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Sorry it’s taken me/us so long to write a note of thanks to you… life’s been hectic. frick. isn’t it always?
Sometimes, when my heart can take it, I flip through yellowing prints of a life lived before I remember my own. I look deep into the images trying so desperately to see, in the few early photos we have of my parents, evidence of their love, new and beginning. Theirs was a love that survived insurmountable odds. A love so strong they died only a year apart, while only in their early 40s.
We were just kids when they left us. Too young to know that one day we would want shared the story of their beginning. Too young to ask, too young to listen. And so today, all we have are dimming mental images, memories chosen by ourselves in our late teens… to them we grasp, but from them we are guided less and less as our age eclipses theirs.
And so with this in mind, Josh and I set about to find a photographer who could ensure this never happened to our own children…
When Josh and I found the first of your albums online we saw real people. We saw real love, real anticipation, real relief, real excitement, real beauty, real lives. Your albums told a story of a day, a love, a community, a shared devotion between lovers and loved. Josh and I, in looking at your pics, felt your only purpose was to capture real life – the people you photographed did the rest.
Your intuitive ability to capture our family, warts and all, and remind us of that within us which makes us who we are is why we are so thankful that you were there with us on the day.
Thank you Ben.
Because of you and what you do, my kids and their kids will read, in our wedding album, the story of us. Of those who hold us high. And of a day of celebration for optimism and perseverence overcoming all.
M and J xxx

To the most amazing photographer I have had the pleasure of knowing!
Ben I can only try in words to thank you for such an amazing day.
When we first decided to get married and have it at Bermagui, I did some research on photographers in the south coast region, I flicked through a few photographers websites and came across to yours it was down! ☺
I linked onto your face book pages and became obsessed with your work checking regularly, I had rung Kimberly and asked if she had known about you and your work and she instantly said “Ben is the best! He did our wedding and all my friends weddings, you have to book him” That afternoon we booked you!
You have been nothing but fantastic from the get go! Leading up to our wedding inviting us to dinner at your place and getting to meet Ripley was a lovely thing to do as this does not happen in Sydney.
The big day!
Just the small things like helping my mum with her corsage before we walked out and taking photos of my Cassie girl! Little things like that I cannot thank you enough and making me laugh with Leanne and working in a professional atmosphere! Just made me settled and glad to have a laugh rather than being nervous.
Being told at the end of the day that no one had used my camera and I had no photos of the day and being in total panic. I have been counting down all this week for the Sneak peek photos and this morning I sat with David and Mum looking I had a tear in my eye seeing the most amazing photos I have ever seen!
I am sorry for this being a long letter but we truly cannot thank you enough, and in words I cannot tell you how thankful we are!
You have given us pictures that we can look back on and reminisce what an amazing day we had and show our children and grand children.
For that I am forever grateful, you have given us more than just photos but memories and everlasting smiles and tears when we look at these photos for the rest of our lives!
You’re a gem Ben and please don’t ever stop giving people the gift of memories and everlasting smiles.
Hope that you will be a part of our lives and maybe one day our families lives providing more unforgettable memories.
Will be in touch soon!
Love always Kristy-lee & Dave

Morning Ben,
Well I don’t know what to say I am totally speechless. The pictures are amazing. I had such high expectations of your work after seeing all those samples at your house before the wedding and you have lived up to everything.
I absolutely love them.
Dale said they are brilliant and to pass on his thanks. Think he was a little surprised as well.
On the day I received so many comments about you. Everyone was saying that you made everything work so well and made them all feel so comfortable when they were having there pics taken. They all wanted to say how professional you are.
I know who I will be calling when dale and I want to get some portrait pics or someday when we would like to get a family portrait….won’t be going to one of those crap star shots places that for sure.
Thank you so much for making our day even more special.
Bay and Dale

Ben….o my gosh Ben, i have no words at the moment to describe the way i am feeling!!!! Your photos are truely BEAUTIFUL, all the worrying, the stress and the crazy dreams were all so worth it. The day goes so quickly and you managed to capture every moment. What can i say about Kianinny??? To think that we almost didn’t get out of the car hehehehe the pain was sooooo worth it, they are wicked!! I can’t wait till Brett gets home from work, he is going to love them also!!!!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, your relaxed and caring nature made the most amazing day of our lives even more special. Our bridal party loved your humour, we are still laughing about Raz’s butt wiggling up the beach!
Your service went above and beyond our expectations, apart from the photos being truely amazing, it was the little things that you guys did that made it so memorable. It started with you fixing our page boys tie, then your assistant (very sorry that i can’t recall her name) collecting our flowers when we were running late to my sister being truely impressed that you had pulled her chair out to sit on.
We can’t thank you enough!!!
We will recommend you to everyone that asks 🙂
Thanks again
Brett & Kell

