The Beginner Photography Podcast

457: Ben Chrisman - Pushing Creativity Boundaries in Wedding Photography

March 21, 2024 Raymond Hatfield
457: Ben Chrisman - Pushing Creativity Boundaries in Wedding Photography
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The Beginner Photography Podcast
457: Ben Chrisman - Pushing Creativity Boundaries in Wedding Photography
Mar 21, 2024
Raymond Hatfield

In today's episode of the podcast, I chat with Documentary Wedding Photographer Ben Chrisman who shares his approach to capturing authentic moments at weddings. He talks about his transition from newsroom photographer to shooting weddings and you'll learn to approach photography creatively, understand the challenges faced during weddings, and forge lifelong relationships with clients.

The Big Idea:

  • Creativity comes from knowing what you like and subtracting what's unnecessary.
  • Challenging yourself is crucial. Safe shots are important, but creativity pushes your limits.
  • Build lifelong relationships with your clients. Understand and empathize with their challenges.
  • Push yourself to create photos that you like and find personal satisfaction in your work.

Best Practices:

  1. Capture Authentic Moments: Focus on real emotions and personalities, rather than staged photos, to tell a unique and artistic story of the wedding day.
  2. Stay Creative: Challenge yourself to think outside the box, experiment with different angles, shadows, silhouettes, and abstract shots to create visually interesting and extraordinary photos.
  3. Understand and Empathize: Be sensitive to the challenges brides face, and show care and concern for the couple, especially in tense situations, to build lasting relationships and create a positive experience.
  4. Prioritize Comfort: When taking portraits, aim to make people feel at ease and forget the camera’s presence to capture genuine and natural expressions.
  5. Embrace Limitations: Using prime lenses and minimal gear can enhance creativity by forcing you to focus on what's important and subtracting the unnecessary.
  6. Strive for Personal Satisfaction: Judge your work based on your own sense of creative achievement and focus on creating photos that align with your personal style and preferences.

Resources:
Check out Ben Chrismans Website - https://www.chrismanstudios.com/
Follow Ben on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/chrismanstudios/

Grab your free 52 Lightroom Presets at
http://freephotographypresets.com/

Transform your Love for Photography into Profit for FREE with CloudSpot Studio.
And get my Wedding and Portrait Contract and Questionnaires, at no cost!
Sign up now at http://deliverphotos.com/

Watch the Free Maximizing Mini Sessions Video training and start earning money with your camera!
https://beginnerphotopod.com/minis

Connect with the Beginner Photography Podcast!


Thanks for listening & keep shooting!

Show Notes

In today's episode of the podcast, I chat with Documentary Wedding Photographer Ben Chrisman who shares his approach to capturing authentic moments at weddings. He talks about his transition from newsroom photographer to shooting weddings and you'll learn to approach photography creatively, understand the challenges faced during weddings, and forge lifelong relationships with clients.

The Big Idea:

  • Creativity comes from knowing what you like and subtracting what's unnecessary.
  • Challenging yourself is crucial. Safe shots are important, but creativity pushes your limits.
  • Build lifelong relationships with your clients. Understand and empathize with their challenges.
  • Push yourself to create photos that you like and find personal satisfaction in your work.

Best Practices:

  1. Capture Authentic Moments: Focus on real emotions and personalities, rather than staged photos, to tell a unique and artistic story of the wedding day.
  2. Stay Creative: Challenge yourself to think outside the box, experiment with different angles, shadows, silhouettes, and abstract shots to create visually interesting and extraordinary photos.
  3. Understand and Empathize: Be sensitive to the challenges brides face, and show care and concern for the couple, especially in tense situations, to build lasting relationships and create a positive experience.
  4. Prioritize Comfort: When taking portraits, aim to make people feel at ease and forget the camera’s presence to capture genuine and natural expressions.
  5. Embrace Limitations: Using prime lenses and minimal gear can enhance creativity by forcing you to focus on what's important and subtracting the unnecessary.
  6. Strive for Personal Satisfaction: Judge your work based on your own sense of creative achievement and focus on creating photos that align with your personal style and preferences.

Resources:
Check out Ben Chrismans Website - https://www.chrismanstudios.com/
Follow Ben on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/chrismanstudios/

Grab your free 52 Lightroom Presets at
http://freephotographypresets.com/

Transform your Love for Photography into Profit for FREE with CloudSpot Studio.
And get my Wedding and Portrait Contract and Questionnaires, at no cost!
Sign up now at http://deliverphotos.com/

Watch the Free Maximizing Mini Sessions Video training and start earning money with your camera!
https://beginnerphotopod.com/minis

Connect with the Beginner Photography Podcast!


Thanks for listening & keep shooting!