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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…

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!…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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Hey everybody! One of my favorite couples is engaged, and we’re honored they chose us to photograph their engagement portraits and wedding! Amy Duggar and Dillon King are the absolute sweetest couple. They are so in love, which is totally adorable. He’s hilarious and candid, she’s beautiful and excitable. Together, they make a gorgeous couple,…

Hey everybody! Everybody knows how crazy I am about my baby girl, Cece. I’ve written about her so many times on this blog (from this post the day she was born), and for those of you who have been faithful and loyal Benny Blog followers, you have watched her grow… from birth to present. You’ve…

Hey everybody! How about this brilliant little workaround when it comes to keeping the dress cleaning during wedding portraits.  A quick trip to Hancock Fabrics and $50 later, we were able to get one of my favorite poses (and portraits from this wedding season) of Ashley and Matt. I love how he is looking at…

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