February 10, 2022

Chicago Athletic Association Wedding of Emma and Jarred

Chicago Athletic Association Wedding of the bride and groom during their photo shoot on Cindy's Rooftop

About The Chicago Athletic Association Wedding This Chicago Athletic Association Wedding proved to be something straight out of a magazine! For details on this immaculate wedding, check out this blog post. Emma and Jarred’s black-tie wedding exuded timeless class and style. To further solidify this, they chose the Chicago Athletic Association, a historic hotel in […]


February 9, 2022

Chicago Athletic Association Wedding Details for Emma + Jarred

It was great to be back in the windy city for this Chicago Athletic Association Wedding for Emma and Jarred. The couple curated impeccable details at the historic hotel ceremony and reception. The black-tie-optional event perfectly showcased all the unique sentiments that Emma worked so hard to plan. Emma chose a timeless color palette, classic […]


January 22, 2022

Hello From Chicago!

downtown chicago at sunset from the willis tower

The Benfields are in the Windy City this weekend for some family time. Actually, I have a wedding at the Chicago Athletic Association, but we came a little early to show Scout that this city is more than just an airport. (Scout has been to O’Hare around ten times already!) During this trip, and most […]


May 15, 2017

Chicago Wedding Sneak Peek for Megan and Michael

Hey everybody! I just got back from Chicago, where I photographed a beautiful wedding at the Trump Hotel. Even thought I have about 5 blog posts that are nearly finished, I’m bumping this up to the top of the list because I wanted to show you a sneak peek! ๐Ÿ™‚ Congratulations to Megan and Michael! […]


October 3, 2016

Michael and Megan's Chicago Engagement Portraits

Hey everybody! Traveling is one of my favorite things, especially if I can find time on the road to shoot portraits. My recent trip to Chicago resulted in some very cool, very urban engagement portraits for Megan and Michael. I met them at Trump tower, where their wedding will be held next year (excited for […]


September 18, 2014

Wiley and Adrienne in Chicago #2

Hey everybody! So I couldn’t narrow down the pics from this shoot to just one blog….so here’s day 2 of Wiley and Adrienne in Chicago! And while we’re talking about Wiley, check out his rockin’ band for your wedding or event! Boom Kinetic is our favorite local band and they’re known for keeping the party going […]


September 18, 2014

Wiley and Adrienne in Chicago (Part #1)

Hey everybody! Chicago is easily in my top five favorite cities in the world. It has great food, my favorite baseball team, and a million spots to shoot photos. During our recent trip to Chicago, we photographed two of our best friends in the world, Wiley and Adrienne. Adrienne got a dress from Tesori (It’s […]


April 30, 2010

Ellie’s Chicago Session

Hey everybody! We’re finishing up the Ellie collection of shoots today and I’m super excited to share these images we took in Chicago on Michigan Ave as well as inside and around the W Hotel – again, our favorite! Oh, when we were shooting, look what we found! Have a look at the rest! Talk […]


October 12, 2008

Bethany and Chris’ Chicago engagement session

Hey everybody! Engagement posts… day three! How fun is this?! When Mere and I traveled to Chicago recently, one of our main reasons was to shoot Bethany and Chris’ engagement. They live in Chicago, but will be marrying here next year. They decided to meet us in Millennium Park, so I told them I’d see […]

Personal, Travel

November 12, 2022

A Streak is Broken; Weekly Roundup #14

Scout’s ER visit: One of Scout and my favorite things to do is give checkups. “Ketchups” is what she would actually call them for the longest time. Recently, her speech has been improving and she has been self-correcting some of those cute things she used to say. (yeah, my heart breaks a little) We now […]


August 25, 2022

My Ultimate Goal in Life

Benfield Family Photos in Paris at the Eiffel Tower

What is My Goal in Life? Tonight in my Lyft back to the hotel, my driver asked me what my goal in life was. Just like you’re probably thinking right now, I thought “this is a pretty deep question for the rider/passenger relationship.” Indeed, it was. My ride was 45 minutes long, and 44 minutes […]


April 7, 2022

Happy Birthday to Tyler ๐Ÿ’•

Sexy NSFW wife in white bra and white jacket playing with her hair

Today I want to wish a Happy Birthday to Tyler. And I want to do that with a story. I was watching Scout this afternoon and she was holding a baby doll. She often holds her baby dolls, carries them around, fake-feeds them, and changes their fake-dirty diapers. It’s really cute to see her interact […]

For Photographers

January 21, 2022

Importance of Staying Inspired

bridal magazines used for a photographer's inspiration before a wedding day

While having dinner at the Mid-America Club last night, we picked up a couple Chicago wedding magazines on our way into the restaurant. I love flipping through pages in magazines, and even though I’m “doing research” it never feels like work when I flip through wedding mags. I believe staying inspired keeps you fresh. That […]


January 1, 2021

2020. WTF was that?

modern family photographer shot of a newborn baby on a bed wearing a cute red outfit

Hey everybody! Each year, I reflect, either publicly or privately, about the year. Typically, it’s to celebrate some successes, give thanks, and then make some goals for the upcoming year. 2020: One of My Favorite Years Ever This year was one of the best of my entire life. Yeah, you read that right. I am […]


January 13, 2018

10th Annual Benny Awards are LIVE: VOTE NOW!

Hey everybody! I love hosting the Benny Awards so much!  This is my 10th year to celebrate my wedding couples by nominating my favorites in different categories and letting y’all vote on them – the winners receive real prizes, so you’re doing some real good!  Here are the nominees for one of the biggest categories: […]


September 26, 2016

Give It Away

Hey everybody! Today’s super thought is once again lifted from the message at church but I am putting my own real life application to it. Today the guest pastor discussed the differences between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. While both are fed by the same river (the Jordan River), one flourishes while […]


September 17, 2016

Hello San Francisco

Hey everybody! I’ve been on the road a lot lately, which I love. I learn so much when I travel, and experience new places, tastes, smells, and cultures. I’d been to SF before, but this time I seemed to be much more aware and spongelike. I also brought my camera this time to SF (I […]


August 18, 2016

Location dates announced for September

Hey everybody! I’m traveling quite a bit coming up and wanted to put it out to y’all in case you live far far away but want to schedule a session. In September I’ll be in L.A., Nashville, Memphis, and Chicago. Contact me for dates if you’re interested in a family, senior, engagement, or bridal portrait […]

Engagements, SuperFeatured

August 4, 2015

Cece’s Diagnosis

Cece Benfield and her Daddy, Dale Benfield, ice skating in Bentonville

Hey everybody! Everybody knows how crazy I am about my baby girl, Cece. I’ve written about her so many times on this blog (from this post the day she was born), and for those of you who have been faithful and loyal Benny Blog followers, you have watched her grow… from birth to present. You’ve […]


September 10, 2014

Alinea Restaurant Food Review

Hey everybody! Absolutely, one of my favorite parts of being a photographer is that it allows me to travel all over the world, which enables me to eat at some of the coolest (and sometimes, worst) restaurants. Alinea in Chicago is, without surprise to anyone who’s heard of it, one of the most unique dining […]