I first worked with Ben my junior year of high school (2009). I was 17 and competing in my first state pageant. Needless to say I was young and unsure of myself in front of the camera as well as on stage competing for the crown.
One session with him changed my outlook on everything. He helped me see myself the way I should have been my whole life, as a strong and inspirational young woman. I became so confidant in who I was during our photo-shoot and it truly shined through in the photos. I felt unstoppable.
Ben has been in my life for 8 years now and every time we speak he inspires me to push myself just like he did that first day we worked together. To this day he still continues to ask me about my personal goals and is always excited to help me brain storm ways to achieve them.
Ben is more than a man behind a camera. He is a visionary that strives to help everyone he works with become the best version of themselves so that that version can be captured and shared with the world.
The world deserves to know that he’s not just an image maker.
XoXo Seanise H.
I think the transformation started before the shoot, when Benizo replied to my first message to him. So you could say that "lit the spark." His reply was incredibly heartfelt, and in that moment I realized the importance of what we were doing, and how imperative it was for me to be as transparent as I possibly could so we could create the absolute best experience. And the conversations leading into the shoot only enhanced as it got closer. The shoot itself was the pinnacle of the transformation, and I think that's why you can literally see the process of it in the pictures. I don't think i've ever been more "in-tune" with myself and my core. You love what you do so much and truly help each person you work with discover their absolute best and bring it out of them. You and Bianca are Life-changers.
You both give off a positive magnetic force that helps us forget the negative we (the girls who come through for sessions) may view of ourselves and you help us focus on what makes us feel beautiful, and help pull that to the surface. The love, attention, focus, and care you put into my session (as well as what you invest in every session and person you work with) makes everyone who steps into your studio or sit in your chair feel special. That really inspired me. I love making people feel special, but it's very different being on the other side, i'm not used to it. If a girl doesn't know what it feels like to be treated like royalty before she comes to you guys, she'll leave knowing not only what that feels like, but all that she's capable of and the endless possibilities of what she can conquer. At least that's how it was for me with my experience. You guys further enhanced the discoveries i've made and learned about myself and my growth so far as I continue my journey toward Miss Oklahoma and hopefully Miss America.
So thank you guys for caring so much about your work that you create all of the different, special, unique experiences that each girl goes through when she works with you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I met Benizo in search of photos for Miss Indiana USA. What I got out was truly more. Benizo excites you and the work you create together. I have never met a more true and joyful passionate spirit in the art that Benizo does. Yes the photos are important(and exquisite), but even more so is the message you can present, and the quality and care placed within each photo. Benizo and Bianca are an amazing team. I am so proud to have found someone who sees who I am and wants to bring it out even more. Benizo isn't just a photographer, he is a storyteller in his work. If you are looking for more than just another photo, and want to step out and show you, Benizo is your answer. Benizo recognizes individuality and beauty within you, and that is something not easily found. I do not hesistate to hop on a plane from Indiana to Dallas, because I always leave smiling knowing I have photos that are above and beyond what I asked for.
Miss Indiana USA 1RU (2016, 2017)
Miss Indiana Teen USA 2013
Not confident or assured; uncertain or anxious.. that's what it means to be insecure. I understood this, all too well. At some point in ones life, they too feel this way about themselves. Change. That's the first thing that comes to mind as a solution. That we need to change our insecurities so they may disappear and we may, hopefully, finally feel confident. However, I recently have discovered a healthier and more efficient way to feel confident. Embracing those insecurities. That is what Benizo, a wonderful person and photographer has helped me accomplish, and I am so very thankful. Feeling confident behind a camera lens, and in my own skin was effortless with his help and his kind but strong words of motivation and encouragement. Never have I been more comfortable in my own skin than I did during this photoshoot. With every flash of the camera there was a reminder to take a breath, think less about how I look, and just be myself. Benizo and Bianca have helped me become more 'me' than ever, and that feeling is simply irreplaceable! I will continue to work on my self confidence and esteem so that I may always feel as these two have made me feel. Priceless.
