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If you're looking for by a Northwest Arkansas wedding photographer, you've hit the right spot! Dale has been photographing Northwest Arkansas weddings for more than a decade. Also, he travels all over Arkansas, the US, and the world as a wedding photographer. His approach as a wedding photographer is capturing real moments and beautiful wedding portraits while becoming friends in the process. His photography is described as timeless, personal, story telling, and beautiful.


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When we were planning her Christmas Card Photo Shoot, Cameron and I KNEW we had to include her two puppies! Even though Cameron and I are friends, I had never met Cubby and Donut in person! Tyler and I were super excited to finally meet (and photograph) Cameron and Beau’s fur babies. How to plan…

Christmas Card Photo Shoot with dogs

NWA Wedding Venues have a new listing I’ve photographed at pretty much all the NWA wedding venues. So when I discover a new location, I try to photograph it asap so I can share it with y’all. One new place I’m really excited about is the Lodge at the Winery. Sassafras Springs Vineyard is already…

Girls pizza night at the Lodge at Sassafras Springs Vineyard

Sunrise Engagement Pictures are a rarity, but I’ve become more of a morning person lately! When Lauren Weaver and Luke Bonfield wanted sunset pictures I was in a panic! Y’all… I don’t have any spots left this fall. What’s a photographer to do? How a photographer shoots golden light pictures when it’s not sunset… Most…

romantic pose of a guy hugging a girl from behind during sunrise engagement session

You’re getting engaged! This is such a fun and exciting event, but can also be super stressful. I know… I’ve done it! (here’s a link to my proposal to Tyler). From coming up with a romantic, meaningful idea, to asking their loved ones’ permission, to coordinating the logistics, planning a perfect proposal can be overwhelming!…

newly engaged girl pulling guy's hand with engagement ring

Happy Anniversary Katie and Ethan! This Fayetteville Town Center reception, with a dreamy Fall wedding at Old Main Lawn on the U of A campus, is one of my all time favorite weddings! Five years ago today, I found myself walking up the steps to Old Main lawn to a gorgeous sight of Fall Leaves.…

Fall wedding portrait in front of Old Main

A 3d flower bridal tattoo? How it all started… What started as a simple texted message from my florist friend, Julie, has grown into one of my all-time favorite wedding styled shoots. She had mentioned that she wanted to try a new idea: to have a bride literally wear flowers on her skin. I’d never…

bride with floral 3d tattoo wedding portrait at Osage House in Arkansas

Clothing ideas for NWA Senior pictures When it comes to fashion, my senior portrait clients always seem to know just what to wear! Phoebe brought some really pretty outfits for her NWA senior pictures that just blew me away! If you are planning a senior session and need clothing ideas, I like the following stores:…

It’s SO important to keep your headshot fresh! It was only a year ago that I photographed Lindsey’s bridal portraits at Carnall Hall, and I was so happy when she reached out to shoot headshots. She has a killer job at RedBull (one of my favorite things on earth) and always needs pictures for meetings…

I’ve been a huge fan of the Garden Room for almost a decade! I even used it to celebrate my birthday and the 10th annual Benny Awards last year. Recently, the Garden Room has improved on an already stellar space! The Dickson Street Wedding and Reception venue has added more seating and a refresh and…

reception at the garden room details

Sometimes, everything just falls into place beautifully. The storm clears up, or the perfect outfit you ordered arrives just in time, or the lighting seems to be especially on point. For Murielle and Bryson’s engagement pictures at Crystal Bridges, it all definitely seemed to fall perfectly into place. Our timing was impeccable, and her outfits…

Sunset engagement portraits in Northwest Arkansas

It’s all about lighting! When Hannah reached out to me recently to photograph her engagements we were having trouble finding a time. Her fiance, works in Santa Barbara, and I am booked up for most of the Fall. However, I saw a 36 hour period in my schedule when I could go to Malibu for…

couple kissing at sunset on el matador beach for their engagement pictures

My friend Tia Booth (from the Bachelor) – who I collab with on mobile lightroom presets! – recently invited me to the NWAFW show at Drake Field. This was actually the first time Tia and I met in person, though we text pretty much every day. We also have been social media friends for a…

Tia Booth NWAFW Fashion week in front of airplane

It’s no secret that Fall is my favorite time for photography. The color of fall leaves in photos adds such a beautiful dimension to an already beautiful wedding, and Lauren’s wedding at a Barn in Joplin, MO, was the first of the fall season and I couldn’t wait to incorporate the beautiful yellows and oranges…

Fall wedding portraits of bride and groom

It was an exciting weekend for Naty’s family – everybody was in town for the first time in a couple years, and her sister had a little announcement… I was honored to be a part of this celebration, and also honored to be trusted with such an important shoot. I also had the fun opportunity…

couple announces pregnancy to family with sonogram picture

A Destination wedding… in ARKANSAS! When I learned Gina and Daniel were planning a destination wedding in Arkansas, I was so excited! Destination wedding in Arkansas is not always a common thing. You think of beaches or flights to the other side of the world when you hear destination wedding, but Arkansas has some of…

bride and groom kissing in front of a chapel cottage in Arkansas

Being in the wedding industry here in Northwest Arkansas, I have the unique opportunity to meet some of the best and most talented wedding vendors. Corey recently whipped up some incredible wedding envelopes for Tyler and me with her beautiful calligraphy skills. Returning the favor, I wanted to go photograph her in her beautiful workspace…

calligrapher and designer posed at her desk workspace

If there is a quintessential “Benny Bride” it’s Caitlin! She booked me right after she got engaged (which is such a compliment to have someone JUST KNOW they want to book you and do so right away so they don’t lose the date), and she has an amazing style, which you’ll see in the engagement…

engaged couple kissing in front of an airplane at sunset

Maybe it’s because my own wife is pregnant… Maybe it’s because I photographed Amy Duggar + Dillon King’s wedding. Whatever the reason, I was almost OVERLY excited to photograph Amy Duggar maternity portraits. Pregnancy pictures can be so beautiful, and Amy’s were a thing of wonder. We found a sunflower field in NW Arkansas to…

Amy Duggar maternity portraits in sunflower field at sunset

How the Wedding Reception at the 1907 all began Emily was my hot yoga teacher, which is where I first met her. She followed me on instagram, so we became instagram buddies. Through that, I followed her love journey and when she announced she was getting married and having her Wedding Reception at the 1907,…

bright airy bride and groom kissing forehead at 1907 building

Pulling up to Morgan Creek Barn in Aubrey Texas for Katrina’s wedding, I remember getting butterflies. That often happens when I photograph weddings at new locations. I just get so inspired! Katrina and Will (aka the even better William and Kate, duh!) are precious and sweet and, just, LOVELY! Their wedding reflected that!

beautiful sunset portraits during golden hour with bride and groom

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