November 7, 2016

Benny Backlight Wedding Portraits for Justin and Ryan

Hey everybody! It’s all about that gorgeous light! We were able to time the portrait session perfectly for Justin and Ryan’s wedding portraits on Saturday to get that killer sunset light! Check these out! Talk to you soon, Dale


September 16, 2016

Wilhelmina Model Shoot: Chanel, part 3 with Benny Backlight

Hey everybody! Hey guess what… California has that Benny Backlight! And a lot of it! You saw some with Mercedes’ shoot recently (and more coming), but I also got some with Chanel’s model fashion shoot. She’s so talented and great to work with! Check these out… Talk to you soon, Dale


February 11, 2016

Benny Backlight Portraits of Kayln and Tyler

Hey everybody! I’m finishing up the dream wedding of Kayln and Tyler today with some portraits using Benny Backlight – my favorite little recipe for capturing a couple in love. 🙂  Check it out!  Thanks to Courtney (my trusty 2nd shooter) for getting this cool little benny backlight action shot! Talk to you soon, Dale


March 2, 2015

Bonnie’s Nashville Fashion Session, Pt 3 << with Benny Backlight!

Hey everybody! We’re finishing up our Nashville sessions today with the darling Bonnie from Bonnie Does It Again. During our first shoot we didn’t get a chance to shoot any Benny Backlight (we need near perfect conditions and locations), so we set out again the next day for our signature look. And we found it! […]


August 14, 2014

Benny Backlight Wedding Portraits of Kirsten and Jordan

Hey everybody! On Kirsten and Jordan’s wedding day, everything worked out perfectly.  Maybe that had to do with Kirsten’s perfect planning skills, or maybe her rad dream team of vendors (Crown Beauty Bar, Finishing Touch Event Design, Pigmint, Boom Kinetic, Retrotender, Tesori, etc.), or maybe some of both.  All I know is, this wedding hardly […]


August 2, 2014

More Benny Backlight Engagement Portraits of Kirsten and Jordan

Hey everybody! TODAY IS THE DAY! Jordan and Kirsten get married today! We have just a few more engagements we wanna share before we reveal her bridals to y’all (coming soon!). We love these Benny Backlight portraits of our super best friends! Enjoy! Talk to you soon, Dale


August 1, 2014

Kirsten and Jordan’s Benny Backlight Engagement Session

Hey everybody! Kirsten’s wedding weekend is finally here! We’ve been anticipating this wedding for so long and can’t be happier for our best friends, who get married TOMORROW! Mere and I met up with them for a mini round two session of engagement portraits shot in our signature little Benny Backlight style. I love these! […]


April 24, 2013

Benny Backlight Wedding Portraits of Paige and Brian

Hey everybody! I was lucky enough to get two mini portrait sessions with Paige and Brian on their wedding day. The first was after their special first look, where I got the first image below. The tulips were in full bloom on her wedding day (what a dream!), and the color is just to die […]

Family and Children, Personal

September 28, 2022

Ty + Scout’s Mommy and Me Photo Shoot

Mommy and Me Photo Shoot during golden hour in a field of yellow flowers

This Mommy and Me Photo Shoot of Tyler and Scout might look familiar to you. I shot similar images on film recently (link is below). I wanted to shoot the same subjects during the same time of day. The reason being, I wanted to show the differences in the imagery produced by each medium. Today’s […]

Model Portraits, Senior Portraits

September 13, 2022

Taegan’s Senior Portraits in NWA

Senior portraits in NWA in a field of yellow flowers for a high school senior

Taegan isn’t from Northwest Arkansas, but that didn’t deter her from getting her senior portraits in NWA. She wanted something different than her friends from Joplin High School, so she and her family made the short drive to the Natural State for gorgeous senior pictures. Today I’m going to share some of my favorites from […]


May 14, 2022

Terrica + Nick’s Engagement Photos in Rogers

what shoes to wear to an engagement sessino

When I photographed Terrica and Nicks’ Engagement Photos in Rogers, I fell in love with their style. And then on their second outfit they busted out these shoes, so of course, we bonded over them right away. If you didn’t know, I have Nick’s exact pair of shoes he is wearing in this photo below […]


