Kelly Benvenuto | Wedding Photography | Boston, New England » Intimate and authentic wedding photography in Boston, New England and Beyond

Potential clients often ask me about my gear. Sometimes it’s because they want to know I have enough to get the job done, and back-ups just in case something fails. Others want to know because of their own interest in photography (awesome!) and want to understand the tools that I choose to use. Some are simply curious. In any case, here’s a list of what I use and some examples of how I use it.

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For most of the day, I shoot with two cameras – a Canon 5DmkIII and a 5DmkII. I usually pair these with Canon’s 35mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.8 lenses. The 35mm is a normal-wide angle lens that helps capture how the day feels – there’s a strong sense of presence and place in images taken with this lens.

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bride greets guests at St. Cecilias church Boston
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wedding ceremony at sailing camp park marthas vineyard
Mariko & Aaron
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The 85mm is a short telephoto lens. It’s small, lightweight, and I use it throughout the day. 85mm is a very flattering focal length, and it particularly shines for portraits.

Massachusetts classic documentary wedding photography
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography
bride and groom pray in St Cecilias Church Boston
bridesmaids in Bigelow Chapel
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bride and groom on Powder Point bridge
Massachusetts documentary wedding photography
wedding portrait at the deCordova
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Rustic New England wedding photography
couple embraces during wedding cocktail hour
a greeting during a wedding cocktail hour
intimate first dance

These cameras stay on me via my Moneymaker camera harness. This strap is made of black leather, so it makes me look and feel a little like a ninja. Here are a couple of photos of me sporting it.

My other favorite lens is the Canon 135mm f/2. I use this telephoto lens during ceremonies, and sometimes for the couple’s portraits, first and parent dances, and toasts.

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Berkshires documentary wedding photography
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Marina & Joe
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Pauline and George

I also have a few zoom lenses. The Canon 24-70 f/2.8 lens is the first professional lens that I bought in 2009. It’s a versatile lens that I use when I can’t move around a lot and and when I want to get a wider shot than the 35. It’s also a back-up for my 35mm lens.

bride getting ready
mother of the bride buttoning buttons
bride and groom with flowergirls in Rockport
Marina & Joe
wedding in clearing in the woods
bride and groom in winter at Willowdale Estate
bride and groom under rainbow
detail of lanterns in wedding tent
the hora at Harvest Restaurant
bride and grooms first dance
bride and groom depart ceremony in the rain

Finally, I have the Canon 70-200 f/2.8. This lens is great for portraits, ceremonies, and toasts, but it’s so big that I feel like a paparazzi using it. I usually prefer to use smaller lenses as guests don’t notice them in the same way as a big lens and I am able to capture more candid and intimate moments. This lens serves as a back-up to my 85mm and 135mm lenses.

bride and groom by the Atlantic Ocean, Rockport, MA
bride and groom share their first dance at the Chanler on the Cliff Walk in Newport
bride and groom toast at their Charles River Museum wedding reception
bride embraces sister after toast at her Charles River Museum wedding reception

I also bring four Canon flashes (two 600 EX-RTs, a 580EX II and a 550EX). I try to shoot most of the day with available light, but come time for the reception, I’ll usually pop a flash on my camera and may put an additional flash or two off-camera. To sync my on-camera lights with off-camera lights, I use a set of four PocketWizard transceivers.

Jamie & Chris
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Pauline and George

That takes care of the major gear. Then I have a ThinkTank cardholder for my compact flash cards which is always attached to me when shooting a wedding, a Manfrotto Justin clamp for putting up an off-camera flash, and a small video light. The last thing that is always stashed in my bag is a Kind bar or two. Wedding days are long, and these are great for keeping my energy up. All my gear is stashed and transported in a ThinkTank Airport International V 2.0 rolling bag.

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On a late fall day, with the last of the leaves clinging to the trees, I met up with Jeni and JP for their Brookline engagement session. We walked up the Summit Path to the Corey Hill Outlook Park, and then warmed up in their favorite neighborhood bar, The Washington Square Tavern. These two met at work; JP was the new guy, and instantly smitten with Jeni. Jeni has the biggest smile, and I loved seeing how JP brought that out. I can’t wait for their May wedding at Friendly Crossways in Harvard, MA.

Summit Path Brookline engagement photograph
Corey Hill Outlook Park engagement portrait
Corey Hill Outlook Park Brookline engagement portrait
Summit Path engagement photograph
Washington Square Tavern engagement photo
Washington Square Tavern engagement photo
Washington Square Tavern Brookline engagement photo
Washington Square Tavern engagement photo

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Jen and Brian’s wedding was on brisk October day, with early clouds giving way to a beautiful blue sky. They got ready in the heart of Boston at the Hotel Commonwealth. For Jen’s “something borrowed” she wore a diamond necklace of her mother’s, and Brian similarly wore a pair of cufflinks that had belonged to his dad. They chose to do a first look, and it was a very emotional moment for the two of them – and for all of us who witnessed it and could barely contain our tears. We then headed over to Alden Castle in Brookline for portraits and family formals. The ceremony, like the first look, was very emotional, and I loved photographing Jen and Brian and capturing the range of their experience. The reception room felt very romantic, filled with pink roses and flickering candles. The guests laughed and teared up while listening to the beautiful toasts from Brian’s brother, Jen’s friend, and their boss Ming Tsai (I think they are the eighth couple to meet and marry while working at Blue Ginger!) Jen’s parents are accomplished ballroom dancers, and opened the dance floor with a performance. While many guests followed their lead, others escaped outside to enjoy the cigar bar and crisp October night.

