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Yesterday, Adi and I went shopping on 3rd Street Promenade. Yippee!
I got a new 24″ iMac for my desk to facilitate my correspondence with all of our fabulous Next Exiters. Adi got a Mac Mini to run as a server for our new client database software AND a deluxe Cuisinart from Sur La Table (the same one the we received at our wedding almost 5 years ago but returned because we had no room for it in our tiny apartment!)
Anyways, it’s fun to buy new toys!

  • Christa - I hope Adi whips you up something yummy!! Merry Christmas!

  • Heather & Mike - HELLO on your fancy new big screen!!!

Alana and Ryan are one of the coolest couples in town. Alana (and her entire family?) are all psycho-therapists and Ryan is a rock star. He has played drums for the Push Stars (12 years!), The Dixie Chicks, Tracy Bonham, Anna Waronker, Chauncy, The Break and Repair Method, and Amy Cooper. He is currently playing with the band, Redcar. How cool that he got to play at his own wedding during the cocktail hour along with the jazz band, Gregorian Music. We were all so seriously impressed. And, Alana watched in glee along with their family and friends. The ceremony and reception all took place after dark at the stunning Cicada restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles. My favorite Rabbi preformed the ceremony. Rabbi Steven Carr Rueben from Kehillat Israel Temple in Pacific Palisades is just so funny. Adi and I recently donated a portrait sitting to his temple’s silent auction. I hope it sells for lots of money!! Alana and Ryan got dressed at the uber-hip Standard Hotel. So awesome for “getting ready” wedding photography.








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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 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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  • 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 ~

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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 Pati

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.


  • Heather - So pretty! I want some!

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

    — John

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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  • Rachel - It was a wonderful, magical celebration. These wonderful images bring the enchatment back again. Sarah and Brad, you are wonderful! Love, Mom

  • Sylvia - What a lovely couple! It was a wonderful celebration. May you two have all the love and happiness you deserve! Sylvia

  • 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.

  • Beth - These are really wonderful pictures! I can’t wait to see the rest! You both are an amazing couple! I love you.

  • 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!!!!!!!!!!!

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