For Fun, For Photographers, Personal, Wedding Planning

June 19, 2022

3 Reasons You Should Subscribe to The Benfield Photography Blog

Vogue Bridal Photographer shoots stunning brunette bride in blush pink wedding dress from Monique Lhuillier

If you’re new here, there are 3 main reasons you should subscribe to The Benfield Photography Blog. I update this blog every single day. Yes, even on Sundays. Yes, even on Christmas Day. It’s a labor of love, but yes I truly love this blog. Reason #1 to Subscribe to the Benfield Photography Blog The…

For Fun, Personal

June 17, 2022

Theme Idea for 18th Birthday Party

I’m no party planner, but I do love this theme idea for 18th birthday party that Ellie has come up with. Yes, Ellie is turning 18 in just over a month – how is that possible? Do y’all remember when she was the 4-year-old voice you heard when you came to this blog? It’s so…

Documentary, For Fun, For Photographers

June 2, 2022

How to Take Great Food Photos

how to take great food photos for pizza party night by shooting the final pizza shot as a overhead flatlay

We recently had a pizza party night with friends and family, so I thought I would take the opportunity to show How to Take Great Food Photos. You’ve heard a lot about JP, best buddy and best man at my wedding. We try to go to Troy, NY, every year to stay with him and…

For Fun

May 31, 2022

This Photographer’s Obsession with Efficiency

nest thermostat and speaker installed for maximum obsession with efficiency

When is Obsession with Efficiency a Problem? When is an Obsession with Efficiency a problem? Today was what I call a “throw-away day.” Throw-away days are when you get very little “real work” done because other tasks take up your entire day. Do you ever have those? You don’t wake up expecting to spend your…

For Fun, Personal

May 22, 2022

A Princess of Dragons: A New Children’s Book

In honor of my friend Amanda having her book release party, here’s a post dedicated to her new children’s book, A Princess of Dragons: The Matlida Story. I met Amanda in college when we were both working for The Chart, Missouri Southern State University’s campus newspaper. I was the Director of Photography for the newspaper…

For Fun

May 20, 2022

The Importance of Fine Dining Food Photography at a Wedding

Fine Dining Food Photography is a necessary skill for any luxury wedding photographer. At the Northwest Arkansas weddings I photograph, Benny brides spend so much effort and attention (not to mention money) on making sure the menu is perfect for the guests. As such, the culinary team takes great care to craft beautiful dishes and…

For Fun

April 23, 2022

Digital Photography Class in High School

Luxury Wedding Photographer Dale Benfield is a guest speaker for Joplin High School Digital Photography Class

Wednesday, I was the guest speaker at Ellie’s Digital Photography Class at Joplin High School. Though I didn’t tell her at the time, but leading up to my speaking engagement I was pretty nervous. I wasn’t nervous about teaching high schoolers about photography; I have done that dozens of times. Mostly, I was nervous about…

For Fun, For Photographers, Model Portraits

March 17, 2022

Editing Before and After: Two Looks

Editing before and after image of sexy black model wearing no bra and denim shirt

I love editing before and after photos. Most photographers don’t love editing. It’s the “drudgery work” that often lacks sexiness. It’s busywork. But not for me! I find it so fascinating that I can change the look and feel and vibe of an image by playing around with the photo’s raw settings. I’m very curious…

Boudoir, For Fun, Model Portraits, Personal

March 16, 2022

Curl Crush on Tyler

Curl Crush image of wife with curls in her hair with a bra on and an open denim shirt

I’ve got a curl crush, y’all. Today is “Curl Crush Day” which I didn’t know was a real thing. Tyler recently got her hair done by the fabulous Kelly Stuckey and I’m not kidding you… we did a photo shoot that very afternoon. I’m obsessed. With the girl, and with her hair. Check out a…

For Fun, For Photographers, Model Portraits

March 14, 2022

When Will I Use Math in Photography?

Will I Use Math in Photography to capture milky waterfalls? yes! Here is an example of my wife standing at the foot of a waterfall showing motion in the water using a slow shutter speed.

International Day of Mathematics When Will I Use Math in Photography: kids often wonder if they are going to use math in their career. No doubt, I’ve never used Base 8 mathematics (remember that?!), but I’ve used just about every other bit of mathematics in my photography career. That’s right… I use math in photography.…