I have known Ben for over 5 years now and over that time, he has taught me how to be a better person from the inside out. His work is unlike anything I've ever seen and (not to my surprise) every time we shoot it gets better and better. He'll show me a shot mid-session and I am in shock every time! This isn't work for Ben, it's creativity and an endless journey of laughter and memories. There is nothing generic about his work, because each photo tells a different story about where I am in that point of my life. We began shooting the year prior to me competing for the title of Miss Maine USA for the first time. I felt like an absolute rockstar and I knew from that moment that I would one day achieve my dreams. Many people do not know this, but I was first runner up three years in a row at the Miss Maine USA competition. After each competition, Ben assured me that this was all a big part of my journey in life and was going to prepare me for the crown when it was my time. I'm now writing this testimony and it is my time, not only for the crown, but to share my journey with you one photo at a time. I'm thankful that these moments are captured by the one and only, Benizo. Words will not be able to describe my gratitude for your friendship, honesty, and endless jokes. You're the best in the business and the thing is, you don't make it about business - it's about a spectacular ride through life. Anyone who gets the chance to shoot with you, will realize this within the first 5 minutes of meeting you. It's truly a privilege and honor to have you on my journey, one cinnamon dolce latte at a time!
All my love,
Miss Maine USA 2015
In 2011 I was presented with an opportunity to shoot with Ben on his very first visit to New Mexico. As an admirer of his work I immediately jumped at the opportunity to get in front of his lens. Not knowing at the time, Ben would become so much more than a photographer taking my photo. He would become a mentor, an encourager and a lifelong friend. Ben most likely did not realize how much work he was in for when it came to taking my photo. Our first shoot lasted over 5 hours after some major walls came down. Ben would continue to break down these walls in me as our friendship grew over the next 4 years. I have never met a photographer that is so passionate about helping you let go of your fears so you could give fully of yourself in the photos he is capturing. The creative mind of Ben is ever evolving and with each new picture I am always left with an admiration for his talent. His vision, passion, spirit, dedication and complete joy for what he does are unparalleled. The excitement and energy he brings to each individual shoot are contagious and I can guarantee that the most unique beauty will be captured and a new sense of confidence will be gained. Ben, thank you for your spirit and your heart. Your belief in me has helped lift me up in so many ways. I am so grateful for your passion and your ability to bring out the fire in me. Can’t wait to continue the journey and create some more magic!
“Knowing that you can embrace your true self is the greatest crown of all.” -Benizo
All my love,
There aren't enough compliments in the world to explain Ben & his work. From the moment we started working together, he has brought me so much joy & encouragement. Ben is without a doubt someone you want on your team! His talent is unparalleled & his kindness is unmatched. There are very few people in this world that have as good of a heart as Ben does. He has my recommendation ten times over. I am truly thrilled to say that I have met a life long friend and I look forward to the many more times we will be working together.
Working with Ben was an absolute confidence booster going into Miss North Carolina USA! You helped me to find that inner fire and convey it through the camera. I couldn’t believe the beautiful photographs I received after the shoot! I had been in search for the perfect photographer to give me that jaw dropping headshot for the competition and you did just that! Benizo is able to make a woman’s true beauty shine through for each individual. His work is unmatchable! Working with him has been an absolute blast and the best choice I could have made. Ben, have such a kind heart and are so motivational to me! I am so happy I was finally able to work with you and can now call you a friend!
I had been wanting to shoot with Ben for over 3 years because I saw the beautiful work he and his models produced. Being in the pageant industry, a shoot with Ben is a must and I finally found out why. He got who I was from the very beginning and showcased it throughout our session and beyond with amazing, beautiful pictures many of my professional modeling pictures can't hold a flame to. Ben is amazing and I'm so happy I was finally able to get the Benizo experience.
I have worked with Ben several times and each time is a new and amazing experience. I feel that Ben captures my true beauty and pulls out even more to create something truly stunning every time. Working with Ben doesn’t only produce beautiful pictures, but inspires you to strive for more in life. After our shoot I always leave inspired to reach for the stars and fulfill my full potential in my career, and life, he really believes in every person that he works with and sparks a desire to reach for more. I look forward to many more shoots knowing magic will come from it every time.
Ben's work helped me go into Miss USA as the favorite. And although it wasn't in the cards for me, how much I grew and the impact Ben had on me as Miss Florida USA 2013 is what I'll cherish forever. His work is impressionable. His spirit and passion is never-ending and the results will leave their mark. The thing I love most about Ben is he always seems to make you look within. He always makes it clear that it's not important how others judge or see you, but how you see yourself. Easier said than done, but there he goes leading by example. Ben is easy going, makes you feel comfortable, and then does everything to make you challenge yourself. He is a unique artist, and a special friend. I was fortunate to create with him 5x during my title, and somehow each and every time it got better and better. I can't wait for the 6th! Love you BREEZY!
