All About Ben Marden – Full Time Professional Photographer

Occupation: Wedding Photographer, Commercial Photographer, Portrait Photographer
Location: Merimbula, Eden, Pambula, Bega, Bermagui, Narooma, Batemans Bay, Canberra, ACT, NSW Southern Highlands, VIC & Australia Wide.
Phone Number: 02 6493 8305 or 0409 977 911
Prices: Click here for more info
What people say about me: Amazing Reviews.
Relationship Status: Another Photographer
Interests: Photography & walks on the beach
Hobbies: Photography & romance novels
Addictions: Photography & Woolworths Chai Latte’s
What I want to be when I grow up: Photographer

Some of my Work.

Wedding Photography  – Portrait Photography - Commercial Photography

History
June 1988 marked my first day as a professional photographer and a rather big pause in my off road motor cycle racing. There I was in the middle of the desert, on crutches with a fractured pelvis, leg & collarbone photographing the Alice Springs Finke Desert Race. My injuries had come from a wee bit of a tumble, at about 120 kmh, practicing for this very race a few weeks before. Excited as I was to be an “Official Photographer”, I was the hot favourite in my class and wanted to be out there racing! Oh well, one door closes and another opens.
The previous two years had seen me working as a Jackaroo on million acre cattle stations and it was during this time, my love affair (obsession?) with photography began. Photos taken during these two years, resulted in a small business, with sales of around thirty thousand post cards.
The next two years in Alice Springs gave me the most amazing opportunities to photograph for two studios, press & freelance. Sports photography was a large part of the next few years, at events of up to twenty five thousand competitors such as at the 2002 World Masters Games in Melbourne.
Just before leaving Alice Springs in 2000 I shot my first wedding for Grant & Nicky. Grant was my physio therapist following my little motor bike crash in 98 and I had gotten to now him quite well…
That first wedding was a bit of an epiphany for me and at last I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up!!!

Motivation
Did I choose to be a photographer or did it choose me?
I believe every body needs a form of artistic self expression. Some people paint, some people write, some people sing (and I am not very good at any of these!), I create photographs.
I like to share places, events and emotions with other people and I find words often fail me, photography allows me to share what I saw or more importantly what I felt. I am one of the lucky few who can say that they love what they do for a living and have a great lifestyle built around that.


Lifestyle
“The trouble with the rat race is, even if you win, you are still a rat.” Lily Tomlin
I live a simple, low luxury and environmentally friendly lifestyle. I live in a small converted weatherboard shearing shed, with solar power, no television and a toilet that is outside and does not flush. I am a relatively non materialistic person and have made the conscious decision to accept a lower level of income and lower level of consumption to pursue a simple and fulfilling life.
With a love for travel and exploration, I travel widely, especially throughout, NSW, VIC & ACT for commissions. International commission enquiries very welcome.

That’s lovely but what does that mean for me, the customer?
What my customers receive:
• Genuine personalised service that is getting increasingly hard to find.
• A studio that is environmentally aware and does as much as possible to minimize it’s impact on the environment
• The best technology has to offer not just the latest and greatest.
• No aggressive sales techniques.
• I pride myself on running my business in an honest and ethical manner.
• Every aspect of what I do is about delivering the best possible quality.
• A professional photographer, with a passion that borders on obsession.

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