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Widely regarded as one of the top five best wedding photographers in the world, Jerry Ghionis is based in Beverly Hills, California and Melbourne, Australia and travels frequently on international photography assignments and speaking engagements. With the flair of a fashion designer and the ingenuity of an architect, his style can be described where vintage glamour meets contemporary fashion. Renowned for his creativity, he not only has the ability to capture natural magic on your wedding day but he creates magic of his own. His love and empathy for people creates powerful visual storytelling. With the innate ability to make everyone look and feel beautiful in front of his camera, Jerry’s images are often simple yet a complex blend of soul, drama, imagination and technical skill. Whether he is shooting a glamour session, lifestyle portrait or boudoir beauty, Jerry has the ability to bring out the best in any situation.

Jerry Ghionis

A Nikon USA Ambassador, Jerry was named in the first ever list of Top Ten Wedding Photographers in the World by American Photo Magazine. Grand Master of WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International) and the most awarded photographer of that organization, Jerry has won their International Wedding Album of the Year Award for eight times among his long list of accolades and WPPI also included Jerry in their Top Five Wedding Photographers in the World. Jerry has won the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) Victorian Wedding Photographer of the Year for 3 times and was also named as the 2011 Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year by the AIPP. For four times Jerry has achieved the PPA (Professional Photographers of America) Diamond Level Photographer of the Year Award. In 2009 Jerry won the SWPP (Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers) Photographer of the Year Award among 10 major awards. In 2011 Jerry was named by PDN Magazine as one of the top photography workshop instructors in the world. In 2014, Jerry received a United Nations IPC (International Photography Community) Photography Leadership Award.

Creator of the Ice Society, a photography training site, and designer of the Ice Light, a revolutionary LED continuous light, one of Jerry’s passions is the creation of his non-profit charity, the Soul Society, which he co-founded with his wife, Melissa. Their charity was created with the purpose of caring for poor, homeless and orphaned children in third world countries, one soul at a time. 2014 marked the launch of an app created by Jerry called, Picpockets: World’s Best Photographs. It is the “go to” app for photography education and inspiration. In 2014, Jerry reinvented the staple in every photographer’s tool kit with the Omega Reflector. Manufactured by Westcott, it creates gorgeous beauty lighting as the world’s first 10-in-1 shoot through reflector. In 2015 Jerry celebrated his 22 year career as a professional photographer by releasing his second book, Darling, that showcases over 200 of Jerry’s iconic wedding, portrait, fashion and boudoir photographs set against a backdrop of his philosophy on life, love and photography.

He continues to raise the benchmark of excellence as an artist who is admired and respected by his peers and loved by his clients.

Jerry is available for wedding, portrait, fashion, special event and speaking engagements anywhere in the world.

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2015 Highlights of the Ice Society

Jerry Ghionis

 January 14, 2016 by Jerry Ghionis

Grab a cup of coffee, sit back, relax and enjoy watching me do what I love most! These clips are the 2015 highlights from my photography training site, the Ice Society. Trial the lastest chapter for free and if you like what you see, there are 97 chapters and the next 12 waiting for you. Save 50% until the end of January! Promo Code: ice50 https://icesociety.com/plans
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Ice Light 2 Commercial – Ballet & Ice Light Baby

Jerry Ghionis

 December 19, 2015 by Jerry Ghionis

I am proud to release yet another brand new Ice Light commercial! Since the release of the first Ice Light commercial a couple of years ago (see below) I wanted to produce another creative offering. I didn’t want it to be a glorified infomercial but a creative way of showcasing the power and quality of the Ice Light. I had a vision of a dancer performing their routine whilst illuminating themselves with the Ice Light. There is nothing more graceful that a ballet dancer so I simply created a story around a dancer who rehearses their routine and then discovers and rehearses with the Ice Light. I don’t want to spoil it too much, so watch it for yourself. Don’t forget, the Ice Light 2 is on sale for a limited time. Save $50 and get 3 accessories for free (car charger, tungsten gel and a dual connector – value $120). US customers, buy your Ice Light here. Customers outside the US, please support your local Ice Light dealer.

And now…for something completely different, I want to share a video with you from an incredibly talented photographer, Daniel Martinez. He is also a rapper and I can’t believe how effortlessly he wrote this song with music from Triple Scoop Music. The video really sets the standard in how you can promote a cool (pun intended) product for a new generation. Love the Vanilla Ice and Queen references. Press play!!!

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Ice Light 2 commercial

Jerry Ghionis

 November 10, 2015 by Jerry Ghionis

I am proud to release a brand new Ice Light commercial! We had so much fun producing it! Win up to $2000 of Westcott products! To celebrate the release of the Ice Light 2, we are running a competition to create your very own Ice Light 2 commercial. Deadline is November 27, 2015. Click here for all the details and how to enter.

Don’t forget, the Ice Light 2 is on sale. Save $50 and get 3 accessories for free (car charger, tungsten gel and a dual connector – value $120). US customers can buy it here. Click here to find your closest international dealer.

