Ben and Erin,
I fell in love with the pictures from your blog and website long before I met you. I knew early on that I wanted you to shoot our wedding, but because I thought I needed to do due diligence, I had to take time to consider other photographers. I pored over blogs and websites of many other notable photographers with whom you’re probably acquainted. I really wanted to consider them, and their pictures were beautiful, but none spoke to me as yours did.
You are able to capture emotions like no one else can. You can capture the essence of a person in a picture. As I look through our wedding photos, each familiar face that I see, I can say, “Yup, there it is. That’s the expression that I know and love.” I see their sense of humor, their quirkiness glowing on their faces and in their smiles. I see the gentleness in a glance, the tenderness in a smile. I am touched when I look at the expressions on the faces of people whom I love; to see the emotions written so clearly on their faces. Clinton and I wanted to remember the emotions and spirit of the day and you have captured this so well.
When we planned our wedding, we had to juggle between 2 things. Availability of the ceremony/reception location and your availability. We would have changed our wedding date if you were busy — that’s how much we wanted you to be there. Spending large sums of money is difficult for me and normally makes me physically sick to my stomach, but you guys are so worth it. We compromised on other areas of the wedding, but we knew you had to be there. I had very high expectations of your ability and even so, am still impressed with your work. You probably feel a lot of pressure with every wedding due to expectations, but you really don’t need to worry; your work is outstanding.
I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun we had at our wedding yesterday. Everything was so perfect.
I just had to write you and tell you how your man Mauricio did, but I don’t know where to start now that I’m sitting down to write this email. And I swear to you I’m tearing up as I type!
Mauricio is an angel, above and beyond, over the top fantastic in every way. He helped make the day everything we’d ever hoped for and more. I wanted to tell you so much about how thoughtful, and warm, and talented, and special he is. I wish I could find the words, or bottle the feeling, and share it with you. But I think somehow you might know…
Also, we wanted to thank you, Erin, for all of your great service, and for adding Mauricio to your amazing team– so that we could have him with us on the best day of our lives. We were meant to find him.
We’re off to Mexico tomorrow, it has been a crazy whirlwind. Feeling so happy and sad at the same time because I wish I could always feel this full of love.
Hope life is good for you and Ben, and the whole gang.
Elena & David
San Francisco, California
Winston and I are settling in nicely here in Hong Kong. We have not been here three weeks and although we are still very busy with settling into our new place, I finally feel like I have a little breather!
I actually wanted to write you after the ceremony to thank you for being so patient with me. I am painfully shy at times, which can make me a difficult subject to work with. But, you were the consummate professional, and pushed me to get the shots you were after. Although it may not have seemed like it at times, I felt very comfortable with you. I can honestly say, that I have never met a more sweet and thoughtful guy (other than Winston of course 😉 So, thank you, thank you, thank you!!
Winston will tell you that I was very much against having a photo shoot. But, Winston really wanted to memorialize the event. So, if I was going to allow complete stranger into my home and shoot me during my most vulnerable moments, we had to find the right guy. Initially he reached out to Ben and Erin as we had met them in Bali during a wedding, and loved their spirit and their work. But, they were out of our price range. When Erin recommended you, all I had to do was look at your work, and I knew you were the right guy. You have such a great eye and produce such wonderfully dramatic and artistic photos. Although I was nervous about about having someone there to shoot the event, I was very excited to see what you would produce. Let me just say, we couldn’t be more THRILLED with the the final product. You did such an amazing job Ryan! You should be extremely proud. It is no wonder Ben and Erin wanted bring you on as an associate. Frankly, they would be fools not to. 🙂
Ben and Erin,
From the moment I reached out to y’all, it was an absolute pleasure working with you. Despite great distance and a big gap between booking and the actual wedding, y’all arrived with the utmost enthusiasm and your game faces firmly on.
Jesse loved you the second he met you, and that made him completely comfortable with being photographed, a thing he usually hates!
Thank you for looking for all the little moments we could steal together. You two showed extraordinary professionalism, cat-herding skills, and patience. Both families were extremely impressed and happy.
Los Angeles, California
There aren’t enough ways to say thank you for being at our wedding! I think my family wanted to pack you up and take you home with us. Your attitude, peaceful demeanor, sense of humor… and just how you are were so perfect for us. I love how you sang along with me to our Latin music while we were getting ready at the hotel. I had at least 7 people tell me how terrific you were, and they haven’t even seen the photos yet!! To say that we are excited to see our photos would be an understatement.
Charleston, South Carolina
Ben and Erin,
What you guys did was absolutely unbelievable. I think I may have at least one good shot of every single person that attended our wedding. And of course there are endless great ones of us and the space and our closest friends and family. Thank you for making me look beautiful and for managing to capture just how much fun I had (I don’t think I have ever smiled and laughed so much in a given period). And thank you for reminding me of how ridiculously good-looking my new husband is. As I am sure you already know well (and is always the case), the slideshow is of course the highlight. I am embarrassed to tell you how many times we have watched it and shared it with others. You created a compelling visual narrative that moves from elegant to raucous, that is true to the event but also elevates it. You gave us the greatest record of our lives together thus far, and you also introduced us to our new favorite song. We are forever grateful.
Glen Ellen, Wine Country, California
Mauricio, WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We were up until 6 a.m. our time looking at the wedding photos! THEY ARE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PICTURES I HAVE EVER SEEN! I just want to keep looking at them over and over again! Thank you so much! They’re incredible! I knew they were going to be but I still wasn’t prepared for how incredible!! We’ve been watching the slideshow nonstop for almost an hour! They are AMAZING! I wish I could rent an art gallery here in NYC and display your pictures because they really are works of art! I cant wait to show them to EVERYONE! GRACIAS! GRACIAS! GRACIAS!
