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.
I started "Edward B. Photography" as a part time photographer in college when I realized I could actually use my passion for photography to change lives. After earning my BS in Marketing from George Mason University and working nautical and corporate jobs, I took a leap of faith to become a full time wedding photographer. This is one of the best decisions I've made! Now I am incredibly grateful that I'm able to make a living creating something that families will appreciate for generations.
What separates you from your competition?
I shoot every photograph with intention. Every image tells a story, and it takes a high attention to detail to tell that story well. I'm highly technical with the quality of light, posing, and composition, while always making sure that the image still retains a completely natural and unposed look. Of course, keeping the couple relaxed is key for posed portraits, but a keen eye is required for photojournalistic or candid moments. This applies whether I'm directing the bride and groom's first look portraits at sunrise, or capturing precious moments of the bride's father crying during the vidaai. 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.
For the past several years, I have been blessed with the opportunity to photograph over 150 South Asian and Indian 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 in Austin, TX.
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 performances. 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 also cover weddings in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and worldwide. I've photographed Indian weddings all over the country and I love to travel.
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 life moments 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 and 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 images 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 my vision. In plain words, OCF 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 (female or male) 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.