My name is Ben Lariviere. I’m a full-time photographer, currently living in Kitchener, Ontario with my wife Kat, our three adorable, but mischievous cats and our unreasonably cute son, Rylan. I studied Photography at Ryerson University and I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts. Raised in the rural Ontario town of Baden, I always had an interest in art and storytelling, but struggled, for many years, to feel like I was good enough or creative enough to call myself an artist. It wasn't until I began to experiment with photography in high school that I felt that I had finally discovered my medium.
While studying fine art and photography at Ryerson, I began freelancing in 2009. Shortly after graduation, I jumped into photography on a full-time basis in 2012, specializing in wedding & lifestyle portrait photography, working primarily in Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo. I’m always looking to grow and gain new experiences within the world of photography. I’ve begun to dip my toes into commercial photography, creating marketing imagery for businesses and I’d love to one day create images for major commercial advertising campaigns.
2018 was a pivotal year. Kat and I welcomed our baby boy, Rylan, to our family. Life. Changed. Drastically. What hasn't changed is my passion of photographing awesome couples, families and authentic moments and relationships. The last 10 years of working in professional portraiture has flown by. I'm always challenging myself to learn and grow my craft because I love that I can tell a story through images that allow couples and families to relive their precious memories.
When I'm not making people go from feeling uncomfortable to having fun in front of my lens, you can find me: drinking all of the coffee, watching garbage (but thoroughly entertaining) TV shows, paying extra for guac, rock climbing (when I can find the time) or sampling craft beers while playing board games with friends.