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July 11, 2019

Jace’s Newborn Portraits

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…

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April 17, 2019

Viva Mexico! How We Chose Our Honeymoon

Cute newlywed couple honeymooning in Mexico at El Dorado Maroma

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…

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March 23, 2019

“Adventure” Engagement Shoot with Valeria + Chaz

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…

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March 15, 2019

I’m So Thankful I Photographed Them Before This Happened…

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…

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February 18, 2019

My Funny Valentine @whyhity

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…

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February 9, 2019

Boudoir Portraits for Shelby Grace – NSFW

blonde girl on bed with messy hair in bra and panties - boudoir - not safe for work

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…

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January 25, 2019

Galentine Photos for Erin and Mika

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…

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January 24, 2019

You Don’t Want to Edit Without This Tool!

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…

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January 18, 2019

New Years Eve Wedding for Morgan and Cullen

super fun and color confetti celebration of a bride and bridesmaids and wedding guests at the Gallery Event Space wedding reception on new years eve.

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,…

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January 17, 2019

Kansas City Engagement Photos of Seth and Chelsea

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…

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January 3, 2019

2019 New Year Resolutions

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…

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January 3, 2019

2018 {personal} Year in Review

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…

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December 30, 2018

Wedding at Garden Room in Fayetteville: Ashleigh and Tanner

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…

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December 29, 2018

Happy Holidays from Ellie and Cece

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

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December 28, 2018

Wedding in Jackson Hole for Lucky-King family

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…

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December 19, 2018

Bridal Portraits at Capital Hotel in Little Rock: Anna Pambianchi

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…

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December 18, 2018

Ice Skating with Cece!

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…

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December 17, 2018

Benfield Photography named Best by The Knot!

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…

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August 8, 2018

Wedding at Ravington of Paige and Kolby

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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July 24, 2018

Teen Birthday Pictures in NWA of Ellie B

Hey everybody! It pains me, and yet gives me the most pride, to say that Saturday was Ellie’s 14th birthday.  And what better way to celebrate her than by shooting birthday pictures!  She picked out some outfits and we’ve chosen a couple new locations in Bentonville for portraits. Yesterday we also photographed at Uptown in…