For Photographers, Personal

August 2, 2022

Book Review for Herding Tigers: Be The Leader That Creative People Need

Herding Tigers Book Review by Dale Benfield, seen here holding a camera in front of a fountain in Kansas City.

Look at me doing two book reviews within a week: This Infinite Game by Simon Sinek, and now Herding Tigers: Be The Leader That Creative People Need, by Todd Henry. I don’t love every book I read. Honestly, I just recently gave a negative review on a book that missed the mark. However, this was […]


July 31, 2022

Sunday Weekly Roundup #2 / Arkansas Wedding Photographer

Happy Sunday friends! Today we have another edition of a Sunday Weekly Roundup. About My Hometown: Joplin, MO I’m getting ready for a really great wedding in Joplin, MO (my hometown). I moved to Arkansas in 2006 (or was it 2005?) from Joplin… a place from which few people ever leave. I knew the move […]

For Photographers, Personal

July 27, 2022

Book Review for The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek: What I’m Reading

The bride and groom pose in the infinity room for a luxury Crystal Bridges wedding surrounded by neon balls

Today I thought I’d give a book review for The Infinite Game. I haven’t posted a book review in some time, so why not? This book was a quick read. I read it in a day and a half, but got through most of the book on two legs of a flight from Arkansas to […]


July 21, 2022

Ellie is 18. What?!

little girl with red hair and a pink bow smiling with her dad, and now ellie is 18

Today Ellie is 18. No matter how many times I say that today, it doesn’t feel real. The fact that she has been so mature for so long doesn’t make it any more shocking that today she is an adult. When I started going through images for today’s blog post, I ended up with thousands […]

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 […]

For Fun, Personal

July 17, 2022

Easy Creme Brulee Recipe with Candied Lemon Peel

Creme Brulee Recipe with Candied Lemon Peel and fresh berries

In honor of Ellie’s birthday week, I’m sharing my easy creme brulee recipe on the blog. Q: “But wait… this isn’t a food blog is it?”A: This is a Dale blog. And Dale loves food and cooking. So… today it is! Ellie’s favorite dessert her entire life has been creme brulee. I can’t remember the […]


July 7, 2022

Ellie’s 18th Birthday Party

Ellie and her boyfriend, Duncan, at her 18th birthday party whispering and laughing.

There was a moment tonight at Ellie’s 18th birthday party when I had to secretly and silently excuse myself. Ellie’s idea for her 18th birthday party was an outside dinner party with 13 of her closest friends. She enlisted the help of her mom, her nana, and me to cook a 6-course meal. We spent […]

For Fun, Personal, Travel, Weddings

July 6, 2022

Wedding Pictures at the Ritz-Carlton Cancun

wedding pictures at the Ritz-Carlton Cancun of a flower girl dressed in white.

This blog post details Scout’s pretend Wedding Pictures at the Ritz-Carlton Cancun, as she coined herself. This girl just breaks my heart sometimes. On our last night of family vacation at the Cancun at the Ritz-Carlton, we put Scout in a white dress for our evening festivities. I told her how pretty she looked and […]

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 […]

Model Portraits, Personal, Travel

July 3, 2022

Surprise Vacation to the Ritz-Carlton

tyler benfield posing in a white dress in front of a white backdrop for her surprise vacation to the ritz-carlton cancun

If anyone in the world deserves a surprise vacation, it’s my wife. There are at least 48 reasons why this woman needs one, but to respect your time I’ll give you the top 5. Top 5 Reasons Tyler Deserves a Surprise Vacation 5) She curates the most incredible experiences for our family. 4) She rocks […]


July 2, 2022

Half a Year Sober: A Personal Update

brewdog in downtown cleveland is a great place for non-alcoholic beer

Can you believe Tyler and I are Half a Year Sober? 6 months is a long time to stick to something you quit cold turkey, but that’s exactly what has happened! If you remember, I first wrote about being sober in my blog post called “100 Days Alcohol-Free.” Take a look at that post if […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Documentary, Personal

May 27, 2022

Talking to Kids About School Shootings

When it comes to Talking to Kids About School Shootings, I think about the day I’ll have to tell Scout about the evil that exists in the world. I’m so thankful that I got to spend 6 hours playing and hanging with Scout today. That’s about double from a typical day. During all that playtime […]

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 […]


May 15, 2022

48 Hours at Home

Making the Most of My Time It’s obvious I’m in my busy season. I travel a lot for photography, but I am trying my best to be present with my family when I am not working. This weekend, I spent 48 hours at home (okay, actually 42 hours) and wanted to make the most of […]


May 8, 2022

Happy Mother’s Day to Tyler

Little wedding date, momma, and the bride smiling at the camera during golden hour

I never questioned what kind of mother Tyler would be. Often during our dating life, I would see little hints of how caring and nurturing she was. The actual reason escapes me, but for some reason I had to log in to her pinterest for something and saw something that completely melted my heart. She […]


May 2, 2022

Momma’s Little Wedding Date

flower girl and young girl in a flower field during a wedding day

This weekend, Scout was Tyler’s Wedding Date at her cousin’s wedding. Of course, I was shooting the wedding, but more on that later. Tyler looked amazing, and of course, Scout was a little heartbreaker. Leading up to the wedding, we prepped Scout on what to expect. She got excited about the idea of dancing with […]