Wedding Planning

September 9, 2022

Should I Get a Band or DJ for My Wedding Reception?

“Should I Get a Band or DJ for My Wedding Reception?” is a question I get from almost every couple I work with. Having photographed more than 500 weddings in Arkansas and the country, I have been to some really incredible wedding receptions. I’ve also been to receptions where the guests sat and stared the […]

Luxury Wedding, Wedding Planning, Weddings

August 29, 2022

How to Make a Wedding Day Timeline

Bridal Jumpsuits and Short Dresses at Wedding Receptions are a fun new wedding trend for 2022 as shown by this bride in her short white dress leading her groom.

What is included in a wedding day itinerary? If you’re currently planning a wedding, you might be wondering how to create the perfect wedding day timeline. I’m here to help you! I create a wedding day agenda for each and every one of my wedding couples. As a luxury wedding photographer, it’s important to be […]

Wedding Planning, Weddings

August 8, 2022

Inn at Carnall Hall Wedding: Venue Spotlight

first dance outside at Carnall Hall

One of my all-time favorite NWA wedding locations is the Inn at Carnall Hall Wedding venue. Today, I want to shine a little spotlight on them. If you’re planning a wedding in northwest Arkansas, be sure to give them a look. Located on the University of Arkansas campus, the Inn at Carnall Hall is so […]

Luxury Wedding, Wedding Planning

August 1, 2022

8 Jaw-Dropping Designer Wedding Dresses (from designers you might not know)

Halfpenny Orchid luxury designer wedding dresses with puffy sleeves and floral details

This inspirational wedding post features 8 Jaw-Dropping Designer Wedding Dresses. I wanted to move away from the normal favorites (we all love Berta wedding gowns, Galia Lahav, and Monique Lhuillier wedding dresses, I know! But I wanted to shed light on some lesser-known luxury wedding dress designers. I also chose 4 designers who have vastly […]

Wedding Planning

July 25, 2022

3 Reasons to Have a Last Dance at Your Wedding Reception

The bride and groom dance their last dance alone under the clear tent at their Hillside Estate wedding reception

There are 3 main reasons to have a last dance at your wedding reception. If you’re currently planning a wedding, take notes (or bookmark this post). First, what is a Last Dance at Your Wedding Reception? That’s when just the wedding couple share a dance on the dancefloor as the only two people in the […]

Wedding Planning

July 23, 2022

Top 5 Things Every Groom Should Know

groom from behind walking down the hotel hallway in a blurry black and white image

Having captured more than 500 nuptials in my wedding photography career, I have a pretty lengthy list of Things Every Groom Should Know. (I also have a list of Things Every Bride Should Know, but I’ll save that for a later blog post). Some of these things might seem obvious once you read them, but […]

Wedding Planning

July 14, 2022

5 Tips to Ensure You Don’t Get Scammed by Your Photographer.

Autumns Ridge bridal portrait

In this post we learn about Lindsey Nichole who cheated her wedding clients out of thousands of dollars, and we get 5 Tips to Ensure You Don’t Get Scammed by Your Photographer. Every year or two I put out a public service announcement to grooms and brides to beware of who you hire for your […]

Wedding Planning, Weddings

July 10, 2022

Beautiful Wedding Flat Lay Arrangements with Real Wedding Details

Osage House Wedding Details in a flatlay with invitation, rings, flowers, and shoes

Wedding Flat Lay Arrangements are a great way to show off your wedding details all in one beautiful image. I happen to love this trend in wedding photography. Remember ring photos? The Wedding Flat Lay Arrangements photo is like a ring photo on steriods. Flat lays are a great way to set the tone for […]

Luxury Wedding, Wedding Planning

June 22, 2022

5 Tips to Plan the Perfect Destination Wedding

bride and groom walking up the aisle at their italian destination wedding in florence italy at a private vineyard.

Now that the world is traveling again, let’s talk about how to plan the perfect destination wedding. I’ve shot dozens of destination weddings over the years. Whether it was a wedding in Aspen, CO, or a wedding in Florence, Italy, I’ve done it all. This post is going to share my top 5 tips for […]

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 […]

Wedding Planning, Wedding Videography, Weddings

June 15, 2022

Marie + Nick’s SURPRISE Wedding Video; Arkansas Wedding Videographer

Did you know I’m also an Arkansas wedding videographer? While I am primarily a wedding photographer, I am also a wedding photographer who also shoots video. I mentioned before that I only shoot wedding videos as an add-on to my photography packages. Recently, I shot both photo and video at Marie and Nick’s wedding at […]

Wedding Planning

June 14, 2022

Hire a Wedding Photographer Who Understands Lighting

by hiring a photographer who understands lighting you can capture a shot like this of the bride and groom under a neon sign while sitting on a couch during their reception.

