Epic Photojournalism from Ben Kane Photography

In Toronto and beyond

by Maddie Eisenhart, Managing Editor

You may recall a post I wrote last year on How To Choose a Wedding Photographer where I talked about the different styles of wedding photography. The thing is, the wedding industry, like any other industry, goes through periods of trends, which means that depending on which way the wind is blowing this year, some styles get more love than others. One of my favorite kinds of wedding photography is what I call epic wedding photography. Epic wedding photography has this larger-than-life feel to it that harnesses the energy of weddings in a way that almost no other wedding photography style can.

The thing is, epic wedding photography takes a lot of technical skill and is often poorly imitated, which means that it’s underrepresented in the wedding industry, even though it kicks ass. Which is why I’m so excited that APW gets to introduce you to the epic photojournalist Ben Kane Photography today. I’m excited for three reasons, specifically:

  1. Ben takes amazing epic photos that look like they came straight out of a magazine.
  2. But his focus is on his clients and keeping your wedding authentic, so he’s creating these photos without turning your wedding into a photo shoot.
  3. He’s in Toronto! And it’s about time our Canadian readers got some kickass vendor love.

So let’s get real for a second and talk about these pictures. You guys, most photographers are lucky if they ever get one of these photos in their portfolio…ever. But with every click of my mouse through Ben’s work, my brain explodes a little bit, because they are so good. Energetic and funny and impeccably lit (excuse my nerdiness, but the guy went to school for lighting and cinematography and it shows) and just so good. I mean, is it just me or do all of the photos in this post look like they could be movie stills?

But upon closer inspection, what excites me most about Ben’s work is just how diverse Ben Kane Photography’s portfolio really is. The wedding industry wants you to think that all couples look the same, and wedding photographers are seldom an exception to this rule. But Ben Kane Photography puts the diversity of his clients front and center, making it abundantly clear that he celebrates exactly who you are, in exactly the shape and size and color you come in. Ben says, “I make both documentary as well as creatively beautiful images, but underlining everything is my desire to keep everything as real and timeless as possible. ‘Real’ meaning that’s really you in those photos, and not my interpretation of you or how you should look or stand or act. My couples may have to explain their haircuts or clothing choices to their future grandchildren, but, hopefully, not the photography.”

Add to that the fact that Ben is himself kind of a badass, and you’ve got wedding magic. He told me, “I’ve been photographing weddings full time since 2010. There is an overwhelming sense of goodwill at weddings and the most positive, radiant energy—it’s addictive. I love my job. I really do. It’s rare for me to photograph a wedding and NOT have at least one of the guests approach me during the reception to remark something like, ‘You look like you really love what you do.’ I think that’s super important: wanting to be there. I don’t have time limits on my photography packages because it’s my preference to be there as long as I can be. It allows me to get to know my couple’s friends and family at the same time as they’re getting more comfortable with a photographer being in the room, and all of it allows me to make photos that aren’t only beautiful, but that also show the relationships that matter to my couples.”

Now, as someone who also shoots unlimited hours, let me tell you: standing on your feet, hauling gear, and squatting to get the right shot for twelve hours is a long and strenuous day. The photographers who want to be there for all of it, who not only volunteer to shoot twelve-hour-plus days, but who think you deserve nothing less, they hold a special place in my heart. Because that requires passion. And a really good chiropractor.

So here’s the run down: Ben’s prices start at $3,000 which includes travel throughout most of Ontario (plus Ben loves to travel and has shot everywhere from Quebec to the Dominican Republic, so drop him a line if you want him for your wedding outside of Ontario.) And since Ben just gets it, all of Ben Kane Photography’s wedding coverage includes high-resolution images on a USB thumb drive.

There are few things I get more excited about than introducing you guys to a sponsor who offers something you may not have been able to find in your region, or maybe you didn’t even know you wanted until you saw it here. Ben Kane Photography is just that. Ben is a phenomenal talent whose work is is really something special, and it’s so clear from his past clients that everyone who works with him knows that. So get on it, guys. You know the drill. If we don’t see those photos, I will probably cry.

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  • lolauren

    All these photos? Incredible. Seriously. The first two blew my mind and the one with the group taking shots? Can’t stop thinking about it. Woowza.

  • Emmers

    Such beautiful photos. And how amazing that he shoots for 12 hours.

    • Emmers

      oops– or unlimited hours. even more amazing!

  • I may have accidentally just wandered over to his blog and wasted about 30 minutes of company time oo-ing and ah-ing over those beautiful photos. My sister-in-law is getting married tomorrow, and somehow I’m more of an emotional wreck over her wedding than I was at my own. I literally all but cried looking at the photos because you can just SEE all the emotion on his subject’s faces.

  • Thanks LOLAUREN! EMMERS: All the best stuff happens outside the few hours in the middle of the day when all the structured formalities take place. And I hate leaving a good party early :-) LAURA LEE, all the best for your sister-in-law’s wedding!

  • Meghan

    These photos are gorgeous! Such lucky couples to have these memories of their special day. They all capture the emotion of the moment completely!

  • TeaforTwo

    I am beyond disappointed that I have already booked a photographer for my Toronto wedding.

  • Claire

    Holy Smoke! All of these photographs are ahh-mazing!

  • Yay for Canadian-based people, and yay for the photo taken at the Château Frontenac.

  • Chloe

    A bit off topic but can I just say how lovely it is to see a wedding photographer featuring photos of/with people of color? I think this is less on an issue in the states (and certainly those featured on this site), but I’m just starting to plan my wedding in South Africa (as a US transplant). This country is 80% black but my photographer screening process is quickly becoming you-have-somehow-defeated-all-odds-and-taken-a-single-photo-of-a-black-person-and-it-is-buried-somewhere-deep-on-your-website. Sigh.

  • You are right about how these all could be movie stills. They have an air of grandeur and importance that is truly remarkable.