Fine Art

August 16, 2022

Adding Color to Black and White Photographs

When my dad owned a photo lab, we used to add color to black and white photographs by painting them by hand. It was a painstaking process with little room for error. I like to stay on top of photo technology, learn new photo tricks, and develop new photo skills. Lately I’ve been playing with […]

Personal

August 15, 2022

Monday Weekly Roundup

Whoops! I posted a shoot yesterday instead of my weekly roundup. Let’s just do the roundup today, shall we? Flattered, but No Thanks A couple weeks ago, I got recruited by a company to be their Creative Director. I went in and met the team felt so welcome. They loved me and called me a […]

Model Portraits

August 14, 2022

Lauren’s Modeling Photo Shoot

modeling photo shoot of Lauren in Fayetteville Arkanas at night with string lights

It’s been a minute since I photographed this Modeling Photo Shoot of Lauren. However, I realized I never blogged them. The shoot is so good and she is such a talented model, that I felt I had to share this Modeling Photo Shoot. We wanted to play around in front of the camera and shoot […]

Personal

August 13, 2022

Ellie’s Dark Side

Ellie's Dark Side with a light saber from Disney World.

We all know Ellie’s Dark Side doesn’t exist. Or so we thought. We were at Star Wars at Disney today and after 18 years I finally saw Ellie’s Dark Side. Don’t believe me? Watch the following video until the end. As you might remember, I didn’t bring my professional camera on this trip; Even if […]

For Photographers, Personal

August 12, 2022

Things I love about Disney as a Business Owner

As a small business owner of a luxury wedding photographer brand, there are some things I love about Disney that I use for inspiration. We just finished walking 18k steps throughout Animal Kingdom and Epcot. Instead of feeling like my feet hurt, I feel inspired by Disney’s Excellence. Things I love about Disney as a […]

Personal

August 11, 2022

Benfields Do Disney World

Tyler Benfield standing in front of Cinderella's castle at Disney World

Today, the gang and I finally arrived at the moment we had been waiting for for months. Tyler has worked hard to curate the perfect Disney experience for our family. Today all her hard work paid off. I’m not sure anyone could have planned it better. Three cheers for this little lady. Do you want […]

For Fun, Personal

August 10, 2022

Announcing: Chronically Overpacked, a travel + parenting tips blog for your reading pleasure

cancun family photographer image of a mother and young daughter at sunset on a balcony at the Ritz Carlton in Cancun

While I’m letting go of old web domains and side projects, Tyler has just launched her own parenting tips blog side hustle: Chronically Overpacked. Tyler is one of the OG bloggers of the world. She is one hell of a writer and has a gift for knowing what you want to know. She has had […]

Personal

August 9, 2022

Letting Go…

the main reason I am half a year sober is because I want to be present for my girls.

Tonight I did something I never thought I would do. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been snatching up domain names when a crazy business idea popped into my head. Sometimes, those ideas turned into a real business. I’ve started, grown, and sold two of those businesses. Others are things I’ve wanted to […]

Wedding Planning, Weddings

August 8, 2022

Inn at Carnall Hall Wedding: Venue Spotlight

first dance outside at Carnall Hall

One of my all-time favorite NWA wedding locations is the Inn at Carnall Hall Wedding venue. Today, I want to shine a little spotlight on them. If you’re planning a wedding in northwest Arkansas, be sure to give them a look. Located on the University of Arkansas campus, the Inn at Carnall Hall is so […]

Personal

August 7, 2022

Sunday Weekly Roundup #3

Hey friends! Welcome to another edition of the Sunday Weekly Roundup. I’m in Kansas City today getting ready for a two-day shoot. I wouldn’t be me if I wasn’t working right up until the moment we leave for vacation. Each trip to Kansas City I take (which is usually 1 trip per month), I feel […]

Weddings

August 6, 2022

Sunset Wedding Portraits by Joplin Wedding Photographer + Love Notes

Joplin wedding portraits during golden hour sunset for their Roxy and Amalie wedding in downtown Joplin.

You might remember that I started my career as a Joplin Wedding Photographer. Weddings in Joplin have evolved over the past 20 years, and I’m happy they have progressed to where they are currently. Part of it is there are cool Joplin wedding venues. Another part is that couples realize the importance of epic wedding […]

Weddings

August 5, 2022

Wedding Reception at The Roxy in Joplin for Josh and Sarah

wedding reception at The Roxy with lots of feet dancing on the dancefloor with red light from the dj booth.

