One thing that really stands out about Vermont wedding photographer Ben Hudson is his love for his family, and how that inspires his work as a photographer. He commits to each couple's wedding fully, and and honors the specialness of their weddings by only taking on about 15 clients a year so he can give his full energy to each. He describes his work as documentary style, intent on capturing the unforgettable moments of each couple's celebration. Read on to learn more about this talented wedding photographer and visit the vendor guide to reach out to Ben!
How did you get into wedding photography?
I fell in love with photography at a summer camp in Maine when I was 12 years old and that is where I learned how to work in a dark room and develop my own film. My passion for photography grew through high school and college when I focused mainly on landscape photography and concerts. It was in 2006 that a friend asked if I would photograph their wedding. I said yes and then from there forward I have not looked back. Weddings have been my focus ever since.
How would you describe your photography style?
I am a documentary style wedding photographer. I want you to enjoy your family and friends and let me capture your day as it unfolds. I feel as though your wedding should not be a photoshoot where I direct you throughout the day. It should be your wedding. I will direct you when it comes to portrait time...other than that, I capture what happens.
What inspires your work?
My family. The most important thing in my life is my family and friends. I only take on 15 weddings a year so that I have time to enjoy my family. When I am photographing a wedding it is all about you, your family, friends and your day. Weddings are a very unique celebration as this may be the only time you are surrounded by almost every person you love in the world. My job is to document this day, the location and the people who are gathered around you.
Any special tips for couples for choosing a wedding photographer?
Have someone capture the day that you are comfortable with. If possible, meet in person before your wedding, read reviews and view a full gallery to make sure you are a good fit. They will be around you for one of the most important days in your life.
What's your favorite moment during a wedding?
I love the beginning of the day and the reception. I feel as though this is when everyone's true personalities come out. Things are not as stiff and formal and everyone is being their true self; their guard is down and they are just living their best day.
What's your favorite thing to do in VT? / Local spot to visit? Etc.
In the winter I love to snowboard and my main mountains are Sugarbush and Jay. In the fall and summer I enjoy getting out on my bike and exploring the swimming holes with my wife and kids. I also LOVE the ocean....so I go to Maine, North Carolina, or Puerto Rico.
If you weren't a wedding photographer what would you do?
I would travel the world with my family, run a small travel company focusing on ecotourism and possibly run a B&B or hostel on one of my favorite islands in the tropics or the Greek isles.
What's a fun fact about yourself?
I was in the movie A Man without a Face, and my great grandmother was mother superior in the Sound of Music. When I got married, my mom chose the song we danced to, and she chose, "Climb Every Mountain" from the movie which my grandmother sang....It was interesting.
What's a song that always gets you on the dance floor?
"Poker Face" - Lady Gaga
Thank you, Ben! Learn more about Ben Hudson Photography in the vendor guide.