headshots

June 3, 2022

Fine Art Black and White Headshots for Travis

Fine art black and white headshot for Travis Swanson.

I love photographing Fine Art Black and White Headshots. After posting some on my Instagram, Travis reached out to me to get some of his very own (though I think I’ll be back soon to photograph the rest of his sweet family). Travis and I know each other through his wife, Emily, who owns Alphalit…

Documentary, For Fun, For Photographers

June 2, 2022

How to Take Great Food Photos

how to take great food photos for pizza party night by shooting the final pizza shot as a overhead flatlay

We recently had a pizza party night with friends and family, so I thought I would take the opportunity to show How to Take Great Food Photos. You’ve heard a lot about JP, best buddy and best man at my wedding. We try to go to Troy, NY, every year to stay with him and…

Weddings

June 1, 2022

Benfield Photography Reviews: Recent Love Notes

Couple on top of the Sagamore wedding venue in NY. The planner wrote positive Benfield Photography reviews for Dale's work after the wedding.

I’ve been getting some Benfield Photography Reviews lately and I thought I would share the love. I get to work with the most incredible wedding vendors all over the country. Not to mention… the most beautiful brides and grooviest grooms. Each wedding is a different experience, because each wedding is almost its own living, breathing…

For Fun

May 31, 2022

This Photographer’s Obsession with Efficiency

nest thermostat and speaker installed for maximum obsession with efficiency

When is Obsession with Efficiency a Problem? When is an Obsession with Efficiency a problem? Today was what I call a “throw-away day.” Throw-away days are when you get very little “real work” done because other tasks take up your entire day. Do you ever have those? You don’t wake up expecting to spend your…

Wedding Planning

May 30, 2022

How to Choose Your Wedding Colors: 3 Examples of Perfect Wedding Palette Executions

luxury wedding with veuve cliquot champage for wedding guests at luxury wedding reception

How to Choose Your Wedding Colors is one of the first questions you’ll encounter during your wedding planning process. Thankfully you have me to help you approach choosing your wedding colors. I am going to share three examples of well-executed wedding colors from real weddings in Northwest Arkansas and across the south. First, make use…

Luxury Wedding

May 29, 2022

3 Things I love about Kourtney Kardashian’s Luxury Wedding to Travis Barker

kourtney kardashian's luxury wedding black and white photo with travis barker

If you’ve been living under a rock for the past two weeks you might not have seen Kourtney Kardashian’s Luxury Wedding. Kourtney K married Blink-182 drumming Travis Barker in an ultra luxury wedding ceremony in Portofino, Italy (while you’re here, check out this luxury wedding in Italy by Benfield Photography). I’ve read all the posts…

Family and Children, For Photographers

May 28, 2022

The Best Advice to Photograph Your Own Kids

The Best Advice to Photograph Your Own Kids, shown by this toddler girl in burberry romper and gucci sunglasses

Yesterday I received the Best Advice to Photograph Your Own Kids. I was in my buddy’s photo studio in Albany NY getting ready for two weddings this weekend. I brought my camera to the studio, and Scout was sporting a new kids’ Burberry outfit. We took her into the natural light studio to shoot a…

Documentary, Personal

May 27, 2022

Talking to Kids About School Shootings

When it comes to Talking to Kids About School Shootings, I think about the day I’ll have to tell Scout about the evil that exists in the world. I’m so thankful that I got to spend 6 hours playing and hanging with Scout today. That’s about double from a typical day. During all that playtime…

Luxury Wedding, Weddings

May 26, 2022

Luxury Estate Wedding Photography in Northwest Arkansas

Luxury Estate Wedding Photography setup with a designer gown, vintage chanel necklace as a wedding gift for the bride

Today’s wedding showcases Luxury Estate Wedding Photography at the home of Chelsea and Tyler’s wedding. This luxury wedding showcases a James Beard nominated chef, vintage Chanel wedding jewelry, and a Vera Wang gown. As I walked into the room where the bride was getting ready, I noticed the most beautiful lighting and soft blue color.…

Boudoir, Wedding Planning, Weddings

May 25, 2022

3 Reasons You Should Do a Boudoir Photoshoot for Your Wedding

Boudoir Photoshoot for Your Wedding of dark haired bride in black panties and black bra posing and bending on bed in a hotel room.

