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We love “The Bear!” We have photographed him a bunch of times and as usual, he rocks the camera like he owns it. What we love the most about photographing this family is how seriously his mama takes the portrait process. He is always well rested, well fed and dressed impeccably. I mean, come on, he could be a GAP model.
At Next Exit Photography, we cherish our repeat clients who come back every year to allow us to document their growing families. Thanks to Dee Dee and Davis for another stellar portrait experience.



Thanks to Stacey and Brett for being so fabulous and so wonderful to work with. I have such incredible memories of our day together as their Oviatt Penthouse Wedding photographer. They were an absolute joy to photograph, always full of heart and emotion. And Photographing the bridal party in the streets of L.A. (stopping traffic) was a true highlight!!

Stacey and Brett met working as musicians in film and television, so they enlisted the talents of their friends to provide special touches for their wedding.  Stacey, a former music supervisor, selected ceremony theme songs from movies, and a custom score was written by friends and composers, W.G. Snuffy Walden and Steve Dorff.  The first dance was an original song written by the groom.  As a composer and former music editor, Brett worked with Stacey to make a custom movie shown during dinner.  Casablanca was projected on the penthouse wall while the band and DJ played throughout the evening.  They were honored to have friends, well-known musicians, sit in with the band for special songs.
The bride’s mother made custom table runners and pillows and the groom’s father made the cake topper – miniature figurines of the couple with their two dogs, each playing instruments to form a family band.  The bride worked with her brother-in-law, a graphic designer, to make a custom movie poster that served as a welcome sign, featuring a photo from their Next Exit engagement session and listed their “cast and crew” as the wedding party, family and vendors. (see the end of the post for details!)

a note from the bride and groom:
Photography was the one wedding vendor choice we both equally obsessed about, so we conducted extensive research to find the perfect photographer in all of L.A.  We agreed Next Exit had the best quality photos in their extensive portfolio – excellent in-focus composition while capturing the emotions, which were also very important to us.  We also loved the idea of working with such a fun husband and wife team.  We were thrilled to learn that Cat was available.  After meeting with her in-person, we knew she was our gal!  It was crazy how quickly the actual wedding day came and went, but Cat and her team were there capturing every detail we were hoping to savor, making it fun in the process.  We and our entire wedding party will never forget her fearlessly leading us through the streets of downtown!  We got all of the family, wedding party and detail shots we wanted, plus so many wonderful, candid emotional moments that we weren’t expecting.  We have always imagined our home decorated with beautiful photos from our wedding one day, and we are so glad we trusted Next Exit to deliver!  Thank you so much, Cat and Adi!  We have enjoyed keeping in touch and will continue to follow their gorgeous body of work.  Love, Stacey and Brett

Oviatt Penthouse Wedding Photographer

the bride and her brother – loved them together!

One of my favorite first look shots, EVER!   ——-vvvv

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Locations: Los Angeles Athletic Club Hotel & Oviatt Penthouse | Hair & Makeup: Chelsey B Bridal Hair & Makeup |Coordinator: Icing On The Cake Events
Caterer: Truly Yours Catering | Cake: Susiecakes |Flowers: Charlie & Olivia | Decor: D.I.Y.
DJ: EV Entertainment | Band: Babylon Social Club with musician and songwriter friends as special guests | Video: Grover House Productions
Paper Goods: Rogue Poet Studios and D.I.Y. | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Wedding Salon: Glamour Closet | Bride’s Shoes: Glint | Groom’s Suit: Vera Wang
Groom’s Party Reception Shoes: Design Your Own Converse | Red Carpet Wine & Spirits

  • Stacey - Thanks, Adi and Cat! Still can’t believe what an amazing job you guys did capturing all of the special moments… we’ve had so much fun reliving our wedding day again!

Our wedding clients have been one amazing couple after another. I especially adored photographing Nari and Jason’s casual wedding at UCLA in Westwood, California. The UCLA Covel Commons Terrace & Grand Horizon Room is a lovely Los Angeles wedding ceremony and reception venue with beautiful views of the city. Many thanks to Jennifer Chung of The Event Prerogative who took such great care of the wedding day.

UCLA Covel Commons Terrace & Grand Horizon Room
Coordination by Jennifer Chung The Event Prerogative
UCLA Catering
Kings Hawaiian
Ambiance Pros
Moonstone DJs
Cristina’s Flowers
Imperial Party Rentals

CBS Los Angeles has just named Cat and Adi Benner of Next Exit Photography the BEST Wedding Photographer in Los Angeles. You can just imagine how we felt when we received the notification from CBS online that we were chosen best wedding photographer in Los Angeles out of bazillion wedding and portrait photographers in the city. To say that we were over the moon would be a gross understatement of our feelings towards this validation of our hard work. I mean, what an incredible honor! After 10 years of shooting weddings and portraits full time, the Benners are so proud of this amazing accolade. Thanks to CBS and congrats to all of the other winners of The Best Of!!


Best Wedding Photographer in Los Angeles

Best Wedding Photographer Los Angeles

We always knew that there was something very special between Alex and Darren. We could just tell by the way that they looked into each other’s eyes… they were so perfect for one another. Every time Darren looked at his glowing bride, we braced ourselves for waterworks. Such love and true emotion. The choice  Brentwood Country Club for their wedding fit them perfectly. Shooting a country club is always a challenge and getting great Brentwood Country Club Wedding Photography is no different. Having to balance the needs of your couple and their family while dodging golf balls is never easy. Next Exit Photography, having photographed countless country club weddings throughout the Southland, is always up to the challenge. FORE!
That being said, the wedding was nothing short of spectacular. The dance floor was packed and flowing with celebration all night long. And we were honored to be a part of it!!

Brentwood Country Club
Coordinator: Tricia Graup – Tricia Nicole Events
Makeup: Sabrina Mae
Hair: Ledoux Keisling
Vanilla Bake Shop
Band Debois Entertainment “Entourage”
Commerce Flowers
Dress: San Patrick
Shoes: Custom Dyed Stuart Weitzman
Honeymoon: French Polynesia


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  • Alex - Cat and Adi,
    You are both so amazing! I just loved reliving the night with these incredible photos! You were such a pleasure to work with and we can’t thank you enough!


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