Amanda Miller Portraits

Ben and I first met on a film set and I quickly discovered he is a talented photographer. When a photographer knows what it is to be in front of the camera, they know how to find the best in those they photograph. After seeing his work, I knew I wanted to collaborate with him […]

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Portrait of Shannon Burnett by Louisvile Photographer Ben Marcum

Shannon Burnett

“Choosing a gift for my mom is always my hardest task at the holidays. So when she told me she knew exactly what she wanted for Christmas this year, I was so excited…until she told me she wanted a new picture of me. Then I was…not excited. I am not photogenic and there is almost […]

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Portraits With Katye Heim

Several years ago, in my wine-slinging days working events for Old 502 Winery, I was scheduled to work a bridal event at Midlane Farm in Hikes Point. They set up my table next to a photographer and that photographer was – you guessed it – Ben Marcum. Throughout the evening, we sipped on wine samples […]

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Portraits are A Shared Experience

I recently got to hear a world famous photographer, Platon, speak at a convention. He discussed how the act of creating a portrait is a shared experience between the photographer and the person they are photographing. I could not agree with him more – one of the most important parts of my job is to find […]

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I Normally Look Terrified In Photos

A client recently sent me a message that said, “I normally look terrified in photos.  I have no idea what you did to get me to smile and look natural.” While I’ll take the compliment, the face is, I didn’t really “do” anything, except make sure she felt relaxed and at ease. Here’s the truth.  […]

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The Reveal Wall

There is a wall in my studio that I call “THE REVEAL WALL”. What happens in front of it is simply magical.  So far, no one that has stood in front of it was prepared for what they were going to experience.   After your portrait session, your images are edited, printed, and placed in display […]

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What is Contemporary Portrait Photography

Often, when I meet someone for the first time, a conversation similar to this happens –  Them: “What do you do?” Me: “I’m a portrait photographer.” Them: “Oh.  Like Glamour Shots?” Yes, “like Glamour Shots” in the sense that much of my work is of a studio photo of one person (although it does not have […]

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Charity Gardner Anderson

The first thing you need to know is- I am 31, a mom of a 2.5-year-old, I have a full-time job and I live a pretty normal life. Treating myself isn’t something I do very often. But I wanted to do something that would give me a boost. For most of my life, I’ve been […]

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Black Dress Portraits with Kate

 For these portraits with Kate, I knew I wanted to have the images feel elegant and to work with Kate to get an expression that felt confident and powerful yet still very approachable. For the styling, we decided on a black dress that she owned. (It’s hard to go wrong with a lovely black dress).  I […]

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