To my friends, I’m KJ. To my husband, I’m Karlito. But to most people, I’m Karlie, a driven photographer, loyal wife, and humble Christian.
I am married to the bombest (yes, bombest) husband in the world, Jacob Benjamin. We have two girls – and by girls, I mean puppies – named Eloise and Lola.
I’ve been in the photography game since I was 12 years old and don’t plan on stopping any time soon. I ADORE everything about love, which is probably why I like photographing couples so much. While I’ve shot countless weddings and engagements, I’ve dabbled in other styles of photography including products, restaurants, and outsource editing.
When I’m not running my photography business, you can still find a camera close by as I am usually producing and recording videos for my YouTube channel.
Jacob and I met when we were 12 years old. We were simply friends at first and then grew into the kind of best friends that helped each other with their boyfriend/girlfriend problems. When we were 15, Jacob asked me to homecoming as “just friends” (I put quotes around this because you’ll soon see that my clever little Jake had an agenda). A month after homecoming, Jacob asked me to be his girlfriend. I was hesitant at first because I didn’t want to ruin our friendship, but after a night of listening to Jacob present all the reasons we should be together (seriously), I said yes—and we’ve been together ever since!
A few months after our high school graduation, we took a trip to Disneyland (my absolute favorite place!) and Jacob proposed. Needless to say, I bawled my eyes out. Flash forward a few years and when we both finished college, we got married! We love traveling, having nightly dance parties, binge-watching Netflix, and trying new things. (More specifically, Jacob loves trying new foods and I love watching him try and decide if he likes them or not.) We always try to film a weekly YouTube vlog of our newlywed adventures. If you want to follow along, CLICK HERE/YOU CAN VISIT OUR CHANNEL!
• Beautiful landscape & large scenic views
• All white rooms with greenery
• Flower in every room (even fake ones)
• Fluffy puppies with unlimited snuggles
• People madly and deeply in love
• Colorful blooms and beautiful tablescapes
• Happy grads and glowing expecting moms
• Candles. Everywhere.
• Typographic prints and handwritten fonts
This is what I believe in and choose to live by:
Be honest and true to yourself. No matter who you are or what you do, BE YOU. Don’t just show it, STRUT it. Be proud of who you are and learn how to love the skin you were born in. We are all uniquely different and beautiful. My goal as a photographer is to show off EXACTLY who you are.
My number one rule for photoshoots is to come as you are. Laugh, cry, strike your best model pose...whatever it is you want to do, do it. My job is to capture you in your element, while having as much fun as possible.