World renowned wedding and portrait photographer, Bambi Cantrell, is one of the most decorated and celebrated professional photographers of our time. After 25 years of photographing some of the most exquisite and breathtaking wedding and portrait images from around the world, three best selling books: "The Art of Wedding Photography", "The Art of Digital Wedding Photography", "The Art of People Photography", and countless awards and accolades, Bambi Cantrell is virtually a household name.
Bambi is highly regarded in the photographic industry as the foremost expert on lighting and posing and spends a great deal of her time educating photographers from around the world on her unique style and techniques that have brought her fame and success. She is a member of both WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) and PPA (Professional Photographers of America), and is sponsored by some of the industry’s leading manufacturers of photographic equipment including Epson, NIKON, BAY Photo, and Album Epoca.
Bambi Cantrell is a guest speaker at dozens of workshops and conventions around the world every year including the annual WPPI Convention and Trade Show where for the last 10 years, 3000+ photographers have come to see her speak. She has also been a print and album judge at the annual WPPI Print Competition, chairing the Album competition in 2005 and 2006, and then in 2009 and 2010, Bambi was the Chairman for the Wedding print competition. In 2007 she spoke at the Russian Federation of Professional Photographers convention to over 2,500 attendees. She was also a guest speaker for the Professional Photographers of Australia in 2003 and at the Photo Plus Expo in New York City for the last 4 years.
Bambi is a guest lecturer at a number of photography schools around the country including the Center for Digital Imaging at Boston University in 2009, the Julia Dean School in Venice, California where she spoke in both 2007 and 2009, the Microsoft Summit in 2006 and the Santa Fe Workshops in 2000 and 2001. She has been a guest speaker for Creative Live, in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Bambi Cantrell also hosts a number of her own workshops every year, typically offering at least 1 workshop per quarter to a limited number of attendees. Photographers from around the world will travel thousands of miles to take part in one of Bambi’s workshops where they will typically pay upwards of $1,500 to attend. These workshops usually sell out within weeks of the announcement.
Although Bambi spends a great deal of time on portrait photography, she also photographs around 15 to 20 weddings per year for some of the world’s most extravagant couples. Some of her past clients have included cosmetics tycoon - the Estee Lauder family, basketball legend Gary Payton, President of Rangefinder Publishing Steve Sheanin, the daughter of former President at Hassleblad Skip Cohen, the President & CEO of Epson - John Lang, a number of Oakland Raiderettes, Donald Valentine – a venture capitalist and one of the first investors in Apple, Google and YouTube among others, General Manager of CSA Strategy and Business Development at Microsoft, Kostas Mallios as well as Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft David Vaskevich and Los Angeles based entrepreneur, philanthropist and billionaire - David Saperstein. Bambi’s wedding commissions begin at $10,000 and clients wishing to book her services are advised to contact her well over 9 months to 1 year prior to their desired date.
Based in the San Francisco Bay area, but available for work anywhere in the world – Bambi considers the key to her success a direct result of her love of people. “I just love people, and believe truly great photographs are a reflection of who the client is, not who I want them to be.”
Bambi’s work has been featured in dozens of magazines including Martha Stewart Weddings, Rangefinder Publishing, Photo District News and Ebony as well as hundreds of blogs.