Family and Children

September 23, 2022

Mom + Daughter Video Vignette for Ty and Scout

mom + daughter video vignette of little girl playing in a field of yellow flowers with her mother looking on

I’m now expert on things I never thought I would be expert at. 1) packing for trips that last longer than a week. 2) knowing how melancholy I’ll feel after 5 days of being away from my girls. I’m thankful for being able to support my family by being a photographer; and I’m thankful that […]

Family and Children

September 22, 2022

Family Photo Shoot on Film: One Shoot, 3 Ways

This family photo shoot on film is the first of three posts I’m going to share on the EXACT SAME SHOOT. I thought I would play around and experiment with different cameras, lenses, and medium (film v digital). Today’s post is the film session of Scout and Tyler in a field of yellow flowers in […]

Family and Children

August 26, 2022

Anticipation for Fall Family Photo Season

Kids throwing leaves for their fall family photo session

Fall Family Photo Sessions are on my mind! I can’t help it… pumpkin spice is already everywhere. And the temperatures are starting to cool (especially in the Northeast where I just spent the last week). And football starts tomorrow. Yay! My favorite time of year is almost upon us! Even in our own family, we […]

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 […]

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 […]

Family and Children, For Fun

July 11, 2022

How to Take Family Photos with My iPhone

Mother and daughter model as I Take Family Photos with My iPhone

I didn’t mean to have to take family photos with my iPhone, I swear. I bought a new battery charger (this one, DO NOT BUY IT) and when I pulled the battery off this afternoon, the screen read “100%.” The problem is, when I turned on my camera at Crystal Bridges to take my first […]

Family and Children, Personal, Travel

July 5, 2022

Family Pictures at the Ritz-Carlton Cancun

Beach family pictures at the Ritz-Carlton in Cancun of a dad and daughter walking along the beach.

When I was thinking about getting family pictures at the Ritz-Carlton in Cancun, we decided it would be best if we just took them ourselves. While the on-site photographers offered photo sessions for families, they lost my business when I saw what times they shoot. Currently, in Cancun, the sun sets around 7:30 pm, It […]

Family and Children, Travel

July 4, 2022

Cancun Family Photographer (for Ty + Scout)

cancun family photographer image of a mother and young daughter at sunset on a balcony at the Ritz Carlton in Cancun

While the Benfields are vacationing at the Ritz-Carlton in Cancun, I thought I’d play pretend to be a Cancun Family Photographer with Ty and Scout. While I’ve posted a ton of images as a wedding photographer in Cancun, it’s probably not feasible to fly me to Cancun for a family session. However, because I’m in […]

Family and Children

June 28, 2022

NWA Family Photographer Portraits for the Sanders Family

Gorgeous family of 3 portrait during golden hour out in a field in Northwest Arkansas by NWA family photographer Dale Benfield

My greatest joy as an NWA Family Photographer is watching kids grow up in front of my camera. While I don’t take on many family clients with my full schedule, I have some incredible loyal families who trust me to document their lives. The Sanders family has been consistently hiring me to photograph them since […]

Family and Children, Personal

June 23, 2022

Praying for Scottie Teague

Scottie Teague and her family in the nursery.

Tonight I’m praying for Scottie Teague. If you could take a peek into my life right now, you would see that I am scrambling to get out the door by 7:30pm to drive to Columbia MO for a shoot tomorrow. We had one of those days in the Benfield household where the kids were absolutely […]

Family and Children, Personal

June 6, 2022

Mom and Daughter Photo Shoot of Ty + Scout

mom and daughter photo shoot in a white studio with a kids burberry outfit and a mom in black and white clothes.

Ty and Scout have a really special bond, so I thought it would be fun to do a mom and daughter photo shoot with them. Scout spends most of each day with Tyler. Whether it be lounging around the house, playing out in the backyard, or a trip to The Little Gym or Target, these […]

Family and Children, For Photographers

May 28, 2022

The Best Advice to Photograph Your Own Kids

The Best Advice to Photograph Your Own Kids, shown by this toddler girl in burberry romper and gucci sunglasses

Yesterday I received the Best Advice to Photograph Your Own Kids. I was in my buddy’s photo studio in Albany NY getting ready for two weddings this weekend. I brought my camera to the studio, and Scout was sporting a new kids’ Burberry outfit. We took her into the natural light studio to shoot a […]

Family and Children

February 8, 2022

Fine Art Family Portraits for the Northey Family

black and white fine art family portraits

My latest Fine Art Family Portraits Session is of the Northey family. I’ve gotten to know this family over the past year through photoshoots – they are a very photogenic family! For this session, I went to their house with my portable studio. We were able to capture some really great shots of both parents […]

Family and Children

February 6, 2022

In-Home Lifestyle Family Portraits

In Home Lifestyle Family Portraits

Today’s post contains both inspiration and an announcement regarding In-Home Lifestyle Family Portraits. First off, the announcement: I’m currently taking a few spots in March for these In-Home Lifestyle Family Portrait sessions, which you can book here. I come to you, spend some time creating fun and beautiful images based on a fun concept we […]

Family and Children

January 29, 2022

Black and White Fine Art Family Portraits for the Washington Family

Black and White Fine Art Child Portraits

Today I get to share Black and White Fine Art Family Portraits of the Washington family. I remember leaving this shoot feeling so happy, not just because the photos went perfectly but because they were all so jolly! I also enjoyed how lovely the two younger girls posed for me. Getting kids to warm up […]

Family and Children

January 24, 2022

Melissa’s Family Lifestyle Photo Session in D.C.

Family Lifestyle Photo Session with the toddler crawling through a tunnel

During my recent trip to the D.C. area, I had the pleasure of photographing Melissa’s Family Lifestyle Photo Session in their home. Melissa reached out to me on Instagram after I posted a travel notice to the D.C. area. She wanted to book a session. As we planned the shoot, we knew the weather would […]

Family and Children

November 20, 2021

Fine Art Family Portraits for the Brown Family

blonde kid photographed in black and white in front of a black background

Fine Art Family Portraits I always know I have a great photograph when I feel internally that I wish I had that image of my own family, which is exactly what I felt with I photographed these of Chelsea and Tyler’s family recently. If you’ve followed the blog for some time, this family is no […]

Family and Children

April 2, 2021

Sharing a New Mom’s Love Story Through Pictures: Teague Family Portraits

I’ve been photographing Scottie James’ mom since before she was a mom. Having an overlapping circle of friends and work colleagues, Brittany and I go way back! Let me just say: watching a friend become an incredible mother is one of the most beautiful things in this world. And Brittany is, without a doubt, an […]

Family and Children, Personal

October 26, 2020

Fall Baby Photos of Scout Lucille

Fall Baby Photos might be my new favorite. Showing up an hour early to a photo shoot has its advantages. Tyler, Scout, and I decided to make the most of our time during a recent senior portrait session. Our senior portrait client, who lives in Oklahoma, wanted to shoot at Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Northwest […]

Family and Children

December 31, 2019

Best Family Portrait and Baby Portrait Nominees: 11th Benny Awards

Before we talk about the Best Family Portrait nominees, I have an important question: What is family? To me, family can be so many things. For example, a mom and her fur-baby is totally a family. Likewise, a couple who has each other is a family. Of course, there is always the traditional couple with […]