Miss Florida USA 2013
Ben you have a heart made out of gold! Working with you has been a true blessing. I was so thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with such an accomplished photographer. Ben's work is nothing less than extraordinary. He captures and creates the most beautiful photos I had ever seen and that was the sole purpose of why I decided to work with Ben! From the beginning to the end of our photo shoot he had so much energy and enthusiasm to work with me. He created a fun atmosphere that made it comfortable for me to work in. After seeing the results of my photo shoot with Ben, my jaw dropped, and I was left speechless. I cannot thank Ben enough for all his hard work and inspiration. I can promise you that with Ben there are no disappointments and his work is captivating. I look forward to working with him again in the near future!
Miss California USA 2013
"Where do I begin with Ben? It is truly an honor to say I have had the privilege of working with such a creative, innovative, and impassioned artist. Having photographed with Ben on more than one occasion, I have also witnessed his work and dedication from an outsider's perspective. The truly unique gift that he harbors is the ability to make every model feel comfortable, yet luminary. Benizo is able to bring the preeminent features out of every individual because he never allows his own energy to lapse. Ben recognizes nervousness and knows how to deflect insecurities while giving 110% of his energy and focus solely to the client at hand. He creates art... and not just any art. His photographs tell stories and symbolize the freedom of expression and beauty. "
Miss Virginia USA 2013
My first pageant ever was winning Miss North Florida. In search of a photographer I admittedly spotted Ben’s artwork. I remember being so adamant and saying to my mother “He HAS to be the one to photograph me, his work is truly the best.” When finally meeting Ben while in hair and make up I quickly got this feeling saying that I could have not picked a better photographer. The way he captured me, told me to pose, his excitement, and kindness, was like no other photographer I have experienced. Each of Ben’s photos has his own style kind of like a trademark, and you can tell that it is his work. Ben brings out all of these features and strengths that I was not aware that I had. He is a free spirit, pure soul, and a true artist with fresh ideas. Ben truly cares and takes his time to make sure the client receives the absolute best. When walking out of the photo secession I can honestly say I had way more confidence in myself and officially felt like “Miss North Florida.” Next time when I am in need of more photos I would never think of asking any photographer besides Ben to photograph me.
Ben, I cannot express the gratitude I have for you. You have truly made me see myself in a different light and produced such vivid and gorgeous photos of me. See you soon my friend!!
Xoxo, Helena Higgins
Miss North Florida 2015
I have had the complete pleasure of working with Ben for the past 4 years, and I am so thankful for such amazing friend, photographer and artist. Without Ben, I would have never met my full potential as a model or pageant queen; and for his photographic, personal and mental strength, I am so grateful. I love you Buddha, and I will always value your friendship and continued support! What an amazing artist you are!
Miss New Mexico USA 2013
Benizo has a gift. His talent goes beyond that of an artist capturing the emotion of his subject..or freezing a moment of beauty in time. Of course, he does all of that! But what is truly special is his ability to bring out your inner light. We have all met those people who have an unnamable quality about them.. Something that just draws you in; like a glowing magnetism. This is what Ben brings out.. And there is no other word for it but a gift. It is rare to see such heart, passion, and talent combined with this ability... truly an amazing thing. I have been blessed to be able to work with him and can honestly say it is an absolute joy. It is the chance of a lifetime experience.
Miss Arkansas USA 2013
After several weeks of admiring Ben's unbelievably amazing work, I finally decided that I just had to shoot with him! I can honestly say it was one the best decisions I ever did make! I gained a new best friend, incredible photos, and learned so much about being behind the camera! Within seconds of our shoot there was never ending laughter and constant energy like no other. You know the saying "time flies when you're having fun," well it's so true! Without even realizing it we had shot for hours! I am so blessed to have gotten the opportunity to shoot with Ben, every single picture he captured was out of this world amazing! They all left me speechless, it was so hard to choose! After sorting through 667 proofs, I just had to leave it up to the expert to pick! Ben, you truly are the BEST of the best! Thanks again for the beautiful pictures, our friendship, and your support on my journey to Miss Teen USA 2013. I love you and it's always a pleasure to work with you :)
Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2013
What can I say about the famous Benizo? I was so excited to find out he was the one who would be shooting our head shots for the Miss New York Teen USA 2012 program book. I did not have my hair or makeup professionally done for my headshot, yet I was over-the-moon pleased with the end result. I had seen photos of other contestants who have shot with him in the past and dreamed about being able to shoot with him one day. That year, not only did I become Miss New York Teen USA, but I got to personally meet and shoot with Ben again!
