August 6, 2022

Sunset Wedding Portraits by Joplin Wedding Photographer + Love Notes

Joplin wedding portraits during golden hour sunset for their Roxy and Amalie wedding in downtown Joplin.

You might remember that I started my career as a Joplin Wedding Photographer. Weddings in Joplin have evolved over the past 20 years, and I’m happy they have progressed to where they are currently. Part of it is there are cool Joplin wedding venues. Another part is that couples realize the importance of epic wedding […]


August 5, 2022

Wedding Reception at The Roxy in Joplin for Josh and Sarah

wedding reception at The Roxy with lots of feet dancing on the dancefloor with red light from the dj booth.

This wedding reception at The Roxy in Joplin was one heck of a party. First off, they had special musical guests Randall Shreve make the trip from Northwest Arkansas to play during cocktail hour at The Amalie in Joplin. He also played a beautiful song for the bride and groom’s first dance to kick off […]


August 4, 2022

Wedding at The Amalie in Joplin for Josh and Sarah

first look moment during wedding at Roxy in Joplin

Yesterday’s blogpost was just a wedding tease, but today I get to share this Wedding at The Amalie in Joplin with you. Sarah and Josh chose one of the best wedding venues in Joplin for their wedding: The Amalie. The space is centrally located, lots of amenities, and is a really nice blank canvas to […]

Fine Art, Luxury Wedding

August 3, 2022

Sneak Peek Sunset Wedding Portrait from Joplin Wedding Photographer

sunset wedding portraits from wedding at Amalie in Joplin

This past weekend I returned to my roots (literally) as a Joplin Wedding Photographer to shoot Josh and Sarah’s wedding at the Roxy and Amalie. I’ve known Josh for more than 20 years. I have so much respect and admiration for the man he has become. In the coming days, you’ll see more from my […]

For Photographers, Personal

August 2, 2022

Book Review for Herding Tigers: Be The Leader That Creative People Need

Herding Tigers Book Review by Dale Benfield, seen here holding a camera in front of a fountain in Kansas City.

Look at me doing two book reviews within a week: This Infinite Game by Simon Sinek, and now Herding Tigers: Be The Leader That Creative People Need, by Todd Henry. I don’t love every book I read. Honestly, I just recently gave a negative review on a book that missed the mark. However, this was […]

Luxury Wedding, Wedding Planning

August 1, 2022

8 Jaw-Dropping Designer Wedding Dresses (from designers you might not know)

Halfpenny Orchid luxury designer wedding dresses with puffy sleeves and floral details

This inspirational wedding post features 8 Jaw-Dropping Designer Wedding Dresses. I wanted to move away from the normal favorites (we all love Berta wedding gowns, Galia Lahav, and Monique Lhuillier wedding dresses, I know! But I wanted to shed light on some lesser-known luxury wedding dress designers. I also chose 4 designers who have vastly […]


July 31, 2022

Sunday Weekly Roundup #2 / Arkansas Wedding Photographer

Happy Sunday friends! Today we have another edition of a Sunday Weekly Roundup. About My Hometown: Joplin, MO I’m getting ready for a really great wedding in Joplin, MO (my hometown). I moved to Arkansas in 2006 (or was it 2005?) from Joplin… a place from which few people ever leave. I knew the move […]

Destination Wedding, Luxury Wedding, Weddings

July 30, 2022

L’Auberge Del Mar Wedding at Golden Hour / NWA Destination Wedding Photographer

L'Auberge Del Mar Wedding at golden hour with the bride and groom touching foreheads

This Southern California L’Auberge Del Mar destination wedding will go down in history as of one of my all-time favorites. Not only is the San Diego wedding venue named one of the top 3 hotels in Southern California (and rightfully so), but the couple is so kind. In fact, Maggie and Kevin are one of […]


July 29, 2022

Kindred North Wedding Photos; NW Arkansas Wedding Photographer

Kindred North wedding photos of a bride and her bridesmaids sitting on a bed in their white robes on the wedding day morning.

