About Alive Studios Weddings
Master Photographer and Owner Benjamin D. Buren and his team have been making amazing images of wedding celebrations for almost twenty five years. Over 500 unique and amazing celebrations have contributed to the development and refinement of our unique wedding style. Some call it photo journalistic/classic; others have noted our ability to capture an amazing array of moods and situations in the most unique way. However you define it, Alive Studios will delight and surprise you with what we see. A pensive moment of anticipation while putting your wedding dress on, laughing children and happy friends, family dynamics at their best, the expression of love and commitment shared – we capture everything… All these moments that make up your special day. We have won countless awards, been featured on the covers of dozens of wedding magazines, and worked all over the world. We are excited to have you explore this website and look forward to speaking to you about how we would help you with your dream photography experience. Call today and let the magic begin.
Photography has captivated me as far back as I can remember, but it wasn’t till being immersed in the intensity of engineering school that I realized what an outlet it could be. When I wasn’t studying about thermodynamics or differential equations my mind started wandering towards the more creative elements of visual presentation. I can still recall my first “ah-ha” moment; out one brilliantly sunny morning after an ice storm with my first camera, a Canon AE1 (I now shoot Nikon). I spent a magical few hours capturing spring blossoms covered with ice, sunburst blasting through intricate branches, and vivid dichotomous renditions of spring life and cold ice. In those hours I saw a different world through my camera, and days later as I flipped through the prints (yup, that was when we shot film and got it developed) my heart sped up and I felt a calling… Throughout the years I’ve built Alive Studios based on the magic of how I feel when capturing that “frozen” moment in time, the instant when the essence of the subject collides with my artistic ability.
The Alive Studios Team is made up of professional photographers, second shooters, assistants, editors, stylist, art directors and administration. While I, Benjamin, do most of the actual capturing, certain situations are enhanced by additional photographers or different styles and rates. The entire team is focused on bringing integrity, creativity, and passion together to create magic!
With over 20 years of experience, we have been tasked with shooting every imaginable type of wedding and embraced a myriad of wedding styles and approaches. With no direction from the couple, we take an approach that borrows heavily from the photo journalistic style, but also complements that with classic wedding photography of families, wedding parties, and the couple. That being said, we love edging more towards the chic modern approach many brides request in these times, or really pushing the creative fringe with bohemian steampunk. Truly, we are versed in almost any wedding style you desire. Challenge us.
Amazing pictures that tell the story of your wedding don’t just happen. It takes an artist to shape the unique moments into an image and then capture it in just the right way. Feeling comfortable and confident with your photographer is where this begins. Our experience plays a significant factor in how we interact with everyone at the celebration; from you and your family, to all of your honored guests – even the rest of the vendors and staff. We know how to balance just the right amount of structure with a healthy dose of spontaneity. The results will go far beyond making you happy; they will delight you and excite you.
We shoot with Full Frame Nikon Z7 and Z6 cameras in RAW format, which yields the highest quality final image available on the market. All our lenses are the best made and provide unparalleled clarity and sharpness. Our workflow is rock solid and we have never lost an image, not one – ever! All images are fully edited for color balance, proper cropping, basic blemish touchup, removal of extraneous background imagery, and perfection. We even play around sometimes with selective color, grunge filters, chic filters, etc. Ask and you shall receive.
Many of our couples start the fun with an Engagement Adventure Shoot several months prior to the wedding. This is a great way for us to begin to understand more clearly what you want and how to draw you out and capture the magic. On your wedding day we arrive early, most often two photographers – one male, one female. Throughout the day we utilize our incredible depth of experience and knowledge to fully capture the magic of your wedding. We then spend approximately 3 hours for every hour of shooting on the computer editing your images to perfection. Within two weeks of your wedding we provide you with the final product.
Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
The energy of the mind is the essence of life.
Everything you can imagine is real.