Clay Benedict specializes in rustic and outdoor wedding photography. Launching these services in 2015, He has quickly grown to be a popular choice as a destination Wedding Photographer all over the Southwest United States. Available for travel and local wedding photography. He has captured couples in their preferred setting. From the riverbanks where the proposal happened to beautiful red cliffs far away from home. Clay will get the shots where you want them, incorporating the landscape and venue that you dreamed of. With services for tiny elopements to large wedding parties, Clay Benedict Photography will capture your memories to last a lifetime.
Adventure engagement photography and destination weddings are becoming more popular and are some of the most beautiful and intimate weddings you can have. With an adventure wedding photographer, not only can you have that intimate, remote, wedding you have dreamed of, but you can capture all those memories to share with friends and family that couldn't be there.
Cliffside sunset weddings to rainy meadow fields, the colors and landscapes of these weddings are sacred to you and your love. A photographer that understands that connection is key to capturing that moment and all the love that is in that one instance. A point in time that changes your life forever and lives on in your memory for a lifetime. Wedding photography is more than just a person and a camera, it is an art to forever capture that breath, that flash of thought, that love.
You have come a long way on your journey and now a new chapter is getting ready to begin. Clay Benedict Photography will join you in this journey as your wedding photographer, and be there with you every step of the way. Passion and love is what Clay captures and passion and love is what is delivered.
When choosing a wedding photographer that relies solely on natural light and landscapes to create the beautiful wedding photos you dream of, you need someone with the knowledge and skill you can trust. Clay is very skilled and comfortable with natural light and remote locations to be able to provide those services.
Choosing a Wedding Photographer is usually the second step for any couple when planning a wedding. And having a photographer that will be there with you every step of the way is important. I not only strive to create the most beautiful photos for you but also to provide the best client service. From doing walk throughs of the venue to joining you for rehearsals, and of course being there for your wedding day and beyond. I work with all couples of all backgrounds, ethnicities, and orientations, so you don't have to worry about asking if I will. I am a firm believer of love is love and that it comes in all types. My number one concern is not only capturing those memories on your big day, but also helping make them.
As your Wedding Photographer I am also very passionate about the quality of images. I use Canon cameras and lenses as I feel they best suit the colors and style my clients want to see themselves in. I am a member of Canon Professional Services to make sure my equipment doesn't fail and that my gear is in working order for your wedding day. I am also a member of Professional Photographers of America, which helps with ongoing education and services to make sure I am the best photographer I can be. You can never be a master of anything only a student of life, and I strive every day and every wedding to make it the best I have ever photographed. I constantly challenge myself to be even better every time I pick up a camera.
Being a Wedding Photographer is not only a career for me, but a passion. I get to be with people on the happiest day of their lives and capture what they have worked so much towards. Weddings are big things to plan, and the results are amazing and should be remembered forever. I love helping my couples plan and get ready for their wedding. Because the easier it is on you the easier my job is for me. That is why I strive so much for client service and work every day to be one the best in the industry!
"I want you to know that when it comes to being your Wedding Photographer, I'm here to capture your memories. Anyone can photograph your wedding, but I take a different approach. I capture you. Ditching the standard poses that every Wedding Photographer uses and allowing you to be yourself. You and your spouse are a one-of-a-kind couple, which means your wedding will be unique." ~ Clay
All my couples are very important to me and how they feel after their wedding is just as important. Read here what my couples are saying about me and how I made their wedding day that much better!
Randall and I could not have asked for a better fit for our special day. From day one, Clay and Krystal were responsive, patient, understanding and flexible in dealing with my anxious, indecisive bridal-ness! They are professional and reliable, thoughtful and real…. And damn they photograph amazing memories! Ultimately, Clay Benedict Photography, made our big day stress free! And captured unforgettable moments! A special thanks to Krystal who was my “‘wedding day god-fairy”
~ Kelleen Maynard
He is very professional and when he wants to get the perfect picture he isn't afraid of directing people to get in the perfect spot. He is such a wonderful photographer he has and always will have my business going forward! Please let him take photos of all the memories you want to capture. You won't regret it!
~ Allison Tittle
Communication was key during the planning and execution phases of our wedding. My wife and I were in different locations during planning and our schedules were always changing because of our jobs. Resulting in us relying heavily on zoom calls and e-mails, Clay made every single accommodation to make sure that we were both included and on the same page. He and his wife traveled for our wedding and made sure to take part in the rehearsal (which was the day before) to have an idea of the venue layout and the location of the sun so he could determine where the best photos would be taken. On game day, they were ready to go! We got ready in two different locations and Clay went back and forth to make sure to capture quality photos of us and the families getting dressed up. Following that, my wife and I did our first look and we are so happy that Clay was able to capture exactly what we wanted! For the ceremony and reception he took the most amazing photos of us, and we are truly grateful that he and his wife were able to mingle so well with both families. The next day he had already sent us sneak peaks which was the best unexpected gift. Within a couple weeks, we had the final product! Overall, Clay Benedict Photography is hands down the best. We would absolutely book him again if we were to do the whole thing all over. His creativity along with his professionalism and character easily make him one of the best wedding photographers in NM.
~Breann & Michelle
My husband hired Clay for a surprise photo shoot during an anniversary trip and he did not disappoint. He was very professional and friendly and his wife who assisted him was the sweetest! Unfortunately it rained during our shoot but you would have never known by the quality of the pictures that the weather was less than ideal as the pictures were still so clear and the lighting perfect. He really has a gift and special eye for this!
He helped us make our wedding unforgettable!
~ Seth Richey
Clay held our booking until a year and a half later, came to the site two days before to help us set up the perfect shots, and delivered the best photos of our day we could have hoped for. We could not have done this without Clay's help and expertise, he is the consummate professional, completely dependable, and has a true photographers eye!
~ Leah Jones
We met him initially to have our engagement photos done (they were gorgeous, personalized shots in the Bosque). Based on the high quality of these photos and his profesional, warm personality, we asked him to do our wedding photography as well. Gratefully, he agreed and did an awesome job of capturing our special day! Clay was very skilled, flexible and attentive day of and throughout the whole process.
~ Kat Shaw
He was on time for everything, he even came to take pictures of me and my bridesmaids getting ready before the ceremony. My family also complimented me on how nice our photographer was. His pictures are gorgeous. Will definitely pick him for future events!
~ Jessica Garcia
He has done some work for me including re-taking some photos my fiancé did not like that were taken by someone else and he made them fantastic! He was punctual, gave wonderful advice during the shoot and detailed pricing very well. Definitely will be at my wedding since we rescheduled because of Covid Restrictions.
~ Jorge Garcia
He captures photos where they look so beautiful and natural. He made us look amazing on our day! 10/10 recommend. I will always use Clay for our photography needs.
~ Jordan Fehrenbach
perfect experience and good laughs. He made sure to check the weather, scope out the area and send pictures of the location to see if it was what the paying customer wanted. He was beyond professional: he replied back to his email on Veteran's day (a holiday) within 20 minutes after 7pm, he never gave the run around or went back on his word.
~ Khyris Davis
Listened to my ideas, and built on them! All in all a very friendly experience!
~ Syd Lockwood