This week we are excited to feature another photographer who has done a lot of work on Nantucket. Ben Larrabee is not your average family portrait photographer. What he offers his clients is a lesson in improvisation, play, and connecting with each other. His photo shoots result in fine art images that will remind you what it feels like to be connected to your family, to have fun together, and experience individual moments when you feel most like yourself.
Ben achieves these results with a unique approach; he lets go of expectations and assumptions about how things should look or how to photograph his clients. He rejects convention and instead looks at situations and subjects with fresh eyes. Each photo shoot is an experiment with his clients, playing with the surroundings and the context, learning something new each time, and capturing serendipitous moments as they arise organically.
Working with Ben, clients not only get long lasting and beautiful images of their family. They get to experience what it feels like to be photographed by an artist who knows how to hold space allowing his subjects to show up in new ways.
Ben’s formal training as an artist began at the Rhode Island School of Design where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. Here he discovered his passion through his mentor, world-renowned photographer Harry Callahan. Later he continued his studies at Yale University, where he earned an MFA in graphic design. His photographs are in museum permanent collections including The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Ben has been photographing families and exhibiting on Nantucket for eleven years. His signature images have been on view at the Sconset Café, Nantucket Looms and Lola 41, among others.