Reviews



REVIEWS

This is the page where you can find out what my clients have to say about me and my photographic services.

These appreciative notes make all the hard work worthwhile. I never get tired of reading the kind, generous things my wonderful clients have said about the work we have done together. Thank you all.

My own philosophy is that working together in partnership is as much about the service you receive as it is the images at the end of the process. As well as being 100% professional, I always try to do everything with a smile on my face.

Note that the last column on this page gives you all the longer versions of my reviews if you want more than just the "soundbitten" version.


WEDDING REVIEWS

“It is a measure of Benjamin Arthur that he was happy to do our wedding in Prague only a matter of days before his own back in the UK. Benj came recommended and from the enthusiasm evident in the introductory meeting; his reconnaissance of the locations; execution of the brief (in our case, very traditional: marriage service, family groups, unstaged pictures of each guest and ‘off duty’ of bride and groom); through to portfolio selection and delivery of a beautifully crafted album, the service was first class. It is only when you look at photographs which get it right- the light, atmosphere, colour, contrast, spirit - that you fully realise how important really great pictures are of this (of all) days. Benj’s work gets it right and it is to this that we return as the definitive record of one of the key days of our lives. It isn’t just in terms of output that Benj delivers. He knows what he is doing and gets on with it without fuss. His presence was generally unnoticed (except for the formal groups) but welcome when it was. He is the sort of fellow everyone would like as a guest at their wedding in a personal capacity. You will have made an excellent choice if he attends yours in a professional one. We will always be delighted that we made that choice.”
Petra & James

“Working with Benjamin Arthur was the best experience my husband and I could ever ask for. We were travelling all the way from the United States on our honeymoon to fill my long life dream of having our wedding photos taken in the Keukenhof Gardens and surrounding tulip fields. From our first Skype call, Benjamin was very personable and excited about our plans. He had lots of ideas and suggestions for the photo session. He helped plan the whole days events from the photos in Keukenhof, to the photos in down town Amsterdam and even helped arrange for an early morning hair appointment. Our photos in Keukenhof Gardens and in the city turned out better than we had expected. Not only did Benji take wonderful photos, but he is a wonderful and fun person to work with. We feel like we made a long time friend with this experience and we hope to be able to work with Benji again. Maybe for our 5 year anniversary. Thank you Benji, it was a pleasure working with you and we LOVE our photos!”
Kelli & Walter

“Benjamin took our wedding photographs for us. We’d been previously impressed by his work but were amazed by both his hard work and professionalism on the day and the amazing results he achieved. We’ve been blessed with some truly artistic pictures from our day and so many beautiful pictures. On the day he was incredibly helpful, calming and friendly to the bride, myself and all the guests he interacted with. It’s not really possible to describe how happy we were with his work, I honestly can’t think of any way he could have done a better job.”
Lindsey & Mike

“Everyone is so impressed with your work! They call some photos art. Our families are very happy with the small books and they get a lot of compliments about the pictures”
Inga & Oscar

“Thank you so much for all the incredible photos and particularly how you have sorted them into different categories-makes it so much easier to share with others. We LOVE the photos and I am amazed at the number of ‘movie moments’ (the magical ones where we didn’t even know you were taking the photo!) you captured. It is lovely to have so many beautiful pictures of all our family and friends. I will certainly recommend you to all my non married friends and hopefully we will have a big party again (sadly probably not for a while!) and you would be available to do the photos! Thank you again.”
Olivia & David

“Thank you for joining us on our adventure towards our future as Mr & Mrs Pickford (and little Sputnik) and capturing our most prestigious adventure yet :) You truly were the most valuable asset to our wedding! You calmed our fears before the big day and led the way with passion and creativity! You have wonderfully captured the romantic moments, the laughter and our style so beautifully. We absolutely adore the pictures as does everyone else! There will soon be an after party at our parents house and baby shoot and you will the first person we will call upon to capture the moments again! It was a great day and we loved having you there! You have given us wonderful memories to hold in our hearts and our wedding album! We can’t thank you or recommend you enough!”
Irena & Damien

“Benjie truly loves wedding photography - this is evident in his service, quality of work, and passionate approach. We were so pleased that we hired him to come visit during our honeymoon in Morocco to capture more of this special occasion in our lives. We also hired him for a separate work-related photography event in France. It was a pleasure working with him from beginning to end and we are thrilled with the moments he captured. He really understood what we wanted to achieve and delivered above and beyond.”
Andrea & Mark

