Learning how to use an SLR camera in 2005, I began to tell stories with photographs. Two years later I traveled the United States kidnapped by a rock band as a tour photographer. A few months later I photographed my mom’s wedding, and posted it on my small photo blog. By the end of 2008 I had documented twenty-two weddings.
At heart I am a documentary photographer, telling stories through imagery. In 2012 I was named in the Top 30 Upcoming Wedding Photographers by PDN Magazine, and later profiled by Rangefinder Magazine.
Social documentary photojournalism is something I have been studying. Photography is a powerful tool, and it can be used to challenge our thoughts and actions. I want to tell stories of food deserts, Retired Racers, poverty in affluent cities, Native Americans, MusicCorps, and guide dogs.
Christina & Dan
We could not be happier with Ben’s work. He made this experience more than just a transaction, he spent time getting to know us and our guests—he joined us as a guest at our rehearsal dinner and mingled about the room. Ben’s friendly and calming presence allowed us to feel comfortable in front of a camera. He was quick to come up with solutions in dealing with inclement weather and captured stunning portraits and shots from our wedding. His style is unique and thoughtful. These are photographs we will cherish forever.
Josh & Cassandra
Ben photographed our engagement photo session and wedding. He is incredibly kind, easygoing, thoughtful, and most of all, talented. I chose Ben based on the pictures on his blog and site, and the sets we got for our engagement and wedding reflected the same style and perspectives that I loved. His prices are very reasonable too. He was always very well-prepared, professional. The file transfer process after each shoot was a breeze as well, and he delivered our photos in a timely manner both times. I wholeheartedly recommend Ben!
Annie & Ryan
Can’t say enough good things. Ben was professional, kind and unassuming in all our interactions. We didn’t even notice him taking pictures our entire wedding (except portraits of course) but somehow we ended up with shots of every important moment and more. He has a very ‘stand back’ and quiet style, letting you take the lead and capturing what naturally happens, very journalistic and a good eye for detail and small moments. I felt he really stayed present and observed with an artistic approach. The exposures and light in our photos were beautiful. We treasure our photos and would definitely work with and recommend Ben again for many types of work. The photos felt real and warm.
Chris & Jinny
Ben was our wedding photographer, and we’ve continued to bring him back every few years to be kind of our family documentarian. He’s incredibly good at capturing the small moments that might get missed. These moments are the ones that are the most important. We don’t like overly posed photography—it just doesn’t look natural. Ben is all about natural. We’ve always been so impressed with the way his lens has captured our family, and will continue to ask him to follow us along our path for as many years as he’s willing.
Tessa & Steven
When we first contacted him about photographing the wedding, he was quick to respond to our request and was very approachable and friendly. We met one time a couple weeks before the wedding to discuss the wedding and any specific details that we wanted him to capture. My husband and I left that discussion feeling comfortable with the plan and that Ben was a good match for our celebration. On the wedding day, Ben did a wonderful job—he was in just the right place to get great photos without taking attention away from the ceremony and reception. Ben went above and beyond and stayed well into the nighttime celebration. The photos arrived less than 8 weeks after the wedding and were stunning—to me they seem more authentic than many other wedding photos I have seen. My husband and I are very happy with our wedding photos and wouldn’t change a thing about them.
Rebekah & Chris
Ben was wonderful to work with for both our engagement session and our wedding day. He was quick to respond, kind and calm. Our venue recommended Ben and we are glad we took the recommendation. His creativity with the light and shadow was particularly stunning and we just loved how he captured our special day. We recommend Ben!
Stephanie & Thomas
We are so happy to have met and worked with Ben! Our pictures turned out to be amazing—the story they tell and the emotions captured that day are priceless. Ben has an acute eye and talent in capturing moments. They are composed, balanced, and authentic. I had spoken to a few other photographers in my search, and I just got a lot of ‘wedding industry’ vibes from them. There were questionnaires and delayed communication—the kind where you felt like an applicant for an audition. There were poor responses sometimes when it was very clear I was not the type of client who would be ordering the platinum package from them. It was all very disgusting for a while. Then I met Ben 🙂 Time and again, I was impressed by Ben’s professionalism—we chatted and talked about what we both expected for the wedding and type of service Ben could provide. I was extremely explicit about focusing our pictures on the people and story of that day, and with appropriate levels of focus on ourselves, but minimal if possible. (Both my husband and I are introverts, and the attention on a wedding day can be a bit much) Ben completely understood. He was friendly and so easy to get along with. I really enjoyed, meeting a nice grounded person. On the day of our wedding, Ben was on time, and super professional. He simply blended in, like a great photographer does. He worked well with my day-of-event coordinator and was open to collaborating with us. We received our photos seamlessly and in a timely manner—we couldn’t have been happier with how everything turned out. If we have the opportunity, we will happily hire Ben again.