Artistic Point of View
Ten years earlier I had photographed Haley who was searching for soul purpose while being pulled in so many life directions.
I know it isn’t easy for a woman to be naked in her skin and to voice her expressions, especially if she is in her early 20’s. So how can one expect her to find soul-purpose when Magazines, Movies, Pop-Culture, Weekday Office Talk, and Weekend Gossip can all jumble up a woman’s own identity? And with today’s social media that is 10x more challenging.
I for one don’t expect it but I know it’s possible if one is willing to let go of worldy image, fashions, and all those titles that someone else has a say in and just strip it down to what she has control over – her body.
This is where the power of beauty begins. Ten years later she hadn’t forgotten it. We reconnected a few months prior to her wedding to create these artistic gems. I hope you enjoy.
What thoughts were in your head to shoot again ten years later?
Do a session for yourself and watch the the walls come tumbling down.
I was SO happy, honored, and proud when I saw the photos. Because seeing that woman was like a Dream! I remember thinking “I like this girl, this girl is fierce, she is strong, confident, and nobody can tell her otherwise or different. I LOVE HER!”
What was your greatest fear?
My Greatest Fear was going topless.
I hate my boobs but Ben made me feel at ease. He said imagine your 80 year old self looking back at you now, would she regret it if you did, or didn’t? Boom! The hell with it, what do I have to lose? We are only young once and it’s not everyday you’re in front of his talent. I had never seen myself like that before. I could fly! I’m in no hurry to ask my 80 year old self, but my 32 year old self loved that I followed my instincts. Just BU, right?
If you could tell someone else about your experience what would you let them know?
Working with Benizo isn't about a photo shoot, it's like a vacation for the soul.
When you work with Benizo, being yourself is not an option, it’s a requirement. He is always trying to poke through layers that you weren’t able to break through yourself. Limiting beliefs, old fears, doubts, insecurities, you name it. He always seems to know what I need at that moment in time.
I was so mad at myself for feeling scared & nervous over nothing.
Overall I felt more confident than I had in awhile and I just felt proud of myself. I was proud of the woman I had become and grown into, and Ben always reminds me that I can achieve anything I put my heart into. I got teary eyed when I left because I had such a blast and who knows when we will be able to create again.
If you're thinking of working with Benizo here's what you should know.
When I say to come with healthy snacks with you I mean it. Once Ben is shooting you, get ready for an FUN adventure and just rolling with it because he is UNSTOPPABLE with ideas once his creativity starts shining though. It is SO FUN to watch him because you can see how much he loves doing what he does and he’s the BEST at it. It just makes you want to kill it even more!!!
People would say... "Wow, you are so photogenic, do you model?" I'd say... I was truly taught by the best!
Ben, thank you for always being so kind and patient with me over all these years. We have always had a blast working together, we always pick up where we left off. Thank you for believing in me, pushing me when I needed it the most, thank you for always being loyal, hard working, and dedicated to me. If it wasn’t for ever meeting you I would have never been asked that question.
Haley you’re a lot stronger and more beautiful than you know. Always remember the moment when you chose to BU and freed the fire inside you. It’s always available to you – just silence the external noise and listen to that heart. And walk over to the computer and book another flight so we can do it again! 🙂 Big Hugs!