He has a natural talent in capturing the uniqueness of his models and knows how to make them shine. He takes his time and creates amazing photos with visions he has of each individual. My photo shoots were amazingly fun, creative, unique, and memorable. He teaches how to enhance your best assets and has all the patience in the world. What I like the most about Ben is that he thinks out-of-the-box, listens to my suggestions, and after a long day of shooting he still has energy to laugh at my corny jokes and go for frozen yogurt! Not only is he an amazing photographer, but he is also a great friend! Thank you for everything!
Miss New York Teen USA 2012
Miss Long Island Teen 2012
It will be 10 years now that I have worked as a professional model in Los Angeles, New York City, and international destinations. With this blessing, I have been given the honor to work with talented, world renowned photographers, and I can say quite honestly that Ben is the best beauty photographer I have ever worked with. I have never felt that my natural aesthetics have been captured more authentically than in Ben's photographs. There are people who are passionate about their work, and there are people who live, breathe, and engulf both heart and soul into their work; Ben is the latter. Finding myself to have been the subject of a true artist, and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to "make some NOISE" with him. Looking forward to making some more magic soon!
Miss California USA 2012
I cannot thank you enough for what you have done for me! Your shooting techniques are far beyond anything I have seen before. Working with you was a dream come true and the outcome was even more than I expected! I absolutely love your artistic ability and style. You are so creative and the things we came up with together were one of a kind! I cannot wait to work with you again! You are such a great friend and supporter! Love you, Ben!
A true artistic genius! I came to Ben after seeing his stunning work online, with hopes of creating my own beautiful photographs. What I received was not only the best images I've ever had taken of me, but also a true friendship. His charming personality fills the room and he immediately makes you feel as if you've known each other for years. I'm honored to have worked with one of the greats! Can’t wait for our next shoot! Thanks for everything Ben!
Love, Erin Winters
LINETTE DE LOS SANTOS
Working with Ben has been such an honor! I have been a fan of his work from even before our first shoot and it exceeded all my expectations! He is such an incredible artist that knows what he's doing! His energy and genuine personality is amazing and makes you feel extremely comfortable and beautiful from the very start! Not to mention all the shots are jaw-dropping! He has made such an impact in my life that I cannot even begin to thank him for. I highly recommend him to anyone and look forward to working again with him in the future. Thank you for being you and always believing and supporting me!
I knew choosing you for my Miss Texas Teen USA 2011 Pageant headshot was one of the greatest decisions of my pageant career. I knew I could expect a beautiful, natural and fun headshot from you, but I never saw the rest coming. I gained confidence from just ONE photo shoot with you! This just doesn't happen with any photographer or photo shoot, only with you! I was mortified the night before the shoot, but as soon as I met with you the next morning all the nerves had vanished. It was four hours, and every minute of it was thrilling! I was having a blast, something I thought would never happen with me modeling! But because you are such a kind, funny and down to earth person, I saw you as a friend and there was no intimidation at all, only fun and laughter. I left the shoot a new woman and I was ready to take on the world. I not only gained confidence from you, but a wonderful friend I can always trust! You have taught me many things that I will cherish for ever, I owe you so much. Thank you for being there for me, your patience, and for bringing out the girl I reall am. I can't thank you enough Ben! I will remember the moments for ever. I love you!