You are going to love these Kindred North Wedding Photos if you love bright and airy wedding photos. Jessica and Chris had a wedding style that perfectly complemented the Kindred North wedding vibes, and in photos, it shows! Just look at this image of the bride and her bridesmaids sitting on the bed in their […]

Luxury Wedding, Travel

July 28, 2022

Luxury Destination Wedding in Rome Italy

Today I’m sharing a Luxury Destination Wedding in Rome Italy I photographed. Over the past ten years, I’ve become primarily a destination wedding photographer in NW Arkansas. I am thankful I get to travel to places like California, Texas, NY, and Colorado for weddings. But I also have a reputation as a breathtaking international destination […]

For Photographers, Personal

July 27, 2022

Book Review for The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek: What I’m Reading

The bride and groom pose in the infinity room for a luxury Crystal Bridges wedding surrounded by neon balls

Today I thought I’d give a book review for The Infinite Game. I haven’t posted a book review in some time, so why not? This book was a quick read. I read it in a day and a half, but got through most of the book on two legs of a flight from Arkansas to […]

Luxury Wedding, Weddings

July 26, 2022

Luxury Crystal Bridges Wedding for Heather and Chris; Arkansas Wedding Photographer

Luxury Crystal Bridges wedding setup with long tables decorated with green plants and golden charger plates.

This Crystal Bridges Wedding and Reception is going to make your jaw drop and your heart melt. There are really beautiful wedding details. But more importantly, I witness and photographed so many sentimental wedding moments I’m excited for you to see. First, let’s set the scene for this luxurious Crystal Bridges wedding + reception. The […]

Wedding Planning

July 25, 2022

3 Reasons to Have a Last Dance at Your Wedding Reception

The bride and groom dance their last dance alone under the clear tent at their Hillside Estate wedding reception

There are 3 main reasons to have a last dance at your wedding reception. If you’re currently planning a wedding, take notes (or bookmark this post). First, what is a Last Dance at Your Wedding Reception? That’s when just the wedding couple share a dance on the dancefloor as the only two people in the […]

For Fun

July 24, 2022

Sunday Weekly Roundup

The Sunday Weekly Roundup is a new post I’m going to be doing each week on Sunday. Instead of having a specific focus throughout the post, like I do throughout the week, the Sunday Weekly Roundup won’t. Expect random thoughts. Expect random stories. These posts might read more like diary entries some days, and brainstorms […]

Wedding Planning

July 23, 2022

Top 5 Things Every Groom Should Know

groom from behind walking down the hotel hallway in a blurry black and white image

Having captured more than 500 nuptials in my wedding photography career, I have a pretty lengthy list of Things Every Groom Should Know. (I also have a list of Things Every Bride Should Know, but I’ll save that for a later blog post). Some of these things might seem obvious once you read them, but […]

Family and Children

July 22, 2022

NW Arkansas Family Photographer Sign-ups Now Open!

nwa family photographer captures a mother and daughter outside in the forest of trees. the young daughter has her arms wrapped around the mother from behind.

Are you looking for an NW Arkansas Family Photographer? Today is the day you found one! This is the first time I’ve opened up my nwa family photographer membership program in 6 years! Here’s what the program is:🌟🌟Two family photo shoots per year🌟🌟Editing included🌟🌟Digital files included $750. This is actually my current price for photo […]


July 21, 2022

Ellie is 18. What?!

little girl with red hair and a pink bow smiling with her dad, and now ellie is 18

Today Ellie is 18. No matter how many times I say that today, it doesn’t feel real. The fact that she has been so mature for so long doesn’t make it any more shocking that today she is an adult. When I started going through images for today’s blog post, I ended up with thousands […]

For Fun, Weddings

July 20, 2022

Top 5 Wedding Movies of All Time

Top 5 Wedding Movies of All Time includes Rachel McAdams laughing at night in About Time

This blog is kind of like a wedding blog, so I thought today we could discuss the Top 5 Wedding Movies of All Time. I know… so controversial, right? 😉 I’m a huge Hallmark fan, and while I’d love to include all my favorite wedding-related Hallmark movies into the mix, I think we need to […]

Fashion / Blogger, Model Portraits

July 19, 2022

Modeling Portfolio Photos in NW Arkansas for Alex

Sexy model with dark hair dresses in a short dress lying down on stair for a NW Arkansas model photographer.

I’ve previously shared Modeling Portfolio Photos in NW Arkansas of my friend Alex, but realized I had a bunch you haven’t seen! We shot these photos after Alex was signed to a modeling agency (YAY, but hard work!) and needed some fresh images for her portfolio. The agency gave some requests (typical) that we used […]

Family and Children, Fine Art, headshots, Personal

July 18, 2022

Fine Art Parent Portraits of Tyler’s Mom and Dad

Fine art parent portraits of an aging dad with white curly hair and glasses making a funny face in black and white in front of a black backdrop.

I would be lying if I said I “recently” took some Fine Art Parent Portraits of Tyler’s mom and dad. Actually, I made them sit for me in my portable studio before Christmas. But, that’s what it’s like when you shoot fine art wedding photography as your career… your personal images get put on the […]