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five fabulous e-sessions

Yes, we’re heading into our crazy end-of-the-year wedding season at the Next Exit Photography Studio and we have been shooting nearly every day! Thank you to everybody who accommodated our schedules and made these 5 portrait sessions happen! All of these five couples are getting married within the next month and were all just so phenomenal to work with. We are looking forward to all of your weddings! (Except for Alice and Tim, because they’re getting married in Hawaii without us, boohoo…they had already booked a photographer!)
~Amy and Matt in Downtown Culver City (Gone With The Wind was shot at the Culver Studios and all the exteriors of Tara, Twelve Oaks and the city of Atlanta were created on the studio’s 28-acre backlot)
~Julie and Kil at UCLA
~Jennifer and Steven in the back alleys in Santa Monica
~Dianne and John over & under the Santa Monica Pier
~Alice and Tim in Downtown Los Angeles, Disney Hall, Union Station & their romantic getaway hotel room (Alice is also a wedding photographer and worked at WeddingChannel.com for ages)

Amy and Matt




Jennifer and Steven


Julie and Kil



Dianne and John



Alice and Tim



Katie and Craig

Katie and Craig are the most adorable couple! They seriously never stopped laughing the whole day at their beautiful wedding at the Huntington Hyatt Hotel in Huntington Beach, California. They couldn’t have asked for better Orange County wedding photography weather. The sun was bright and the sky was clear. And that was a good thing, because both of their families came out from New York! I’m hoping that Craig’s sister will bring us out to NY to shoot her wedding next year, wink wink.
Craig works at one of the best restaurants in Los Angeles, The Wilshire. I went there for my birthday this year and the braised boneless beef short ribs are to die for. So was that cheese plate. Yumalicious! Katie is a hair stylist at Kenneth George (also on Wilshire in Santa Monica) and she is so fabulous. I just adore these two. Craig’s son was uber-cute and took so many photos that night, I think he may have taken more than we did!








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Pati and Laurie - We LOVE this couple !! How adorable and precious are these pictures ! Laurie says that she loves the pics, but she really LOVES the shoes :D Hugs and kisses to the new Mr. and Mrs ! People PatiSeptember 20, 2006 – 3:35 pm

Emily - Great photos, I can’t wait to see more. Everyone, especially the bride and groom, look amazing. Takes me back to that special day. I can’t believe you guys are married!September 18, 2006 – 6:31 pm

mom - I, too, adore this couple! Beautiful, kind, warm, loving people. Proud of my son, and my new daughter in law! Love them both. They exude love and happiness, and engage you right in with their love. Wonderful, fabulous, unforgettable wedding. More hugs and kisses from NY …. love you to the moon and back.September 18, 2006 – 4:50 pm

Joan - I just adore this couple too! You guys Rock!! Always lots of fun to be around – a fabulous, and beautiful couple and what a lovely wedding. So glad i was able to be a part of your special day. I still get misty sometimes. :) I love you guys and miss you! Sending you tons of hugs and kisses from NY.

~ Joan ~September 18, 2006 – 4:17 pm

Fleurs du Jour

Once a week, our good friend Mark Herrier at Fleurs du Jour, delivers the Next Exit Photography Studio a beautiful arrangement of flowers. The deal is”¦ we display these stunning centerpieces, beautifying our home studio and wowing our clients, and we photograph the flowers for his promo materials and new website (which is currently being built). How lucky are we!
Located on Main Street in Santa Monica, Fleurs du Jour designs hip and original florals for your wedding, event or home/office display. Call Mark at 310-399-9131 and tell him that Cat and Adi sent you! You can also visit them every Sunday morning at the Santa Monica Farmers Market on Main Street. Mark is the main floral “guy” in the front of the market.
Here are a few of my recent favorites.


John Trosko - Beatiful…. nice photos, and great flowers. I am jealous.. oh, I should just order some! Okay….

– JohnNovember 22, 2006 – 3:45 pm

Heather - So pretty! I want some!September 14, 2006 – 8:39 pm

Sarah and Brad

Sarah and Brad had a beautiful wedding at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu. Every detail was planned to perfection. Mary Sushinski and her phenomenal team at Occasion to Remember Event Planning worked their wedding day magic. From their creative wine tasting bar to the adorable seating cards made out of corks. Even the ceremony music was arranged entirely by the bride’s father! Delicious cake from the Delicious Bakery. Lisa from I’m a Girl DJ was fabulous at getting everybody shakin’ on the dance floor. The Scented Garden arranged exquisite centerpieces and unique touches throughout.
And, me, Adi Benner, from Next Exit Photography, doing my thing! (check out the 9-up framed from the engagement session for display at the wedding! It’s our signature product and always a huge hit!)