“Thank you so much for doing such a sterling job with the photography at our wedding. Amazing how, as only one person, you managed to capture everything so perfectly: all the emotion behind the important moments, all of our wonderful family and friends, the relative chaos that comes with having so many little people and the beauty of the west coast of Scotland. We could not have asked for more or have been happier with the results”
Sarah & Charlie

“We commissioned Benjamin for our wedding last year. My wife and I were so thoroughly impressed with his work that we, quite literally, cannot find enough words or superlatives to thank him. His preparation for the event was faultless; his manner with the guests and the execution throughout the day was exceptional. He has created an album that we will cherish for a very long time to come. We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this fine British Photographer”
Caroline & Michael

“First of all, THANK YOU! You really did a wonderful job and we totally understand that editing all these pictures took such a long time! It’s absolutely perfect to have all pictures in separate folders according to different parts of our wedding day; very well organised! And now, the most important...we LOVE all the pictures, they are more than amazing and express the real atmosphere and feeling of each moment! You are a great photographer and we are so happy we trusted you and choose you as our wedding photographer!! To be honest I don’t think there are the words to express how we appreciate your job and pictures you made! It was also very nice to have a photographer who really cares about his job and us... you succeeded to take a picture of everybody without bothering people what is not always obvious. You really contributed a huge part and gave us the perfect memories of our wedding day which will last forever!”
Petra & Pierre-Yves

“We need to start by telling you how wonderfully pleased we are that you were our photographer on our special day. You were so kind and complimentary to me on the day and made me feel really special and confident. I know you worked super hard all day and the next day at breakfast quite a few people were talking about what a nice chat they had had with you in the evening, such as Matt’s mum and my Dad in particular. You made it so easy for us and we loved having you there”
Stephanie & Matt

“We thought we didn’t need a wedding photographer and could just make do with photos from friends and family, partly because we didn’t want the intrusion of a photographer spoiling the intimacy of our wedding. Thankfully we changed our mind. Benjamin was completely brilliant - he fit in absolutely with the atmosphere of the day and was totally unobtrusive and discreet - yet managed to get fantastic shots of everyone and all the key moments and captured the spirit of the day completely. We’ve put together an album of his shots; framed quite a few and ordered several for family and friends so it’s the gift that keeps on giving. We’re so delighted he was there to do such a brilliant job”
Tory & Tom

“Thanks so much for sending us these links. We love the photos! They are great! Will forward the links on to all our family and other guests too as there are some great ones of many people. It was great to work with you for our wedding shots and the record of our big day really does look super, so thanks for everything and keep in touch.”
Annie & Alistair

“I just wanted to say thank you so much for your hard work on our wedding day. The photos we saw at the lunch looked fantastic – we cant wait to see the rest! ....My family and friends commented on how seamless the official photos seemed to be, which is exactly what we wanted. I loved the comedy moment from Charlie’s nephews when you were doing your aerial shot!” {later} “And thank you so much for our album! We absolutely love it and cant wait to show our families this weekend.”
Christina & Charlie


OTHER REVIEWS

“I was very surprised; great shots and a complete overview with a lot of nice details. I got a lot of big compliments from several colleagues. You did a great job and for us it’s the best record from our congress. Thank you again”
Peter Hermeling, Creative Director - Brand Loyalty

“Fantastic! Benjie’s expert eye captured our culinary trip to Bordeaux perfectly. Our group of 40+ especially appreciated the attention to detail evident in his many photographs, personalized CD’s and attractive photo album. Highly recommended.”
Mo Jessa, President - Earls Restaurants Ltd

“I had the pleasure of engaging Benjamin’s professional photography services to take on the large and important task of updating our corporate photos for our entire firm. Whilst needing to photograph more than 110+ people over the course of 2+ days, he was also responsible for photographing our evening activities during our firm-wide event - this was no small feat! I must say Benjamin’s professionalism, positivity, structured and thoughtful planning, communication, responsiveness and flexibility were bar none. However, most importantly was his personal connectivity to each individual which was not only appreciated amongst our team, but resonated in the amazing photos he took of all of our professionals. He truly captured the best of each of us. I am most happy to recommend Benjamin, and would gladly work with him again in the future - in fact, I hope I get the opportunity to do so”
Darcie Murray, COO & Partner - Pedersen & Partners

“I’ve hired Benjamin to provide our brands positioned in high end hospitality segment with new visual materials. I’ve found him very professional, focused on delivering great result and bringing real value to the assignment. He is able to work under time pressure and always tries to understand and meet our expectations. I can recommend him further for any assignment in life style and hospitality business.”
Maria Steindl - Marketing Director at Zatisi Group, a.s.

