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September 24, 2022

Success does not equal happiness: Weekly Roundup #9

This was a pretty hard week. I averaged about 10 hours of work per day, in each of the 7 days. What made it worse was that I was away from the family, hence the 59 facetime calls this week. As much as I dread being away from them, I am so thankful to be […]

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September 11, 2022

Sunday Weekly Roundup #8

Makin’ Mems One of the hardest things for me in my life is leaving my family when I travel for work. While this week I was home each day (yay!), there are often weeks that I don’t get to see my girls. Ellie and Cece are old enough to understand, but it really kills me […]

Documentary, Personal

September 7, 2022

There Are No Insignificant Moments

On one of my recent flights back to NWA I watched the movie Kodachrome. The storyline centers around a photographer and his son. While I won’t give away the story and moral, I did start to think about the role photography plays in my family. We’ve all heard the saying, “the cobblers children have no […]

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September 4, 2022

Sunday Weekly Roundup #7

This week’s roundup will have a ton of pictures that will inspire you to buy a round trip ticket to NYC. You’ve been warned. When Ellie picked NYC as the city she wanted to shoot her senior portraits in, I was filled with mixed emotions. On the one hand, she and I love NYC and […]

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September 3, 2022

Ellie + Me in NYC

daddy-daughter-nyc trip

The 4:30am alarm didn’t even get a chance to go off as I sprang out of bed yesterday morning. Overcome with the excitement of Ellie and my daddy/daughter trip, there was zero chance of me going back to sleep. Ellie and I have shared a daddy/daughter trip to the big apple before, and I’ve been […]

For Fun, Personal

August 30, 2022

Little Soccer Star (and her Sexy Soccer Mom)

2 year old girl kid celebrates after scoring her first goal in soccer

Let me tell you the story of how our little soccer star came to be. We noticed a few weeks ago that Scout was starting to get possessive of things. While this is a normal occurrence in her child development, she would make the meanest faces at others who were encroaching on her space or […]

For Fun, Personal

August 28, 2022

Sunday Weekly Roundup #6: (alpacas, Venus, and lollipops)

I’m stepping up my recap game this week. Make sure to read until the end. We’ve got memes, we’ve got infographics, we’ve got quotes, and we’ve got photos of the week! I designed all these (and made templates) so if you like it I’ll keep this new format going. Let me know your thoughts! The […]

For Fun, Personal

August 27, 2022

My PB No-Bake Cookie Recipe

pb no bake cookie recipe

I’m venturing outside my typical Arkansas wedding photographer posts today and sharing my pb no-bake cookie recipe. I remember the first time I had peanut butter and chocolate no-bake cookies. My Grandma Benfield made a batch, and I watched as she melted and swirled butter in the sauce pot she was using. Unfortunately, that was […]

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August 25, 2022

My Ultimate Goal in Life

Benfield Family Photos in Paris at the Eiffel Tower

What is My Goal in Life? Tonight in my Lyft back to the hotel, my driver asked me what my goal in life was. Just like you’re probably thinking right now, I thought “this is a pretty deep question for the rider/passenger relationship.” Indeed, it was. My ride was 45 minutes long, and 44 minutes […]

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August 21, 2022

Sunday Weekly Roundup #5

Bentonville Taco and Tamale interior photos

Another Sunday, another airport… delay. I’m currently sitting at my gate awaiting a late departure to my first leg of this 6 hour journey back to Cleveland. This upcoming week will be a big one, shoots every day across the Cleveland and Akron areas. I’m also doing a pretty big presentation and planning a pretty […]

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August 20, 2022

Sisterly Love

Easily, my favorite part of the Disney Vacation this week was witnessing Scout and Ellie’s sisterly love. Having two daughters that are 16 years apart in age raises questions about how the relationship will form, grow, and last. Of course, if you’ve been a Benfield Blog follower for any time, you’ll already know that Ellie […]

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August 19, 2022

Overwhelming Nostalgia, a Puritan Coffee Love Story

I walked into Puritan Coffee & Beer today for the first time in ages and experienced overwhelming nostalgia. For you to understand the level of overwhelming emotion I felt, I need to tell you a story. How It Started In 2017, I was in a pretty dark place. I had just gotten out of a […]

For Fun, Personal

August 17, 2022

Disney Single Rider, and Other Disney Vacation Tips

Disney Vacation Tips to make it seem like you're the only one at Disneyworld with no wait times on rides, like you see here in this picture of Walt Disney holding Mickey Mouse's hand at sunset.

When I bumped into past Benny Bride Morgan (who had this incredible wedding at Meadowood Napa Valley) today, I gave her a few Disney Vacation Tips. I don’t typically just spout out vacation tips for Disneyworld. However, I just got back from Orlando, and she leaves to go with her husband, 1-year-old, and 4-year-old on […]

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August 15, 2022

Monday Weekly Roundup

Whoops! I posted a shoot yesterday instead of my weekly roundup. Let’s just do the roundup today, shall we? Flattered, but No Thanks A couple weeks ago, I got recruited by a company to be their Creative Director. I went in and met the team felt so welcome. They loved me and called me a […]

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August 13, 2022

Ellie’s Dark Side

Ellie's Dark Side with a light saber from Disney World.

We all know Ellie’s Dark Side doesn’t exist. Or so we thought. We were at Star Wars at Disney today and after 18 years I finally saw Ellie’s Dark Side. Don’t believe me? Watch the following video until the end. As you might remember, I didn’t bring my professional camera on this trip; Even if […]

For Photographers, Personal

August 12, 2022

Things I love about Disney as a Business Owner

As a small business owner of a luxury wedding photographer brand, there are some things I love about Disney that I use for inspiration. We just finished walking 18k steps throughout Animal Kingdom and Epcot. Instead of feeling like my feet hurt, I feel inspired by Disney’s Excellence. Things I love about Disney as a […]

Personal

August 11, 2022

Benfields Do Disney World

Tyler Benfield standing in front of Cinderella's castle at Disney World

Today, the gang and I finally arrived at the moment we had been waiting for for months. Tyler has worked hard to curate the perfect Disney experience for our family. Today all her hard work paid off. I’m not sure anyone could have planned it better. Three cheers for this little lady. Do you want […]

For Fun, Personal

August 10, 2022

Announcing: Chronically Overpacked, a travel + parenting tips blog for your reading pleasure

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

While I’m letting go of old web domains and side projects, Tyler has just launched her own parenting tips blog side hustle: Chronically Overpacked. Tyler is one of the OG bloggers of the world. She is one hell of a writer and has a gift for knowing what you want to know. She has had […]

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August 9, 2022

Letting Go…

the main reason I am half a year sober is because I want to be present for my girls.

Tonight I did something I never thought I would do. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been snatching up domain names when a crazy business idea popped into my head. Sometimes, those ideas turned into a real business. I’ve started, grown, and sold two of those businesses. Others are things I’ve wanted to […]

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August 7, 2022

Sunday Weekly Roundup #3

Hey friends! Welcome to another edition of the Sunday Weekly Roundup. I’m in Kansas City today getting ready for a two-day shoot. I wouldn’t be me if I wasn’t working right up until the moment we leave for vacation. Each trip to Kansas City I take (which is usually 1 trip per month), I feel […]