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    Portraits by Ben Marcum

    A portrait is different than a selfie or a candid photo. It's deliberate, designed to create and capture a single moment in a person's life.  When done right, your portrait will be a source of pride and a monument to your life, now and for years to come. As a portrait photographer, I am excited to create these images for you.

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I make heirloom quality portraits that are created to be displayed beautifully in your home.

I want you to have the experience of falling in love with your portrait. Whether you want large prints that you can display in stunning frames or images in a keepsake folio box, whether you want a solo portrait to commemorate a milestone or a stunning family portrait to celebrate your loved ones,  I will create a portrait that will exceed your wildest expectations.

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  • You've Never Had A Portrait Experience Like This

    A portrait session with me is an experience - it begins with a consultation with our design team, includes wardrobe coordination, hair and makeup and ends with a day you'll remember for the rest of your life. Your session will be a fun, pampering event, and it doesn't end when you leave - once your session images are ready, you'll come back to the studio to see them all revealed and ready for you to make your selections.

Charity Gardner Anderson

Charity Gardner Anderson

I am 31, a mom of a 2.5-year-old, I have a full-time job and I live a pretty normal life.

I felt like I was looking at a movie star version of myself. Ben and his team far exceeded my expectations. I have a new confidence after working with them. I would do it again a thousand times over and tell all of my friends to do it, too.

Jessica Day

Jessica Day

Somehow the way I define beauty and look at myself has changed. I'm still amazed at the power of a portrait session.

Jessica Piasta

Jessica Piasta

He cultivated an environment that makes photographing souls a possibility. He set the studio with precision aesthetically, but his personality is his greatest skill. The laughter and comfort and ease with Ben bestowed some of the most amazing photographs I have ever seen.



I could’ve never imagined that this portrait session could re-ignite the fire within me. I felt like I saw myself again. ...I felt beautiful, powerful and more than anything grateful! Grateful to Ben for giving me something that I didn’t even know I needed. It’s such a gift.

A Portrait Session With Ben

A portrait session with Ben is unlike anything you have experienced before. From the first conversations with Ben and his team, the focus is entirely on you and the portraits you want. Whether you are dreaming of  “Vanity Fair” styled portraits, boudoir /intimate portraits, portraits with a painterly feel, or a mix styles, we will design a portrait session for you, including wardrobe design and coordination (don’t let “I don’t have anything to wear!” hold you back, we can help with that), staging, makeup and hair. 

Your portrait session will take place in Ben’s stylish studio on historic Main Street in downtown Louisville. Your makeup will be done by the best makeup artists in the region, The Beauty Patrol. Once your makeup and hair are completed and you are dressed for the first look, Ben will coach and guide you into beautiful poses and genuine expressions – you’ll quickly discover “photogenic” is a myth!

After your portraits session, Ben will select the best images and prepare them for you to see. Once they are ready, Ben will set an appointment for you to come back to the studio to see your portraits. At this time you will be able to decide which images you simply cannot live without and plan your print order.

About Portrait Photographer Ben Marcum

Ben launched his photography business in 2012, specializing initially in headshot photography, a natural fit for someone who had previously spent 20 years in the performing arts. These days, Ben is regarded as the “GO TO” for headshots in and around Louisville. Perhaps most importantly, Ben loves his work and has a real affinity for photography,  making his clients feel comfortable enough to share their personality while being carefully directed to capture their best features. 

Ben’s lifetime in the arts, comfort behind the camera and easy rapport with his clients provided a natural transition from headshots into classic portraiture, and he is now pleased to offer stunning personal portraits and family portraits. 

Ben has studied headshot and portrait photography under world-renowned photographer, Peter Hurley and has the honor of being Kentucky’s first associate photographer and mentor in Mr. Hurley’s affiliate and training program, “The Headshot Crew”.

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