“Thank you for sharing the amazing pictures. I am completely happy with the selection! Thank you very much for your great work”
Marion Müller vom Berge, Consultant - IFOK GmbH

“Benjamin impressed me after the first photo shooting of our exclusive product, Gala Dinner on the Stage of the State Opera. Furthermore, the first set of photos delivered, sent to our main clients, brought a fantastic increase of requests and confirmed events for the product, which never happened in the past. I will continue to work closely with Benjamin, as the results of his fantastic talent are in line with our group’s philosophy of creating strong emotions through excellence”
Bogdan Manta - Director of Communications and Marketing, Zatisi Catering

“Working with Benjamin Arthur is just a delight. Fast, discreet, professional, he is a hell of a photographer. I know now that for all my major events, I absolutely need him to do the job ! ”
Erawan BrokenTale, Director - Academie de Musique de Paris

“Benj and I have worked together on various projects such as product and wedding photography. His relentless energy is amazing especially when I begin to tire after a solid 12-hour shoot - he just keeps going! He is a joy to work with and keeps not only myself but also his clients amused throughout the shoot. His quirky style is an absolute winner with the clients, and his amazing eye makes his photographs symbolic and memorable. His charm radiates through his work, which is a rare gift. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending him”
Patricia Rodwell, Owner - Patricia Rodwell Photography

“I asked Benjamin to spend the evening at my 40th birthday taking photographs of family and friends in a prestigious London club. The quality of his pictures was superb and he managed to capture the individuals’ inner character which is often difficult unless the photographer makes himself unobtrusive – this Benjamin managed to the highest degree. Not only was the quality of his work of a very high standard but his whole demeanour and organisation of the evening was painless, he was incredibly organised and efficient from beginning to end. I would highly recommend Benjamin to anyone seeking a professional photographer with that added ‘je ne sais quoi”
Emma Hazelhurst

“Thank you so much for the beautiful photographs. We are re-living the whole gala!”
Claire Van Bekkum, Right to Play

“One of the best investments I have made while traveling was to hire Benjie to capture some candid shots.”
Jacqueline Swafford, Idyllicfete.com

“We requested Benjamin’s photographic services to capture the moments on our daughter’s 2nd birthday. As she is too young to remember the special day, we wanted to give her a beautiful memory, which will be appreciated later on in her life. On the day he spontaneously became the ‘third parent’ to our daughter. That is the only description I can think of to describe his passion and enthusiasm to capture the special day that is going to be treasured in our family forever. The photographic adventure on a horse carriage through canals of Amsterdam was physically demanding, yet he did it without a hitch & with a total determination to achieve the best... and the best was what we received. He is truly a professional photographer in all aspects and beyond, and his personal touch makes you feel you are on adventure with your long known friend. So looking forward to our next session!”
Kazu & Reid

“The photos are absolutely superb and we are thrilled with them”
Susan Dashfield

“Benjamin was the best decision I made for my trip to Prague. He is not only a talented photographer but he is also one of the nicest people I’ve met. He worked as a guide, a photographer as well as a friend. He was professional and very good at capturing the moment in a style that would reflect my travels around the city. The photos are the most creative, unexpected I have ever seen.”
Junjing

“Thank you so much for the photos... they are wonderful!!! You have done such an AMAZING job! Thank you for all your tremendously hard hard work!”
Chrissy

“Benjamin is that precious combination of professionalism, creativity and the human touch. Working with him was a pleasure and an honor at the same time. His way of making things run smoothly is unique and hard to find elsewhere. He knows how to extract “The Essence” and transform it into the best results. If I was a public person, I would steal Benjamin from the rest of the Universe and hire him fulltime”
Lucia

"Benjamin truly loves to capture a fun moment and it shows. He made me laugh and the whole experience was great. I would recommend him to anyone who wants to walk away with pictures that truly capture their personality. He is professional, creative, and has an artistic feel for how to frame a moment in time."
Natasha

About

Copyright: Patricia Rodwell @ www.patriciarodwell.com

About Benjamin Arthur

I’m an independent freelance photographer, working with corporate & individual clients in the Netherlands, Czech Republic, UK and elsewhere.

