December 3, 2022

JHS Winter Formal Photos of Ellie’s Gang

JHS Winter Formal Photos

I’ve been looking forward to taking these JHS Winter Formal Photos for months. Ellie and I made a special dad/daughter trip to Kansas City to find the perfect dress for the “enchanted garden” them for the winter dance. We found what we believe is the perfect dress at Halls Department Store at Crown Center. Of […]


February 21, 2022

All About the Winter Wedding Ideas (and a love letter)

Winter Wedding Ideas featuring pomegranates

As temperatures dance between 70s and 20s, it’s hard to predict what the weather will be like any given day, week, hour, or minute. As soon as the snow melts, the sky gives us a fresh blanket. But I love that unpredictability. Am I the only one? I love surprises. When it’s cold, I love […]


January 19, 2022

Winter Wedding Inspiration

luxury wedding photographer Dale Benfield captures manolo blahnik wedding shoes on a gold table

With a “winter storm warning” heading our way once again, I thought I’d focus on some Winter Wedding Inspiration to keep my spirits high. As proposal season is underway and so many brides are in the midst of wedding planning, let’s start dreaming! I love winter weddings. I embrace the cold weather and love how […]


December 17, 2016

Winter Wedding Story of Mary Ashleigh and Zac

Hey everybody! It’s time for a MEGA post because I have to start nominating the Benny Awards (YESSS!).  Steven and I (my brother and 2nd shooter) split up for most of the day to shoot Mary Ashleigh and Zac’s wedding day – he stayed with the boys who started the day on the shooting range, […]


December 16, 2016

Nighttime Winter Wedding Portraits for Mary Ashleigh and Zac

Hey everybody! Not gonna lie… imagining the sun setting before getting to shoot gorgeous wedding portraits of Mary Ashleigh and Zac give me a little anxiety. I love getting gorgeous couple portraits the bride and groom will treasure forever, and lighting is my best friend for those. However, I found lighting in all the fun […]


January 11, 2016

Dominique’s Winter Bridal Portraits

Hey everybody! Just because the grass isn’t green doesn’t mean I couldn’t shoot some killer bridals (thanks to how incredible Dominique was for this shoot!). She got her hair and makeup done by Bonnie at Crown (who is a superstar at her craft), and Dominique felt like a million bucks.  When a bride feels beautiful, […]


December 28, 2013

Afton and Ryan’s Winter Wedding Portraits

Hey everybody! Lovely winter wedding portraits are here! I love shooting in the snow (and more importantly, when the bride and groom don’t mind shooting outside in the snow!) Hunt Chapel is such a beautiful location for wedding portraits, y’all! I think this could be my fave! ADORE! Talk to you soon, Dale


December 27, 2013

Afton and Ryan’s Winter Wedding

Hey everybody! Afton isn’t just a Benny Bride… she’s one of our new bffs! We got to know her really well throughout the wedding planning and engagements, and she’s one of those people who just make you want to open up and be insta-friends.  I’m sure that’s part of the reason Ryan fell in love […]


January 19, 2013

Winter Engagement Images of Allison and Aaron (pt 2)

Hey everybody! I have more from Allison and Aaron’s Winter engagement portrait session we shot in Fayetteville a few weeks back. Oh, how I love thme! They are such a lovely couple… adorable and sweet as pie, so I was happy to be able to capture so many pretty images of them! Here are more […]


January 17, 2013

Allison and Aaron’s Winter Fayetteville Engagement Portraits

Hey everybody! It’s nice to get back to work! Life has settled considerably and while we’re still getting in to the groove of things with baby and Mere home safe and sound, I’ve been getting caught up on everything at Benfield Photography: Benny Awards planning, photo editing, order fulfilling, travel booking, and of course… blogging! […]


June 12, 2011

Arkansas Bride: Double Spread Feature of Winter Wedding

Hey everybody! Yay for Arkansas Bride! We love them! They recently published their latest issue (and so we had to be quiet until it came out) and the double spread (4 page!) feature is a Benfield Photography wedding! Holla! Stacey and Brandon’s winter wedding at the Pratt Place Barn was over-the-top awesome, and Meredith and […]


January 26, 2011

Jennifer and Ben’s Winter Wedding Story

Hey everybody! We come to it at last: the finale for Jennifer and Ben’s Winter Wedding. I love that they had a morning wedding in the winter because, if you didn’t notice, EVERYTHING WAS BRIGHT! So many winter weddings have the dark and drab exterior that we have to work our booties off to minimize. […]


January 26, 2011

Jennifer and Ben’s Winter Wedding Portraits

Hey everybody! I’d love for you to check out Jennifer and Ben’s wedding portraits taken outside Cedaridge in Bentonville. Honestly, we spent most of the shoot laughing, which helped us through the chilly temperatures, and we got some great shots! Come back tomorrow for some of the story-telling shots from their wedding day! Talk to […]


January 25, 2011

Jennifer and Ben’s Winter Wedding Details

Hey everybody! We’re definitely back into the swing of things! Meredith and I had our first 2011 wedding recently and it was GREAT one to kick off the year with. Jennifer and Ben thought of every little detail for their wooded winter wedding. The bride’s brother, Jonathan, designed the event and thought of every last […]


January 23, 2011

Shoot Your Kids: Winter Edition!

Hey everybody! We had a fabulous group today for the Shoot Your Kids workshop at our house. I really like the smaller group setting because I got to spend a little more time with the attendees (and didn’t have to bring along the entire staff). We ordered in Stone Mill and Meredith whipped up some […]


February 4, 2010

Sneak Peek from Saturday’s SNOWY winter wedding!

Hey everybody!We’re about to kick off a great few days on the blog with Shane and Jennifer’s wedding. I can’t wait any longer, though, to show you how amazing they were to allow, nay ASK, me to photograph them in the snow! Ahhhh, I love my couples!!Talk to you soon,Dale


November 27, 2022

An Unexpected Guest: Weekly Roundup #16

I found myself driving back and forth to Kansas City a few times this week. First, Ellie and I had a daddy/daughter date to KC to shop for her winter formal dress. We spent the day dressing room hopping and finally found the perfect dress before eating sushi and heading home. I love days that […]


November 19, 2022

Flipping Taylor Swift Tickets // Weekly Roundup #15

flipping taylor swift tickets

Flipping Taylor Swift tickets Let me tell you about flipping Taylor Swift tickets! This week, Taylor Swift tickets finally went on sale. Tyler and I both signed up for early purchases, and my number wasn’t drawn. But hers did! The presale started at 10 am (waiting room at 9:30 am), so Tyler logged on and […]

Personal, Travel

January 26, 2022

Hola from Mexico!

Months ago Tyler booked us a trip to see one of our favorite bands, the Avett Brothers, at the beach in Mexico. I remember being so excited, imagining warm weather and sand between my toes in the midst of winter. What’s more, she booked us at the adults only resort, meaning it was an “us” […]


December 1, 2017

Pannell Fall Portraits in Fayetteville

Hey everybody! I am lucky to get some of the last of these beautiful fall colors with all four members of the Pannell family;). It was a great session to send us from fall into winter, and almost the end of the year if you can believe it! Here’s a preview of some of my […]