Along with his wife Erin, Ben Chrisman is the co-owner of Chrisman Studios, a collective of five destination wedding photographers based in Charleston, San Francisco, Santa Fe and Italy. Ben studied photojournalism, and worked at newspapers for several years in his home state of New Mexico before starting his own wedding photography business in 2005. Since then, Ben has photographed weddings all over the world, including Mongolia, Venezuela, Bhutan, Israel, throughout Europe, the Caribbean and the United States. He has also won some of the most celebrated awards in the industry, including American Photo magazine's "Top Ten Wedding Photographers, Rangefinder Magazine's "Top 10 Most Sought Out Wedding Photographers in the World", the WPJA's "Photographer of the Year", Junebug Wedding's "Best of the Best" five years in a row, and Fearless Photographers' "Top 10 Photographers of the Year". Ben is also on staff with the highly-respected Foundation Workshops, and speaks at photography conferences internationally with Erin throughout the year.
Where are you located? Do you charge a travel fee for weddings not in your location?
The five of us live in Charleston, San Francisco, Santa Fe and Italy.
How long have you been in business? How many weddings have you photographed as the main photographer?
We've been wedding photographers since 2001.
Describe your "style" of wedding photography.
Creative and documentary. Transcendent and accessible.
What's the typical wedding coverage package that you offer? What is the price?
Our packages start at $5,500 for full-day weddings, and include the digital files and an album.
What are your professional degrees, credentials, affiliations? Have you taken any recent educational workshops or classes?
We've taught all over the world, and won all the big awards. But we don't dwell on past achievements, because every wedding is a new challenge creatively.
Is there anything else you'd like to share about yourself?
We pride ourselves on amazing customer experiences and getting to know our couples on a deeper level. The photos then take care of themselves.