January 15, 2022

Bachelor Alum Amanda Stanton’s Engagement Pictures: The Fine Art Session

Michael Fogel + Bachelor Alum Amanda Stanton’s Engagement Pictures, Part Two We’re back again today with another gorgeous installment of my recent shoot featuring Bachelor Alum Amanda Stanton’s Engagement Pictures with her fiance Michael Fogel. This was my first time meeting Michael, but I felt like I already knew him from Amanda’s Instagram stories. First…


January 4, 2022

Best Engagement Photos of 2021: Benny Award Nominees

The Best Engagement Portraits of 2021 Nominees are ready for your vote! About the Best Engagement Portraits of 2021 Nominees There’s nothing I don’t love about engagement photos. It’s like a wedding portrait session, but without the stress of finishing in time to cut the cake! This year’s best engagement portrait sessions brought me all…


January 1, 2022

Amanda Stanton’s Engagement Photos with Michael Fogel

Amanda Stanton's engagement photos to Michael Fogel in Aspen Colorado

I’ve been excited to photograph Amanda Stanton’s Engagement Photos ever since the moment Michael proposed. I’ve hoped she would find her husband ever since we became friends in 2019. She is such a sweet person, a loving mom, and deserves the best. Her two daughters do as well (here is a shot I got of…


February 3, 2021

Benny Award All-Stars: The Best Engagement Pictures from the last decade.

Groom kissing bride at sunrise with the mountains and lake behind them.

After more than a decade of capturing some of the coolest engagements in the world, our team has compiled and narrowed them all (I could never have done this!) to the top 16. Hosting daily contests, each of the below nominees competed in a bracket system to determine the GOAT engagement portraits. So fun!


November 19, 2020

Seattle engagement photos for Andy and Lauren

Seattle engagement photos at Mount Rainier

Can my new full-time job be to shoot Seattle engagement photos all day, errday? I had the best time with Andy and Lauren, as we trotted about Seattle and Mount Rainer for the engagement portraits. When it comes to a destination engagement shoot, or destination wedding photos for that matter, it’s always a dream to…


December 31, 2019

Best Engagement Portrait Nominees: 11th Benny Awards

The Best Engagement Portrait category is probably my favorite. Actually, I get asked often what my favorite thing to photograph is, and my answer is always engagement pictures. I love being an engagement picture photographer because it gives me time to get to know my couples. By connecting with them during the engagement shoot, it…


November 11, 2019

Sunrise Engagement Pictures for Lauren Weaver and Luke Bonfield

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

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…


November 8, 2019

Top 10 Proposal Ideas and Tips for the Perfect Proposal

newly engaged girl pulling guy's hand with engagement ring

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!…


October 21, 2019

Engagement Pictures at Crystal Bridges of Murielle and Bryson

Sunset engagement portraits in Northwest Arkansas

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…


October 20, 2019

Malibu CA engagement portraits for Hannah and Derek

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

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…


October 9, 2019

Airplane Engagement Portraits with Caitlin and Garrett

engaged couple kissing in front of an airplane at sunset

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…


April 18, 2019

El Dorado Maroma Honeymoon Photos for Alex and Carson

Newlywed couple photographed on their honeymoon at El Dorado Maroma in Mexico at sunset

I love to collect portraits of people. I don’t know if that makes me weird (ok… not like hannibal lector weird) or good at my job, but every time I see a pretty location, I need to photograph someone there. While on our honeymoon, Tyler and I became instant bffs with Carson and Alex, who…


March 23, 2019

Smokeshow Engagement Portraits for Ragen + Austin

couple hugging in a cloud of blue smoke from a smoke grenade

Ragen and Austin won an instagram contest I was hosting for a free engagement shoot. You see, even though it’s cold and dreary outside, I want to show the world we can still capture some breathtaking engagement portraits! Ragen had a cool idea for her session: smoke grenades! I’d photographed smoke bombs once at a…

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December 21, 2018

You won’t believe these details! Southern Arkansas Wedding of Anna and Thomas

beautiful all-white reception with luxury details and high end accents

Hey everybody! Anna and Thomas’ wedding in McGehee showed me the biggest transformation I’ve ever seen.  Shawna at Young Designs created a masterpiece for the reception, and pulled off a last minute location switch to save a rainy situation. I’d argue that the new ceremony spot was so perfect and intimate. I love Anna and…

Engagements, SuperFeatured

September 26, 2018

Alaska Proposal; The Time I Almost Blew It.

Dale Benfield proposing to Tyler Sowers at Alyeska Resort in Alaska.

Hey everybody! Did you ever know something 100% in your heart, but you almost screw it up?  So goes the story of my proposal to Tyler. First off, there was some work that went into this before we ever hopped on the plane… not only in designing the ring, but also discussing my plan with…

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September 25, 2018

Engagement Pictures in Alaska: Sidra and Sean

engagement couple in alaska on a cliff at beluga point at sunset

Hey everybody! Before we hopped on a flight, I did a lot of research about where to shoot engagement pictures in Alaska.  With the help of the bride, and a dear friend of mine (hey Sidra!), we narrowed down a few options for the engagement portraits: Beluga Point, Hatcher Pass, and a couple others. After…

Engagements, SuperFeatured

May 9, 2018

I Street Ballroom Wedding for Abby and Austin

Hey everybody! I’ve photographed weddings far and wide, from California to NYC to Italy, but don’t think you need to go to one of those places to have a jawdropping wedding.  Bentonville, and Northwest Arkansas, has a number of incredible wedding venues ranging from rustic to classic to elegant.  One of my favorite current elegant…

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September 12, 2017

Florence Italy Wedding Details for Emily and Ford

Hey everybody! Here we go with this dream Italian wedding in Florence at Villa Le Piazzole – Just a warning, it’s a mega post.  There are just so many incredible moments and beautiful sites (like the most insane long table I’ve ever seen)… I just want to share it ALL with y’all! First up, if…

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…