Capturing the essence of your special event or personality is my #1 objective with every new commission. The 5 areas I principally cover can be found in my galleries. If you’ve never heard of a “walkabout” that’s because it is a genre created together with my clients. Essentially we walk about a city, (it could equally be the countryside,) and I take photos of you which usually end up being more natural images than a formal portrait.

Passion and professionalism are the two things above all others that I bring to my photography work. I love it all … from the dreaming & planning through to the execution & delivery phases. My approach throughout is totally client focused, placing you and your needs at the centre of my thinking. Successful results come from great working relationships.

In terms of style, I describe myself as a reportage photographer working with any and all available natural light. This applies as much to my portraiture work as it does weddings, events and parties. I am discreet and like to stay in the background where I can quietly observe what’s going on. When I need to step it up for a large group photo, I’m lucky to have a strong voice that can marshal everyone in the shot.

Based in the stunning city of Amsterdam, I also regularly work out of Prague and will happily travel across continental Europe and the rest of the world to assignments.

I’m incredibly blessed to be married to Leigh Ann who helps me in a million ways … seen and unseen. She is a true partner. My teenage son helps me keep it real. When not behind the lens, you’ll find my eyes on a book, my nose in a saucepan and my feet all too rarely stomping across Britain’s long distance hiking trails.

So, whatever your photographic needs please do click on the contact box below. I can’t wait to hear how I can help you!


CONTACT

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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

For the questions I’m most often asked, I hope you will find your answer below. For anything else, please don’t hesitate to send me your question via the Contact form here

Are you available on my date?
Availability is always the first question and with good reason.
My availability varies by season with my busiest months from March until November. It usually pays to book me in advance but you may often find I have some last minute availability so it is always worth asking the question. Another good reason to book me early is that you can benefit from my earlybird booking rates. These mean that for any job booked more than 6 months in advance I always offer a 10% discount on the regular price.

How much do you cost?
I regularly work across borders and each client in each country has different needs with a different end in mind. In other words, no two jobs are ever the same. This is why I feel conflicted about posting prices here on my site. The best way to find out is to send me a request for a quote via the contact form here. Please try and provide as many details as you are able and I will come back to you as soon as I can.

How many images will you send me?
Typically, you will receive around 30-35 edited images per hour of shooting. Certain types of party – and larger weddings – may sometimes result in more. Portrait sessions usually result in around 100 proofed images.

What is a proofed image?
Any time you are looking at a photograph prior to seeing it in physically printed form, you are looking at a proof. Clearly, the digital revolution has turned our understanding of what is a proof upside down but most of the time my clients receive final edited proofs as the deliverable. In the case of portraiture, proofs may need some final touch ups which are done based on your selections for printing.

What do you mean by ‘editing’?
Digital images usually require some retouching in order to look their absolute best. This process is known as editing or, in case of weddings, wedditing ;). People tend to think of this as ‘Photoshop’ but, like most working photographers, I use another application like Adobe Lightroom or Apple Aperture. These help me manage my workflow which involves processing tens of thousands of images each year. A totally impractical task on Photoshop. Normally the editing process takes as long as the shoot itself… often longer.

How long will it take before you deliver my images?
Your images will be delivered within 14 days. Certain jobs require super fast turnaround. If you want this service, please be sure to let me know well in advance.

How will you deliver my images?
I generally try to deliver your edited photographs via my WeTransfer account. In case this doesn’t work for you I can of course pop a DVD into the post to your home address. I will send you the images in both Hi-Res and Web-Ready versions. Hi-Res images are good for printing or any DTP application. Web-Ready images are good for sharing on social media, emailing etc.

Do you send me every image you take?
No! Absolutely not. You can expect to receive around 1/3 of the images that I shoot. These will be the best of the best. As a general rule I delete a third, edit a third and keep a third in reserve as master (unedited) files only.

Do you charge VAT?
I am obliged to pay VAT at the prevailing rate of the country in which I am working. Usually that means 21% (NL & CZ) or 20% in the UK. Enterprises outside the EU (including the United States,) are exempt from VAT although Dutch VAT is applicable for private clients from non-EU countries.

