Benj Haisch

Wedding | Last Updated: February 6, 2023

My name is Benj Haisch and I’m a Seattle-based wedding photographer shooting in destinations all over the world. Photographing in India and throughout Europe right after college got me hooked on photography and I’ve been photographing weddings specifically ever since a wedding photographer bailed on someone last minute and was brave enough to call me to give it a shot.

Through my years as a photographer, my one anchor for gear has been a 5D series and my 35L. I’ve been through all three 5D bodies and my 35L has really helped me in developing my style by forcing me to engage more closely with my subjects. Partnering the Canon 35mm f/1.4 with the Canon 85mm f/1.2 has been perfect for me, and that combination is on my cameras about 90% of the time. I shoot with a Holdfast Moneymaker, so two camera bodies are on me at all times.

Recently I’ve been trying out the Fujifilm X-Pro1 as a smaller, lighter, and more inconspicuous camera for times like getting ready and cocktail hours, when guests might be a little more weary of a DSLR in their face, but other than a switch in the 5D bodies, I’ve shot the same focal lengths for the past 5 years. It’s also become my go-to camera for when I want to shoot some personal work, but I don’t want things to feel like work.

Along with that, I’ve been spending a lot of time photographing with my iPhone over the past year. I shoot 5-10 iPhone images at every wedding, process them in VSCOcam and email them to the couple that night. It’s an awesome way to tide them over until the DSLR photos are ready.

Gear list:

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 35mm f/1.4
Canon 45mm f/2.8 TSE
Canon 50mm f/1.2
Canon 85mm f/1.2

Fujifilm X-Pro1
Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4R
Fujifilm 14mm f/2.8R

Hasselblad 550c/m + Zeiss 80mm f/2.0

Canon 580EX II
Canon 430EX

FloLight MicroBeam

iPhone 5

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  1. Bryce on August 14, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Great post! Love his work.
    Just wondering what bag that is?

    Cheers ????✌

    • Mark on August 15, 2016 at 7:22 am

      Looks like an ONA to me, Bryce!

  2. Andrew on February 27, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Awesome! Do you ever find yourself needing to go wider or longer than the 35/85 combo?

  3. James on June 13, 2014 at 11:45 am

    hey benj, thanks so much for sharing! your work is stunning

  4. Kane Mitchell on February 28, 2014 at 3:42 am

    Really like the idea about taking a few a shots with your iPhone per wedding.

    Love your style. Keep up to good work fella.

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