So first things first, we’re Ben+Joella. A hubby and wife who’ve been photographing together for a lot of years now. There have definitely been some ups and downs navigating the industry over the years, but we can honestly say that WE LOVE WHAT WE DO. Which is kinda funny, because having your picture taken is not often very high on the ol’ priority list. And we can’t blame you. The trends the last few years have been toward the overly-perfect, stylized magazine version of real life. And who wants to pay for photos that don’t reflect who you are? Will those really be the type of photos you look back on with joy and nostalgia a couple decades from now? Those aren’t even the type of photos I like to look back on of myself from a few years ago. Ya live and ya learn, I guess.
So for people who hate the idea of weddings, but are excited for their own…we feel you. And for those of you that cringe at the thought of drawn-out, stiff family photos and therefore keep putting it off…we feel you too. We’ve tried to fit in to the industry standard, but it just wasn’t us. And we have a feeling it doesn’t feel like you either. You’ve worked hard to build a life. You love the people in it. The photos that are the most meaningful aren’t the overly-posed photos of yesteryear, they’re the ones that make you feel something. The ones that capture the little moments of connection between loved ones. Life is always changing and none of us is guaranteed a tomorrow. And in our book, that means there’s no time to waste on bullshit photos and hollow trends.