Before picking up a camera, I was a professional sound designer for live theatre. If you attended Actors Theatre of Louisville between 2001 and 2012, there is a good chance that you’ve heard my work. You may even still have the iconic waltz I composed for the annual production of Dracula stuck in your head every fall.
I opened Ben Marcum Photography in 2013. Like many people who decide they are going to operate a photography business, I tried my hand at a little bit of everything. Weddings, babies, food, street, flowers in the back yard…If you can think of it there’s a good chance that I pointed my camera at it.
But most of those things simply didn’t feel right.
As I reflected on where I wanted to go, I thought of my past theatre career. While I didn’t want to work in the theatre industry any longer, I still loved it and wanted to keep some sort of connection to it.
And it hit me – Acting headshots!
I decided to narrow my focus and work to become the best headshot photographer in Louisville and the surrounding area. And not just actor headshots or headshots for performers, but professional headshots for lawyers, realtors, writers, executives, bloggers and everyone else who needs a headshot that stands out.
I had learned by then that there was so much more to a great headshot than simply pulling a smile or making an expression. A great headshot lets you feel the personality of the person in the headshot. A truly excellent headshot shows the person as their genuine, confident, and approachable self.
It was clear that if I was going to start to create Louisville’s best headshots, I needed a mentor.
I joined world-renowned headshot photographer, Peter Hurley’s training program, The Headshot Crew.
In less than a year I became Kentucky’s first associate photographer in the program. Today, I’m the only photographer in Kentucky to hold the title of Mentor in that program.
It is an honor to be able to help other photographers around the world bring headshot excellence to their clients.