Bridal Portraits with Hope

This post was written by Hope Staves after she received her new bridal portraits.  I feel like her thoughts on these are so much better than anything I could write.

Thank you Hope
Thank you, Pam Butler of The Beauty Patrol for the amazing makeup.
Thank you, Schultz’s Florist for the beautiful arrangement.


I’ve known Ben for a few years now so I’ve had the joy of watching his progression as a professional photographer grow and bloom. Not only have we worked on events together, I have also been in front of his camera for a range of projects. Last year Ben was focusing on portraits and really embracing the individual. I was very excited and slightly humbled to be asked to partake in this masterpiece. During my session, I felt like a goddess. It was so much fun! It’s not every day you get to dress up and look like a princess.

(See Hope’s first portrait session)

Now, a whole year has gone by and I stare at my gallery wall every -single -day.

Hope’s daughter admiring images from Hope’s portrait session

When I saw the bridal portrait of Hannah a few months ago, it made me want to pull out my old dress and pray it still fit!
(Spoiler alert it fits!)

(See Hannah’s Bridal Portraits)

During our session once again Ben and makeup artist Pam worked their magic.

What I love about our sessions is the unpredictability of knowing how often you’ll be laughing sometimes to the point of tears. Ben has a way with helping you relax and have fun during your session all while creating works of art.

I left the session feeling empowered, beautiful, like a bad ass and remembering my wedding day.
As I anxiously awaited my images, I found myself telling others of my session often. When I saw my images I gasped and thought ” OMG! I’ve waited almost 11 years for this and I didn’t even know it!”

My images are breathtaking! Ben brought so much life and elegance back into my dress and once again I LOVE my images.

“I’ve waited almost 11 years for this and I didn’t even know it!”

The best part is, not only do I love them, I love the way they make me feel about myself, my dress and the session.

Many events have happened since our wedding day. I’ve always dreamed of having beautiful wedding portraits and Ben Marcum made this dream come true.

Hope Staves -wife of almost 11 years (next month), mom of 3, photographer, birthworker, & student midwife


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