Some people think that all it takes to win Miss Arizona USA is rocking it on stage in a swimsuit, walking with grace and poise in your evening gown and wowing the judge during an interview. But boy, is it ever so much more. When Ben came into my life I quickly realized that it took something more to win that crown and I am forever in debt to his enlightenment. Before my race to the title, I was at the gym everyday working on my exterior. However, it wasn't until Ben's artistic inspiration that I began to truly shine on the inside. I quickly learned that it was the quiet confidence that would make me stand out and I can say with conviction that it's because of the creativity, imagination and unwavering support of Ben that I was able to ooze with confidence on that stage. This title is just as much his at it is mine and I can only hope that whoever may read this is willing to open up a new chapter and embrace Ben's intellect and style. You will not be disappointed. After all, although I was crowned just four short months ago, I already felt like I was a queen on the very first photoshoot I shared with Ben.
Miss Arizona USA 2009
2RU MISS USA 2009
What words would I use to describe Ben? Passionate, artistic, imaginative, and professional are just a few of the words that come to mind. Ben has an extraordinary way of capturing the true essence of a woman’s beauty through his stunning photographs. I had no idea what to expect the first time I shot with Ben. In the past, I had worked with numerous photographers but always knew that Ben was one of the very best. Needless to say, I was a little anxious not knowing exactly what the whole experience would entail. From the moment you meet Ben, there is an immediate connection, and he makes you feel like his best friend. He is extremely down to earth, has an insane sense of humor, and creates such a comfortable atmosphere that before long, you forget you are shooting with one of the best photographers in the industry. He is an absolute perfectionist when it comes to his work which is evident when you view your photos for the very first time. As Miss New Mexico USA 2012, I am both extremely honored and privileged to be able to work closely with Ben. The morning after the Miss New Mexico USA pageant, we were up bright and early for a photo shoot after only a couple hours of sleep! I was amazed at the amount of patience and energy Ben maintained and was able to draw out of me as we shot for the next five hours straight! I was a little concerned about what my first photos as Miss New Mexico USA would look like with my sleep deprivation, but once again Ben was able to create some absolutely breathtaking or as Ben would say “HOT” photos! Thank you, Ben, for making me feel like a true beauty queen and for all the hard work, dedication, and commitment you put in to making all the women that you photograph feel amazingly beautiful and uniquely special.
All my NM love,
Miss New Mexico USA 2012
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed working with Ben and getting to know him as an artist. I have always been a very artistic person myself. --I love to write, to sing, and to paint. I just love creating things in general! Because of this, I feel Ben and I hit it off even more!!!
Benizo is not just a talented photographer, but he is also an incredible human being. It was a true pleasure having the opportunity to be shot by Ben, but I consider it an even greater pleasure to now call him a friend. ((Ben: ~ Next time we are together, we're going to find a Border's Book store, have some coffee, and chat about collectively writing a screen play. How does that sound!? :) )) Ben is a very unique photographer because he has an edgy eye and he takes creative risks. Many photographers keep their photos safe, but Ben is not afraid to think outside of the box. I respect this trait in Benizo because I truly feel that greatness cannot be achieved without taking those risks. We took some risks with my photos, and the pictures turned out like nothing I've ever had before.
I encourage all of you gorgeous young woman out there to book a shoot with Ben. It will be nothing short of incredible! You will not only walk out of the Benizo photo session with great photos, but a great friend too
Miss Oklahoma USA 2010
1RU MISS USA 2010
Words cannot express the absolute honor and pleasure it has been to work with Ben. He changes the lives and helps build the confidence of young women everyday by helping them capture their upmost beauty through photography. Not only is he professional, talented, and absolutely brilliant; he puts passion, enthusiasm, and creative thought into every picture he takes. There was never a dull moment during our shoot and laughter filled the room the entire time. Everything we did was with a "go with the flow" attitude and it all felt so natural. He encourages you to be yourself during the shoot and takes into account your ideas along with his, creating the most beautiful photos you could possibly imagine. I am absolutely confident that we captured the most amazing photos together, and in turn I am so grateful to him! Ben is way more than a photographer to me, but a friend. Our shoot was an inspiration success and worth every minute!
Ben is not only an artist, he's a mentor and a friend. I've consistently worked with Ben since I was fourteen years old and I would not be the young lady I am today without him helping me discover my inner "Energy Queen". Not only is his photography rare and inspiring but so are his words. Every shoot I've done with Ben has exceeded my expectations and he's always willing to, "Raise the bar!" You've always believed in me Ben and I cannot thank you enough. I wouldn't trade our years together for the world, and I know there are many more magical years to come!
xo, Ashley Lawrence