Weddings

June 10, 2022

4 Must-Have Hot Springs Wedding Portraits at Garvan Gardens and Hamp Williams

bride and groom kissing outside Hamp Williams building for their Hot Springs wedding portraits

Nick and Marie’s Hot Springs Wedding Portraits are some of the most perfect photos I’ve ever taken. Inserting a gorgeous couple into a beautiful setting doesn’t always get you the perfect wedding portraits. The couple also has to have chemistry and be loosened up. The latter is typically the responsibility of the wedding photographer. As […]

Weddings

June 8, 2022

Wedding Reception at Hamp Williams in Hot Springs

Wedding Reception at Hamp Williams with the bride and groom kissingin the foreground and the guests in the background.

This Wedding Reception at Hamp Williams had me in color heaven. Marie and Nick, along with their wedding party, wore black and white. I love the classic, timeless look of wearing black + white at a wedding. Not only is that timeless, but it made the pops of color at the wedding reception pop that […]

Weddings

February 15, 2022

Wedding at The Reserve in Hot Springs: Charles + Campbell

Wedding at The Reserve in Hot Springs shows the bride and groom in front of the mansion

Their Wedding at The Reserve in Hot Springs was the first at the new venue. Campbell and Charles had a gorgeous event held on the lawn with so many custom touches. I wanted to start the post with this image so I could set the scene for this beautiful wedding day. I loved these wedding […]

Engagements

January 31, 2022

Hot Springs Engagement Photo Session: Nick and Marie

Hot Springs Engagement Photo Session overlooking Lake Hamilton

This Hot Springs Engagement Photo Session had special significance for me. The bride-to-be, Marie, was Benfield Photography’s first-ever intern. I’ve been able to share in Marie’s excitement while life took her on tons of adventure. Now that she has found her soulmate, my excitement has multiplied. I am just so happy for her and Nick! […]

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July 3, 2014

Kori and John’s Hot Springs Wedding Portraits

Hey everybody! Kori & John had a beautiful ceremony at Garvan Gardens in Hot Springs, AR. What a sweet couple they are! We are so glad to know them. They had a gorgeous reception with SO many fresh flowers. Definitely a wedding to remember! Now get ready for one of the SWEETEST father/son moments I […]

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July 2, 2014

Kori and John’s Hot Springs Wedding

Hey everybody! We had the pleasure of shooting sweet Kori and John’s intimate wedding in Hot Springs, AR. It was a beautiful wedding and the attention to detail was incredible! Not to mention the most gorgeous table runner I have EVER seen! Look at all of those fresh flowers! More beautiful photos from this wedding […]

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April 12, 2014

Andrew and Andrea’s Hot Springs Wedding Portraits

Hey everybody! We’re winding down Andrea and Andrew’s wedding week on the blog with these beautiful portraits we took at Garvan Gardens and around Hot Springs. This first image, taken at Garvan Gardens is my favorite of the day!! Perfection! Andrea… Andrew… what a treat it has been to share this day with you! I […]

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December 20, 2012

Nikki and Ryan’s Hot Springs Wedding Portraits

Hey everybody! Lighting is my favorite!  When we scheduled Nikki and Ryan wedding portraits, I knew I wanted to get some yummy Benny Backlight! We have more from this sweet Hot Springs on the blog coming up, but I couldn’t wait any longer to share these fun portraits! Talk to you soon, Dale

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October 26, 2011

Stephanie and Evan’s Hot Springs Wedding Portraits Day Two!

Hey again! We had way too many great portraits from Stephanie and Evan’s wedding that we had to do one more post! Here are a few more we couldn’t let y’all miss! ~Lauren (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) {return;} js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, […]

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October 24, 2011

Stephanie and Evan’s Hot Springs Wedding Portraits

Hi friends! Jessica and I made a trip to hot springs a few weekends ago to shoot a super gorgeous couple! Stephanie and Evan were so fun and gave us plenty of time during the wedding day to take portraits! We got some killer shots for y’all to see! Here is one of our absolute […]

