Charisse Haislop

Heather E

2014 was a year I will never forget - I achieved my life long goal and was able to represent the state I love. That year was also forever changed when I met one of the greatest souls there is - Ben "Benizo" Urcuyo. I had always admired his work and told myself if I won the title i would partner with him & create the same magic I had admired for years from other titleholders & women who, too were brave enough to evolve & grow with Benizo's guidance, acceptance, & creativity.

We connected immediately and the magic just flowed - our first shoot made waves and that was only the beginning. We talked neary every day and Ben became not just my favorite photographer, but also my dear friend & part of my support system. I am forever grateful for Ben & will cherish our memories & our friendship for the rest of my life.

Charisse Haislop
Miss West Virginia USA 2014


Erin Brady Miss USA 2013 Testimonial

When people tell you that timing is everything, this couldn't be any more perfect to describe my experience working with Ben. The year I competed at Miss USA back in 2013, we met very briefly and chatted about perhaps working together but as life would have it, our paths never crossed. After four years of drastic changes and intense personal growth, I received a note from Ben asking if we could finally meet up in NYC to shoot and finally the timing was perfect.

I truly can’t express how great the experience was from start to finish. A couple of weeks before we spoke to go over the vision and what my expectations were so we could sync our ideas before the day actually came. From the moment I walked into the NYC hotel where we shot, the energy was magnetic. Bianca, the makeup artist, was one of the best I have had the opportunity to work with. The moment we went to start the shoot, Ben suggested we start the shoot with the casual top I had worn there and from the first snap of the camera, each shot was exceptional. Every outfit change came with a different energy that catapulted into another set of unreal images.

At this time in my life, I think the word freedom comes to mind. The  ability to express the feelings behind the significant life events that I have experienced in the past five years, both good and bad. Ben was able to relate to this and help to really portray the start of the next chapter in my life. I am ready for the next step towards my goals and certainly working with Ben again to express my feelings of this journey.

Thank you again, Erin Brady


Benizo Testimonial

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


Vanessa Hernandez

Embracing your authenticity fearlessly is what I have taken away from my sessions with Ben and his HMU sidekick Bianca. I always admired from the sidelines Ben’s work and assumed you needed a crown and sash to be a part of his clientele, which just wasn't the case.

Anytime Ben has sent me a picture from our sessions I instantly cry because of the emotion it brings me. Because with every shot was a moment that he was able to pull out everything I am as a woman and the feelings I have on the inside and transform that to a photo.

If you are reading this, know that I was just like you and researching "Benizo", if you don’t have a sash and crown don’t be like me and let that hold you back from reaching out.  I learned through my reign as a title holder that the crown and sash do not define you but give you a stronger voice to who you are, what you believe and what you stand for. I also learned that if you do not genuinely represent who you are (title or no title) then  you will conform to everything you are not. Ben and Bianca helped me understand and embrace that through our sessions and I always leave those two feeling like a hot tamale that can conquer the world. If this sounds like this expereince could be more than just a photo session well, that's because it is. So reach out and be blessed!


Miss New Mexico United States 2016
Miss New Mexico USA 4ru, Best in Fitness


Sabrina Mastrangelo

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


Brooke Demetri

Ben and Bianca are a power team, and I have never met anyone so dedicated, loving, and passionate like them. Ben is such an amazing, a talented, and warmhearted person who is truly one of a kind. Bianca has makeup artist hands of a goddess, and made me feel so beautiful in my own skin. However, what makes Ben and Bianca different from other photographers and makeup artists is that they have the biggest hearts and are able to help you connect with yourself, which is why each photo comes out genuine and tells its own unique story.

Stepping in front of the camera for my first photo shoot as Miss Long Island Teen USA brought about many nerves, but Ben and Bianca created this comfortable and exciting atmosphere that I will never forget. Ben's energy and passion radiated throughout his enthusiasm during the shoot, which was contagious and nevertheless brightened up my smile. His beautiful, creative mind and love for photography are unparalleled, which helped catalyzed the transformation of my self-consciousness into self-confidence. Hence, every picture Ben captures with his magical hands exemplifies his motto, "Born to BU." Ben inspires you to discover and celebrate your uniqueness and helps you cherish the beautiful person that you are on the inside and out with every picture.

Ben and Bianca are not just amazing at what they do, but they are also genuinely amazing people. Their love and support did not stop after the photoshoot, as they have continued to support my pursuits and express their unconditional love. It is so rare to meet kindhearted people like Ben and Bianca, and I am so honored that I had the opportunity to work with such spectacular people. Our world is a better place with Ben and Bianca in it because they bring out the notion of self-love in each individual; an inspiration that transcends beyond the photoshoot and into your life.

