My name is Clay Benedict, I am a photographer based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. I do portrait and wedding photography. I started taking photos as a hobby and slowly grew my passion, discovering many different types of photography. I learned through both trial and error, as well as seeking out guidance from other excellent photographers. Through long process and many adventures, I got into concert photography almost by accident. I was asked to come take pictures at a few band's shows here and there and slowly started making a name for myself in the Albuquerque music scene. I continued to grow my education in photography as I believe you should never stop learning any craft you are passionate about. From that I learned new and different techniques of editing and playing with light to create better images than I ever had before.
I became a photography assistant to a wildlife photographer and started learning the craft of capturing images of birds. It is a tough genre of early mornings and late evenings. But this added another color to my pallet. Being a photography assistant taught me many things, let me meet many other great photographers, and dipped my toes into the professional photography world. I still wanted to learn more. So I decided to push my career into portraits.
I love interacting with people and having people as the subject to my images and the more I thought about it, the more I also wanted to get into doing wedding photography. I like to capture the emotion and feeling of whatever I am shooting. Photographs can freeze a moment and bring those memories to life again and again. It was the next step I wanted to make in my journey.