Weddings

September 5, 2022

My NYC Portraits, By Ellie

We weren’t in the big apple to shoot my NYC Portraits, but that’s exactly what we did. Ellie has grown up with a camera pointed at her. She knows light and she knows angles. She has also shot some of her own photography over the years. While these are, obviously, her first NYC Portraits, she […]

Personal

September 4, 2022

Sunday Weekly Roundup #7

This week’s roundup will have a ton of pictures that will inspire you to buy a round trip ticket to NYC. You’ve been warned. When Ellie picked NYC as the city she wanted to shoot her senior portraits in, I was filled with mixed emotions. On the one hand, she and I love NYC and […]

Personal

September 3, 2022

Ellie + Me in NYC

daddy-daughter-nyc trip

The 4:30am alarm didn’t even get a chance to go off as I sprang out of bed yesterday morning. Overcome with the excitement of Ellie and my daddy/daughter trip, there was zero chance of me going back to sleep. Ellie and I have shared a daddy/daughter trip to the big apple before, and I’ve been […]

Engagements, Luxury Wedding, Weddings

September 2, 2022

Happy Wedding Day Amanda Stanton and Michael Fogel

Amanda Stanton's engagement photos to Michael Fogel in Aspen Colorado

This weekend is Michael Fogel and Amanda Stanton’s wedding day! Amanda is going to be the most stunning bride. I can’t wait to see all the gorgeous details and sweet moments for her California wedding. Previously, I was Amanda’s wedding photographer. However, because she had to move her wedding date (and location) from Aspen in […]

For Photographers, Luxury Wedding

September 1, 2022

3 Composition Photo Tips from Emily’s Wedding in Italy

Composition Photo Tip using framing to capture the bride crying during an emotional speech during her wedding reception in Italy

While I’m shooting weddings, I’m constantly thinking about Composition Photo Tips. Today, I’m going to share 3 of my favorite composition tools to improve photographic images regardless of the camera you have immediately. I’ve chosen Emily and Ford’s wedding in Italy for examples. Composition Photo Tip #1: Framing While framing is one of the rarest […]

Engagements, For Photographers

August 31, 2022

5 Easy Poses for Engagement Photos

Easy Poses for Engagement Photos as demonstrated by Emma and Sam Bradford

It’s about to be engagement photo season so I thought I would share my top 5 easy poses for engagement photos. I’ve shot nearly 500 engagement portrait sessions all over the world. Over the years, I have developed a method of posing that is natural, comfortable, and flattering for my couples. Here are my top […]

For Fun, Personal

August 30, 2022

Little Soccer Star (and her Sexy Soccer Mom)

2 year old girl kid celebrates after scoring her first goal in soccer

Let me tell you the story of how our little soccer star came to be. We noticed a few weeks ago that Scout was starting to get possessive of things. While this is a normal occurrence in her child development, she would make the meanest faces at others who were encroaching on her space or […]

Luxury Wedding, Wedding Planning, Weddings

August 29, 2022

How to Make a Wedding Day Timeline

Bridal Jumpsuits and Short Dresses at Wedding Receptions are a fun new wedding trend for 2022 as shown by this bride in her short white dress leading her groom.

What is included in a wedding day itinerary? If you’re currently planning a wedding, you might be wondering how to create the perfect wedding day timeline. I’m here to help you! I create a wedding day agenda for each and every one of my wedding couples. As a luxury wedding photographer, it’s important to be […]

For Fun, Personal

August 28, 2022

Sunday Weekly Roundup #6: (alpacas, Venus, and lollipops)

I’m stepping up my recap game this week. Make sure to read until the end. We’ve got memes, we’ve got infographics, we’ve got quotes, and we’ve got photos of the week! I designed all these (and made templates) so if you like it I’ll keep this new format going. Let me know your thoughts! The […]

For Fun, Personal

August 27, 2022

My PB No-Bake Cookie Recipe

pb no bake cookie recipe

I’m venturing outside my typical Arkansas wedding photographer posts today and sharing my pb no-bake cookie recipe. I remember the first time I had peanut butter and chocolate no-bake cookies. My Grandma Benfield made a batch, and I watched as she melted and swirled butter in the sauce pot she was using. Unfortunately, that was […]

