Puxin IPO at the NYSE

After many years working as the photographer at the New York Stock Exchange it is always a pleasure to return to NYSE and photograph an event for an old client. I was hoping to spend the morning on the trading floor photographing the actual IPO, but instead I got to spend the evening in the iconic board room covering the party and speeches of the CEO of Puxin. Being the New York Stock Exchange's official photographer was an honor for nearly 5 years, but work as an independent photography business has continued to prove a pleasure. My photography business hasn't changed since 2009 when I graduated from the Pratt Institute with a Masters of Fine Art, but it continues to evolve with different clients being a priority. The New York Stock Exchange was one of my largest clients from 2010 - 2015 but in the past 3 years I've worked for some amazing clients and the diversity of work has been incredible. Photographing food, and food related events continues to be some of my most rewarding work.

NYSE Photographer Ben Hider

Great Performances at Cooper Hewitt Design Museum

Here is some food photography I did for Great Performances at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum's Summer Garden Party. I love working as the photographer for museums in New York City, so it was nice when those two worlds collide and I got to attend a party at the Cooper Hewitt but could focus on documenting the food and the general atmosphere. There was a super cool cotton candy vendor there, handing out sparkly Rose flavored candy.

Food Photographer Ben Hider

Headshot Lighting Setup in New Jersey City

Sometimes I get to work in the most amazing places: Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, The Empire State Building, The New York Stock Exchange, Montego Bay.... there are really so many amazing places to work as a photographer, but sometimes the unexpected office in New Jersey provides a spectacular backdrop or behind the scenes for some headshots

R.I.P Anthony Bourdain

About 8 or 9 years ago I used to photograph celebrity events nearly every day, or at least whenever I could race to my email quick enough to snag a contributor event for Getty Images. It was a crazy couple of years where I would run around New York City photographing anybody I could who might one day make me a few dollars on the stock site. I'd call myself a "celebrity event photographer" and that would often elicit the question, "Who's the coolest celebrity you've photographed?" I'd normally blush a little and get a bit embarrassed by the question, because the answer was honestly not what people expected: Anthony Bourdain. He was such a huge character, and lived exactly the life I'd dream of, traveling and eating all over the world. If you asked me my dream job more recently it would probably be to travel with Anthony Bourdain as his stills photographer. If I ever travel anywhere outside America I often look up whether Anthony Bourdain has been there, and then see where he ate. It worked a charm in Amritsar, India, where I ate one the greatest meals of my life that cost under $3. 


Celebrity Event Photographer Ben Hider