Benjamin Skigen: Denver, Colorado Wedding Photographer
Because moments only happen once!
Why It's Worth Investing In a Professional Wedding Photographer
For many couples, your wedding day will be one of the most important days of your lives.
Months, sometimes even years of planning go into creating one perfect day to celebrate you and your love. Then, on the special day, it's a whirlwind of activity, conversation, feasting, and partying. So much is happening that, in the moment, it's difficult to stop and take in all the details. Many couples recall how their wedding day felt like a blur, and are thankful to have quality photographs to be able to relive the big day, at their own pace, whenever they want.
As a photographer, shooting a wedding represents a unique challenge .A wedding is typically a one or more full days of shooting utilizing a variety of professional equipment. It produces a significant volume of images which then must be reviewed, edited, and delivered. The fast pace of weddings, movement, and important "one-chance,can't miss" shots makes properly photographing a wedding a significant investment of time and energy.
Occasionally, the investment for professional wedding photography may come as a surprise. But it's because it takes a ton of work! A typical wedding requires around 40 hours of work between prep, shoot, editing, and delivery. To do it right, a photographer must be well-experienced with the constraints and flow of a wedding, creatively use high-end professional equipment, and posses both an artistic eye and technical hand for developing the shots. The end result is stunning imagery which sings the story of your wedding. These are images you'll fondly treasure for the rest of your lives!
My Approach to Wedding Photography
First, I love photographing and attending weddings! There's just so much energy, it's always a fun challenge for me to create ways to make the most of each wedding's setting and energy.
Second, I feel it is a tremendous honor to be chosen as the wedding photographer. During a wedding, I'm occasionally the only other person to be with the Bride and Groom. This unique opportunity to be part of one of the most important and intimate days of a couple's new life together is an awesome responsibility which I deeply respect.
Artistically, my approach to wedding photography is candid and photojournalistic. I use a variety of high-definition lenses, lights, and other professional photographic equipment to capture a variety of looks and perspectives in order to retell the story of your wedding day in great detail.
For the formal portraits of you and your wedding party typically following the ceremony, I'm well practiced at efficiently directing my subjects and arranging a variety of group and individual portraits.
How Wedding Photography Works
The first thing you need to do is book a consultation. Consultations can happen at your home, or a cafe (coffee/tea is on me!)
At the consultation, we'll discuss your wedding plans and expectations for photography. The consultation is also a good opportunity for you to make sure I'm the right fit. on the day of your wedding, I will be one of the people most around you throughout the day, so it's critical to have good chemistry!
Deciding What to Photograph
The most basic wedding photography consists of the ceremony, and formal portraits immediately following the ceremony. Before and during the ceremony, I will shoot the setting, your guests as they arrive, the ceremony itself, then portraits of the couple and their wedding party.
Most couples commission me to photograph the prep leading up to the ceremony, and/or the reception following it. If you wish, I will chronicle your entire wedding day starting the moment you wake up, to when you leave in your limo at the end of the night.
After the Wedding
After the day has ended, I review all of the images and pick the best. Typically, less than 10% of images will make the final cut. These images are individually hand-refined to balance levels, adjust crop, and correct problems. Advanced Hollywood-class editing tools are used to infuse character and style. The best shots may be processed multiple ways to create a variety of looks.
The Finished Product(s)
Once the editing process is complete, I will deliver a private, well-organized online gallery containing all of the finished images. Here, you are able to review the photos, share them with your friends or family, download files, or order prints. I offer a variety of premium quality print products, with never any pressure to buy.
Let's Talk About Your Wedding!
I'd love to have the opportunity to win your business. Simply fill out this form and I'll be in touch as soon as possible!
Wedding Photography Pricing
I prefer to be up front and transparent with pricing. Wedding photography sessions are priced based on four factors: Shoot Duration, Number of Photographers, Location, & Product
Consider Two Photographers!
When budget allows, I always recommend a second photographer. This will double the amount of photos which you receive, which will have a different perspective than the shots I take. Moments only happen once at weddings, so two photographers guarantees all of the best moments will be captured in detail. A variety of excellent associate professional photographers are available !
These packages offer a great value for the most frequently requested services.
Custom Packages Available!
To make the most of your wedding photography budget, I'm happy to create a custom package just for you! Just contact me and let me know what you are looking for!
I became a photographer at five years old when I received my first camera - a Fisher-Price 110. Since, I've been enamored by the art of capturing light and have dedicated a significant amount of my creative energy to mastering it. My approach to photography is technically practiced and artistically intuitive.
I take great pride in being easy to work with, kind, and creative. I am committed to providing my clients with the highest quality photographic experience possible. I'm a member of Professional Photographers of America and am insured. These days, I shoot primarily with Canon professional gear.
I live in Lakewood, Colorado with my wife, two children, and a pair of poodles.