Here is the original Ice Light commercial:

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The Wedding of Erin & Jeremy

Jerry Ghionis

 October 26, 2015 by Jerry Ghionis

Here is a slideshow of over 100 images from the wedding that won the 2015 AIPP Australian album of the year. I made this with Animoto and I’m still amazed at how fast and easy it is to create slideshow videos. I added a couple of video snippets shot with the 8mm app and music from Triple Scoop Music.
Click here to get 20% off Animoto Pro until October 31st with the code JERRY15 Enjoy!

Here is a tutorial on how the slideshow above was made.

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  1. Thanks Jerry for sharing your tips to more than just a tutorial to use Animoto. I started using Animoto a few months ago but there were a few things you pointed out that will make a world of difference! I will strive to deliver a same-day-slideshow going forward!

    Attended your class at the 2015 PhotoPlus Expo in NYC. Thank you so much for sharing your lighting techniques!

    You are the best.

    Thanks,
    Esmond

  2. i am a french people who live in taiwan,i discovered you on the web site of B and H on youtube and was fascinated by our video about the lighting,as you said i am agree with you when you can photogragh a wedding you can do everything and i really think that you are truly, one of the best photographer in the world,i am now starting to photograph wedding in taiwan in a very low level compare of you of course but i try to use some technics i saw on your video and look your pictures
    thank you again for all the video you put on the web for free and in the future if i win loto(joke) i would like to study with the ice academy and buy icelight too
    I’ m sorry,as you know certainly french people are very bad with English and hope you will understand my message with grammatical mistakes but i have to say too that chinese is harder to study
    thank you to be a photographer
    francois auduc

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I am so excited to announce that I won the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) Album of the Year with the wedding album I designed from Erin and Jeremy’s wedding. It first scored a Gold Distinction award with a score of 95 and two of the judges even gave it a score of 99! After winning the award for the first time in 2006 and coming runner up 6 times, it’s great to win it again in my home country.

As a strong believer and advocate for albums, I wanted to create an album that had never been attempted before. I visited the headquarters of GraphiStudio, my album manufacturer, in Italy in 2014 and was staggered by the choices and options for creating an album. When I was given a tour of the factory, I noticed a photograph printed on a throwaway piece of leather – it was something they were testing for their album covers. I asked if I could keep the sample knowing that I could use this concept in some way for a future album. Later in the year I called the US and Canadian Director of GraphiStudio, Maureen Neises and within minutes I was also speaking to the Italian marketing director, Dario Righetto and the actual CEO of GraphiStudio, Tullio Tramontina. I asked if they could produce a custom 16×16 inch album with a clear acrylic front cover, a custom weathered wooden spine and back cover, custom bronze hinging and if every page could be completely made of printed leather. The answer was a resounding yes (although they didn’t know how they could do it yet!)

I then needed to think of the perfect wedding to feature in the album. Erin and Jeremy were married in November 2014 at Melbourne’s historic Montsalvat. It was an old artist colony, which could be mistaken for a 14th century Scottish castle. Printing photographs on leather was already a creative risk so I thought I would produce the images in sepia to complement the romantic old school charm of the album. I will never forget the moment I saw the album for the first time. It wasn’t just an album…it was an experience. The theatre of turning 16”x16” champagne-colored, sepia printed leather pages was intoxicating. In a world where most people experience their photos with a swipe of a finger, the tactile nature of touching, smelling, and turning the leather pages as I witnessed a beautiful story unfold was breathtaking.

A huge thanks to the AIPP whom without I wouldn’t be where I am today. Thanks to the sponsors, judges, print handlers and all the AIPP staff for your tireless work. Thank you Erin and Jeremy for trusting me to photograph your beautiful wedding. You are gorgeous inside and out! A huge thanks to one my best friends Rocco Ancora from Capture to Print for your brilliant work on the images and to the Graphistudio team for being crazy, bold and skilled enough to produce an exquisite groundbreaking album.

Here are a few examples of the leather album…

Here are a handful of photographs from Erin and Jerermy’s Wedding…

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We are living in the first digital generation where most people don’t print their photographs. It’s truly sad. History will have no record of this generation and future generations without printed photographs. Most people over the age of 12 living in a first world country own a cell phone which has a camera so everyone believes they’re a photographer. If everyone owned a microphone it wouldn’t mean that everyone could sing. I strongly recommend couples to hire an experienced professional to photograph their wedding and insist on a wedding album. Wedding photography is the only thing that appreciates in value after the wedding with every day and every death. Long after the flowers have died and the dress that is worn once and long after the last dance on the dance floor, the only thing will remain is your wedding photography. Digital images on a hard drive that will inevitably fail are not real until they’re printed. Your wedding album is part of your history and legacy. It is truly priceless!

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8 thoughts on “So proud to win the 2015 AIPP Australian Album of the Year!

  1. Congratulations! I loved your work and the leather album! You captured love and joy, serenity, peace and many other feelings that were in the air.

  2. Wow. I’m a vegetarian and love animals (aka not a leather gal)…but even I have to admit this album looks fantastic! Your genius ways strike again. I also love how warm your b&w images are without being sepia. Gorgeous.

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