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"It's not about being Sexy, but simply being yourself. When I focused on the latter I couldn't help but feel (& look) Sexy!"
The last time I saw Haley she was going through a difficult period in life. She was in her early 20’s and getting pulled in so many different directions and just wanted to find herself. Now ten years later we reunited as she was in a new decade, engagement, and state. I was so excited to see her again and couldn’t wait to see where this moment would take us.
Seeing the final finishes of my photos I was SO happy, honored, satisfied, and so proud of myself because looking at that women in the photo 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.”
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.
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.
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!!!
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?
I have known Benizo since I was 16! I’m now 32…. We have done shoots in the past on and off in my late teens and until early twenties. Life can definitely get in the way with goals etc. and we don’t realize how distracting life can get and how fast it passes you by. My point is this, don’t waste anymore time like I did, if you are contemplating on doing a photo shoot with Benizo, don’t even hesitate or think twice.
He is the most sweetest, genuine, humble man. He’s so professional that he makes you forget about the flaws you were feeling about your body, or the lack of confidence you WERE feeling walking in. He see’s your true potential and the spark you forget is already there because the LOUD self doubts in your head are blocking them. They will fade away quickly and you’ll realize how much fun you’re actually having!
~ HALEY A.
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. 🙂