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Next Exit Photography is so excited to be featured as a husband and wife “powerhouse professional” wedding studio in a 2-page spread in this month’s issue of  Digital Photo Pro Magazine on news stands now. The article is awesome as it covers business, clients and gear. You can check out the whole article linked below.

Excerpt: Sometimes quirky, sometimes romantic, the wedding imagery created by husband-and-wife duo Cat and Adi Benner of Next Exit Photography always has a sense of authenticity that lets you into the quirks, sparks and personalities of each individual couple. Documentary-style photographer Adi met Cat through Cat’s Los Angeles wedding planning firm. The combination of the two’s ability to put couples at ease while catching intimate editorial moments has led Next Exit Photography to be recognized worldwide and become a five-time winner of the Best of The Knot Award.

You can find the whole article at Digital Photo Pro.



Digital Photo Pro Magazine
Digital Photo Pro Magazine

It seems that 2014 has been the year of the wedding hashtag. More and more, couples are making it very easy for guests to share their wedding phone snapshots online by providing them with a hashtag that can be easily referenced in Instagram, facebook and twitter posts. And, we at Next Exit Photography love to play along! The more clever ### are often puns based on the couple’s name. Jessie and Nicole used #loveleedstheway at their recent wedding Saddlerock Ranch. An incredibly sweet couple with an incredibly sweet hashtag.

Although wedding hashtags are a super fun way to engage your guests at your wedding, it can present some drawbacks for both you and your professional photographer. With the pervasiveness of camera phones, “guest photographers” or “uncle bobs” have become a common occurrence at weddings. Just remember to encourage your guests to enjoy the wedding and to use their cameras sparingly.  Isn’t that why you hired us;)? Besides, you don’t want every professional photograph that we capture of your friends to be labeled “Portrait of Friend with iPhone in Front of Their Face.”

We loved working with Kaci Mallat at XOXO Weddings and look forward to seeing her at the next fantastic wedding full of ###!!!




wedding hashtags
wedding hashtags
wedding hashtags
wedding hashtags

Congrats to The Sackmans for being featured on Carats and Cake this week!  We loved this intimate wedding that took place at the glorious Montage Beverly Hills a few years back. And additional congrats to Josh and Vicky who are expecting their first child very soon. Watching our Next Exit Families grow, never gets old.


carats and cake


For all the amazing photographs from their wedding please check out the blog post

Next Exit Photography wins Best Wedding Photographer in Los Angeles

We are so proud, beyond honored, and honestly floored by our recent win of the 2014 California Wedding Day Magazine Best Wedding Photographer in Los Angeles Award.  After shooting weddings for 12 years, Adi and I feel that this award is certainly one of the most significant honors in our entire career.

At a celebration hosted last month by the magazine with over 50 sponsors and along with nearly 1,000 of the cities best wedding professionals, Adi and I took to the stage at the Wilshire Ebell Theater to accept our award in front of a roaring crowd. It was such a rush and seriously felt like winning an Oscar!! Los Angeles is well known for its extremely saturated and competitive wedding photography market, so taking top honors in the Los Angeles wedding photography category was and is a tremendous honor for us.

Being acknowledged by the prestigious California Wedding Day magazine is an additional validation of our dedication to our art as well as to our amazing clients.  We were nominated alongside three other photography teams during a three-week voting period open to the wedding industry and brides. Voters were able to nominate any photographer in the Los Angeles area and more than 5,000 votes were entered in the photography category. WOW!!

“I am so unbelievably blown away by the response that this award has garnered from our peers, friends and clients. It has given me a renewed faith in our approach to our business, art and the way that we treat our family of clients,” said Adi. “It’s not only an honor to be recognized by our peers but it is a testament to our incredible clients and partner wedding planners whose glowing testimonials and constant referrals have been the driving force behind our success for so many years. This award is certainly a highlight of my career,” agrees Cat.

Next Exit Photography is a Los Angeles based photography studio owned by husband and wife photography team, Adi and Cat Benner. They have been a Los Angeles wedding industry leader specializing in Weddings, Portraits, Mitzvahs, and Corporate Events since 2002.

For more information about Next Exit Photography please visit or contact the studio at or 310-474-4871.

Twitter + Instagram = @catnextexit + @adinextexit


Special thanks to Brian Leahy for these amazing party pics!