Erin and Ben,
In our LIVES we never could have imagined that our wedding pictures could be this beautiful. The feedback from our family and friends on the slideshow and gallery pics has been instantaneous, unanimous, and so uplifting – they are absolutely stunned at how beautiful your photos are. They’ve never seen such a thing! On both sides of the family, we’ve heard independently that even for our loved ones who couldn’t make it to the wedding, the slideshow made them feel like they were there. And for those who were there, they cannot stop talking about how perfectly you captured the evening. Get this: Yesterday I made a seemingly innocuous change to my Facebook profile photo replacing the one I had with the first slideshow picture, and since then my Facebook email has gone crazy with “OMG”s and “!!!!!”s.
Having the two of you at the wedding was the best decision we could have made, and we have been left speechless more times than we can count. From beginning to end, you have been an absolute pleasure to work with and so professional. I’m sure we’ll see you in the near future at the wedding of some loved one of ours who is staring at your pictures right now.”
We had the most awesome night! And Mauricio is officially a Moore too because we’ve adopted him as a family member!!! What a supreme professional! What an amazing talent! THE HARDEST WORKING MAN IN ALL OF SANTORINI! He was phenomenal. I CANNOT WAIT to see his photos!
Atwood Ranch, Glen Ellen, Wine Country, California
Ben & Erin,
Your pictures of our wedding blew us away. There are not enough superlatives to do them justice. We looked through all of them the first night 3 times which took well into the night. And each time we went through them, we fell in love with them more and more. Jeff’s face literally hurt from smiling after looking at them for hours. In fact, he has not stopped looking at the pictures – he put them on his iPad and walks around at work looking at them! Choosing you to photograph our wedding was without question the best decision ever. You somehow captured every moment, emotion and overall magic of our entire day and put them into the most vivid and stunning images.
Besides being talented photographers, you both are the nicest, most easygoing and wonderful people. Your professionalism was apparent in everything you did and even extended beyond photography with Ben offering me medicine when he thought I wasn’t feeling well or helping to pick up broken glass from a table. There were so many intangible factors that made our experience with you so pleasant. But more than that, we had so much fun hanging out with you all day. It was like finding long-lost friends. Neither of us are comfortable in front of the camera lens, but you guys made it fun and we felt so at ease.
You guys are truly something special as photographers and as a couple. Thank you again for everything! We love you guys!!!
Linville, North Carolina
Erin & Ben,
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I’ve watched our slideshow about 17 times since you posted it yesterday, and have spent at least 10 hours in the online gallery. The amazing thing is, when I watch the slideshow for the 18th time, I know I’ll tear up yet again, and laugh yet again. You just captured the emotion so exquisitely and told the story of our day so beautifully that I feel like I’m reliving each moment. It’s even more fun to see the moments that I didn’t see as the day unfolded.
I could gush for pages about why finding you both was the best decision we made for our wedding and why you really are the best photographers in the world, but you already have the photos and the awards that speak for themselves. I’ll thank you instead for being so surprisingly humble for someone so acclaimed. Thank you for being so noninvasive in capturing the story of the day as it unfolded instead of taking it over. And thank you for being so truly passionate about your work. When Ben got excited about a great shot- we all got excited!
After seeing you both for our last two family gatherings, I think we’re all going to be a bit disappointed when you don’t show up for Christmas. I’m going to start badgering my brothers to hurry up and get married so we can do this again!
San Diego, California
Wow. Tears to our eyes. We love them. We can’t thank you enough! The slideshow really takes us back to all those emotions and moments we never want to forget. Tawny and I have been huge fans of your work and I’m constantly stalking your blog for new picture updates. So needless to say we were both so pumped and excited to have you with us because we knew we could trust you to capture all of those special fleeting moments of our big day, as well as creatively and artistically document the people, emotions and events of our wedding. Thank you so much for all of your hard work and for going above and beyond anything that was asked of you.
Hotel California, Todos Santos, Mexico
Ben and Erin,
You were the best decision we made (aside from each other). From the moment we initially emailed you about photographing our wedding, you were professional and attentive. At the wedding you were helpful and made us feel at ease about being photographed. The images you captured during our four-day destination wedding were, all at once, unique, artistic, breathtaking and fun-exactly what we were looking for. You have a way of capturing special moments while at the same time making sure the images are beautifully composed. Honestly, we don’t know how you do it. We are having a hard time selecting the ones we want for our album!!
However, the best part about you both is that you are AWESOME PEOPLE. Everyone at our wedding loved you and I feel like we made two new friends. You were so fun, sweet, personable and you both had a great sense of humor. I look forward to hanging out with you again.”
The Burn, Natchez, Mississippi
Our Dearest Ben,
It has been said that really great talent is that which finds its happiness in execution. This quote, I think, addresses you completely – your work is nothing short of remarkable, and your love for the camera shines through every photograph. There is no doubt that hiring you was far and away the best decision of our wedding. But the pictures were only half of it. The other is that we made a great new friend. How beautiful and rare to find someone who is so in touch with life that he can literally transport you back in time through the lens of a camera. How wonderful and uplifting to encounter someone in this industry who actually makes you more aware of the joy your wedding represents.
We are forever in your debt for the amazing photographs. We are even more indebted for the kindness and patience that is you. It was a blast, and we can’t wait to see you again. Miss you tons.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Holy shit. Basically you are the best photographer in the entire world. These are AMAZING. I am freaking out. From the moment you got there, I honestly felt better about the whole entire shebang.