May 10, 2022

Bentonville Engagement Photos for Beth + Blake

sunset portraits for young couple's engagement photos in bentonville

I hope you’re ready for the prettiest Bentonville Engagement Photos from my shoot with Elizabeth and Blake. Planning the Shoot for Bentonville Engagement Photos As I do with every photo shoot, I ask the couple to send me photographs their planned outfits. This does two big things. First, it forces the couple to put thought […]


May 7, 2022

Wedding Portraits at Allenbrook Farms for J+Z

Sunset golden hour wedding portraits at Allenbrook Luxury Venue in Franklin TN.

Can we call Wedding Portraits at Allenbrook Farms the big finale? After yesterday’s fireworks sendoff from the wedding reception, well, that was hard to beat! But I’ll do my best. We actually spent two times capturing Wedding Portraits at Allenbrook Farms on the wedding day: one, directly after Jenny and Zac’s first look. Then we […]


May 4, 2022

Allenbrook Farms Luxury Venue in Franklin TN: Wedding Sneak Peek

Luxury wedding portrait of bride and groom outside Allenbrook Luxury wedding venue in Franklin TN. The groom is twirling his bride.

Allenbrook Luxury Wedding Venue in Franklin TN: Details Sneak Peek There is a Luxury Venue in Franklin TN, about 30 minutes outside of Nashville, called Allenbrook Farms. Jenny and Zac chose this beautiful location to start their marriage together, and I can see why. It is a unique wedding venue with a lot of beautiful […]


April 16, 2022

Wedding Portraits at Hillside Estate / DFW Wedding Photographer

bride and groom hugging during sunset for their wedding portraits at Hillside Estate

Wedding Portraits at Hillside Estate / DFW Wedding Photographer We shot Wedding Portraits at Hillside Estate not once, not twice, but THREE times on Caroline and Daniel’s wedding day. TBH, I just couldn’t help myself! Caroline and Daniel didn’t do a first look together before the wedding, which is usually a time when I would […]


February 17, 2022

Top Wedding Venues in NWA: Weddings at Osage House

Flower girls walking down the aisle showing the all-white wedding chapel in Arkansas available for Weddings at Osage House

Top Wedding Venues in NWA: Osage Chapel at Osage House In our Top Wedding Venues in NWA series, today I’m featuring the Osage House in Cave Springs! This is one of my very favorite venues that has joined the NWA wedding scene in recent years, and it has really taken off! Ashley, the owner of […]


February 11, 2022

Photographer for Paris Vacation: Lindsey and Mark

Currently adding to resume: Photographer for Paris Vacation. Ten years ago, I photographed Lindsey and Mark‘s wedding in Fayetteville. Lindsey and I have been friends since the beginning of time; well, at least since I moved to Arkansas in 2006. She is a fellow Missourian who calls Northwest Arkansas home. She also opened Tesori Bridal […]


February 2, 2022

Wedding at St Catherine’s Chapel at Bell Gables / Cari and Matt

wedding at St. Catherine's Chapel at Bell Gable

This Wedding at St Catherine’s Chapel at Bell Gables came complete with a vintage 1902 Mercedes getaway car. Pair that with a gorgeous bride, a sexy wedding dress, and one of Pigmint’s dreamy bridal bouquets. All in all, it was a beautiful start to Cari and Matt’s marriage. I have always enjoyed photographing at Bell […]


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! […]

Branding Photography, Fashion / Blogger, headshots

November 30, 2021

Branding and Headshot Photography: Ashley Lapointe

beautiful light skinned girl laughing in a flower bush at Forest Park in St. Louis

Branding and Headshot Photography is so important for anyone who owns their own business. Ashley values great photography and has so many irons in the fire, it was really fun to discuss all her ventures while photographing portraits in St. Louis recently. Running a podcast, fitness tips on her instagram, and corporate fitness are just […]