Hi. You can call me Ben.
I am a photographer.
I used to make movies and TV shows. Secretariat, Stranger Than Fiction, Weatherman, The Gates, Sordid Lives: The Series, and Prison Break to name a few. I never lived in Los Angeles though.
I like to point my camera at people… especially when they aren’t smiling at me. It’s better when they are smiling at each other.
I am a St. Louisian.
I love that can see the City Museum out my back window and I can walk to Busch Stadium.
I buy green beans and tomatoes at the Tower Grove Farmers market (the one in Tower Grove Park and the one downtown).
I like the Culinaria but I wish there was a Trader Joes downtown.
Katie’s Pizza by the Esquire is awesome. Good Pie on Olive and Compton is good too.
I have a gnarly sweet tooth so when I order coffee it usually involves the words “latte” and “vanilla.” I don’t mind if you make fun of that.
If you’re getting married, graduating high school, or you just need a good picture to put on your Facebook page… I think I can help. Lets get together and talk about it. Come to my studio and get your Fish Eye Fun photo taken for free… or I can come to you. If you’re not in St. Louis we could Skype or iChat or use that old fashioned thing called… the phone?
Oh yeah…. If you’re from St. Louis too you’re probably wondering so… I went to Clayton.
(And I have a big fat cat named Charlie. You’ll see him on the blog from time to time.)
About Cinematic Photojournalism
My style is often classified as “photojournalism.” When given several options to describe my style I often pick photojournalism over “traditional” or “posed.” However, I don’t think photojournalism is a style. It is a method. I will take creative liberties and give direction when necessary, but I feel the best photographs are taken when you don’t know you’re being photographed. It’s the moments between the toast and the first dance and it’s the moments before and after “say cheese” that are really magical.
My method is photojournalism but my style is cinematic. Through photographs I want to tell the story of your wedding, your event, or your family. I love to use light, composition, processing, and even movement to tell a story that is both beautiful and truthful.
This style is translated in my album design as well. Like editing a movie, the juxtaposition of one image next to another can profoundly effect the meaning and emotion of each image.