For Photographers

September 20, 2022

3 Best Lenses for Wedding Photography + What’s In My Camera Bag

Are you a photographer who’s wondering what are the best lenses for wedding photography? Today’s post is for you! I’m going to share what I have in my camera bag, along with what I believe to be the best lenses for wedding photography for Canon shooters. BTW, if you don’t shoot Canon, there are adapters […]

For Photographers

September 16, 2022

Free Photo Mentorship Zoom Meetings

When I first started, there was no such thing as a free photo mentorship. Honestly, I’m not sure there is anything like that now. I was reminded of that when a photographer friend sent me the following message (she was referring to wayyyy back in 2009): Hi Dale! Hope you are well! I wanted to […]

For Photographers

September 15, 2022

Repeated Pattern: Best Composition Tools

A repeated pattern is one of my favorite composition tools that I often use to elevate my photography. Repeated patterns can occur naturally or can be “manmade,” but in either case, it occurs when an element is repeated throughout the frame of a photographic image. It can be repeated once or multiple times. In the […]

For Photographers, Luxury Wedding

September 1, 2022

3 Composition Photo Tips from Emily’s Wedding in Italy

Composition Photo Tip using framing to capture the bride crying during an emotional speech during her wedding reception in Italy

While I’m shooting weddings, I’m constantly thinking about Composition Photo Tips. Today, I’m going to share 3 of my favorite composition tools to improve photographic images regardless of the camera you have immediately. I’ve chosen Emily and Ford’s wedding in Italy for examples. Composition Photo Tip #1: Framing While framing is one of the rarest […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fine Art, For Photographers

July 16, 2022

How Camera Settings Can Transform a Photo

In today’s fun post I’m going to show how camera settings can transform a photo. Within moments, you can change a scene from night into day with a few changes to your camera’s settings. That’s one of the most important reasons it’s so important to know your camera’s settings. Once you master light, f-stops, shutter […]

For Photographers

July 15, 2022

Canon R5C Review and the Importance of Having the Best Camera Gear

Dale Benfield shoots video and photo stills with his Canon R5C in front of a fountain.

This is a double post, including my Canon R5C Review and also the importance of having the best camera gear as a luxury wedding photographer. When I pressed “Buy Now” back in March I felt a little queasy. Dropping $5300 on a camera is a lot of money. To some families, that’s 1/2 a year […]

For Photographers

July 12, 2022

Top 5 Amazon Prime Day Camera Deals: My Recommendations

photographer showing off his purchase from Amazon Prime Day camera deals a little too late.

I found some sweet Amazon Prime Day Camera Deals for Amazon Prime Day! First, I’ll just say, I’ll NEVER recommend a product I don’t believe in. I also won’t suggest a product that I have never used. I want you to be able to trust my recommendations 100%. I’ve been around long enough to know […]

For Photographers

July 9, 2022

How Much Does it Cost to Be a Wedding Photographer?

Tyler Benfield posing with her camera while photographing a reception for Benfield Photography

In this blogpost, we answer the question “How Much Does it Cost to Be a Wedding Photographer?” by adding up all the start-up costs involved in started a wedding photography business. How Much Does Photography Gear for Weddings Cost? One of the photographer’s biggest expenses is camera gear. While technology continues to advance what cameras […]

For Fun, For Photographers

July 8, 2022

Ask Me Anything Anonymously

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

If you’re on Instagram, you’ve likely seen the new stories that let you ask me / the person anything anonymously (or give them a comment anonymously). Well, I decided to hop on the trend so you can ask me something you’ve wanted to ask but are maybe too shy, too afraid, too proud, etc. Just […]

For Photographers, Luxury Wedding

June 20, 2022

The Time I 2nd Shot a Wedding at Hall of Springs in Saratoga NY

bride and groom kissing under a weeping willow at Congress Park in Saratoga Springs NY on their wedding day.

Let me tell you about the time I was the 2nd shooter for a Wedding at Hall of Springs in Saratoga NY. Photographers who want to shoot more/better weddings, use this as the Ultimate How-To Guide to 2nd Shooting a Wedding. How can I say that? What qualifies me as the ultimate wedding photography expert? […]

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 Photographers

June 18, 2022

Two Game-changing Adobe Lightroom Mobile Updates

Y’all there are two game-changing Adobe Lightroom Mobile Updates you have to hear about! First, if you aren’t using Adobe Lightroom mobile, why aren’t you?! It’s free, it’s easy, and you don’t have to be a professional photographer to use it. Also, if you read all my blog posts, you’ll remember that this is how […]

For Photographers, Weddings

June 4, 2022

Wedding Same Day Teasers: How I Process Images Quickly

Wedding Same Day Teasers of a menu, aperol spritz, and a food menu from a wedding reception

I have some Wedding Same Day Teasers from Nick and Marie’s wedding… TODAY! I’ve also airdropped these images to the bride so she has them to post on her social media. I like having the first photos from a wedding be my photos (or the professional’s photos) instead of a guest’s. The bride deserves to […]

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 […]

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 […]

For Photographers, Wedding Planning, Weddings

May 23, 2022

A Photographer’s Ultimate Wedding Checklist

L'auberge Del Mar luxury wedding at night required advanced planning to execute perfectly.

In today’s post, I’m going to share my Luxury Wedding Photographer‘s Ultimate Wedding Checklist. Do you ever wonder how a photographer prepares for a wedding? Obviously, As a Northwest Arkansas Wedding Photographer, I don’t just wake up on a given wedding day morning and hope everything goes perfectly. There is a lot of time, energy, […]