July 2, 2022

Half a Year Sober: A Personal Update

brewdog in downtown cleveland is a great place for non-alcoholic beer

Can you believe Tyler and I are Half a Year Sober? 6 months is a long time to stick to something you quit cold turkey, but that’s exactly what has happened! If you remember, I first wrote about being sober in my blog post called “100 Days Alcohol-Free.” Take a look at that post if […]


July 1, 2022

Kindred North Wedding Portraits by NWA Wedding Photographer Benfield Photography

bride and groom portraits from their wedding at Kindred North by NWA Wedding Photography Benfield Photography out in the woods surrounding the centerton wedding venue.

I’ve been so excited to finally share these Kindred North Wedding portraits with y’all! Like I told you in the “wedding at Kindred North” post, Hannah and Derek were so laid back on the wedding day. That also came across in their wedding portraits. Also, because Hannah and Derek are so affectionate, their portraits look […]


June 30, 2022

Wedding at Kindred North by NWA Wedding Photographer Benfield Photography

bride and groom portraits from their wedding at Kindred North by NWA Wedding Photography Benfield Photography out in the woods surrounding the centerton wedding venue.

Hannah and Derek’s Wedding at Kindred North was one of the most laid-back and relaxed weddings I have ever photographed. Surely, that was attributed to 1) great planning and 2) a chill bride and groom. After more than 800 days since their original wedding date (thanks to covid), their wedding was rescheduled and relocated to […]


June 29, 2022

Luxury Kindred North Wedding Details

luxury wedding details for Kindred North wedding, including Blakeman's Fine Jewelry ring and earrings, chanel no 5 perfume, and greenery.

Hannah and Derek incorporated so many Luxury Kindred North Wedding Details into their wedding day. As I set the scene for their wedding at Kindred North and Kindred North wedding portraits, I wanted to give y’all the full view and all the little details that made up the entire day. Hannah and Derek used color […]

Family and Children

June 28, 2022

NWA Family Photographer Portraits for the Sanders Family

Gorgeous family of 3 portrait during golden hour out in a field in Northwest Arkansas by NWA family photographer Dale Benfield

My greatest joy as an NWA Family Photographer is watching kids grow up in front of my camera. While I don’t take on many family clients with my full schedule, I have some incredible loyal families who trust me to document their lives. The Sanders family has been consistently hiring me to photograph them since […]

Luxury Wedding

June 27, 2022

The Sagamore Wedding Portraits for Cristina and Pat

The bride and groom sit on the wooden dock at The Sagamore and snuggle.

In this post you’ll see the Sagamore Wedding Portraits we photographed on Lake George for Cristina and Pat. I have such respect for artists who use acrylic paint, watercolors, or even pencil. Sometimes it feels like I am cheating when I live my life as an artists. I get to engage with the most beautiful […]

Bridal Portraits

June 26, 2022

Bridal Portraits at The Sagamore for Cristina

Bridal Portraits at The Sagamore of a bride with her veil blowing in the wind in front of the Sagamore hotel.

In this post you’ll read about (and see images from) Cristina’s Bridal Portraits at The Sagamore Hotel and Wedding Venue on Lake George. When it’s supposed to rain all day and you don’t think you’ll get any outside shots, you take advantage of unexpected sunshine! That’s what Cristina and I did on her wedding day […]

Luxury Wedding, Weddings

June 25, 2022

Wedding at The Sagamore for Cristina and Pat

Wedding at The Sagamore showcasing the bride and groom on the 3rd floor balcony on Lake George.

Yesterday I showed the swoon-worthy Sagamore wedding details, and today I am sharing the actual Wedding at The Sagamore. It was a lovely day, which was unexpected. What I mean by that is the weather forecast called for 90% chance of thunderstorms at The Sagamore. Not just rain or showers… thunderstorms. I was sweating a […]


June 24, 2022

The Sagamore Wedding Details of Cristina and Pat

Wedding portraits of the bride and groom at The Sagamore with Lake George behind the couple.

Over the next couple days, I want to share an incredible Sagamore Wedding with you. I photographed this wedding the day after I shot the wedding at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga. I tell you what, I’ve been photographing some really incredible weddings lately, and thankful to step in and shoot for my buddy […]

Family and Children, Personal

June 23, 2022

Praying for Scottie Teague

Scottie Teague and her family in the nursery.

Tonight I’m praying for Scottie Teague. If you could take a peek into my life right now, you would see that I am scrambling to get out the door by 7:30pm to drive to Columbia MO for a shoot tomorrow. We had one of those days in the Benfield household where the kids were absolutely […]

Luxury Wedding, Wedding Planning

June 22, 2022

5 Tips to Plan the Perfect Destination Wedding

bride and groom walking up the aisle at their italian destination wedding in florence italy at a private vineyard.