Hey Ben
We just wanted to sincerely thank you for your professionalism yet casual approach to our wedding day. You have absolutely no idea how much this mean’s to us, to have such a relaxed photographer that was not only realistic but was willing to travel so far in order to make our day so special and help us create our memory of this special day forever.
You have made us realise that memories are so easy to make, yet are defiantly too hard to remember without someone capturing the moment.
We have been hoping to email you sooner to show our gratitude, we have had a little bad luck since Christmas and you have no idea how hard it is to put “thank you” into words that express absolute graciousness.
Ben you are an absolute genius and the world should now it, but you are only one person and there’s only so much of you to go around!
We are so pleased to have shared even the smallest part of you on our wedding day.
The say the wonders of the world are those things that are yet to be found, I guess you are one of them, but let’s keep it our little secret!!!!!!! THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOO Much from the bottom of our hearts.
We hope you and Jo had a wonderful Christmas and have shared the best New Years together. Time to relax maybe????
Again thank you deeply, we can’t wait to see the photos. You can rest assured that if we are asked who our photographer was for our special day,
We would undoubtedly recommend you.
Love and Happiness
Stacey & Marty

Hi Ben
I wanted to get in touch and say thankyou very much for everything you did on our special day. Your charm and humour were a highlight for our guests and you made everyone feel very relaxed.
You could probably tell that I was a little bit upset (mother troubles) when you arrived at the hotel, and it was so nice the way you helped me calm down and focus.
Ray was worried about his pre- ceremony photos too, but they look very natural and I love that you can really see the closeness between Ray and Russell.
The A4 proofs were a great surprise last week (I forgot they were coming). They are all gorgeous so it will be very hard to pick exactly what we want in the album (any suggestions?).
You managed to capture all our special moments, even the things Ray and I didn’t see on the day. I love the vibrant colours in the beach photos, and the posed photos look amazing- very Hollywood!
Thankyou so much for getting the photos online in time for Christmas, and for the quality of the film and equipment, which definitely shows in the photos.
We hope you and Jo had a Merry Christmas and wish you a very Happy New Year.
Lefan Jard

Hi Ben-
I just wanted to say thanks so much for a great day yesterday- I cannot wait to see how the photos turn out! Thanks so much for putting up with family and friends all day long – you probably got sick of us all haha. I looks forward to seeing what you come up with! Thanks so much -Rose Geenty

Hey Ben,
Thanks for your lovely email – we just sat down last night when we got back from our trip and went through the slide show. Wow what a day, and so beautifully captured by your good self. Man you did an amazing job, the photos look absolutely amazing and we are so happy that you were our wedding photographer. We couldn’t have asked for anymore.
It was probably one of the most stressful days of our lives – everything that could have went wrong did! But after all the madness & the almost non-event it turned out to be the best party ever. We had 14 people staying in our honeymoon suite – it was pretty funny when I opened up the door & Brad had got rose petals laid on the ground leading into our room. We all had a bit of a giggle at the hilarity of the situation.
We had an awesome time in Sri Lanka we’d recommend it to anyone. It was a photographers dream – too many photo opportunities but we had a crap camera & wished we’d invested in a good one.
Hopefully see you again in the future – Brad & I were saying that its weird how you get to know & like people who are involved in our day like yourself & Jo and then its all over. But we’d like to stay in touch anyways and if next time we’re down your way we’ll give you a shout & see if you’re about for a beer.
Have a great trip to the USA (working?) and we look forward to seeing the proof album.
Love BREM xo

Hi Ben
I just have to say again how thrilled we are with the photos and wanted to share some comments from friends who enjoyed seeing your photos on facebook…
“Kathy – I have just looked at all of them – had a cry – they are so happy and so special – it looked wonderful and how great that the photographer was so clever to catch those very special moments. Thanks for sharing them with us!”
“Hi Kathy
Wow wow wow!
Mark and Maggie’s wedding was gorgeous…the photos say it all!
I felt like I was right there, the photos were so natural.”
Well done Ben
All the best for your trip to LA
Kathy & Chewy

BEN!!!!!!!! got a parcell in the mail today…. here we were thinking it was the parent album…. open it and find that it is a bigger even more awesome album than the one recieved first (the parent album)… haha we were so happy with the first one thinking it was just awesome but did not realise it was only the parent album! SUCH A GREAT SUPPRISE. Everything you have done for our very precious wedding memories is more than we could of imagined!! Thank you sooooooooooooooooooo much once again Ben. We look forward to doing more photos with you. Oh and a big thank you for the gift photo, it is beautiful!
Take care
Clint & Sarah

