Engagements, Luxury Wedding, Weddings

September 2, 2022

Happy Wedding Day Amanda Stanton and Michael Fogel

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

This weekend is Michael Fogel and Amanda Stanton’s wedding day! Amanda is going to be the most stunning bride. I can’t wait to see all the gorgeous details and sweet moments for her California wedding. Previously, I was Amanda’s wedding photographer. However, because she had to move her wedding date (and location) from Aspen in […]

Engagements, For Photographers

August 31, 2022

5 Easy Poses for Engagement Photos

Easy Poses for Engagement Photos as demonstrated by Emma and Sam Bradford

It’s about to be engagement photo season so I thought I would share my top 5 easy poses for engagement photos. I’ve shot nearly 500 engagement portrait sessions all over the world. Over the years, I have developed a method of posing that is natural, comfortable, and flattering for my couples. Here are my top […]

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 […]


May 16, 2022

What to Wear for Engagement Photos

black and white luxury engagement picture of couple with kansas city skyline behind them

If you’re engaged, you might be wondering What to Wear for Engagement Photos. It’s a pretty important question, as these photos will get a lot of use during your engagement and after your wedding. What to Wear for Timeless Engagement Photos One of the most important things to consider when choosing engagement photo outfits is […]


May 14, 2022

Terrica + Nick’s Engagement Photos in Rogers

what shoes to wear to an engagement sessino

When I photographed Terrica and Nicks’ Engagement Photos in Rogers, I fell in love with their style. And then on their second outfit they busted out these shoes, so of course, we bonded over them right away. If you didn’t know, I have Nick’s exact pair of shoes he is wearing in this photo below […]


May 11, 2022

More Engagement Portraits in Bentonville for Beth and Blake

young couple hold each other during their engagement shoot in bentonville

I have to share even more Engagement Portraits in Bentonville because yesterday’s post just wasn’t enough. Beth and Blake 1) don’t take a bad picture, 2) have great style, 3) are so sweet with each other, and 4) were a blast to photograph. Our engagement portraits in Bentonville were shot at three of my favorite […]


May 10, 2022

Bentonville Engagement Photos for Beth + Blake

sunset portraits for young couple's engagement photos in bentonville

I hope you’re ready for the prettiest Bentonville Engagement Photos from my shoot with Elizabeth and Blake. Planning the Shoot for Bentonville Engagement Photos As I do with every photo shoot, I ask the couple to send me photographs their planned outfits. This does two big things. First, it forces the couple to put thought […]


May 9, 2022

Engagement Photo Gif Sneak Peek / Blake + Beth

engagement photo gif of man kissing his fiancee on the cheek

According to everyone I follow on Instagram, an engagement photo gif is all the rage. As I scroll through my reels feed, I see them one after another. I happen to make gifs in my spare time. Haha, free time. Good one, Dale. I do, however, know how to make gifs. I used to make […]

Documentary, Engagements

April 30, 2022

Sentimental Engagement Photos for J+Z

sentimental engagement photo of a couple surrounded by wedding advice written with sidewalk chalk

Because I know this sweet bride so well, I was able to take these sweet sentimental engagement photos outside her house in Nashville, TN. Let’s have storytime, shall we? We all remember how 2020 caused the world to shut down. As most of us were quarantined and worked from home, we started to feel isolated. […]


January 31, 2022

Hot Springs Engagement Photo Session: Nick and Marie

Hot Springs Engagement Photo Session overlooking Lake Hamilton

This Hot Springs Engagement Photo Session had special significance for me. The bride-to-be, Marie, was Benfield Photography’s first-ever intern. I’ve been able to share in Marie’s excitement while life took her on tons of adventure. Now that she has found her soulmate, my excitement has multiplied. I am just so happy for her and Nick! […]


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 […]