively), four years apart.

Congratulations to all my colleagues who are included on this list, and a huge thank you to all my wonderful clients, whose fabulous weddings and “photography first” mindsets have helped me create so many beautiful images. Also, a heartfelt thank you to Yoshi Morimoto, owner of YM Images, who seconds for me most of the time and is one of the best people I know.




34 Comments On This Topic
  1. Chanelle
    05.04.11

    So well deserved Dina! Well done!

  2. Dina
    05.04.11

    Thanks so much, Chanelle!!! 🙂 Your support and kindness means the world to me. Thanks for always being so lovely. 🙂

  3. Nicola Said
    05.04.11

    Amazing and totally inspiring, and to think I was lucky enough to have a mentor session with you 😀 Well done! xxx

  4. Dina
    05.04.11

    Aw, Nicola. My time with you and Ioan is such a fond memory. And I loved our mentor session. You were an absolute delight, with wonderful work. I hope I get to visit you both in Wales someday soon. Maybe we can go see Kate and Wills as well. 😉

  5. Lew
    05.04.11

    Congratulations Dina!! So very well deserved!

  6. Jennifer Diamond
    05.04.11

    WOW! And so not surprised. You’ve earned it, dear!

  7. Seshu
    05.04.11

    Huge honor!!! Congratulations Dina. This rocks!!!

  8. Phillip Colwart
    05.04.11

    Keep up the great work! You have achieved excellence…

  9. David
    05.04.11

    Congratulations, Dinan! A much deserved honor!

  10. Tamera
    05.04.11

    Dina, I am so glad you were honored with this distinction, it’s well-deserved! You have the most gorgeous style, I’m glad more people will be able to see it now and be inspired by you. Congratulations!

  11. Greg Gibson
    05.04.11

    Congrats Dina – so gratifying to share this with a great friend like you!

  12. Dina
    05.04.11

    David, I cracked up when I saw that you posted “Congrats Dinan,” which is your last name. LOL. Greg, I am so honored to be on this list with a great friend, and someone whose work I have always admired. Tam, thanks so much, my fellow mod peep. Phillip, I am still so grateful for my Tricky voodoo doll, so I always have a little piece of you with me. Seshu, it’s been too long — thank you! Jen, my most favorite tat-and-pomp’ed via, miss you so much. Lew, thanks soooo much. 🙂

  13. Paul White
    05.04.11

    Dina,consistently amazing work from a genuine artist. I’ve always loved your work.PWx

  14. Jonas Peterson
    05.04.11

    Huge congrats to you too. So humbling being in such great company.

  15. Michael Erdkamp
    05.04.11

    To be on the same list as my second lord and savior ‘ Yervant ‘ – WOW !!!

    What an honor !!!!

  16. Dina
    05.04.11

    Paul, so nice to hear from you. It’s been waaaay too long. Jonas, I agree — humbling to be in such great company, including yours. Petra posted that you’re Swedish. I’ve been to Malmo. 🙂 Michael, I’m up late (retouching, as usual), and your note just cracked me up. LOL. 🙂

  17. Manel Tamayo
    05.04.11

    Congrats Dina !!! Amazing work and marvelous pics. I love your work from Barcelona, Spain.

  18. Dina
    05.04.11

    Thanks so much, Manel. 🙂 I have regretfully only seen the inside of the Madrid Airport and a local Hyatt, but I hope to visit your beautiful city someday. 🙂

  19. Sol Tamargo
    05.04.11

    Felicidades!!! Amazing work Dina! LOVE your portraits!
    Saludos from Mexico!

  20. Kevin Charlie
    05.04.11

    Congratulations Dina! Must be such a great feeling. Well deserved.

  21. James Moro
    05.04.11

    wow! congrats Dina! It’s an honor to make that list!

  22. YASNA PATEL
    05.04.11

    CONGRATS DINA! I AM NOT EVEN ONE BIT SURPRISED. AMAZING WORK AS ALWAYS DESERVES RECOGNITION!! 🙂

  23. Rajan Patel – AVL Films
    05.04.11

    Dina you rock! Congrats and I have no words except you deserve this. Keep up the revolutionary work and we all love the inspiration you bring to our careers.

  24. Rocco Ancora
    05.04.11

    Congratulations Dina, beautiful work, well deserved !!

  25. Dina
    05.04.11

    Rocco, such a thrill to share space with you on the Top 10 list. Your work is fabulous. Rajan, rock on, your sweet self. Yasna, you’re my cover girl, and my superstar. I changed my home page image to you. Everyone knows that image, and it’s of you, girl. James, thanks so much. 🙂 Sol, I know and love your work, and have even referred people your way. 🙂 Kevin, thanks so much for thinking of me, and for your kind words. It’s been a crazy week, and I am so humbled by and grateful for all your kind words.

  26. Vincent McVay
    05.04.11

    Awesome….Congratulations!

  27. Rashmi Mohan
    05.04.11

    Congrats. I really admire your work!

  28. Jennifer Chase
    05.04.11

    Very well deserved!!!

  29. Another Wedding Photographer
    05.04.11

    Well done. I am slowly working and studying my way through all you top 10 guys….

  30. suki
    05.04.11

    Wow Dina – this honor is so amazing and truly fitting. I can’t think of anyone who deserves it more than you. Congratulations!

  31. Anthony Ryan Photography Santa Clarita Photographer
    05.04.11

    I’m blown away by you’re work~ where are these shoots out of? UNREAL!!

  32. dianavideo
    05.04.11

    Congratulations!

  33. Faith
    05.04.11

    Congratulations on making the list from a fellow wedding photographer (who is working on being on the list someday…)

  34. Candice
    05.04.11

    Amazing! You deserve it!

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