Best Wedding Photographer in Los Angeles

CDW 2014 Best Wedding Photographer in Los Angeles

Best Wedding Photographer in Los Angeles

Owners Adi and Cat Benner

Cat and Adi hear their names called!!

All of the amazing winners. So many Next Exit Photography friends took the stage.

Cat with her love Tara Dowburd – Makeup Therapy

Best Wedding Photographer in Los Angeles
Cat posing with her friends and winners
L to R, Kristen LaBrot – Kristeen LaBrot Events, Allyson Levine Joseph – Bob Gail Events, Tara Dowburd – Makeup Therapy, Anika Warden – Vibiana and Inna Savluk – Butterfly Floral

Cat partying with Lara Burnap (holding the bouquet), the Editor of California Wedding Day, and other incredible industry friends

Cat and her dear friend, Melissa Allen, from the Wilshire Ebell (Next Exit is one of their preferred vendors)

Cat and one of her dearest friends (and also a nominee for Best Wedding Planner!) Amber Gustafson from Amber Events

Images by Brian Leahey

  • Melissa Kay Allen - All of us at the Ebell applaud you wildly on your win! And how specially exciting that the award was presented at the Ebell and on the stage of the Wilshire Ebell Theatre!!!

    ~Melissa Kay Allen
    The Ebell of Los Angeles

Emily and Jesse | Casa Del Mar Wedding Photography

Hotel Casa del Mar Wedding Photography in its purest form. Next Exit Photography’s love affair with Casa del Mar is evident with every photograph in this series of wedding images. Of course, it always helps to have warm and adorable clients like Emily and Jesse, who flew in from Brooklyn, New York to celebrate their wedding with family and friends from around the globe. It was a very elegant and classy affair from start to finish. We especially love how this candle lit, fall themed November wedding included a huge assortment of orange and red flowers. Flawlessly coordinated by Casa Del Mar wedding planner expert, Terri Castillo, from Bellisimo Events, the day was perfect from start to finish.
Next Exit Photography is honored to be featured photographers on the recommended vendor list at both Casa Del Mar and Shutters on the Beach.  The staff at both hotels excel at organizing the perfect wedding day and every detail that they implement.  We love shooting Santa Monica beach weddings with the iconic Santa Monica Pier in the background and where the weather is near perfect every day of the year. The few rain drops before the ceremony never bothered this calm bride and groom! A little tip for those getting married on Santa Monica Beach: Don’t forget to make time in your wedding day schedule to take full advantage of photography on the sand. It takes about 10 minutes to actually get down to the water in each direction!



Shutters on the Beach Wedding Photography
Shutters on the Beach Wedding Photography
Shutters on the Beach Wedding Photography
Shutters on the Beach Wedding Photography

Creating Rancho del Cielo wedding photography has always been an absolute pleasure for us. It has incredible vistas and beautiful gardens and the staff there have always been the most welcoming and attentive crew. Every time we photograph there (and we shoot there a lot), we find new and amazing places to shoot. Have I mentioned the light? The summer light that bathes the Malibu mountain top is always exquisite and helps us create the most amazing photographs and portraits!  But enough about Rancho del Cielo; what about Valerie and Derek?  There was certainly something  special about this couple. It had to do with the way that light touched them and lit up their eyes when they looked at one another. The endless smiles on their faces and those of their family and friends were infectious. I think especially unique for a wedding was the food that as served at their wedding. You won’t see many weddings where spare ribs and tacos are cooked up for the hungry guests. It was an honor to be a part of this magical day at Rancho del Cielo. Creating wedding Photography in Malibu, which we feel is like a second Heaven in the sky is always a pleasure. Congratulations to Valerie and Derek on their beautiful day. Your wedding was phenomenal and we wish you long, healthy and happy lives together! xoxo

Wedding Planner: Kev Kline Events & Design
Next Exit Photography

WEDDING SITE: Rancho del Cielo
Florist: Peony & Plum
24 Carrots Catering
Hair and Makeup: Design Visage
Ceremomony Music: Kurt Hunter
DJ: Alvaron Entertainment
Rentals: Smart Party Rents
Linens: Signature Party Rentals


Rancho del Cielo Wedding Photography
Rancho del Cielo Wedding Photography
Rancho del Cielo Wedding Photography
Rancho del Cielo Wedding Photography
Rancho del Cielo Wedding Photography
Rancho del Cielo Wedding Photography
Rancho del Cielo Wedding Photography

  • Jessica - So sweet. That banner is adorable!

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