About Benjamin Wheeler
After being a photographer at a luxury fashion studio in London, Benjamin's work has always had a strong fashion editorial influence. He knows his work must stand the test of time, have a sense of permanence, which outlasts society's latest trends and infatuations. Telling stories and capturing moments in a captivating, creative and organic way, Benjamin hopes to be far from a traditional wedding photographer by connecting with the couple like a guest with a camera. He recently photographed the Royal Wedding of HRH Princess Beatrice & Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in London. Over the last four years Benjamin has travelled the world shooting beautiful celebrations as far as Mexico, Australia and Uruguay.
Behind The Brand
How would you describe your photography style?
My style of photography is certainly far from classic. Artistic, relaxed, honest with a strong fashion editorial influence. I try to take a step back on the wedding day and shoot like a guest would, always with short, fixed lenses to create the sense of permanence and intimacy.
What is it that makes an image magical?
For me, it’s always the fleeting moments over the dramatic. Everyone remembers their wedding day through photography which is why it’s so important to keep true to my original vision, and the magic will come. I try not to put too much pressure on myself to get ‘the magic shot of the day’ as the stillness of the ceremony through to the madness of the party, each frame holds so much.
What advice would you give to the camera-shy couple?
Be yourselves. Connect with each other not the camera and take time to soak in the vows you had just pronounced to one another. Just this alone can relax couples instantly. I always tell couples it is not about posing and knowing how to move in front of the camera, but this will allow me to capture those authentic moments.
Do you travel interstate or internationally?
My first destination job was on the Gili Islands in Bali which was pretty nerve-wracking as I was only really finding my feet in business. Since then I have been lucky enough to travel all over the world to shoot gorgeous wedding celebrations, from Sydney to Sri Lanka, Uruguay to Norway and North Carolina. Living in London, I shoot mostly in England and Europe now, with Italy my absolute favorite place to be.
As an estimate, how long does your editing process take?
My editing process is slightly different to some wedding photographers in the sense I don’t use Adobe Lightroom, but Capture One Pro. This has really sped up my workflow, with my edit through to delivery taking 6-8 weeks.
Describe a magical moment from a wedding you’ve photographed…
Doing what I do, I know I am very lucky. There isn’t a wedding that doesn’t hold special moments, not just for the couple but also for me as the artist. Most recently, I took some photographs at a dear friends’ wedding. I have never done this before, and as I was perched up on the back of a seat trying to shoot Gilles giving his speech to his husband Barry, I couldn’t stop the tears rolling down my face on to the back of the camera. It wasn’t a spectacular destination with rolling hills and incredible light, there was no grandeur, but instead just real life stories and real love between my friends in an intimate London setting. To be there and take a couple of photographs which they can treasure, is so special to me.
Why we love it…
Delivering frame after frame of pure, light-filled magic, Benjamin’s breathtaking photography is a dreamy composition of emotion and beauty. Each story he tells we wish we were a part of…
For the couple…
For the couple looking beyond the confines of traditional photography for heart-warming frames that emanate both sentiment and style.
Think of Ben as one of your guests and forgo any staged setups. Let him capture those raw, authentic moments as they happen. Make use of his mastery of light with candles, lanterns, or by heading outside for sunset.