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If you're looking for by a Northwest Arkansas wedding photographer, you've hit the right spot! Dale has been photographing Northwest Arkansas weddings for more than a decade. Also, he travels all over Arkansas, the US, and the world as a wedding photographer. His approach as a wedding photographer is capturing real moments and beautiful wedding portraits while becoming friends in the process. His photography is described as timeless, personal, story telling, and beautiful.



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The Best Engagement Portrait category is probably my favorite. Actually, I get asked often what my favorite thing to photograph is, and my answer is always engagement pictures. I love being an engagement picture photographer because it gives me time to get to know my couples. By connecting with them during the engagement shoot, it…

Sunrise Engagement Pictures are a rarity, but I’ve become more of a morning person lately! When Lauren Weaver and Luke Bonfield wanted sunset pictures I was in a panic! Y’all… I don’t have any spots left this fall. What’s a photographer to do? How a photographer shoots golden light pictures when it’s not sunset… Most…

romantic pose of a guy hugging a girl from behind during sunrise engagement session

Sometimes, everything just falls into place beautifully. The storm clears up, or the perfect outfit you ordered arrives just in time, or the lighting seems to be especially on point. For Murielle and Bryson’s engagement pictures at Crystal Bridges, it all definitely seemed to fall perfectly into place. Our timing was impeccable, and her outfits…

Sunset engagement portraits in Northwest Arkansas

It’s all about lighting! When Hannah reached out to me recently to photograph her engagements we were having trouble finding a time. Her fiance, works in Santa Barbara, and I am booked up for most of the Fall. However, I saw a 36 hour period in my schedule when I could go to Malibu for…

couple kissing at sunset on el matador beach for their engagement pictures

If there is a quintessential “Benny Bride” it’s Caitlin! She booked me right after she got engaged (which is such a compliment to have someone JUST KNOW they want to book you and do so right away so they don’t lose the date), and she has an amazing style, which you’ll see in the engagement…

engaged couple kissing in front of an airplane at sunset

This couple has serious style. I love that! We met at 21C Hotel in Bentonville recently to shoot their engagements… when I approach an engagement session I use a two-step method:1) look at what lighting I want – shade or sun, and then2) look at colors that coordinate well with their clothing. I knew the…

Ragen and Austin won an instagram contest I was hosting for a free engagement shoot. You see, even though it’s cold and dreary outside, I want to show the world we can still capture some breathtaking engagement portraits! Ragen had a cool idea for her session: smoke grenades! I’d photographed smoke bombs once at a…

couple hugging in a cloud of blue smoke from a smoke grenade

Sometimes everything just works out. That’s about the only way I can sum up Seth and Chelsea’s engagement photo shoot in Kansas City recently. We had a last minute location change, traffic and parking (those glorious timesucks), and the sun was doing its best to set on us, but I have this wicked long streak…

Hey everybody! Before we hopped on a flight, I did a lot of research about where to shoot engagement pictures in Alaska.  With the help of the bride, and a dear friend of mine (hey Sidra!), we narrowed down a few options for the engagement portraits: Beluga Point, Hatcher Pass, and a couple others. After…

engagement couple in alaska on a cliff at beluga point at sunset

Hey everybody! Rarely do I photograph a couple that is equal parts adorable and sexy. They’re either oozing with cuteness, or a total smokeshow.  Delaney and Alex fit this bill literally 50/50. They made the trek up and over from Jonesboro for our engagement portraits in Fayetteville, and we made the most of what spring…

Hey everybody! Abby and Austin could be some of the only people to improve the perfect scenery offered by Crystal Bridges Museum and fall in the Ozarks. Shooting the young, smitten couple proved to me that Christmas tree farms, and the Christmas season in general, serve as one of the great backdrops for a love…

Hey everybody! The summer before 10th grade started, I remember getting up mega early for the first day of band practice (which sounds way cooler than what it actually was: band camp). My nervous hands held my saxophone as I reported to my group of other saxophone players. Since I act out in nervous situations…

Hey everybody! Obsessed is an understatement. This couple is total goals. I didn’t realize how much I loved Atlanta until I spent time running around the city with Joya and Wes shooting their engagement portraits. Atlanta is full of colorful spots and incredible views. Check out these adorable portraits of this gorgeous couple! Talk to…

Hey everybody! My favorite dentist is getting married. 😉 Beth is probably the nicest person I’ve ever met.  Yeah… even nicer than my mom, and that’s saying something.  Ok… ok… it’s a tie.  And speaking of kindness, I just LOVED the way Landon talked to Beth throughout the shoot. He’s a keeper! Anyway, I love…

Hey everybody! Nashville is one of my favorite U.S. cities, for so many reasons: great food, cool breweries, friends of mine who live there, and picturesque backdrops for engagement portraits. Recently I made the 8 hour drive from Fayetteville to the Music City to shoot a couple sessions and catch up with some friends. Kathleen…

Hey everybody! Rain doesn’t stop us! It seems like it’s rained in NWA for a month straight! Well, Anna and Shelton made the drive from Texas for our session so I was bound and determined to make it work, and make it look as though we had a great day for shooting. 🙂 Talk to…

Hey everybody! I love traveling and shooting, which I’ve been doing a lot of lately (yay!). Most recently, I headed to Kansas City for Cameron and Beau’s engagement session, and was overjoyed to see she went all out on her outfits (brides, check it out!)! I’m OBSESSED with how these came out – I hope…

Hey everybody! I’ve been shooting some really great California couples lately! Today’s Los Angeles photo session is a great example of a cool engagement session idea in Hollywood, featuring Hanna and Brett. Hanna and Brett are about to move to Sweden, where she is from, and plan their wedding there. So fun and exciting! We…

Hey everybody! Literally heartbroken that I was already booked for Hannah’s wedding date, but CHECK OUT THESE ENGAGEMENT portraits! This couple is super affectionate and totally in love, which of course means my job was easy to create lovely portraits. We found some cool Fayetteville spots and had a blast! Talk to you soon, Dale

Hey everybody! I am so happy to say I booked Emily and Ford’s wedding at a Villa near Florence Italy! OMG! What a great year this is turning out to be! One blog post was just too few for such an incredible engagement session at El Matador Beach in Malibu, CA. This location is so…