For Photographers

January 21, 2022

Importance of Staying Inspired

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. It’s important as an artist to stay inspired.…

Personal

January 20, 2022

What I’m Reading: The Joy of Missing Out

One of my unpublished resolutions (I can’t tell you EVERYTHING, now can I?!) is to dive into literature more in 2022 than I did last year. It’ll be pretty easy, I only read a couple of books last year. Before you judge, I used to read a book a month for years, but fell out…

Weddings

January 19, 2022

Winter Wedding Inspiration

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…

Styled Weddings

January 18, 2022

Wedding at 21c Hotel: Crazy in Love

This styled Wedding at 21c Hotel in Bentonville is absolutely to die for! I love shooting styled weddings because it gives me a chance to 1) work with incredibly talented NW Arkansas vendors and 2) let my creative juices flow without the time constraints of a wedding day. For this styled Wedding at 21c Hotel,…

Weddings

January 17, 2022

2021 Benny Award Winners: the best wedding images of the year

The votes are in! They’ve been tallied! And friends, we have ourselves some winners! This year we had a couple of categories that had a single percentage point between 1st and 2nd place! That’s so exciting! Take a look at the winning images below… Top Wedding Shoes of 2021: Caroline! Best Wedding Cake of the…

For Photographers, Personal

January 16, 2022

Best Friend Weekend in Maryland 🎉

Hey friends! I’m writing the blog from a new state today: Maryland! Each year, my best photo friends meet in a city somewhere across the country to laugh, chat, eat good food, and spend quality time together. Past trips have been in Vegas, Nashville, San Antonio, NY, and last year was Boston. This year, we…

Engagements

January 15, 2022

Bachelor Alum Amanda Stanton’s Engagement Pictures: The Fine Art Session

Michael Fogel + Bachelor Alum Amanda Stanton’s Engagement Pictures, Part Two We’re back again today with another gorgeous installment of my recent shoot featuring Bachelor Alum Amanda Stanton’s Engagement Pictures with her fiance Michael Fogel. This was my first time meeting Michael, but I felt like I already knew him from Amanda’s Instagram stories. First…

Personal

January 14, 2022

Can I Make Family Friday a Thing?

This morning I woke up in Kansas City. I had my morning coffee, daily reading, and morning emails… then was out the door to my first of three shoots by 9am. After driving back and forth across the City of Fountains, twice, I was wrapping up the shooting day at 4pm. All day long, I…

Personal

January 13, 2022

Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions for 2022

I’ve thought a lot about my Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions for 2022. I’ve found that when I officially write my resolutions down something inside me clicks and I tend to keep them. So, here we are in 2022 and I thought I’d write a few down that I really want to commit to this…

Personal

January 12, 2022

Top 12 of 2021

Hey everybody! I thought this year I would make a recap video of my previous year showcasing all the highlights and happy things that happened. Click play in the video above and enjoy! What was your favorite part of the year? I’d love to hear! Drop a comment below! Talk to you soon, Dale

Weddings

January 11, 2022

Best Wedding Shoes of 2021: Benny Award Nominees

The Best Wedding Shoes of 2021 Nominees are live! Hello, lover! About the Best Wedding Shoes of 2021 Nominees This used to be my favorite category. Now… ahhhh, who are we kidding?! We all know I love shoes. I always have the most fashionable brides. And grooms! This year I nominated a pair of grooms…

Personal

January 10, 2022

Happy Birthday, Scout!

The hardest thing about being Scout’s dad (because she is literally the easiest child so far), is not being able to freeze time. While going through the images for the video below, it was so heartbreaking that she has changed so much in just two short years. Where did my baby go? Instead, I have…

Weddings

January 10, 2022

Best Wedding Dresses of 2021: Benny Award Nominees

The Best Wedding Dresses of 2021 Nominees are sure to inspire any bride-to-be who is currently dress shopping! About the Best Wedding Dresses of 2021 Nominees I’ve been known to “speak wedding fluently” and part of that is when a bride talks about wedding dresses. Off the shoulder, sweetheart necklines, empire waists, plunging necklines, cap…

Weddings

January 9, 2022

Best Wedding Cakes of 2021: Benny Award Nominees

The Best Wedding Cakes of 2021 Nominees tasted as good as they look! About the Best Wedding Cakes of 2021 Nominees Welcome to my mom’s favorite category: Best Wedding Cakes! It’s a really fun category for sure, and this year’s nominees are really special! One of the cakes was baked, designed, and decorated by the…

Weddings

January 8, 2022

Best Wedding Moments of 2021: Benny Award Nominees

The Best Wedding Moments of 2021 Nominees are full of sweet and funny moments! About the Best Wedding Moments of 2021 Nominees I have grooms crying, brides crying, even groomsmen pushing the getaway car! These moments are the ones that stand out when I look back at a wonderful 2021 full of incredible weddings. I…

Weddings

January 7, 2022

Best Wedding Getaways of 2021: Benny Award Nominees

The Best Wedding Getaways of 2021 Nominees have me feeling all the feels! About the Best Wedding Getaways of 2021 Nominees I love a good sparkler exit, don’t you?! Sending the bride and groom off to start their new life should be a great part of the celebration. Benfield couples know how to celebrate, and…

Personal

January 6, 2022

Happy Birthday, Cece!

9 years ago, one of the best girls on the planet was born. Cece entered the world and from her first breath she began overcoming obstacles. This girl was a fighter. I remember the skin to skin I got to do with her in the hospital, when I tucked her inside my hoodie to keep…

Weddings

January 6, 2022

Best Wedding Bouquets of 2021: Benny Award Nominees

The Best Wedding Bouquets of 2021 Nominees are sure to inspire any bride to be! About the Best Wedding Bouquets of 2021 Nominees Bridal Bouquets are a great way to show off a bride’s style and individuality. I honestly feel like when I look at the bouquet a bride designs or chooses, it shows you…

Weddings

January 5, 2022

Best Wedding Dances of 2021: Benny Award Nominees

It’s no secret that I can’t dance, unlike The Best Wedding Dances of 2021 Nominees! I mean, I try… and boy do I love to try. It’s just not in my wheelhouse. That being said, I love dancing and watching others dance. From beautiful moments between a bride and groom to engaging grandparents to hit…

Engagements

January 4, 2022

Best Engagement Photos of 2021: Benny Award Nominees

The Best Engagement Portraits of 2021 Nominees are ready for your vote! About the Best Engagement Portraits of 2021 Nominees There’s nothing I don’t love about engagement photos. It’s like a wedding portrait session, but without the stress of finishing in time to cut the cake! This year’s best engagement portrait sessions brought me all…