Andie and Chris : CLOSE

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Andie and Chris : Close / Ben Sasso

Well, I shot a whole couple’s session sitting on the floor of a garage. That’s a first.

I’m working hard this year to prioritize connection in an image. I absolutely love shooting outdoors and nature won’t be leaving my work any time soon but I’ve (admittedly) relied on in too much. The locations I shoot in became safety nets to fall back on when the connection in an image wasn’t strong enough.

That’s just lazy. Lately I’ve been realizing that and I absolutely want to change it. There’s nothing wrong with shooting in epic landscapes (shooting out in the wilderness makes me giddy), but I always want the humanity in an image to be what sticks in someones heart.

That’s what brought me to shoot a couples session in a garage. Peace out, safety net! Sometimes the fastest way to grow is to take away the comfort zone.

All of that to say this: If there’s an aspect of your work you want to change, be active about making it happen. Improvement isn’t passive.

Enjoy!

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  1. Reply

    every single one of these kills me. well done you!

  2. Reply

    Wow, I second what Katch said, these are all incredible!

  3. Reply

    Amazing work!! Really love the creaminess paired with that grit/grain!! So inspiring– thank you!!!

  4. Reply

    THese are enchanting. Love

  5. Reply

    These are both awesome & ridiculously inspiring!

  6. Reply

    stop. too good.

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    WOW. THESE ARE INCREDIBLE. I’M SPEECHLESS!

  8. Reply

    Ben, these are stunning. Strong Lennon/Ono vibes too, even though they’re so much more than that!

  9. Reply

    LOVE IT!
    Well Done Ben and Thanks for pointing out again and again how important it is to step out of your comfort zone and showing which awesomeness can be created when you do it <3

  10. Reply

    Fantastic! I love the sublte blur-it all looks so real.

  11. Reply

    I totally agree with you! Ive caught myself being “lazy” during photoshoots too and have wanted to challenge myself in the same way. Your photos turned out phEnomAnal!

  12. Reply

    Just so beautiful!

  13. Reply

    These are all insane. Amazing work!

  14. Reply

    Heck YeaH Man! We love them, had such a good time shooting with you!

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    Amazing! I am also working on making emotion a priority instead of aeshetics… not easy! I would love to hear you talk more about how you direct the couples (i already boUght your classes!)

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    I’m totally in love with these pictures…

  17. Reply

    Wow ben, these are Powerful, yet tender! Thanks for always beIng INSPIRING!

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    I cant express how inspiring these are. Seriously a go to guide for posing with emotion. Thank You for always Thinking out of the box and Always killing it!

  19. Reply

    I totally agree with you. Since a few months, i’Ve been trying to photograph the connection between two lovebirds, more than the environment.. Love all your pictures.

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    Oh my! Your talent continues to blow me away! tHANK YOU FOR TEACHING ME NOT TO COMPETE WITH ANYONE, BUT MYSELF. yOU BROUGHT JOY BACK TO MY WORK, AND CONTINUALLY INSPIRE ME.

    tHESE ARE INCREDIBLE!

  21. Reply

    Ben, You are a mother flipping photography genius.

  22. Reply

    WoW tuis id gorgeous, just discovered your work its stunning x

  23. Reply

    Beautiful work and a beautiful couple. I love the style you shot and processed it.
    Very inspiring! Btw, how did you get the reflection in the last one?

  24. Reply

    your work is so inspiring. I absolutely love the close connection you captured here! you and katch are seriously so TALENTED!

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