For me, photography is a powerful way to tell stories, express emotion and document moments. While I’m always striving to create unique, beautiful images, telling stories through photographs is what drives my passion to create. I approach every assignment as a challenge to shape a narrative, express genuine feelings and record both large and small details. I do this by employing visual aesthetics that accomplish those goals in an honest, yet stunning way. I get an overwhelming sense of accomplishment and satisfaction, when my clients tell me how much they love their photos and it drives me to continue to grow as an artist.
My name is Ben Lariviere. I’m a full-time photographer, currently living in Milton, Ontario (a short drive from Toronto) with my wife Kat, our cats and son, Rylan. I studied Photography Studies at Ryerson University and I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts. Raised in the rural town of Baden, near Kitchener-Waterloo, I always had an interest in art and storytelling, but struggled, for many years, to feel like I was good enough to call myself an artist. It wasn't until I began to experiment with photography in high school that I felt that I had finally discovered my medium.
While studying fine art and photography at Ryerson, I began freelancing in 2009. Shortly after graduation, I jumped into photography on a full-time basis in 2012, specializing in wedding & lifestyle portrait photography, working primarily in Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo. I’m always looking to grow and gain new experiences within the world of photography. I’ve begun to dip my toes into commercial photography, creating marketing imagery for businesses and I’d love to one day create images for major commercial advertising campaigns.
2018 was a pivotal year; my wife Kat and I moved to the charming city of Milton with our cats. In September, we met our baby boy, Rylan, who has changed life drastically. It hasn't, however, taken my focus away from my passion of photographing awesome couples, families and authentic moments and relationships. The last 10 years of working in professional portraiture has flown by. I'm always challenging myself to learn and grow my craft because I love that I can tell a story through images that allow couples and families to relive their precious memories.
When I'm not making people go from feeling uncomfortable to having fun in front of my lens, you can find me: drinking all of the coffee, watching garbage (but thoroughly entertaining) TV shows, paying extra for guac, rock climbing or sampling craft beers while playing board games with friends.
I can't wait for the new adventures fatherhood will bring and getting to capture and retell your stories through photos in 2019 and 2020. Please feel free to reach out, whether just to say hello or to discuss how we can work together. Whether you’re interested in working with me, or just following both my personal and professional journey on social media, please connect with me!