Flash Masters 2023 Photographer of the Year

Tim Kamppinen

We are so very excited to announce that the Flash Masters Photographer of the Year for 2023 is the one and only Tim Kamppinen! 

"I am a photographer based in Grand Rapids, Michigan in the United States and I've been photographing weddings since 2009.

My work is vivid and dramatic; I try to capture the emotions of the wedding day with as much visual impact as possible, which very often means using some form of off-camera light source.

I have been obsessed with lighting from the very early stages when photography was still just a hobby. I remember reading the "Strobist" blog, buying used Nikon SB-28 flashes and cheaply made radio triggers from eBay, and making my friends pose for me while I figured out how to light a portrait.

The gear has evolved tremendously since that point but the principles of light and shadow remain the same; I still get excited when I'm able to manipulate them to transform a scene and create images that otherwise would never have been possible."


Tim's images are just as impressive as his perfectly preened moustache...here are the awards he has won in 2023 alone!


Want to learn more about how Tim created many of these award winning images?

We were so very lucky to have Tim join us live in the Flash Masters Members-Only Facebook group in November 2023 where he talked through how he visualised, lit and edited so many of the images that are featured above. If you are a Flash Masters member you can view this interview any time in the 'Videos' section of the Members Area of the website. For those who are yet to join the Flash Masters community, this interview along with over 40 hours of flash photography education is ready to view as soon as you join!

Huge congratulations Tim and welcome to the Flash Masters Hall of Fame!