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A few times a year, I have the unique privilege of photographing a sweet newborn baby – they’re the best! They smell good, they’re soft and squishy and warm, and they just melt your little heart. Kelsey and Jacob recently had me come to Tulsa to photograph their precious little boy Jace, and I tell…

When I first started my photography business, I swore I was going to do it differently than other photographers. In the age of internet and emails and faceless communication, I wanted to see people, to look them in the eye, to get to GENUINELY KNOW them. I swear that has made all the difference. Over…

This couple has serious style. I love that! We met at 21C Hotel in Bentonville recently to shoot their engagements… when I approach an engagement session I use a two-step method:1) look at what lighting I want – shade or sun, and then2) look at colors that coordinate well with their clothing. I knew the…

Our timing was nothing short of orchestrated. I announced on Instagram a few weeks ago that I wanted to photograph a few pets and their owners after my (about to be) sister-in-law’s dog crossed the rainbow bridge. <<A term my fiancee uses and I picked up on. Shelby wanted to surprise her boyfriend with pictures…

So… I started this post before Valentine’s Day with the thought that I’d hop on here on Valentine’s Day and finish and post it.  Well, it was a Cece day, which means I get zero work done because we play the whole time, and then at night I just spent it with Ty.  Alas, here…

There is something really special about photographing boudoir: I love helping every single person I photograph feel empowered and beautiful. I actually wrote about this years ago when I was determining my “why I started.” One of the best comments I ever received… I was photographing a bride recently and I don’t know what inspired…

We were destined to be friends from the start. Erin found me on instagram (you can too! http://www.instagram.com/dalebenfield) and we immediately hit it off fast and furious. She is super pretty, ridiculously funny, and sweet as southern ice tea. She has the prettiest girlfriend, Mika, who is a talented photographer too, and we all just…

Hey everybody! This post is like a million years in the making! Out of necessity, I’ve had to figure out the best and smartest ways to work so I can get my images back to my clients as quickly as possible. Over the years, I’ve sold actions and overlays and all sorts of stuff to…

When you book a wedding for New Year’s Eve in Kansas City, as a photographer you hope you’re going to photograph a huge party. Even if you’re not a photographer, you hope to have something fun to do when the clock strikes midnight to bring in the new year; but if you’re going to work,…

Sometimes everything just works out. That’s about the only way I can sum up Seth and Chelsea’s engagement photo shoot in Kansas City recently. We had a last minute location change, traffic and parking (those glorious timesucks), and the sun was doing its best to set on us, but I have this wicked long streak…

Hey everybody! Once upon a time, I blogged every day.  Like… EVERY day.  (for five years straight) What started as a New Year resolution became an obsession. Thinking about why I was so successful at that resolution (don’t we typically break these by week two?), I came up with a few reasons/motivating factors for resolution-keeping…

Hey everybody! Man, what a year. To think of where 2018 started and how it finished is just about as different as night and day. I’m going to focus this blog post on personal (instead of the photo business) because I haven’t shared personally in awhile, and tbh it just seems more important. 2017 ended…

Hey everybody! If you know me, you know I love a good party. Ashleigh and Tanner sure know how to throw one! Their ceremony and reception at the Garden Room in Fayetteville was super fun – Boom Kinetic brought the energy with their performance. And it even rained! That didn’t stop everyone from having the…

Hey everybody! These girls are so special to me.  To watch their love grow and their bond strengthen is the ultimate, number-one thing I could ask for on Christmas. Or as a dad.  I am proud of their growth this year, and thankful for their love. Talk to you soon, Dale

Hey everybody! Being able to travel to photograph weddings is such an honor. Lauren brought me out to photographer her wedding in Jackson Hole this year and I seriously have never been so inspired by landscapes. I’d been to Jackson Hole to photograph a proposal once, but never a wedding. And never in Summer! If…

Hey everybody! If you’ve followed this blog, you likely already know Madison Watkins… I’ve been friends with her for years and she has popped up on the Benfield Blog tons of times… BUT NEVER WITH A BOYFRIEND! I’m so happy for Madison – her boyfriend (Josh Leyva) is the sweetest and funniest guy! They are…

Hey everybody! Today’s blog features one of my favorite brides! Anna is a sweet as they come, has incredible fashion style, and is gorgeous inside and out. Between you and me, I think she gets all that from her mother, who is ALSO my favorite. 🙂 We photographed her bridal portraits at the Capital Hotel…

Hey everybody! It’s always a crap shoot when we decide to do something with Cece that she has never done before. Diagnosed with ASD (Autism), Cece loves structure and not being in new situations.  However, I have found a couple little tricks that make it easier for her to adjust to and be prepared for…

Hey everybody! I’m SO honored to be chosen by The Knot as best wedding photographer for Arkansas.  What’s great about this is that my clients are the ones who get me the award, as it’s based on number of positive reviews! I love my clients, and I am humbled by some of the things they’ve…

Hey everybody! Let me just say that when I typically encounter a Friday wedding that starts earlier in the day… it doesn’t typically end the way this did. The Ravington is a gorgeous wedding venue in Bentonville (ok, so technically it’s in Centerton, let me be clear). I remember taking the hardhat tour of this…

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