Kristie Barlow

"I had seen his work with others over the years and knew I wanted to have my very own shoot."

Artist, Interviewer, Photographer

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Artistic Point of View

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 in her poses because – it was just one of those shoots.

So Kristie, What inspired you to book a shoot?
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.

What was your greatest challenge?
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.

If you could tell someone else about your experience what would you let them know?
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 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.

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

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.

I felt Sexy, Empowered & Beautiful!

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

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!

Kristie B.
Thank you.

Thank you for being the human being that you are. From the moment you booked your session I knew you were special. You’ve inspired me and so many with the work you produced. None of this would have been possible without your decision to BU! Excited for round 3! Big Hugs from Phx.

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