Wedding Photography FAQ
Who is Next Exit?
West Los Angeles based wife and husband photographers Cat and Adi Benner have embraced this mantra: "No moment missed, no detail overlooked" since opining their award-winning studio in 2003. Their highly experienced team of artists will not only ensure that they capture your unique personalities but also the most intimate, genuine and celebratory moments of your day. Next Exit is widely celebrated for their emotional photographic style, exquisite portraiture, authentic photojournalism, and for a determined commitment throughout the entire working relationship to deliver masterfully crafted heirloom products that will last generations to come. Their work has been published in more than 100 magazines and blogs around the globe.
Do you photograph different cultures and religions?
Yes. Our team are experts in religious and cultural wedding traditions and photographing spiritual, progressive, diverse, and strictly observant wedding ceremonies and services. We are highly knowledgeable in most religious customs, rules, and restrictions and enjoy working with both secular and non-denominational as well as religious and devout families.
What is included?
- Two Lead Photographers
- Getting Ready and Wedding Details, Ceremony, and Reception Coverage based on your determined schedule
Also included is a personalized and password-protected online image-sharing gallery and all of your beautifully edited watermark-free high-resolution files. Files are edited individually and ready for your own personal printing and sharing when you receive your complete proof file collection. Our heirloom craftsmen albums are a client favorite and can be included with any custom package. Our full-service studio offers custom fine art printing and framing and a wide range of heirloom photographic products. At your event, we will formally (or, rather, informally) document your family history using a personal photo list. We will guide you through the wedding day scheduling process and will always be available to you for vendor recommendations and additional day of guidance. We also offer pre-wedding sessions, engagement sessions, parent albums and rehearsal dinner coverage for an additional fee.
Pricing and Packages?
We know that you really want us to tell you how much we charge… But, no two events are the same. We believe in creating a custom experience for every couple that works with us. Packages are based on the event size and location (local or destination), the number of hours required for photography coverage, and the size of your heirloom album. Please email Cat@nextexitphotography.com to set up a chat to discuss pricing and customize a quote that is perfect for you.
What makes you different from all the other wedding photographers we looked at?
Our final Color and B&W process is clean and crisp, classic and real to life. We don’t cover our work with fancy IG filters. We are passionate about delivering the most comprehensive and next-level wedding day coverage along with exclusive photographic products and impeccable service to each of our couples. If you feel like we are a good match and you love our style, let's set up a conversation over the phone, a Zoom, or an in-person meeting at the West Los Angeles Studio.
Do have experience at my wedding venue?
We have photographed events at most every event and wedding location across Southern California. Of course, we have our favorites that we also call home. Make sure to check out the “Venues We Love” galleries on the sidebar. We are preferred photographers at the very best LA wedding venues and event locations. We also love working at new event venues, non-traditional venues, and even your own backyard!
Do you photograph Small Intimate Weddings and Elopements?
Of course! We love smaller, more intimate weddings. Just because there are fewer guests and perhaps a more modest budget doesn't mean that you don't deserve the very best event photography in the world! Next Exit Photography would be honored to photograph your exceptional moments on your uniquely private day. We offer special reduced rates on elopements and intimate wedding photography.
Will you travel to photograph my destination wedding outside of Los Angeles?
To put it simply, the Benners love to travel. We'll visit a shrimp shack in Oahu, a floating bungalow in Tahiti, a vineyard in Napa, a five-star resort in Cabo San Lucas, a farm in the South of France, or the West Village of Manhattan. Oh, the places we will go to make our clients happy! With passport stamps that would rival a contestant on The Amazing Race, we have made traveling an important part of our lives and our profession. By embracing different cultures and customs, we have become masters at finding the nuances and traditions that define a couple and their family in any setting around the globe.
Do you offer engagement sessions and supplementary event photography?
Of course! Our pre-wedding engagement session allows the bride and groom to settle those butterflies and also learn how to act in front of the camera before the big day. You will develop rapport with the Next Exit team as they follow you around for an hour or two twirling under the elm trees at a local Westside park, playing in the sand under the Santa Monica Pier, or wherever your fancy. Sure, we'll ask you to do strange and crazy things, like hug and cuddle and smooch, but you'd do that anyway. Trust us, it is so worth it! We also offer Rehearsal Dinner and Wedding Brunch photography coverage for an additional fee.
What types of camera equipment do you use?
We rely on a suitcase full of Pro Nikon bodies and an arsenal of the best Pro Nikon lenses in the business. Our top-of-the-line, professional-grade photography gear is continuously updated and serviced throughout the year. We also own the latest and greatest flashes and a bevy of softboxes, umbrellas, and light sticks. We are ready and experienced for ANY lighting situation and challenge, from dark or dim temples and ballrooms to industrial event spaces and farmhouses, and even your own backyard.
Do you offer education to other photographers?
Cat and Adi are extremely active in the local event industry and have mentored dozens of photographers on their professional journey. They are experienced educators and have lectured at several international wedding photography conferences including Fearless and WPPI. Giving back to the photography community has been a huge priority for our studio as it has been so good to us over the last two decades.
Will somebody answer the phone if I call the studio?
We’d love to chat Monday through Friday from 10am-5pm. If we miss you for some reason, please send over an email and we will respond as soon as we can. If you feel like we are a good match, let's set up a conversation over the phone, a Zoom, or even an in-person meeting at the West Los Angeles Studio!
Do you offer incentives or discounts for off-season or last-minute weddings?
Yes! Special Fall/Winter and last-minute rates are available. Please reach out to email@example.com, and let's CHAT!