Where are you based?
Home base is the stunning city of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. I also travel on assignment to Prague, Czech Republic very regularly so, in effect, my time is divided between the two places.
Being from the UK, I usually go back home several times per year on assignment or holiday. I’ve completed other photography assignments in the USA, Morocco, Thailand, Vietnam, Spain, Slovakia, Italy, France & Denmark. I love traveling and I’d love to come to you – wherever you may be – to fulfill your next photographic project.

Do you offer hair & make up services?
I know some great people for both hair & make-up in Amsterdam & Prague. Please just let me know if you are interested in these services and I’ll try to fix you up with the people that are right for you.

Do you shoot video?
No I don’t, but again I know some excellent people who do. Just drop me an email (benjamin@benjaminarthur.com) and I can make a recommendation.

What equipment do you use?
I am devoted to my Nikon cameras and lenses. Nikon make the best, affordable glass in the world. I have a Bowens studio lighting system, rely on Sandisk CF & SD cards and Think Tank bags to keep my kit safe. Marumi make my polarizer, Hoya my UVs and I’ve just purchased the Lee Filter system for my personal landscape & cityscape work. To keep things steady I trek around with a Giottos tripod.

Who retains the copyright on images?
Please note that, under current EU legislation, copyright remains with me – the artist – for 70 years after my death. Your pictures can only be used for personal use and are not to be sold, published or used for any commercial purposes without permission and prior arrangement. Prior agreement to purchase copyright on any photo is mandatory.

Will I see the pictures you take of me or my child(ren) online?
If you specifically request not to see your pictures anywhere publicly then I will always respect your wishes. And I will not post pictures of your child or children on social media sites unless you have given me explicit permission.

What happens if I don’t get the pictures I wanted or was hoping for?
I make every effort to ensure I take the photos as we agree in advance. However, no person, group or background can be guaranteed and I will not, under any circumstances, accept liability for any photo that remains, in some way, “un-taken”.

What happens if I lose my images or my computer crashes?
Starting in 2014 I am introducing a new Image backup facility option which triple locks your photos on my end in case anything happens to them on your end. This keeps your precious images on an external hard drive in two locations and in the Cloud. Clearly there is a considerable expense in maintaining this which is why I must charge my clients for the service. Starting from July 2014 a 10 year / €100 option Image backup facility option will automatically be line itemized on your quote and it will be invoiced to you unless you tell me you don’t wish to take advantage of it.

Do I need to pay you a deposit? 
In most cases YES.
Deposits are important for two reasons. First, they help you to secure your date in my diary. Second, they bind me to you; emotionally, reputationally as well as financially. 
Wedding deposits are 25% of the agreed fee and for corporate jobs the deposit is 50% of the fee.
The wedding deposit is non-refundable 90 days or less before your wedding day. Otherwise it is fully refundable. You will receive your invoice in two parts – one for the deposit and one for the balance. Otherwise deposits are not refundable except in the case where I am clearly at fault in which case they are fully refundable.
I may ask for a small deposit for a portraiture, party or walkabout job but this is usually not more than €100. If, for some reason, the date ends up not working then we can always move things around to fit our schedules.

What are your payment terms?
For couples and individuals 14 days after the date of the job
For companies – unless specifically requested – invoices should be paid within 30 days of the date of the assignment(s).
Wedding couples tend to want to have their bills paid prior to the honeymoon so they can just relax and enjoy themselves. This is why I will send out your wedding invoice (minus the 25% deposit) two weeks in advance of your wedding day.

Do you sell vouchers that I can gift to a friend or family member?
I can certainly do this for you. Please just let me know via the contact form how much you were looking to spend and I will create a bespoke voucher for you.

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Contact

Get in touch with Benjamin Arthur Photography

Please fill out the form below and I will get back to you shortly.

I try to respond to inquiries within 24 hours during the working week. My email is always on although my phone likes to keep regular working hours.

I’m also available in person by appointment.

Email: benjamin@benjaminarthur.com
Phone: +31 683 943 552
Skype: benjaminarthur

I look forward hearing from you!






© 2014 Benjamin Arthur Photography. A registered trademark of BAP Services / KvK-nummer: 60566345. All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized copying can result in legal action.