The Man Behind The Lens
Born in the mountains and raised by the sea, Edward Bennett is a full time problem solver and a part time perfectionist. Despite backgrounds in classical music, sailing, and marketing, he is endlessly obsessed with photography. His perfect day consists of a freshly ground cup of coffee, a good TED Radio Hour podcast, and a solid dose of vitamin D. During his free time, Edward is a bicycle enthusiast, Subaru fan, and world traveler.
Learn more about Edward below!
EAQ - Edwardly Asked Questions
Tell me about Edward B. Photography.
Edward B. Photography came to fruition in 2011 when I realized the opportunity to evolve my passion for photography into something that could influence peoples’ lives. I’m so honored to use my love for the art (and science!) of photography to produce wedding albums that families will treasure for generations.
What makes you different from your competition?
I strive to shoot every photograph with intention. I am always improving the way I use light and posing to give meaning to the story. Thought goes into every detail before I press the shutter button. This applies whether I’m capturing your grandmother’s tears rolling during the vidaai or directing first look portraits at sunrise. I believe that creating with intention is what transcends a photograph into work of art.
Tell me about your experience and specialty with South Asian Weddings.
Since 2014, I have been blessed with the opportunity to photograph over 150 South Asian weddings including Hindu, Sikh, Muslim, and fusion wedding ceremonies. I got my start working full time with a prominent Indian wedding studio in Washington, DC, but now focus on my own studio.
Indian and South Asian weddings are second nature to me at this point. I am very accustomed to the cultural intricacies, family bonds, vibrant colors, and endless rush of energy from the sangeet to the 4 am bridal make up through the baraat, wedding ceremony, vidaai, and reception shenanigans. I have experience photographing portraits with over 100 family members and receptions with over 1,000 guests. Essentially, the beauty and chaos is addictive to me!
Where are you located?
Austin, Texas is my home, but I’ll travel anywhere. I’ve photographed many events in Virginia, DC, and Maryland, as well as San Fransisco, North Carolina, Georgia, Louisville, Gettysburg, Kansas City, Cincinnati, and Miami. I'm sure I've left a few off the list!
Why did you choose to become a photographer?
I can’t imagine not being a photographer. It’s the perfect union of art and physics, which allows me to preserve real events in a truly artistic fashion. I love pushing my creative limits every time I photograph something. Whenever I can, I read books and attend workshops or conferences to hone my craft. I could never get tired of learning about light, posing, and people!
How would you explain your artistic style? Do you use Photoshop effects?
There are a few things that help define my photography style, which I call "creative photojournalism." I tend to stay away from Photoshop composites; almost all of my creative shots are created in-camera.
A lot of my photography uses something called off camera lighting, or OCF. This is the process of using wireless flash equipment to shape light exactly how and where I want it – opening the door to limitless creativity. It can be very complex, but I've honing the craft of OCF photography for years to keep up with the fast pace of wedding photography. I use things like magnetic grids, gels, and other modifiers to create the desired effect. In plain words, this is my secret behind some really cool photos.
Posing is an often underestimated element that I am passionate about as well. I have studied posing with master photographer Roberto Valenzuela and learned way more than I thought possible about the art of posing. I’ve learned not only how to shape the body to look flattering on camera, but also how to tell a story with each posing element.
I have been known to have "ninja like" reflexes when it comes to capturing the fleeting candid moments throughout the wedding experience. I like to joke that I have a sixth sense about predicting emotions to have my camera ready for those tears of happiness or an outburst of laughter.
Thank you so much for reading! I would absolutely love to hear from you. Please say hello or fill out the inquiry form.