Photographer - Humanitarian - Author
I grew up on a dairy farm in the foothills of Maine; my father can still be found milking his organic dairy cows on the family farm which was built in 1852. Maine will always be a special place to me- it's home, and Maine weddings are among my favorites.
In 1994, I set off on a quest to discover myself, and to discover the world. It was a journey that spanned more than 10 years, and allowed me to explore the caves of Belize's rain forest, see the Australian Outback via hot air balloon, scale the Myan Temples of Tikal, snorkel in the Philippine Sea, invited me to taste the real Oktoberfest in Munich, jump out of a plane over Guam, watch the sunset from the Eiffel Tower, explore the canals of Amsterdam, and stand inside Rome's Coliseum. In early 2005, I sat in a hotel room in San Antonio, and with pen and paper in hand wrote my life's dream: to become a philanthropic photographer. I had a passion for photography, but also wanted to give much of my life to international humanitarian work-- so, I hatched a plan to do both: I'd build a photography business that would fund a humanitarian lifestyle and projects... and I did exactly that.
In 2011 I experienced the most fantastic humanitarian experience of my life: I adopted two orphans from Peru, along with my wife, Tracy. In July of last year, I shot a benefit wedding for Thirst Relief International, and was able to fund a project in Cameroon, Africa, where a primary school will receive several bio sand water filters, which will enable them to have access to non contaminated drinking water. Also, we'll be building new latrines (current ones are medically hazardous), and will be implementing a education plan for both students and parents to learn how to avoid water born illnesses in their community. In September of 2011, I co-sponsored the "Not Here" conference in Auburn, Maine to help educate community leaders and first responders on the growing problem of human trafficking. Finally, in November I traveled to North Eastern India (Assam) to begin the process of developing a safe house/recovery program for girls who have been rescued from sex trafficking as well as establishing a community mobilization effort to help "slave-proof" villages and protect the vulnerable children of Assam. March of 2012 I will be heading to Jamaica, where I'll be kicking off the 2012 wedding season with style- and will shortly thereafter head to Punta Cana in the Dominican to shoot another international wedding. Previous years, I've traveled extensively through the former Soviet Union and Eastern Block, working in orphanages. I will likely be returning to India sometime in 2012 to begin shooting a still documentary on modern slavery. Yup, I'm a busy guy-- but this is the life I dreamed of, all thanks to the awesome couples who extend to me the honor of photographing their wedding. I couldn't do this without you.
On a more personal note, I live in Boston's North Shore with my wife Tracy, my two daughters (my Peruvian Princesses) Julissa, 13, and Johanna, 9. We also have a Puerto Rican rescue dog, Saige. It's a good life.
I hold undergraduate degrees in Science & Technology, Business, and have a Master of Arts degree from Gordon Conwell, in South Hamilton, MA.
My publication history includes Universal Pictures (RIPD starring Jeff Bridges) various bridal magazines, beauty magazines, the New York Times, Boston Globe, and National Geographic online. Using Boston's North Shore as "home base" I shoot all throughout New England and international/destination wedding locations.
Professional memberships include the Professional Photographers of America, Wedding and Portrait Photographers International, the Digital Wedding Forum, and National Association of Photoshop Professionals.
Benjamin L. Corey