Bridal Portraits

November 5, 2022

Terrica’s Bridal Portraits with a Weeping Willow

To kick off Terrica’s incredible wedding at Big Cedar at Top of the Rock, I want to share her bridal portraits with a weeping willow. I photographed these weeks before the wedding so we could have a large canvas at the wedding reception for guests to admire. Our bride, after all, is so admirable. She […]

Bridal Portraits, Model Portraits

September 10, 2022

Scouting: The Importance of Finding New Photo Locations

Scouting new photo locations for Mercedes' shoot led us to this dirt road with mountains behind the model at sunset.

Finding new photo locations is often the last thing a photographer has time to do. Most photographers (particularly those in their first couple years of business) are so busy trying to figure out how to run a successful business that spending time with chores that don’t directly impact sales is often overlooked. For example, a […]

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 […]

Bridal Portraits

April 10, 2022

Rosewood Mansion Bridal Portraits Before and After; Dallas Wedding Photographer

before and after edit of a bride in blush designer wedding dress holding a bouquet

In these Rosewood Mansion Bridal Portraits, I’m going to show you behind the hood as I share before and after photos of our Benny Bride, Caroline Fox Hyde. One thing you should know about me is that I detest the color yellow. I take that back, yellow flowers I like. Everything else that’s yellow, well, […]

Bridal Portraits, Weddings

April 9, 2022

Monique Lhuillier Bridal Portraits

Monique Lhuillier Bridal Portraits of a young bride in a soft pink wedding dress that is strapless with a long train. This designer luxury bridal gown was photographed in Dallas Texas.

I have been waiting to share these Monique Lhuillier Bridal Portraits with you for MONTHS! AHHH… it’s a good thing I am good at keeping secrets. Because it wasn’t easy keeping these incredible photos from you as we waited for Caroline’s wedding day. I couldn’t help but give you a hint about this supermodel bride. […]

Bridal Portraits, Weddings

March 25, 2022

Gratitude for One of My Biggest Fans

Today I would love to talk about my gratitude. As a small business owner, client referrals are the lifeblood of my business. If you’re one of my customers (HI!), your kind words are what keep me in business. When your friend gets engaged, or your neighbor needs family photos, you have the opportunity to help […]

Bridal Portraits

January 30, 2022

Luxury Bridal Portraits for Jessica in Fayetteville, AR

Luxury Bridal Portraits in Fayetteville Arkansas in front of an ivy wall with wrought iron fencing

Lately, I’ve been really refining my look and feel for bridals and have landed upon this Luxury Bridal Portraits vibe. As a luxury wedding photographer, It’s very important to me to have a timeless quality to my images. For example, I‘m shooting a mix of full-color and black and white. Also, shooting this way takes […]

Bridal Portraits

January 28, 2022

Campbell’s Bright and Airy Bridal Portraits at The Reserve

Bright and Airy Bridal Portraits of art deco bride in a greenhouse

Within minutes of meeting Campbell, we were already taking her Bright and Airy Bridal Portraits at The Reserve in Hot Springs, AR. It’s not typical that I am meeting the bride for the first time on the wedding day, but it happens on occasion for brides who live in other states. Campbell lives in Colorado, […]

Bridal Portraits

February 4, 2021

Benny Award All-Stars: The Best Bridal Portraits from the last decade

Playing dress up, but like… the super bowl. Bridal portraits are so important, as it documents one of the most important times in any married woman’s life. Over the years, I’ve been able to photograph hundreds of stunning brides. Here are 16 of our all-time favorites!

Bridal Portraits, Styled Weddings

July 18, 2020

Ballroom at I Street Wedding with a Ballerina Bride / Styled session

Black bride in ballet shoes in a large white ballroom

I’m obsessed with this Ballerina Bride at Ballroom at I Street wedding. Maybe it’s because my daughter has been in dance her entire life and it propelled me into the future for her own wedding. Or maybe it is because Carmen, our ballerina bride model, is a stunning bride. Nevertheless, I love this bridal session […]

Bridal Portraits, Styled Weddings, Weddings

November 6, 2019

Modern Wedding at Osage House + Reception

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

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 […]

Bridal Portraits, Personal

June 4, 2019

My Wife’s Bridal Portraits

tyler benfield's bridal portraits by dale in northwest arkansas

I had the UNIQUE privilege of photographing my own wife’s bridal portraits. Pretty cool right? Tyler has always wanted me to shoot her wedding and bridal portraits, and since I couldn’t do the wedding (LOL), it was important to both of us that I be able to photograph the bridal portraits of her in her […]

Bridal Portraits

May 19, 2016

The Best Wedding Dresses: Tesori Bridal: Vendor Spotlight

Hey everybody! I was going through some images today, looking for images to refresh a few things and I happened to notice that many of my favorite dresses are from Tesori in Fayetteville.  If you’re a Benny Bride, you really need to spend a minute looking at their jaw-dropping wedding dresses and gowns.  I pulled […]

Bridal Portraits, Engagements, Styled Weddings

May 3, 2016

Just one last Post

Bridal Portraits, Engagements, Styled Weddings

February 20, 2016

Recipe Styling

Sweet Sugar Cookies Recipe Type: Dessert Author: Hello You Designs Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 10 mins Total time: 15 mins Serves: 36 These sweet, simple and chewy sugar cookies will be the new house favorite! Ingredients 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 1½ cups granulated sugar 1 egg 2¼ cups all-purpose flour ½ […]

Bridal Portraits, Engagements, Styled Weddings

February 20, 2016

Sweet Features

When looking for words to fill these sample posts the traditional thing to turn to is a Lorem Ipsum. An Ipsum is a filler text used to demonstrate the graphic elements of a document or visual presentation. While searching for something different to fill these pages found that you can find all kinds of Ipsum […]

Bridal Portraits, Styled Weddings

February 19, 2016

Built in Gorgeous

Does anyone remember Futurama? It was easily one of my favorite shows as a kid. How about some Futurama Ipsum for your enjoyment! Get yours at Yes, except the Dave Matthews Band doesn’t rock. Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? Oh […]

Bridal Portraits

February 19, 2016

Boutique Styling

How about some Cupacake Ipsum?! Check it out at and create your own delicious Ipsum. Dessert candy tootsie roll jelly-o bear claw chocolate bar apple pie. Chocolate cake tootsie roll lollipop caramels fruitcake powder marzipan. I love cake chocolate cake danish cheesecake chocolate ice cream jujubes caramels. Jelly oat cake jujubes gummies macaroon. Tiramisu […]