Fine Art, Personal

November 26, 2022

10 Ways to Shop Small in NWA (and my BIG announcement)

It’s Small Business Saturday, and I’m compiling ways to shop small in NWA. Northwest Arkansas, while being home to the Fortune 1 company, actually has some really incredible small businesses. Today isn’t about getting the best deals: check the Fortune 1 for that… we can never compete on that level. Instead, this post is about […]

Personal

November 25, 2022

Black Friday Photo Deals

Benny friends… are you looking for Black Friday Photo Deals? I did this Ultimate Black Friday Guide for Photographers. In terms of my own Black Friday deals, I’ve been thinking about if I wanted to offer something. Black Friday is called Black Friday because it was the day of the year when a lot of […]

Personal

November 24, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving from the Benfields

One year, my younger brother and I found ourselves home alone on Thanksgiving and ended up cooking everything we had in the cupboard. It wasn’t a ton of food, but then again, it was more than two high school boys could eat. Not really understanding the true meaning of the holiday, that day it was […]

Family and Children

November 23, 2022

Fall Portraits in a Forest in NWA for Blaylock Family

Fall Portraits in a Forest in NWA

I’ve photographed the Blaylock family before (including this nearly newborn shoot) but never Fall Portraits in a Forest in Northwest Arkansas! I wanted to find a new place to photograph this sweet family of four. Because they signed up for my twice-a-year mini session package, I want to make sure I am intentional about where […]

For Photographers

November 22, 2022

Ultimate Black Friday Guide for Photographers

Ultimate Black Friday Guide for Photographers

Welcome to the Ultimate Black Friday Guide for Photographers! Below are my top picks for Black Friday camera deals after scouring camera websites, amazon, etc. I also share some images captured with the gear I am sharing so you’ll see what you can actually use it for. I don’t promote brands that I don’t personally […]

Engagements

November 21, 2022

Fall Engagement Pictures with their Dog for Steven and Kelsey

Fall engagement pictures with dog

We started out Kelsey and Steven’s Fall engagement pictures with their dog. I have heard of photographers not allowing pets at engagement or portrait sessions, but I LOVE photographing with dogs. I mean, they’re our fur-babies, am I right? Besides, look how precious she is… During our session, she behaved perfectly. She was a perfect […]

Fashion / Blogger, Senior Portraits

November 20, 2022

Street Style Senior Portraits for Ellie

street style senior pictures in NYC in front of a flower wall

Ellie decided to show off her street style in her senior portraits. The NYC trip found us “revel”ing all over the city. (Revel is the all-Tesla ubers in NYC – get $10 off your first ride with code “DALEB5221” and know you’re going to travel in a nice car for the same-ish price as an […]

Personal

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 […]

Family and Children

November 18, 2022

Fall Mini Session in NWA for the George Family

Fall Mini Session in NWA for George Family walking through autumn leaves

I get to introduce you to a new family for today’s Fall Mini Session in NWA! Ladies and gentlemen, let me present the George family! I met Anna in 2009 (March 1st, to be exact), and have been able to work together a couple of times over the years. When one of our other families, […]

Family and Children

November 17, 2022

NWA Autumn Portraits for the Brown Family

NWA Autumn Portraits of a mom and daughter

Next up in our NWA Autumn Portraits marathon, we have the Brown family! I’ve carried on and on about them in previous posts, but I still want to say how thankful I am for loyal clients! We always mix it up and find new places to shoot, which keeps us on our toes. This time, […]

Family and Children

November 16, 2022

Fall Family Photos in Springdale for Sanders Family

Fall family photos in Springdale of a mom and dad couple

You might recognize these Fall Family Photos in Springdale in my recent sneak peek. The Sanders family is one of my super favorite families. I’ve photographed Hutch twice a year ever since he was a newborn! I love (and am thankful for) seeing this family grow up in front of my camera lens. The Sanders […]

Weddings

November 15, 2022

NWA Fall Family Photos for the Hurlbut Gang

NWA Fall Family Photos during morning golden hour

When I showed up to shoot NWA Fall Family Photos of the Hurlbut gang, they were a little bit in panic mode. We chose the EXACT weekend to shoot as we did last year, but the fall leaves were NOT the same. Last year we had this insanely huge tree with the most vibrant of […]

Family and Children

November 14, 2022

Fall Family Photos in NWA: Super Sneak Peek

I’ve been shooting so many fall family photos in NWA over the past couple of weeks! I love seeing all my regular families (and even some new ones from my last open enrollment)! I’ll share more from each of these sessions over the coming days, but check out these Fall Family photos we shot in […]

Model Portraits, Senior Portraits

November 13, 2022

Ellie’s Senior Pictures in Polka Dots

Senior Pictures in Polka Dots at night in NYC Times Square

Ellie’s Senior Pictures in Polka Dots was one of the few outfit and location combinations we didn’t pre-visualize. In fact, we were looking to shoot this gorgeous black 3-piece outfit with some neon lights, but couldn’t find them. So, we wandered around times square in NYC looking for a location that would accentuate the details […]

Personal, Travel

November 12, 2022

A Streak is Broken; Weekly Roundup #14

Scout’s ER visit: One of Scout and my favorite things to do is give checkups. “Ketchups” is what she would actually call them for the longest time. Recently, her speech has been improving and she has been self-correcting some of those cute things she used to say. (yeah, my heart breaks a little) We now […]

Engagements

November 11, 2022

Engagement Pictures at Stan Hywet for Rob and David

Engagement pictures at Stan Hywet of same sex gay couple in the gardens with the hall in the background.

Buckle up, because these engagement pictures at Stan Hywet are going to take you for a ride! My jaw LITERALLY DROPPED as I pulled into Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens for Rob and David’s engagement portraits. Rob told me how special the place was to him and David (it’s where they got engaged). And he […]

Family and Children

November 10, 2022

Fall Family Photos for Petree Family

I’ve been deep into Fall Family Photos season and LOVE photographing this time of year! The colors are so warm and vibrant, as you’ll see in the Petree Fall family photos. Stephanie chose perfectly colored outfits for her family to wear for their fall pictures. They aren’t matchy-matchy, but they all coordinate beautifully. They also […]

Fashion / Blogger, Model Portraits

November 9, 2022

Classic B&W Portraits for Colie

Classic B&W Portraits of model in the studio

When we were swimming in our sea of purple during Colie’s photo shoot, I also took some time to shoot a handful of classic B&W portraits. We had a really fun time just playing around and trying out different things. Experimenting as an artist (and as a model) is so fun and liberating, and I […]

Destination Wedding, Luxury Wedding, Weddings

November 8, 2022

Alyeska Wedding and Review

Wedding at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood Alaska with a Pakistani bride and Alaskan groom holding each other on mountaintop

Brides who are looking for a really incredible destination wedding location in Alaska, check out today’s Alyeska Wedding review. I first discovered Alyeska when photographing Sidra and Sean’s engagement pictures in Alaska. They took us out to their wedding venue at Alyeska and to shoot a few photos in Girdwood. The next year, we shot […]

Family and Children

November 7, 2022

Mommy and Me Photo Session with Jessica

Being a dad makes me absolutely LOVE Mommy and Me Photo Sessions. When Jessica said she and her girls were going to do a session together, I was excited. Not only is this going to make a great gift for the girls’ dad, but it was so fun to photograph the relationship between the girls […]