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 […]


June 3, 2022

Fine Art Black and White Headshots for Travis

Fine art black and white headshot for Travis Swanson.

I love photographing Fine Art Black and White Headshots. After posting some on my Instagram, Travis reached out to me to get some of his very own (though I think I’ll be back soon to photograph the rest of his sweet family). Travis and I know each other through his wife, Emily, who owns Alphalit […]

Fine Art, headshots

March 26, 2022

Grandma and Grandpa Portraits, Fine Art Style

Fine Art Black and White Grandma and Grandpa Portraits

Fine Art Grandma and Grandpa Portraits I’ve been in Ohio this week shooting more Fine Art Grandma and Grandpa Portraits. I have so much fun photographing the residents at Arrow Senior Living. Honestly, they are a blast! I get to spend time with them, hear their incredible stories, and capture their beauty. What I think […]

Family and Children

February 8, 2022

Fine Art Family Portraits for the Northey Family

black and white fine art family portraits

My latest Fine Art Family Portraits Session is of the Northey family. I’ve gotten to know this family over the past year through photoshoots – they are a very photogenic family! For this session, I went to their house with my portable studio. We were able to capture some really great shots of both parents […]

Family and Children

January 29, 2022

Black and White Fine Art Family Portraits for the Washington Family

Black and White Fine Art Child Portraits

Today I get to share Black and White Fine Art Family Portraits of the Washington family. I remember leaving this shoot feeling so happy, not just because the photos went perfectly but because they were all so jolly! I also enjoyed how lovely the two younger girls posed for me. Getting kids to warm up […]


January 15, 2022

Bachelor Alum Amanda Stanton’s Engagement Pictures: The Fine Art Session

Michael Fogel + Bachelor Alum Amanda Stanton’s Engagement Pictures, Part Two We’re back again today with another gorgeous installment of my recent shoot featuring Bachelor Alum Amanda Stanton’s Engagement Pictures with her fiance Michael Fogel. This was my first time meeting Michael, but I felt like I already knew him from Amanda’s Instagram stories. First […]

Family and Children

November 20, 2021

Fine Art Family Portraits for the Brown Family

blonde kid photographed in black and white in front of a black background

Fine Art Family Portraits I always know I have a great photograph when I feel internally that I wish I had that image of my own family, which is exactly what I felt with I photographed these of Chelsea and Tyler’s family recently. If you’ve followed the blog for some time, this family is no […]


June 16, 2015

Ellie’s Beach Portrait Session at Finest Playa Mujeres (part 1)

Hey everybody! Ya’ll… where did my baby girl go? You have seen this girl grow up here on the blog (if you need a great way to spend the afternoon, scroll the the Ellie tag below). Recently we were in Mexico at the Finest in Playa Mujeres and we did a little different shoot from […]

For Fun

May 20, 2022

The Importance of Fine Dining Food Photography at a Wedding

Fine Dining Food Photography is a necessary skill for any luxury wedding photographer. At the Northwest Arkansas weddings I photograph, Benny brides spend so much effort and attention (not to mention money) on making sure the menu is perfect for the guests. As such, the culinary team takes great care to craft beautiful dishes and […]


June 24, 2015

Ellie in Mexico, part 2

Hey everybody! I’ve got more from Ellie’s little modeling session at the Finest Resort in Playa Mujeres.  She’s such a good model, y’all! Talk to you soon, Dale

Family and Children

November 17, 2022

NWA Autumn Portraits for the Brown Family

NWA Autumn Portraits of a mom and daughter

Next up in our NWA Autumn Portraits marathon, we have the Brown family! I’ve carried on and on about them in previous posts, but I still want to say how thankful I am for loyal clients! We always mix it up and find new places to shoot, which keeps us on our toes. This time, […]

Family and Children

October 11, 2022

Using a 400mm Lens for Family Portraits

family photos with a 400mm lens

It’s like renting a Porche to drop the kids off at school: It’s flashy, it gets the job, and yeah… it’s probably overkill. But alas, that’s just what I did for Chelsea Brown’s recent family portraits. Canon sent me the RF 400mm 2.8L series lens (which retails for about $12k) to try out. I used […]

Documentary, Fine Art

September 8, 2022

16 of My Favorite Photos I’ve Taken

One of my most very favorite corporate clients, Arrow Senior Living, asked me to create fine art portraits of some of their residents. While I can’t tell you exactly what is going to happen with this project, I can share 16 of my most favorite photos I’ve taken. I love this collection because you can […]

Fine Art, Luxury Wedding

August 3, 2022

Sneak Peek Sunset Wedding Portrait from Joplin Wedding Photographer

sunset wedding portraits from wedding at Amalie in Joplin

This past weekend I returned to my roots (literally) as a Joplin Wedding Photographer to shoot Josh and Sarah’s wedding at the Roxy and Amalie. I’ve known Josh for more than 20 years. I have so much respect and admiration for the man he has become. In the coming days, you’ll see more from my […]

Luxury Wedding, Travel

July 28, 2022

Luxury Destination Wedding in Rome Italy

Today I’m sharing a Luxury Destination Wedding in Rome Italy I photographed. Over the past ten years, I’ve become primarily a destination wedding photographer in NW Arkansas. I am thankful I get to travel to places like California, Texas, NY, and Colorado for weddings. But I also have a reputation as a breathtaking international destination […]

Documentary, Engagements

April 30, 2022

Sentimental Engagement Photos for J+Z

sentimental engagement photo of a couple surrounded by wedding advice written with sidewalk chalk

Because I know this sweet bride so well, I was able to take these sweet sentimental engagement photos outside her house in Nashville, TN. Let’s have storytime, shall we? We all remember how 2020 caused the world to shut down. As most of us were quarantined and worked from home, we started to feel isolated. […]

Fine Art, For Photographers

April 27, 2022

How Lighting Affects Pictures

luxury wedding rings in dark lighting

Have you ever wondered how lighting affects pictures? By adjusting shutter speeds, apertures, and film speed, you can create dramatically different pictures of the same subject. Here is an example to show you exactly what I mean. Take the scroll arrow on the comparison below and slide it back and forth. This is the exact […]


April 26, 2022

5 Reasons You Want to Order Photo Prints

Bride and groom pose near a fountain at Hillside Estate for their wedding portraits.

There are so many reasons to Order Photo Prints from your wedding or portrait session. Today, I want to share my top 5 reasons for ordering printed photographs. Reason 5 to Order Photo Prints: They’re Art In addition to being a luxury wedding photographer, I consider myself a fine art wedding photographer. What that means […]


February 18, 2022

Vitalia Montrose Senior Living: My Friend Lois

Vitalia Montrose Senior Living resident Lois, photographed in black and white by Benfield Photography

Feature from Vitalia Montrose Senior Living I posted a story about Henry recently from Vitalia Montrose Senior Living who wakes up early every Wednesday morning to bake breads for his community. Today I’m sharing another story from Vitalia Montrose about a darling resident named Lois. Lois and I hit it off immediately. And by immediately […]


January 23, 2022

Luxury Headshots in Black and White for Kristen

Luxury Headshots in Black and White I’ve been on a headshot shooting spree lately, and I’m loving it (check out these upscale headshots for fitness coach Ashley in St. Louis)! Today’s post showcases my new realtor friend, Kristen Christianson. We recently connected after being Instagram friends for some time. I had a vision of some […]