From the photo consultation to long after the wedding day, Phylicia Willis takes a genuine interest in the lives of every one of her couples. “This builds trust and produces the best images,” she explains. “I’m known to fraternize and hangout with my clients after their day is all said and done!

Of course, her style has something to do with her connection to her couples as well. “I would describe my look as honest, nostalgic classic with a touch of slay! I love unexpected pops of humor and emotions. Not all weddings are perfect—actually, none are—and I love to show that.”

Willis continues: “The hunger to improve and be the best that I can has helped me grow so fast in such a short amount of time. I stopped worrying about what other professionals would think of me and decided to keep imagining, keep playing and keep experimenting. I have grown in confidence and humility, and I look forward to continuing on this path.”

Check out the official announcement of this year’s 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography, along with the editors’ observations on the list of 2021.