About me

"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
- Cs Lewis

Photo: Mathijs Hanenkamp

Photo: Mathijs Hanenkamp

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These words sum up my life. It's about enjoying the simple moments, connecting with people, and everyday is a unique story.
The crazy chaos starts every morning at our Ikea table while everyone talks and laughs at the same time. Elliot always manages to eat his breakfast with his cheeks and nose while Chloe tries to share 20 stories in one big sentence. Chloe and Elliot are 2 miracle kids and my wife is the one who manages to keep this family sane.

I love moments, small moments and inspiring moments. People make the moments whether it is drinking a nice bourbon or a smoky single malt, talking about music or the mysteries of life.

My name is Benjamin van Essen and I live in Amsterdam. And I would love to get to know you and photograph your unique story.