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Jasmine Neves

One of my favorite sessions are those when I’m contacted by a conscious woman needing an internal shift back to her core. The moment I started talking to Kristen I knew that’s the kind of session this would be. She filled me with the pleasure that can only come from purposeful adventure and discovery. I sensed her core beauty and was deepened by her ability to overcome what she feared before. Loved this session! 

Benizo

I WAS FEELING ABSOLUTELY AWFUL OF WHERE I WAS IN LIFE & WAS LOOKING FOR A FRESH START FOR MYSELF.

At the time I contacted Ben, I was still working for Social Security and feeling absolutely awful about where I was in life, what I was doing, and knew I needed change. I was always familiar with his work because of pageantry initially, and wanted to work with him at some point. I could tell he wasn’t about photography, but more about bringing out the authenticity of each person. It was inspiring, positive, raw. I set up a shoot & felt better already.

I had a stigma of "Sexy Photos" but somehow that went away with this experience.

I appreciate how you push boundaries but at the same time, would never make a woman feel uncomfortable if they weren’t to a certain point yet. I can’t wait to experience another session and push through new comforts.

I tend to read into things and felt the BU concept coming through what you published.

So many people are afraid to embrace a new side of them, even more so, show it to the world. But the world also makes one feel condemned and isolated if they choose to express a part of themselves. You precisely tapped into this struggle and helped me shoot through it.

I felt he wasn't just trying to see my body, but trying to empower the woman inside of me.

When you start working with photographers, you hear all the time to be careful of people and their intentions. You’re clearly an established professional, but others can have a tendency to make you feel like they’re just trying to get a sexy photo to see a woman’s body essentially… and there’s nothing in it for the woman. You, on the other hand, your intentions are clear, the purpose of your photographs is clear, this isn’t about seeing woman, it’s about empowering them and you do it in such a professional way… from your conversation and honesty.

There was definitely a slight intimidation factor for me once we started with the shoot.

You made me feel so comfortable through the progression and while I was a little hesitant as we got sexier with the clothing, I still felt an ease. When you photographed me in the blue bodysuit I was surprised at how good I felt.

Kristen B.

BETWEEN ONE TO TEN, HOW SEXUALLY FREE DID I FEEL?

I would say 9, and the reason it’s not a 10 is because I was also still in the process of overcoming my mental block that I was actually doing this and allowing myself to embrace my sexuality in a new way so that’s entirely on my part, but you made me feel completely at ease about it. NEXT TIME A 10 :).

I was nervous and excited. Nervous about driving into the city and getting there on time, and not completely knowing what to expect, but I was excited about the photoshoot and what it would be like and seeing how you would capture me. Many times in the past, I’ve hated my photos because I felt like they never showed who I was or even looked like me.

That’s always a concern of mine going into a shoot for the first time with someone new. I was also nervous because I know you have a reputation of having sexier photographs and I have never really posed to truly embrace that sexual side. I understood that upon meeting you. When we had a chance to talk and get to know each other, I felt immediately at ease. I appreciated it.

My 3 takeaways...

"Thank you for always caring and making sure I was comfortable in pushing my limits."

~ Darrian R

I’ll never forget that you gave me the opportunity to know myself better. when I didn’t really know what being a woman or being me meant. That’s why I kept coming back. It’s not everyday someone can see beyond your physical image, let alone someone with the skills to help you see it through a camera. 🙂 Can’t wait to see you for the next round… with no limits!

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Kristie Barlow

"I've always believed in being unique and embracing who I am, but I never truly realized how much I held back until I met you and you challenged me for more."

No two energies are alike, but Kristie’s was so unique, I couldn’t help but just smile the moment I met her. And to this day whenever she messages it’s an instant smile. So although I don’t often include smiley’s in my work for the deep appreciation of purposeful thought & expression, I had to throw in extra smiley’s here because it was just one of those shoots 🙂

Benizo

I WANTED TO CHALLENGE MYSELF TO LOSE 40LBS & TAKE MY BEST SHOT.

I set a challenge to do one more pageant (Miss Virginia), lose 40lbs, and show it all off with a Benizo Session. Once I booked I knew it was “Game On!” I called my Mom and best friend to tell them  how excited I was. I couldn’t believe I was finally going to work with the infamous artist I followed for years. I was nervous but sooo excited at the same time.

I felt as if I was going to meet a celebrity. But the moment I got there, he made me feel I was the celebrity.

When I got there my nerves went away. Our energies just clicked. He seemed as excited to see me as I was him  and I felt at ease instantly. I got over an hour with Bianca who only made things better. When I looked in the mirror when she was done I saw a new woman in that mirror!

I saw the first few shots and I was like "WOW, ok these already look amazing!"

Overly confident I was not. I had only done a couple of shoots (but amateur compared to his) so I became worried about messing up. Once I got my first outfit on we were talking and he just posed me and click! Click! He sensed my nerves and used them to create some amazing shots in seconds. From that point forward it was pure creative energy.

He is so Good at making people feel Confident & Beautiful.

Walking into the room you feel this instant calm. You’re able to take whatever insecurity someone has and help them let it go. This experience has been one of the most memorable and positive in my life. If I’m having a down day i just remember our session and feel better instantly. I can’t wait to shoot again!

My 3 Takeaways...

I felt Sexy, Empowered, BU'TIFUL!

I've always been my toughest critic, so to see myself through Benizo's eyes has helped me feel totally confident of who I am beneath the image. Our photoshoot lasted hours but felt like minutes. Afterwards, my Mom laughed at how I hadn't stopped talking about him and Bianca the entire drive from NYC to Annapolis.

Kristie B.

I ALWAYS STRUGGLED WITH MY WEIGHT

I have battled with my weight and pageantry didn’t help. I am finally back on track with a healthy lifestyle and feeling so proud of that. I finally feel sexy & beautiful again! But feeling like a super model in front of Benizo’s lens, has helped me remember that no matter what I weigh, I am beautiful and have so much good to offer the world. 

"Thank you for helping me realize the positive energy inside me and to never let anything tame it."

~ Kristie B.

You’ve been so kind to me ever since we first met. You said I bring “instant positive energy” and I love that! No one had ever said that to me before our photoshoot but now so many people have said similar things over the years. I think that you helped me recognize this quality in myself and that has allowed me to channel it in my thoughts & actions in all areas of my life. Arizona here we come!

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