Experience & Philosophy
“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” ― Ansel Adams
Ben considers himself a native Austinite ever since he was born at home in the Austin suburb of Bastrop, TX. After graduating Texas State University with a BFA in Photography, his studies and subsequent career in wedding photography has taken him around the globe from Los Angeles to New Zealand. His photojournalistic style will keep you smiling for generations as you relive your wedding day through the candid and intimate memories captured on your wedding day. Nowadays Ben can be found riding his bikes on the streets of East Austin discovering the next best taco truck or hiking the green belt to find the perfect swimming hole to beat the Texas heat. His love of camping, hiking, and photography have influenced his latest work of landscapes and astrophotography. Being a wedding photographer is more than just taking pretty pictures. The wedding day is a culmination of countless hours hard work and a life-time of dreams coming to fruition. My goal at every wedding is to become “one of the family” therefore gaining access to those precious moments between your family & friends. But I like to let my photos and clients speak for me.
Photography was the best part of our wedding!
Reviewed On 9/07/2014 Sophie F
We could not be happier with our experience with Ben Godkin and the work they did for our wedding! They perfectly captured the story behind our weekend, the most special planned moments as well as so many beautiful candid moments. They have a true vision for the emotions and connections taking place at weddings, and capture them effortlessly. So many people have commented on how even though they weren’t at the wedding, they felt like they lived every minute of the day through the incredible photos. Several have even admitted to crying watching the slideshow 🙂 They still bring me to tears after 6 months looking through them all. Ben was a joy to work with and I would recommend them for anybody looking for a wedding photographer. Even the packaging our photos arrived in after the wedding blew us away. Snatch them up before they’re booked for your big day! They were my favorite vendor to work with throughout the entire process!
Reviewed On 3/19/2014 Shannon D
We used Ben for my engagement and wedding photos. We have not received all the wedding photos, but have seen a couple and they are awesome! Our engagement photos were incredible. They are really good about capturing the regular moments that all the photographers get, but then are able to also make pieces of artwork that are just stunning photos that you happen to be in! Ben was really easy to work with, made us feel comfortable and was kind to family and friends when trying to get everyone in order. I would HIGHLY recommend them if you want above and beyond the normal “traditional” wedding photos and actually want some pieces of true artwork to have in your home.
Most. Amazing. Wedding photos. EVER.
Reviewed On 2/24/2013 Ashley B
Most. Amazing. Wedding photos. EVER. Ben captured pure joy and jubilance on every single face that night (which is a bit of a task for almost 300 people). I still cry every time I look at them. I’ve had such a hard time putting into words how incredibly amazing they are. Guests at the wedding kept saying how they were everywhere and nowhere at the same time. Photo Ninjas! Some choice quotes after we received and posted our wedding photos: “I’m going to print out ALL of your wedding photos and hang them in my house, even pictures of the beautiful people I don’t know.” -Sister in Law “wow these are some of the best photos from an event that i’ve ever seen. I wasn’t there but you captured something so special” -somebody I don’t know
Reviewed On 12/01/2011 Katlin G
Ben is such an amazing and genuine professional and it was to our joy we got to work with him on such a special day. His photographs truly capture the moment and feelings in every aspect. For our wedding we asked Ben for pictures that were not expected because we wanted those pictures that weren’t posed but natural and were able to show what our wedding was all about–having fun and celebrating and all the emotions that are part of such a big day. Ben could have not done exactly that more perfectly than what he did and there was not ONE picture we didn’t love!! My husband and I laughed and cried going through them time after time seeing the most important and tiniest details captured and seeing the tears and smiles and laughter of each person there. They are stunning. I have nothing but beautiful things to say about Ben and his work because that is what he gives you! We were beyond lucky to have Ben there for our wedding and if we were to do it all again there is no one else I would want but Mr. Godkin himself…he is truly the most talented and gifted photographer I know and has given us irreplaceable memories that will last forever.
Godkin Photo — One Word — AMAZING!!
Reviewed On 11/03/2011 Jessica T
Ben Godkin photographed my wedding on Aug. 8, 2009. He had previously shot weddings of two of my friends. I was amazed by the pictures from both of those weddings. He has an eye for catching creative shots. He mixes class with creativity. I have shown the proofs to many friends in the past few weeks and they cannot stop raving about how great they are. Ben has a great way of making you feel at ease, while also ensuring that the job gets done. I am definitely no supermodel, but his engagement pictures, bridal portraits, and wedding photos make me feel like one. He is so friendly with his clients and you can tell he absolutely loves what he does. My husband and I had a great time working with him. We got to have some classic shots, while also mixing in a few crazy shots that really captured our outgoing personality. Ben has a great gift for finding a way of capturing who you really are in the photos.
Reviewed On 11/02/2011 Katherine L
I can’t recommend Ben highly enough. Photography was one of the most important things to us about the wedding and, boy, are we happy we went with him! We are so pleased with the photos he took, and all of our friends and family have been raving about them as well. He captured so many great and funny moments from our wedding day…I can’t stop looking at the photos and know that we’ll enjoy looking back and reliving the day for years to come. Not only is Ben a wonderful photographer, but he’s super nice and professional and great to work with. I’d recommend hiring him along with his partner so that you get pictures from two different perspectives – we did and are very happy we went that route. Thank you, Ben!!
Collection 1 - $3000
Collection 2 - $4500
Collection 3 - $5700
|6 HOURS OF WEDDING DAY COVERAGE||8 HOURS OF WEDDING DAY COVERAGE||8 HOURS OF WEDDING DAY COVERAGE|
|HIGH RESOLUTION DIGITAL FILES||HIGH RESOLUTION DIGITAL FILES||HIGH RESOLUTION DIGITAL FILES|
|CUSTOM ONLINE GALLERY||CUSTOM ONLINE GALLERY||CUSTOM ONLINE GALLERY|
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A LA CARTE
|$400 - Weekend Hourly Rate||$600 - Bridal Portraits||$1000 - High Resolution Digital Files|
|$1000 - Second Photographer||$600 - Engagement Session||$1000 - 8x10 Storybook Album|
|$800 - Rehearsal Dinner Coverage||$600 - Boudoir Session||$1500 - 9x12 Flushmount Album|
|$800 - Photobooth||$300 - Engagement Guestbook||$700 - 8x10 Parent Album Clone|