Who we are
The Wedding Artists Co. is an artists’ rep company managing a highly select group of wedding photographers and filmmakers who are mostly based in New York and California.
Lisa Raffo Ashley is the owner and curator of The WAC. From her sunny Northern California office, she manages the artists’ day-to-day operations freeing them up to do what they love and do best – make beautiful photos and films.
While Lisa serves the artists’ needs she’s also dedicated to being an advocate and partner for wedding planners and couples when navigating the often daunting task of hiring the perfect wedding photographer or filmmaker. With 15+ years of experience in artist management, she’s well equipped to solve problems, ask questions, find answers, and be an all-around helpful player in the process.
What We Do
We offer artist management for highly creative individuals who are exceptional at their craft but feel they want a support team for their day-to-day operations. We help with their marketing, bookings, and handle the majority of the initial email communication with their clients to help get questions answered quickly and efficiently. This keeps the artists’ schedule free to focus on their creative gifts so their planners and couples are happy and feel well taken care of throughout the entire booking process.
However, not only do we play the role of “artist manager”, but we also help to curate a customized experience for our amazing, and often very busy, clients.
When working with planners, we are an ally in helping to book the perfect artist for their clients. Our promise is to make the process as professional and streamlined as possible so we can support efficiency across the board. When working directly with couples who are planning their own wedding, we offer ideal artist matching to make sure everyone is a perfect pairing for each other.
In short, we understand planning a wedding is time-consuming so we feel it’s our job to simplify the process as much as possible to make it a fun and enjoyable part of the planning experience.
Oren & Co
"Working with Lisa is effective, prompt, and easy. She has a great group of artists and she makes the information gathering process fast and efficient. Given how busy my team is we couldn't ask for a better partner when putting photography and videography options together for our clients. Further, anytime there are questions on contract terms or anything else for that matter, she is direct, honest, a real pleasure. This is a professional relationship I respect, appreciate, and cannot recommend highly enough." - Yifat Oren
Alison Bryan Destinations
"As a result of working with Lisa, everything has been streamlined - from initial inquiry until the event. We inquire with her, we hear back almost immediately. A photographer is booked? We have a great alternative who happens to be available and perfect for the job. As event producers, we're busy. We hire hundreds of people every year, and the priority is that we can perfectly match our clients to the photographers and videographers who are truly best for them and for our event. Lisa helps us do that. Thank you Lisa, we are dedicated to you!" - Alison Laesser-Keck
"Lisa is not only a joy to work with but she also has impeccable taste which she has used to curate a stunning roster of artists. Each artist is a professional, bringing years of knowledge and experience to their craft. Since Lisa handles all the logistics of scheduling and billing it always makes the booking process super easy. As wedding planners, this scenario is nothing short of a dream come true!! We've also had the pleasure of working with Lisa and The WAC on some industry events. We're absolutely inspired by her continual effort to build community and support others in this creative industry."
Bespoke Only Events
"Working with Lisa is always a breeze. When sourcing photographers and filmmakers for my clients, she is the best teammate one can ask for - from providing the most amazing lineup of creatives, who are excellent at their crafts, to her professional, attentive and always prompt responses throughout the entire process. For Erika and ST's wedding (pictured left), we were thrilled to have Lisa help assemble an all-star team and needless to say, they knocked one out of the park!" - Melissa L.
Jove Meyer Events
"I love working with The Wedding Artists Co. and adore Lisa more than words! Working with her and her artists is a frequent occurrence in my world and she makes it so easy to communicate and book some of the best photographers and cinematographers around. Over the years we have collaborated with most all of the very talented artists of the collective and from start to finish it is always seamless!"
"We've worked with The Wedding Artists Collective on multiple events this year and they always deliver- providing the highest level of service. They are prompt, easy to communicate with, and a pleasure to work with. All the artists are super talented and love what they do, which shows in their work"
Hope & Jove
"Planning a wedding was definitely the most emotionally intense project I have ever undertaken. I remember so vividly talking to Lisa on the phone and she was so kind, warm and open. I remember getting off the phone excited about the possibility of working with Norman & Blake but also just happy to have had the chance to touch base with her.
Jove and I are completely blown away with Shannen and Emily's photos from our wedding day. They were so incredibly lovely the day of and made us both feel so at ease. We received the images last week and we have just been basking in the joy we feel from them."
42 North Weddings
“Lisa has a true gift when it comes to culminating relationships and scouting talent. She has an enormous respect for the artistry of film, photography and design ... and has such a passion for creating a space where the artists can thrive. Needless to say, The Wedding Artist Collective is quickly becoming our "go to" resource when it comes to securing unmatched creative talent in the industry. We can't wait to see how the Collective continues to grow and expand with more and more wonderful people making their magic! ”
All Who Wander Events
“I love Wedding Artists Co. I’ve worked with almost all of the photographers now and my experiences have ALWAYS been positive from contract to image delivery. Lisa is always so responsive and is great at matching my couples with photographers / videographers by both aesthetic and budget. The group of artists she has put together are some of my absolute favorites and the way that Lisa works with each of them makes our lives as wedding planners much easier. We even worked with one of her photographers out on the West Coast and it was as seamless as if it were in our backyard. Long story short- they are the best!"- Nicole S.
Juli & Michael
"Every part of our wedding was improved by the phenomenal people at The Wedding Artists Co. Our exceptional photographer Sasithon was friendly, organized, and endlessly calm. She understood our vibe immediately, and we were blown away by her gorgeous work. I'd recommend her to anyone for any reason in a heartbeat. Lisa was incredibly accommodating and always, always, always available to answer questions, assuage concerns, and solve problems—which, come to think of it, were few and far between, because she had anticipated any speed bumps well in advance. Any time I sent an email, it was answered within minutes... It's a rare lucky thing to encounter talent, organization, and kindness in equal measure."- Juli