This wedding reception at The Roxy in Joplin was one heck of a party. First off, they had special musical guests Randall Shreve make the trip from Northwest Arkansas to play during cocktail hour at The Amalie in Joplin. He also played a beautiful song for the bride and groom’s first dance to kick off […]

Weddings

August 4, 2022

Wedding at The Amalie in Joplin for Josh and Sarah

first look moment during wedding at Roxy in Joplin

Yesterday’s blogpost was just a wedding tease, but today I get to share this Wedding at The Amalie in Joplin with you. Sarah and Josh chose one of the best wedding venues in Joplin for their wedding: The Amalie. The space is centrally located, lots of amenities, and is a really nice blank canvas to […]

Fine Art, Luxury Wedding

August 3, 2022

Sneak Peek Sunset Wedding Portrait from Joplin Wedding Photographer

sunset wedding portraits from wedding at Amalie in Joplin

This past weekend I returned to my roots (literally) as a Joplin Wedding Photographer to shoot Josh and Sarah’s wedding at the Roxy and Amalie. I’ve known Josh for more than 20 years. I have so much respect and admiration for the man he has become. In the coming days, you’ll see more from my […]

For Photographers, Personal

August 2, 2022

Book Review for Herding Tigers: Be The Leader That Creative People Need

Herding Tigers Book Review by Dale Benfield, seen here holding a camera in front of a fountain in Kansas City.

Look at me doing two book reviews within a week: This Infinite Game by Simon Sinek, and now Herding Tigers: Be The Leader That Creative People Need, by Todd Henry. I don’t love every book I read. Honestly, I just recently gave a negative review on a book that missed the mark. However, this was […]

Luxury Wedding, Wedding Planning

August 1, 2022

8 Jaw-Dropping Designer Wedding Dresses (from designers you might not know)

Halfpenny Orchid luxury designer wedding dresses with puffy sleeves and floral details

This inspirational wedding post features 8 Jaw-Dropping Designer Wedding Dresses. I wanted to move away from the normal favorites (we all love Berta wedding gowns, Galia Lahav, and Monique Lhuillier wedding dresses, I know! But I wanted to shed light on some lesser-known luxury wedding dress designers. I also chose 4 designers who have vastly […]

Personal

July 31, 2022

Sunday Weekly Roundup #2 / Arkansas Wedding Photographer

Happy Sunday friends! Today we have another edition of a Sunday Weekly Roundup. About My Hometown: Joplin, MO I’m getting ready for a really great wedding in Joplin, MO (my hometown). I moved to Arkansas in 2006 (or was it 2005?) from Joplin… a place from which few people ever leave. I knew the move […]

Destination Wedding, Luxury Wedding, Weddings

July 30, 2022

L’Auberge Del Mar Wedding at Golden Hour / NWA Destination Wedding Photographer

L'Auberge Del Mar Wedding at golden hour with the bride and groom touching foreheads

This Southern California L’Auberge Del Mar destination wedding will go down in history as of one of my all-time favorites. Not only is the San Diego wedding venue named one of the top 3 hotels in Southern California (and rightfully so), but the couple is so kind. In fact, Maggie and Kevin are one of […]

Weddings

July 29, 2022

Kindred North Wedding Photos; NW Arkansas Wedding Photographer

Kindred North wedding photos of a bride and her bridesmaids sitting on a bed in their white robes on the wedding day morning.

You are going to love these Kindred North Wedding Photos if you love bright and airy wedding photos. Jessica and Chris had a wedding style that perfectly complemented the Kindred North wedding vibes, and in photos, it shows! Just look at this image of the bride and her bridesmaids sitting on the bed in their […]

Luxury Wedding, Travel

July 28, 2022

Luxury Destination Wedding in Rome Italy

Today I’m sharing a Luxury Destination Wedding in Rome Italy I photographed. Over the past ten years, I’ve become primarily a destination wedding photographer in NW Arkansas. I am thankful I get to travel to places like California, Texas, NY, and Colorado for weddings. But I also have a reputation as a breathtaking international destination […]