Rangefinder’s Top 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography




Named one of Rangefinder’s Magazines Top 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography

What does it mean?

For me, it’s an arrow launched in full faith of victory.

I’ll be brief.  Last year was a year of sorrow for me. My father passed away and in so many ways parts of us die when our loved ones pass.  I mourn his loss and also the loss of the me that I was with him.  My prayer for this New Year was to be Awakened in all of the dead places, and to be Awakened to the promises of God in me.  Don’t worry i’m not going to preach..but this is the honest me.  There is a story in 2nd Kings where a prophet tells a King to launch his arrows out of a window and this act of faith will ensure victory over the invading army.  Long story short I picked out the areas in my life I wanted awakened and symbolically launched them in faith.  Photography was one of them, as an artist it’s hard to ever be happy with my work…I’m constantly thinking of what I can do better and dreaming of the next image.  But, this recognition from Rangefinder is evidence of this launched arrow.  It is very exciting to be named among a great group of 30 as the rising stars of wedding photography.  So I’m happy, I’m thankful and excited for more imagery.  This is for my clients who chase light around mountains and don’t mind getting their dress dirty, this for my first editing rig that overheated so much I had to keep a box fan underneath it, this is for those times I split my pants running to get a shot, this is for the sweat…oh my the sweat. This is for my friends in the industry who push me to be different and unique.  This is for Otto who mentored me, and told me that all my shots from my first shoot were crap except for 2 that were okay..but then still let me tag along for another, for believing in me. This is for my Mom. This is for being inside of a cocoon, stressed and bound ready to break free.  This an arrow launched in full faith of victory.

For Cheer,

Adonye Jaja


The thirty photos I submitted for review:

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  • December 1, 2016 - 4:28 pm

    Nick Tucker - Wow. Just gorgeous. So many styles that you’ve made your own. High end documentary to high end fashion images.. Congratulations….ReplyCancel

  • December 1, 2016 - 5:14 pm

    Marko Marinkovic - What a gallery man! I’m stunned!! Your eyes see the world in a very special way. And the way you frame those views is nothing short of spectacular, honest and warming. Congrats on the title, deserved it beyond any doubt!ReplyCancel

  • December 1, 2016 - 5:32 pm

    Sachin Khona - Big love bro. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • December 1, 2016 - 8:52 pm

    BreAnna Morris - AD, your images are always amazing, and I’m so thrilled for your hard work to be rewarded in this way. Congrats and all the best!! Miss seeing you in Denver!ReplyCancel

  • December 1, 2016 - 8:58 pm

    Justyna Bedford - Such congrats! Beautiful body of work!ReplyCancel

  • December 2, 2016 - 3:13 pm

    Laura Babb - I adore the way you OWN what ever light you’re working with. Masterful. Congratulations! <3ReplyCancel

  • December 3, 2016 - 12:10 pm

    Igor Demba - Dude, what is this sorcery! You are owning every single frame with so much variety in your style. Be super proud and massive congrats!ReplyCancel

  • December 3, 2016 - 9:40 pm

    Jess Hunter - Your work is so unique and filled with interesting compositions that challenge the viewer…I love it.

    Also, thanks for sharing a little of your personal story about launching in faith…I feel much the same way about this in my own life. <3

    Many congrats to you!ReplyCancel

  • December 7, 2016 - 5:34 pm

    Gian Carlo - Hey bro:

    I had my eyes on your work for a few years now. I know of you from the Otto days, I think. But, I have always love your work because is classic, perfect photography. It is crafted carefully and purposefully. It is delicate in its emotion and strong in its composition.
    Besides, and even though I do not know you in person I can tell you are an incredibly kind and genuine, humble person. That is beautiful man. I hope we get to work together one day.
    Cheers friend and a huge congratulations.ReplyCancel

  • December 16, 2016 - 5:38 pm

    Sam Tziotzios - Great work. Just discovered you from the 30 rising stars article. Love what I see. Will definetily follow your work for inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • December 29, 2016 - 1:35 am

    Benjamin Kochanowski - Hey duder. Your submission was so stellar. There were so many pictures that just made Ashley and I stop in our tracks, gasp, and/or get chills while we were looking through them. You kill with portraits and definitely inspire us to look at things a bit differently perspective wise. Stellar job mate! Keep up the incredible work!ReplyCancel

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  • January 13, 2017 - 11:35 pm

    Morgan Ellis - Congratulations! Your images are all so incredible!ReplyCancel

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