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 he pushed 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 felt he wasn't just trying to see my body, but trying to empower the woman inside of me.
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.
There was definitely a slight intimidation factor for me once we started with the shoot.
My 3 Takeaways
"Thank you for making feel Empowered & Untouchable."
You made me feel relaxed and in talking to you, I truly understood your goals as a photographer to capture me authentically and bring out a side of me that I was afraid to show in the past. You were so open about how you started and why you like doing this. It has nothing do with just wanting to photograph beautiful women but helping them see there is nothing wrong with embracing our sexuality. Thank you for this experience. I’m excited for round two.