Ben Baker is one of the world’s most sought-after portrait photographers. He has photographed the last four US Presidents and their families, as well as countless celebrities including Oprah, Kanye West, Bono, Jay-Z, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Leonardo DiCaprio and so many more.
Growing up in Adelaide, Ben couldn’t have dreamed of being in such a position. However, having spent a lot of time following his Dad through the Outback, he knew that an office job wasn’t for him.
Eventually he lobbed into New York without much photography experience but plenty of Aussie attitude, which won over legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz.
Ben talks about what he learned from Annie and other big name photographers, his mentors, who were among the most influential people in the celebrity scene.
Ben says that ultimately it is all about people, and building rapport, much more than any technical prowess with a camera.
He also shares what he’s learned about the world’s most powerful people, getting the job done under the highest levels of pressure (including a six minute shoot with Obama) and, of course, the key elements of an amazing portrait .. and much more.