There are 3 Reasons You Should Do a Boudoir Photoshoot for Your Wedding and today we are going to share them all. Should you do a boudoir photo shoot for your wedding? Read on to see why my answer is yes! 3 Reasons You Should Do a Boudoir Photoshoot for Your Wedding: A gift for…

Wedding Planning

May 24, 2022

Luxury Jewelry Designer Kendra Scott Launches New Line of Engagement Rings

engagement rings by kendra scott luxury jeweler

The Austin, TX, based Luxury Jewelry Designer Kendra Scott launched their first engagement ring collection today. I’ve been a fan of Kendra Scott since her debut in 2002. I admire and appreciate any artist who is committed to their craft, as Kendra Scott is. I can spot a Kendra Scott necklace or bracelet on a…

For Photographers, Wedding Planning, Weddings

May 23, 2022

A Photographer’s Ultimate Wedding Checklist

L'auberge Del Mar luxury wedding at night required advanced planning to execute perfectly.

In today’s post, I’m going to share my Luxury Wedding Photographer‘s Ultimate Wedding Checklist. Do you ever wonder how a photographer prepares for a wedding? Obviously, As a Northwest Arkansas Wedding Photographer, I don’t just wake up on a given wedding day morning and hope everything goes perfectly. There is a lot of time, energy,…

For Fun, Personal

May 22, 2022

A Princess of Dragons: A New Children’s Book

In honor of my friend Amanda having her book release party, here’s a post dedicated to her new children’s book, A Princess of Dragons: The Matlida Story. I met Amanda in college when we were both working for The Chart, Missouri Southern State University’s campus newspaper. I was the Director of Photography for the newspaper…

Wedding Planning

May 21, 2022

Ultimate Guide to Where to Buy a Groom’s Tuxedo or Suit

bride and groom twirl outside the Ballroom at I Street wedding, with the groom wearing a custom-fit tuxedo to match the bride's designer gown.

“Should I Buy a Tuxedo for My Wedding?” I get the following question from so many brides and grooms when wedding planning: “Should I Buy a Tuxedo for My Wedding?” The short answer is, “yes” but allow me to explain the many pros of buying a suit or tuxedo for your wedding. First, A custom…

For Fun

May 20, 2022

The Importance of Fine Dining Food Photography at a Wedding

Fine Dining Food Photography is a necessary skill for any luxury wedding photographer. At the Northwest Arkansas weddings I photograph, Benny brides spend so much effort and attention (not to mention money) on making sure the menu is perfect for the guests. As such, the culinary team takes great care to craft beautiful dishes and…

Wedding Planning, Weddings

May 19, 2022

Wedding First Looks You Don’t See Everyday

Designer Bride's first look with her bridesmaids on the wedding day as she descends the royal staircase at Hillside Estate in Texas

About Wedding First Looks I’ve photographed hundreds of Wedding First Looks (that’s not an exaggeration) over the course of my career. And recently I blogged about “Should I have a first look at my wedding” which offered some pros and cons to seeing your spouse before the wedding ceremony. Today, however, I’m sharing alternative wedding…

Weddings

May 18, 2022

5 Best Non-Sticky Self Tanner Recommendations

Non-Sticky Self Tanner Recommendations by Amanda Stanton, as shown in her engagement photo kissing her fiance Michael Fogel

Today I’m sharing some Non-Sticky Self Tanner Recommendations for the wedding season that is upon us. Most self-tanners are sticky and feel yucky and awful. However, there are a handful out there that come highly recommended. One of my Benny Brides, Amanda Stanton (from the Bachelor) recently shared her top five Non-Sticky Self Tanner Recommendations…

Weddings

May 17, 2022

Should I Have a First Look At My Wedding?

first look with Emma and Sam Bradford at their wedding in Aspen

Should I Have a First Look? Every bride asks herself this question. Because so much of the day is planned out well in advance, this question becomes one of the first every bride must answer. I’m going to go into the pros and cons of having a first look with your groom on the wedding…

Engagements

May 16, 2022

What to Wear for Engagement Photos

black and white luxury engagement picture of couple with kansas city skyline behind them

If you’re engaged, you might be wondering What to Wear for Engagement Photos. It’s a pretty important question, as these photos will get a lot of use during your engagement and after your wedding. What to Wear for Timeless Engagement Photos One of the most important things to consider when choosing engagement photo outfits is…

Personal

May 15, 2022

48 Hours at Home

Making the Most of My Time It’s obvious I’m in my busy season. I travel a lot for photography, but I am trying my best to be present with my family when I am not working. This weekend, I spent 48 hours at home (okay, actually 42 hours) and wanted to make the most of…