Hi Ben,
We just got back from our trip and went through our photos on the weekend. Thank you once again for the superb job you did. The photos are really gorgeous and definitely capture the nice relaxed mood of the day. Kris and I are delighted with the results, thank you so much. I’m glad that you seemed to have a fun day as well!
We’ll probably give you a call, maybe in the next week or so, to start sorting out which ones we might like enlargements of etc, if that’s OK. There might be one or two we’d be keen on seeing in black and white, too, if that’s possible?
Anyway, just wanted to say thanks again and we’ll be in touch soon.

hey ben!
the photos are sooooooo awesome. we love them!! they are just great. we wish we could have them all.
thank you so much you did a great job!
cant wait untill i have time to have a good look at each of them.
this is probably a silly question… but do we pick the ones for the album and canvas with the order sheet or do you do it? or is the order sheet just for extras?
thanks again ben you really did a great job, we are so glad we picked you… we may have to get you to do some family photos in a few years (if you do that sort of thing)
bruce and sarah

Hi Ben
Thanks for that – we have had a few phone calls from family who aren’t very computer savvy already! This will definitely help.
Looking forward to seeing the album – Ben hasn’t seen the photos yet but I’m sure he will be as impressed as I was J wow. Awesome. So many favourites already.
How are we going to chose photos for the album?!!
Here is what Ben’s aunty Kim had to say…
I have just sat down in a quiet place and gone through your photos. How beautiful are they!!! I can’t decide which ones to choose. It was so lovely to look back at the day and remember how wonderful and happy it was. I so hope that happiness stays with you both forever. What a beautiful photographic memory you have now, it was so worth waiting for.
So as you can see (read), EVERYONE loves them. J
Chat soon,

Hey Ben,
We would just like to say a big thankyou to you for making our wedding day such a memorable one. We had such a good time with the bridal party on our location shots and you made everyone feel so calm and relaxed and they really enjoyed themselves. We cant wait to see our photos. Thanks again and will be in touch From Carlyn and Duayne.

Hey Ben
We ve just spent over 2 and half hours looking over each and every one of the pics that you took, i don’t think we have said “wow thats awesome” or “we’re so getting that framed” that many times before. The box that the pictures came in was more then expected…and a lovely surprise. Carlz has neatly folded the gloves up and placed them back in the box with pictures as im typing thisJ
Mate in all honesty, thankyou for what you have done, we know you stayed on longer then was organised (and you got some great shots by doing it too) we know you didnt have to stay around, so thankyou for that, we wont forget it, thanks for making our day so memorable with your photos.
We will definitely be calling upon you again in the future…
Cam and Carlz
PS Pillow fight shots rocked my world lol
PPS how do we go about ordering enlargements with our credits, is there a special order code or do we just call you with IMG #’s?
Cheers mate

Hi Ben Rachel here, Great photos, they are fantastic and are so much more than we could have imagined.
we wanted to thank you for making that day run so smoothly and really taking the most amazing photos we could have imagined. they are something we will treasure forever and thats thanks to you.
We were thinking that when we have another baby (hopefully soon) we can orgainise some family and baby portraits.
sorry took so long to thank you for the wonderful photos,
Steven and Rachel Collins

Hi Ben! The photos are SENSATIONAL!!! Really, really, really, really, really HAPPY with them 🙂 They really did exceed all expectations. And now – so many decisions to make! Which ones to enlarge? Which ones in an album? What kind of finish? What to have in black and white, etc, etc! We will be in touch soon as i think your professional advice will be required!
Not sure whats happening with the date for ‘stage 2’ as yet – we’re moving into our new house tomorrow and its a little difficult to commit financially to anything else! I can assure you that it is still going ahead… But, I understand if you need to book someone else in – i’m just unsure when we’ll have a firm decision on our date – sorry!
Looking forward to being able to catch up sometime soon and look through some photo options.
Take care, will be in contact sometime in the next couple of weeks
Christie & Mark

Hey Ben,
LOVE our photos! Everyone is blown away by them! Thank you.
When do we choose the photos for our album? Do we get proofs in the mail?
Hope you are well?

Hey Ben
They are absolutely stunning – cheers!!!! Some real goodies in there for sure…Love the one of me retracting my undies from my bum – thanks for that – certainly made us have a good laugh anyway.
Morne is sorting and sending address around again to the masses to make sure they can get some – I think he had some questions for you regarding the albums and selections etc but I let him come back to you soon.
We are back in Uganda – moving back between the north of the country and kenya where things are far from fine. No rest for the wicked!
So thanks again for everything Ben and we will be in touch again soon
Kristi x
Kristi Payten
Head Of Mission – Uganda
Medecins Sans Frontieres
Swiss Section
PO Box 31282
Kampala, Uganda