Josh and Shelley Named 2016 Rangefinder 30 Rising Stars


Rangefinder 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography

30 Rising Stars Award winner 2016

above photo credit: Gian Carlo Photography

above photo credit: Nordica Photography


I remember when we first read the email. We were driving to our campground as Hurricane Matthew moved into central North Carolina, we picked up a Wendy’s chili and a frosty, and watched the rain and wind while we ate in our truck. As usual, I started browsing through my phone, when a notification popped up with the subject line “Rangefinder’s 30 Rising Stars Decision”. I predicted that we probably didn’t get it, but opened it anyways… and then saw the word “CONGRATULATIONS!” My eyes welled up a bit.

Josh and I have been reading the Rangefinder Magazine ever since we first got into photography. It’s full of wonderful inspiration and tips from all genres. To be among the pages of this magazine alongside so many other photographers we admire feels absolutely unreal. In order to receive this award, someone in the industry has to nominate you- you can’t just apply. The decision is made off of a well rounded portfolio of each part of the wedding day- not just your best portraits. This is a very prestigious international award only granted to to artists who have been in business full time for five years or less. There were 200 photographers nominated this year… and we are one of the 30 who were selected. It is such an incredible honor.

This year in itself has been the most adventurous, inspiring, and unbelievable time of our lives. This January, we took a giant leap to follow our dreams and moved into a tiny camper to live full time on the road. We had no idea how this would affect our business, but things worked out so much better than we could have hoped. We’ve traveled across the country multiple times, booked weddings in places that we used to only dream of, and reconnected with ourselves and what we love. To be recognized as one of Rangefinder Magazine’s 30 Rising Stars in the midst of all this is absolutely amazing. We are so thankful to be able to connect with all the other talented photographers on this list and are so thankful to Rangefinder for supporting us and helping us grow. We really feel like this is just the beginning.

Ok now time to go pop a bottle!

Shelley + Josh Hartman, Hartman Outdoor Photography


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Something beautiful is on the horizon.

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