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January 19, 2011

Hot Springs Garvan Garden Wedding of Marina and Tom

Hey everybody! Marina and Tom were married at the gorgeous Anthony Chapel at Garvan Gardens in Hot Springs Arkansas the Monday after Christmas. Yes, a Monday wedding! I think that was our first! Tomorrow I’m going to share the story of the wedding day on the blog, but today I wanted to post a couple […]

Luxury Wedding

June 21, 2022

More Hall of Springs Wedding Photos for Eugenia and Paul

bride and groom kissing in the forest tall trees outside the Hall of Springs in Saratoga NY

I think we can all agree that this Hall of Springs Wedding is worthy of another blog post. First, the sexy couple chose a sexy venue. Then, they chose a dream team of wedding vendors, including Katie O’ Events in Albany, and of course JP Elario behind the camera. Because I was shooting a wedding […]

For Photographers, Luxury Wedding

June 20, 2022

The Time I 2nd Shot a Wedding at Hall of Springs in Saratoga NY

bride and groom kissing under a weeping willow at Congress Park in Saratoga Springs NY on their wedding day.

Let me tell you about the time I was the 2nd shooter for a Wedding at Hall of Springs in Saratoga NY. Photographers who want to shoot more/better weddings, use this as the Ultimate How-To Guide to 2nd Shooting a Wedding. How can I say that? What qualifies me as the ultimate wedding photography expert? […]

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April 6, 2013

Crescent Hotel Eureka Springs Wedding Portraits of Caitlin and Matt

Hey everybody! It’s wedding season!!! YAY!!! Caitlin and Matt were married at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs on Saturday and I was honored to be their photographer! Caitlin is the lovely daughter of one of my good photo buddies, Tom Bagby, the the family overall is so sweet! I met Matt on the wedding […]

Engagements, For Photographers

August 31, 2022

5 Easy Poses for Engagement Photos

Easy Poses for Engagement Photos as demonstrated by Emma and Sam Bradford

It’s about to be engagement photo season so I thought I would share my top 5 easy poses for engagement photos. I’ve shot nearly 500 engagement portrait sessions all over the world. Over the years, I have developed a method of posing that is natural, comfortable, and flattering for my couples. Here are my top […]

Family and Children

August 26, 2022

Anticipation for Fall Family Photo Season

Kids throwing leaves for their fall family photo session

Fall Family Photo Sessions are on my mind! I can’t help it… pumpkin spice is already everywhere. And the temperatures are starting to cool (especially in the Northeast where I just spent the last week). And football starts tomorrow. Yay! My favorite time of year is almost upon us! Even in our own family, we […]

Wedding Planning

June 14, 2022

Hire a Wedding Photographer Who Understands Lighting

by hiring a photographer who understands lighting you can capture a shot like this of the bride and groom under a neon sign while sitting on a couch during their reception.

Bride and grooms, it’s so important to hire a photographer who understands lighting. As a luxury wedding photographer, I pride myself on being able to get the shot… every time. No matter the lighting and circumstances, I create award-winning images that the brides and grooms treasure. This shot, which looks easy in my final image […]

headshots

June 3, 2022

Fine Art Black and White Headshots for Travis

Fine art black and white headshot for Travis Swanson.

I love photographing Fine Art Black and White Headshots. After posting some on my Instagram, Travis reached out to me to get some of his very own (though I think I’ll be back soon to photograph the rest of his sweet family). Travis and I know each other through his wife, Emily, who owns Alphalit […]

Family and Children, Personal

October 26, 2020

Fall Baby Photos of Scout Lucille

Fall Baby Photos might be my new favorite. Showing up an hour early to a photo shoot has its advantages. Tyler, Scout, and I decided to make the most of our time during a recent senior portrait session. Our senior portrait client, who lives in Oklahoma, wanted to shoot at Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Northwest […]

Weddings

November 11, 2019

NWA Wedding Venues: Sassafras Springs Vineyard Lodge

Girls pizza night at the Lodge at Sassafras Springs Vineyard

NWA Wedding Venues have a new listing I’ve photographed at pretty much all the NWA wedding venues. So when I discover a new location, I try to photograph it asap so I can share it with y’all. One new place I’m really excited about is the Lodge at the Winery. Sassafras Springs Vineyard is already […]