Hotel Commonwealth entry
Bride's mom helps with necklace while getting ready for the wedding at Hotel Commonwealth
bride applies make-up in a suite at the Hotel Commonwealth
bride and groom get ready for their wedding at the hotel commonwealth
groom waits to see bride in the lobby of the hotel commonwealth
first look at the hotel commonwealth
bride and groom see each other for the first time in the lobby of the hotel commonwealth
emotional first look, groom wipes away bride's tears
view from Alden Castle
bride and groom in the gardens of alden castle
bride and groom in the gardens of alden castle
sun falls on the bride's bouquet in the gardens of alden castle
family wedding portrait at Alden Castle
wedding ceremony at Alden Castle
wedding ceremony at Alden Castle
wedding ceremony at Alden Castle
wedding ceremony at Alden Castle
wedding ceremony at Alden Castle
wedding ceremony at Alden Castle
wedding ceremony at Alden Castle
reception room at Alden Castle
flowers and candles in the reception room at Alden Castle
romantic first dance at alden castle
groom welcomes guests at Alden Castle
photograph of wedding toast at Alden Castle
photograph of wedding toast at Alden Castle
photograph of wedding toast at Alden Castle
guests react to wedding toast at Alden Castle
photograph of wedding toast at Alden Castle
photograph of wedding toast at Alden Castle
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candid alden castle wedding photography
candid alden castle wedding photography
parent dances at alden castle
parent dances at alden castle
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bride
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documentary wedding photography alden castle
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documentary wedding photography alden castle
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documentary wedding photography alden castle
documentary wedding photography alden castle

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One of the things that inspires and motivates me on a wedding day is family, and I know that is influenced by my own love for my family. So today, something a little different. Rather than sharing images and stories of my clients, I’m going to share some of my own. For the past several years, we’ve spent Christmas in Vermont at one of my sisters’ homes. These photos are from Christmas 2013, as I didn’t once take my camera out this past year.

There was freezing rain the night we arrived. The drive wasn’t great, but it sure was pretty the next morning with everything coated in ice and the sun shining over the Green Mountains.

Christmas in Vermont
Christmas in Vermont

On Christmas eve, my sister and the kids used Google’s Santa Tracker to check on his progress.

Christmas in Vermont

On Christmas morning, our stockings were full.

Christmas in Vermont

My dad helped my nephew assemble a small mechanical toy from his stocking while waiting for the rest of the adults to get up,

Christmas in Vermont

my mom snuggled my other nephew,

Christmas in Vermont

and my niece was pretty excited to unwrap her Angelina Ballerina doll.

Christmas in Vermont
Christmas in Vermont

In the afternoon, my sister made French 75s for the adults (my favorite)

Christmas in Vermont

and the kiddos got a special drink too!

Christmas in Vermont

Of course we had to play Othello, one of the gifts that had been unwrapped that morning. After winning a few rounds, my seven-year-old nephew observed it was tough to be the smartest person in the family. Note the not-impressed looks of his parents (who have an MD and PhD between them) and aunt.

Christmas in Vermont

We had a big roast for Christmas dinner, and continued the family tradition of the “meat picture.” I can’t tell you how many family photos we have posed around turkeys, hams and other roasts. My apologies to any vegetarians reading this.

Christmas in Vermont

The rest of vacation was devoted to playing inside and out. Ian received an electric guitar for Christmas, and wrote a song with our older nephew, while our younger nephew modeled a favorite shirt.

Christmas in Vermont

We headed out to the pond for some broomball and skating,

Christmas in Vermont

but first we had to clear off all the snow.

Christmas in Vermont
Christmas in Vermont

The clearing by the pond felt like a winter wonderland. Ian doesn’t really like having his picture taken, but he let me snap this one,

Christmas in Vermont

and then he took one of me,

Christmas in Vermont

and I got one of my pretty mama.

Christmas in Vermont
Christmas in Vermont
Christmas in Vermont
Christmas in Vermont

We headed inside to warm up, and for a little quiet reading time.

Christmas in Vermont
Christmas in Vermont
Christmas in Vermont
Christmas in Vermont

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  • Jennifer Chow - Kelly, what a gorgeous recounting of your holidays! We are so excited to be working with you this year. Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

A look back at the hugs, kisses, laughs, gasps, tears, moments, details and scenes from my 2014 wedding season. Thank you to my clients for letting me into your lives, being your authentic selves in front of my lens and for taking me across New England to document these amazing days for you and your families.

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bride and groom cut the ice cream sandwhich cake in strong light at Boston Community Rowing
first dance at Sailing Camp Park
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  • Bill Ramsey - Thank you, Kelly Benvenuto Photography, for the wonderful memories. Wishing you all the best for 2015.ReplyCancel

  • Ran H. Courant-Morgan - Beautiful! This is just a lovely page of pure joy. Thanks for sharing these, Kelly!ReplyCancel