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Dana - The pictures are beautiful as always! You guys are one good lookin’ couple. It was a great day and I’m sure everyone looks forward to seeing you guys together in the years to come!

LOVE YOU BOTH!!!!!!!!!!!September 13, 2006 – 1:23 am

Beth - These are really wonderful pictures! I can’t wait to see the rest! You both are an amazing couple! I love you.September 12, 2006 – 7:37 pm

Sarah and Brad - Wow! It makes us so happy to see these and relive the moments again. These pictures only make us more excited to see the rest. Can’t wait.September 11, 2006 – 10:26 pm

Sylvia - What a lovely couple! It was a wonderful celebration. May you two have all the love and happiness you deserve! SylviaSeptember 11, 2006 – 9:28 pm

Rachel - It was a wonderful, magical celebration. These wonderful images bring the enchatment back again. Sarah and Brad, you are wonderful! Love, MomSeptember 11, 2006 – 7:15 pm

Sarah and John

Sarah and John had a beautiful garden wedding in West Hollywood surrounded by their family and friends from all over the country. This was a destination wedding for everybody who attended except for the bride and groom! Such love.
Adi and I especially loved the opportunity to get to shoot the couple on Melrose Avenue for a super romantic couple’s fashionesque photography session for an hour before the ceremony began. They were such great sports! The Spanish Kitchen, with its stunning décor and dimly lit lanterns, was the perfect setting for this fun couple to celebrate their big day. Wedding coordinator Karri Lucas from The Go To Gals kept it all together and made sure that everybody had a great time!

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Michelle and John David’s Wedding

Shooting Michelle and John David’s wedding at Rancho Las Lomas in Orange County was like a dream. Everybody loves M&JD because they are the nicest people in the world and all they wanted were some damn good wedding photographs. So much so that the day they got engaged over a year ago, they took a photo of the newly acquired engagement ring in front of their computer with our old NEXT EXIT PHOTOGRAPHY website showing and emailed it to us! Here it is…

And, they gave us carte blanche on shooting crazy wedding photos galore. Of course, Adi and I are all about a “comfortable blend of creative wedding photojournalism and relaxed portraits.” Heck, I even did my monkey dance to get the kids to smile while Adi snapped away. Adi’s sister was one of the saucy bridesmaids and the entire bridal party was a blast to work with.
Los Angeles wedding coodinator Stephanie Lairson did a great job with all the details and is always a pleasure to work with. Sherry McAnelly at On Location Beauty did a beautiful job with everybody’s makeup. Fantasy Floral Designs designed creative centerpieces and fabulous bouquets for the girls. Tom Buckley Videography is always a pleasure to work with. And, Jim Eppolito from West Coast Music (who did all of the music at our wedding 4 years ago) rocked the house like you have never seen with his wedding band, “James Gang.” Their going rate is about 10G and worth every penny.









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Aunt Lois &Uncle Mike - You both look so happy. May all your life be filled with that same happiness.LoveSeptember 1, 2006 – 7:03 pm

Aunt Barbara - Fantastic photos–not your run of the mill shots. Great job!September 1, 2006 – 12:05 am

nicole - you guys look so amazing! the pictures are beautiful, and the models are out of this world. are those actual models?… ; )

brings back great memories!August 31, 2006 – 12:16 pm

Aunt Susie and Uncle Dick - Great pictures!! Can’t wait to see all of them.August 30, 2006 – 7:10 pm

JD the GROOM - The perfect blend of photojournalism and portraiture — Thanks for listening to what we wanted, and giving more than we expected! You guys were a dream, and even helped make the day go smoother

THANK YOU!August 30, 2006 – 7:33 am

Bride Michelle - WOW!!! WE LOVE EVERY PIC!!!!!
YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING!!!!
WOW!!!!
WE ARE SPEECHLESS!!!
YAYE!!!August 29, 2006 – 9:12 pm

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