With love, Brooke Demetri Miss Long Island Teen USA 2016


Graham Turner

My first professional photoshoot experience was with Benizo! I was competing in my first pageant and the photos he produced were exceptional. From the start, his intention was to make me feel confident, the goal being to capture the essence of my true self. He gets into a flow while shooting and this makes for inspired work and photos every time! I used Ben’s photos as my headshots for both Miss Oklahoma Teen USA 2013 and at Miss Teen USA 2013. I have been back several times since, celebrating milestone years of my life, through a lens.

To say Ben made my first experience in front of a camera memorable is an understatement. During my shoot, he sought to get to know me and understand life from my perspective. He never fails to build one’s self-esteem and celebrate the unique and individual beauty of those who come to see him. I am grateful for the images we have been able to work on together, as each session brings something new!

Benizo is an amazing and gifted photographer, but also a person of depth. I believe his desire to connect beyond the lens is what makes his photos truly special! He has been with me through both mountaintop and valley years, as a constant encourager and positive soul. He has not only invested in my photos, but has invested in my life for the past 5 years. Ben is a photographer and an artist with a brilliant mind, as well as a faithful friend and supporter.

Thank you for being such an influential part of my life, helping me to see my potential, offering me words of affirmation, boosting my self-confidence when I needed it the most, and pouring into my life!

With much love, Graham Turner <3
Miss Oklahoma Teen USA 2013
Miss Photogenic Teen USA 2013


Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth's photo shoot was one for the books!  From the moment we booked the shoot, Benizo was in contact with us on a regular basis and even though he is well known for his flawless work, he literally made us feel like we were the only clients he had! His efforts and the conversations we had were completely genuine.  By the time we got to Dallas we felt more like we were visiting friends instead of the obvious, doing business.  Benizo and Bianca both greeted us curbside with a welcome you would expect only from family!  What happened after that was pure magic!  Elizabeth had the best possible experience you could imagine!  He made her feel comfortable and confident throughout the entire shoot and she walked away a completely different person!  As we waited for the proofs to arrive, we tried to imagine how amazing they would be!  What we received certainly exceeded our expectations.  Elizabeth looked like a completely different person!  She had confidence in her eyes that I had never seen before!  It was as if Benizo was able to reach deep inside her soul and ignite a fire that we never even knew existed but was now very clear to see in her photos! Thank you Benizo for giving us not only photos that we will cherish forever but also memories of a trip that changed Elizabeth forever!  You are not only her number one photographer but also a friend!

Mom, Barbara Wright


Morgan Woolard

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


Seanise Haskins

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 confident 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.


Maggie Bond

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!

Maggie Bond


Darrian Rachel

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.

Darrian Rachel
Miss Indiana USA 1RU (2016, 2017)
Miss Indiana Teen USA 2013


Heather E

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.

Jordyn Temple


Heather Elwell

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,
Heather Elwell
Miss Maine USA 2015


Brittany Peralta

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,
Brittany Peralta


Kristie Barlow

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.

Love, KKB


Chelsey Ni

I look at these photos and I am in awe still... you are truly amazing . I was always a happy free spirited girl , full of light. That light was dimmed soon after I was married and went through a nightmare of one bad incident after another. I had to learn to be strong for my daughters and say enough is enough. I cannot do this anymore. This is not me. I will raise strong women. So I decided to not let anyone take that from me anymore. This was my  light . I never looked back. This was when I learned I had wings. God puts certain people in our path for a reason... I believe your was to teach me to fly and rise above the rest. You bring out such courage and strength in all of us . No one can even touch it. I believe I had to go through these trials because it's preparing me for moments of greatness... keep lifting us up Ben, never stop. You and Bianca are angels that help us bring out our best selves.


Thank you for helping me to fly ... 
Much love , 
Chelsey Nii 

Love, KKB


Dalgis Travieso

After seeing Benizo's fabulous photos on social media I thought I just had to shoot with him. Th first time I met him and Bianca, they made me feel so comfortable. Aside from taking jaw dropping photos, their goal is to get to know you, boost your confidence, and help you achieve your goals. I am in love with my photos and very thankful I got to see a version of myself I had not met before.

Dalgis Travieso


Brie Gabrielle

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.

Love always,
Brie Gabrielle


Nia Sanchez

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.

Nia Sanchez


Michelle Aguirrel

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


Mabelynn Capeluj


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


Shannon McAnally

"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


Hannah Higgins

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


Brittany Booker Miss Texas 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!


Erin Winters

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!


Chaney Shadrock

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!


Alicia Blanco

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


Jessica Martin Miss New Mexico USA 2012

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


Kirstin Collier

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!


Ashley Lawrence

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


Kathleen Danzer

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


Hannah Billingsley

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


Abby Floyd

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