Family and Children

August 26, 2022

Anticipation for Fall Family Photo Season

Kids throwing leaves for their fall family photo session

Fall Family Photo Sessions are on my mind! I can’t help it… pumpkin spice is already everywhere. And the temperatures are starting to cool (especially in the Northeast where I just spent the last week). And football starts tomorrow. Yay! My favorite time of year is almost upon us! Even in our own family, we […]

Personal

August 25, 2022

My Ultimate Goal in Life

Benfield Family Photos in Paris at the Eiffel Tower

What is My Goal in Life? Tonight in my Lyft back to the hotel, my driver asked me what my goal in life was. Just like you’re probably thinking right now, I thought “this is a pretty deep question for the rider/passenger relationship.” Indeed, it was. My ride was 45 minutes long, and 44 minutes […]

headshots

August 24, 2022

Corporate Headshots for Northwestern Mutual

corporate headshots

I recently had the pleasure of photographing corporate headshots for the local Northwest Arkansas Northwestern Mutual office branch. I had photographed Justin and Megan Boeving previously when they were wearing wedding attire at 21c. They’re a gorgeous couple who photograph so beautifully. It was an honor to photograph the corporate headshots for the staff. The […]

Weddings

August 23, 2022

More High School Dance Team Photos for the JHS Pom

In addition to Ellie’s formal high school dance team photos I posted about yesterday, we also took some fun and colorful photos of the team. Ellie had the team vote on what type of look they wanted to create for photos of them not in their uniforms, and the decision was unanimous. They all voted […]

Portraits

August 22, 2022

JHS Dance Team Photographer Team Photos

Dance Team Photographer shoots entire lineup of dance team girls

I’ve been Ellie’s dedicated Dance Team Photographer for as long as she’s been on the JHS Pom. It’s one of my few free photo shoots I do a year because I have so much fun with the team. And of course, I want to capture such a special time in Ellie’s life. She has an […]

Personal

August 21, 2022

Sunday Weekly Roundup #5

Bentonville Taco and Tamale interior photos

Another Sunday, another airport… delay. I’m currently sitting at my gate awaiting a late departure to my first leg of this 6 hour journey back to Cleveland. This upcoming week will be a big one, shoots every day across the Cleveland and Akron areas. I’m also doing a pretty big presentation and planning a pretty […]

Personal

August 20, 2022

Sisterly Love

Easily, my favorite part of the Disney Vacation this week was witnessing Scout and Ellie’s sisterly love. Having two daughters that are 16 years apart in age raises questions about how the relationship will form, grow, and last. Of course, if you’ve been a Benfield Blog follower for any time, you’ll already know that Ellie […]

Personal

August 19, 2022

Overwhelming Nostalgia, a Puritan Coffee Love Story

I walked into Puritan Coffee & Beer today for the first time in ages and experienced overwhelming nostalgia. For you to understand the level of overwhelming emotion I felt, I need to tell you a story. How It Started In 2017, I was in a pretty dark place. I had just gotten out of a […]

Boudoir

August 18, 2022

What to Wear for Bridal Boudoir Photos NSFW

I’ve been a bridal boudoir photographer in Northwest Arkansas for more than a decade, so I’m a self-proclaimed expert when it comes to what to wear for bridal boudoir photos. Bridal boudoir is typically different than other boudoir shoots. Because it represents this special time in your life, bridal boudoir should have a nod to […]

For Fun, Personal

August 17, 2022

Disney Single Rider, and Other Disney Vacation Tips

Disney Vacation Tips to make it seem like you're the only one at Disneyworld with no wait times on rides, like you see here in this picture of Walt Disney holding Mickey Mouse's hand at sunset.

When I bumped into past Benny Bride Morgan (who had this incredible wedding at Meadowood Napa Valley) today, I gave her a few Disney Vacation Tips. I don’t typically just spout out vacation tips for Disneyworld. However, I just got back from Orlando, and she leaves to go with her husband, 1-year-old, and 4-year-old on […]