Southern California wedding photographer Ben Sasso is kind, authentic and extremely talented. Inspired by the great outdoors and true love (he’s actually a recent newlywed himself!), Ben creates photos that are beautifully honest and romantic. We’re absolutely thrilled to have him as a Junebug Member Photographer and to share his Spotlight Interview with you today.
Junebug: What is your favorite moment or tradition at weddings?
Ben Sasso: I LOVE first looks. Not only do I love shooting them but I was able to do one with my wife on our wedding day and it was such a perfect moment that we were able to share with each other before the pressure of being in front of our guests.
Junebug: What really gets to you at weddings? Makes you cry? Makes you laugh?
Ben Sasso: Oh goodness. Everything. Is that too vague of an answer? I just love everything that love encompasses. I have teared up more than a few times during vows but luckily I have a camera to hide behind!
Junebug: Describe your wedding photography style in less than 6 adjectives.
Ben Sasso: I was actually just discussing this with my wife a few days ago! I would describe my style as fun, intimate and clean. I think that having a strong style is a huge asset in gaining your clients trust. If they see a clear style throughout your portfolio, they will know exactly what to expect and won’t try to micro-manage you in order to ensure that they end up with images that they love.
Junebug: Do you have a tip or two for couples who are looking for their perfect wedding photographer?
Ben Sasso: Worry less about what is offered in the photographer’s collections, and more about whether or not you connect with them. They will be with you all day and are left with the task of making you look beautiful, fun and natural. Finding someone that you can be yourself around will do wonders for your day and your images!
Junebug: Do you have a favorite wedding story?
Ben Sasso: At one of my beach weddings, the weather had been getting worse and worse all day leading up to the ceremony. By the time the ceremony rolled around, we were on the beach covered by dark billowing storm clouds. After all of the groomsmen and bridesmaids had walked up to the alter, a beautiful ray of sunshine came through the clouds like a spotlight on the bride and the clouds slowly parted to cast the sun over the rest of the ceremony. As if the moment wasn’t gorgeous enough, during the groom’s vows (which were written well before this happened) he said “You are my sunshine.” I would love to say that I didn’t tear up but that was just too good.
Junebug: What’s the best thank you that you’ve ever received?
Ben Sasso: Any thank you is gold in my book but I always love to hear a bride or groom tell me that I felt like part of the family. I try my best to foster genuine friendships with the people that I work with and it has left me with very few “clients” and plenty of friends!
Junebug: Favorite trick to capture images of reluctant subjects? (kids, grandparents, nervous-in-front-of-the-camera-types)
Ben Sasso: When I am working with someone who is a bit more shy (or with anyone, really) I tend to have them carry out an action instead of standing still in a pose. When they are standing still, they have nothing to think about but whether or not they are doing a good job, but if they have an action to carry out (like holding hand and running towards me) they can’t concentrate on being shy because they have to make sure that they don’t trip!
Junebug: What is the best possible/your favorite reaction from a client when you deliver their images?
Ben Sasso: Above all else, my job is to create something that my couples love and can look back on to remember one of the biggest days of their lives. When I have couples tell me that the images sum up every emotion that they felt at their wedding, I take it as the ultimate compliment!
Junebug: Who are three photographers you admire right now?
Ben Sasso: There are so many fellow photographers that I look up to but three of my current favorites are Benj Haisch, Gabe McClintock, and Hugh Forte. All three of them have a beautifully human style. If you have a few minutes to get lost in some gorgeous images, go check them out!
Junebug: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received about being an artist?
Ben Sasso: Create what inspires you. Don’t base your life and decisions on what can make you the most money. Instead, be true to yourself and create whatever makes you happy. Not only will you be setting yourself up for longevity but you will end up creating work that is so much stronger and more rewarding than the “money making” alternative.
Junebug: Do you have a favorite image you’ve taken lately?
Ben Sasso: This image above of Becca was taken a few hours before her wedding right after I said “Hey, you are about to be a married woman!” Her excitement is just priceless. To me, it is the epitome of what I think most couples feel a few hours before they exchange their vows!
Junebug: Favorite image of yourself?
Ben Sasso: My favorite image of myself (see below) is this one of my wife and I at our wedding. I just love everything about it. It was taken within the first minute of us being married and I think our faces reflect that. I am so thankful for our amazing wedding photographer Shipra Panosian!
Junebug: What gets your heart racing – both personally and professionally?
Ben Sasso: Nature! I find so much inspiration in nature that it is almost ridiculous. I love shooting in it, being in it, sleeping in it, or running around like a weirdo in it. I love that what you see is what you get. Nature doesn’t wear a mask and it doesn’t try to fool you. That is a concept that I try my best to bring into my work. I strive to show moments that are real and unveiled.
Junebug: What gets you up in the morning?
Ben Sasso: My gorgeous wife! Some of my favorite moments in life come from my mornings in bed with her.
Junebug: What are looking forward to most right now?
Ben Sasso: I will be speaking at the Canada Photo Convention in 2014 about developing your style and can’t wait! There are a slew of amazing photographers on the line up and I am thrilled to be among them!