Now that the world is traveling again, let’s talk about how to plan the perfect destination wedding. I’ve shot dozens of destination weddings over the years. Whether it was a wedding in Aspen, CO, or a wedding in Florence, Italy, I’ve done it all. This post is going to share my top 5 tips for […]

Luxury Wedding

June 21, 2022

More Hall of Springs Wedding Photos for Eugenia and Paul

bride and groom kissing in the forest tall trees outside the Hall of Springs in Saratoga NY

I think we can all agree that this Hall of Springs Wedding is worthy of another blog post. First, the sexy couple chose a sexy venue. Then, they chose a dream team of wedding vendors, including Katie O’ Events in Albany, and of course JP Elario behind the camera. Because I was shooting a wedding […]

For Photographers, Luxury Wedding

June 20, 2022

The Time I 2nd Shot a Wedding at Hall of Springs in Saratoga NY

bride and groom kissing under a weeping willow at Congress Park in Saratoga Springs NY on their wedding day.

Let me tell you about the time I was the 2nd shooter for a Wedding at Hall of Springs in Saratoga NY. Photographers who want to shoot more/better weddings, use this as the Ultimate How-To Guide to 2nd Shooting a Wedding. How can I say that? What qualifies me as the ultimate wedding photography expert? […]

For Fun, For Photographers, Personal, Wedding Planning

June 19, 2022

3 Reasons You Should Subscribe to The Benfield Photography Blog

Vogue Bridal Photographer shoots stunning brunette bride in blush pink wedding dress from Monique Lhuillier

If you’re new here, there are 3 main reasons you should subscribe to The Benfield Photography Blog. I update this blog every single day. Yes, even on Sundays. Yes, even on Christmas Day. It’s a labor of love, but yes I truly love this blog. Reason #1 to Subscribe to the Benfield Photography Blog The […]

For Photographers

June 18, 2022

Two Game-changing Adobe Lightroom Mobile Updates

Y’all there are two game-changing Adobe Lightroom Mobile Updates you have to hear about! First, if you aren’t using Adobe Lightroom mobile, why aren’t you?! It’s free, it’s easy, and you don’t have to be a professional photographer to use it. Also, if you read all my blog posts, you’ll remember that this is how […]

For Fun, Personal

June 17, 2022

Theme Idea for 18th Birthday Party

I’m no party planner, but I do love this theme idea for 18th birthday party that Ellie has come up with. Yes, Ellie is turning 18 in just over a month – how is that possible? Do y’all remember when she was the 4-year-old voice you heard when you came to this blog? It’s so […]

Engagements, Fine Art, Travel

June 16, 2022

Engagement Portraits in Malibu for Derek and Hannah

Engagement Portraits in Malibu at sunset with couple kissing

Tomorrow is Hannah and Derek’s wedding day so I wanted to post a few of their Engagement Portraits in Malibu we photographed. We actually photographed these before Covid was even a thing. Can you believe that? We were supposed to photograph Hannah and Derek’s wedding in Santa Barbara in March 2020 but we all know […]

Wedding Planning, Wedding Videography, Weddings

June 15, 2022

Marie + Nick’s SURPRISE Wedding Video; Arkansas Wedding Videographer

Did you know I’m also an Arkansas wedding videographer? While I am primarily a wedding photographer, I am also a wedding photographer who also shoots video. I mentioned before that I only shoot wedding videos as an add-on to my photography packages. Recently, I shot both photo and video at Marie and Nick’s wedding at […]

Wedding Planning

June 14, 2022

Hire a Wedding Photographer Who Understands Lighting

by hiring a photographer who understands lighting you can capture a shot like this of the bride and groom under a neon sign while sitting on a couch during their reception.

Bride and grooms, it’s so important to hire a photographer who understands lighting. As a luxury wedding photographer, I pride myself on being able to get the shot… every time. No matter the lighting and circumstances, I create award-winning images that the brides and grooms treasure. This shot, which looks easy in my final image […]

Luxury Wedding, Wedding Planning

June 13, 2022

Bridal Jumpsuits and Short Dresses at Wedding Receptions: 2022 Wedding Trends

Bridal Jumpsuits and Short Dresses at Wedding Receptions is the latest wedding trend... she changes from a designer wedding dress to a chic white short dress for the wedding reception.

Bridal Jumpsuits and Short Dresses at Wedding Receptions are the latest wedding trend that I’m loving right now. I mean, I often swap out shoes for the wedding reception (mostly for comfort, but a little for style), so of course, I’m all for this wedding dress swap trend! Also, if I’m ever in a situation […]