Hi there, I’m Ben or Benjamin, whichever you prefer. I live in Wokingham, Berkshire in England with my beautiful wife Zoë and I love taking wedding photos. If you’re interested, here’s some more things that I love:
– People. People are awesome, they really are. Meeting people, getting to know them, hanging out.. so, I guess, that includes you too!
– Food! I love to cook and eat healthy, homemade hearty food that is good for the soul and body
– Football! Who doesn’t? Well, my wife for one. I prefer playing the beautiful game rather than watching it and train with a local team to help keep up fitness levels
– Red wine. In my mind, I’m a connoisseur that must sample as many variations as possible in order to hone my gift (!)
So what’s different about me, you ask.
Firstly, I want to know you. I want to meet you, talk with you, get to know you, hang out with you and become somebody you can trust. You need to be able to trust me to do my job on your wedding day to the absolute best of my ability. This is why I include an engagement shoot with you before your big day in the service I provide. An engagement shoot is like a rehearsal for both of us. It helps you feel at ease in front of the camera and comfortable with me photographing you. It helps me get to know you as people and as a couple which will be beneficial to both of us on the wedding day. And it’s in a ‘no pressure’ environment. We go to a favourite place of yours and just go for a walk. Nothing cheesy or fake about it. Plus you get some great photos of you together that you can enjoy.
Secondly, I want to blend in. Some of the best photos I have taken have been when folks don’t know I’m there. The goofy laughs, the crazy dance moves, the sheer joy of a wedding day… you name it, it’s all there, just waiting to be captured. I use natural light and only bring out the flash in the evening when it gets dark. I dress as a guest – but what does that mean, you ask. Well, it means that you will never see me in all black or casual clothing. I want to look like I’m attending a wedding just like everyone else – the only difference is that I’ll be moving around in the background and will be holding a camera. This factor is so helpful for your guests as it helps them relax and therefore it’s easier for me to get those ‘candid camera’ shots.
Thirdly, I want you to feel happy! It is your wedding day after all and it’s all about you. Not me, not anyone else – just you. I want to tell your wedding day story in such a way that when you look at the photographs, your memories and emotions come flooding back as if you are reliving it. I want to capture the joy that a wedding day brings, the happiness that is felt amongst your family and friends as well as the intricate details that you have so meticulously thought through. It’s a day for celebration and my aim is for that to show in my work but also my approach on the day. I love getting to know family and friends, making them smile and feel at ease. Whilst being professional, my sense of humour will often shine through and, hopefully, will crack a smile on even the sternest of faces!