Bride and grooms, it’s so important to hire a photographer who understands lighting. As a luxury wedding photographer, I pride myself on being able to get the shot… every time. No matter the lighting and circumstances, I create award-winning images that the brides and grooms treasure. This shot, which looks easy in my final image […]

Luxury Wedding, Wedding Planning

June 13, 2022

Bridal Jumpsuits and Short Dresses at Wedding Receptions: 2022 Wedding Trends

Bridal Jumpsuits and Short Dresses at Wedding Receptions is the latest wedding trend... she changes from a designer wedding dress to a chic white short dress for the wedding reception.

Bridal Jumpsuits and Short Dresses at Wedding Receptions are the latest wedding trend that I’m loving right now. I mean, I often swap out shoes for the wedding reception (mostly for comfort, but a little for style), so of course, I’m all for this wedding dress swap trend! Also, if I’m ever in a situation […]

Wedding Planning, Weddings

June 9, 2022

Family Style Dining at Wedding Receptions

Family Style Dining at Wedding Reception showing guests passing plates of pasta and vegetables across the table.

Can Family Style Dining at Wedding Reception be a thing? Idk if Marie and Nick are ahead of their time with this wedding reception dining idea. Maybe I just haven’t seen it yet. However, I love the idea of family-style dining at wedding receptions, and it worked so well for the wedding guests. 3 Reasons […]

Wedding Planning

June 5, 2022

Should You Tip Your Wedding Photographer?

Should You Tip Your Wedding Photographer, shooting a bride and groom on the dock with water and mountains behind

Should You Tip Your Wedding Photographer? I get this question from both clients and from other photographers. Money conversations are always awkward, and most people avoid them like the plague. However, I do see that a lot of people google “Should You Tip Your Wedding Photographer?” so I thought I would put in my two […]

Wedding Planning

May 30, 2022

How to Choose Your Wedding Colors: 3 Examples of Perfect Wedding Palette Executions

luxury wedding with veuve cliquot champage for wedding guests at luxury wedding reception

How to Choose Your Wedding Colors is one of the first questions you’ll encounter during your wedding planning process. Thankfully you have me to help you approach choosing your wedding colors. I am going to share three examples of well-executed wedding colors from real weddings in Northwest Arkansas and across the south. First, make use […]

Boudoir, Wedding Planning, Weddings

May 25, 2022

3 Reasons You Should Do a Boudoir Photoshoot for Your Wedding

Boudoir Photoshoot for Your Wedding of dark haired bride in black panties and black bra posing and bending on bed in a hotel room.

There are 3 Reasons You Should Do a Boudoir Photoshoot for Your Wedding and today we are going to share them all. Should you do a boudoir photo shoot for your wedding? Read on to see why my answer is yes! 3 Reasons You Should Do a Boudoir Photoshoot for Your Wedding: A gift for […]

Wedding Planning

May 24, 2022

Luxury Jewelry Designer Kendra Scott Launches New Line of Engagement Rings

engagement rings by kendra scott luxury jeweler

The Austin, TX, based Luxury Jewelry Designer Kendra Scott launched their first engagement ring collection today. I’ve been a fan of Kendra Scott since her debut in 2002. I admire and appreciate any artist who is committed to their craft, as Kendra Scott is. I can spot a Kendra Scott necklace or bracelet on 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, […]

Wedding Planning

May 21, 2022

Ultimate Guide to Where to Buy a Groom’s Tuxedo or Suit

bride and groom twirl outside the Ballroom at I Street wedding, with the groom wearing a custom-fit tuxedo to match the bride's designer gown.

“Should I Buy a Tuxedo for My Wedding?” I get the following question from so many brides and grooms when wedding planning: “Should I Buy a Tuxedo for My Wedding?” The short answer is, “yes” but allow me to explain the many pros of buying a suit or tuxedo for your wedding. First, A custom […]