Engagements, Fine Art, Travel

June 16, 2022

Engagement Portraits in Malibu for Derek and Hannah

Engagement Portraits in Malibu at sunset with couple kissing

Tomorrow is Hannah and Derek’s wedding day so I wanted to post a few of their Engagement Portraits in Malibu we photographed. We actually photographed these before Covid was even a thing. Can you believe that? We were supposed to photograph Hannah and Derek’s wedding in Santa Barbara in March 2020 but we all know […]


October 20, 2019

Malibu CA engagement portraits for Hannah and Derek

couple kissing at sunset on el matador beach for their engagement pictures

It’s all about lighting! When Hannah reached out to me recently to photograph her engagements we were having trouble finding a time. Her fiance, works in Santa Barbara, and I am booked up for most of the Fall. However, I saw a 36 hour period in my schedule when I could go to Malibu for […]


September 15, 2016

Malibu CA Family Portraits for Sarah, part 2

Hey everybody! I’ve got more Malibu family portraits from Sarah’s sweet shoot recently. We found amazing light in the Santa Monica Mountains and with a smiling baby, the rest of the shoot fell into place! Enjoy more from this session! If you’re in SoCal and want to book a session with me, email me at […]


September 14, 2016

Malibu CA Family Portraits for Sarah

Hey everybody! I teased this shoot recently and now I’ve got the rest ready for you to view. I photographed Sarah’s family in the Santa Monica Mountains near Malibu, CA. This area is rich with wineries and amazing sunlight. I hiked a bit to find the perfect locations for our photo shoot – a little […]

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 […]


July 1, 2022

Kindred North Wedding Portraits by NWA Wedding Photographer Benfield Photography

bride and groom portraits from their wedding at Kindred North by NWA Wedding Photography Benfield Photography out in the woods surrounding the centerton wedding venue.

I’ve been so excited to finally share these Kindred North Wedding portraits with y’all! Like I told you in the “wedding at Kindred North” post, Hannah and Derek were so laid back on the wedding day. That also came across in their wedding portraits. Also, because Hannah and Derek are so affectionate, their portraits look […]


May 16, 2022

What to Wear for Engagement Photos

black and white luxury engagement picture of couple with kansas city skyline behind them

If you’re engaged, you might be wondering What to Wear for Engagement Photos. It’s a pretty important question, as these photos will get a lot of use during your engagement and after your wedding. What to Wear for Timeless Engagement Photos One of the most important things to consider when choosing engagement photo outfits is […]


February 3, 2021

Benny Award All-Stars: The Best Engagement Pictures from the last decade.

Groom kissing bride at sunrise with the mountains and lake behind them.

After more than a decade of capturing some of the coolest engagements in the world, our team has compiled and narrowed them all (I could never have done this!) to the top 16. Hosting daily contests, each of the below nominees competed in a bracket system to determine the GOAT engagement portraits. So fun!


December 31, 2019

Best Engagement Portrait Nominees: 11th Benny Awards

The Best Engagement Portrait category is probably my favorite. Actually, I get asked often what my favorite thing to photograph is, and my answer is always engagement pictures. I love being an engagement picture photographer because it gives me time to get to know my couples. By connecting with them during the engagement shoot, it […]


February 12, 2017

El Matador Beach Engagement Portraits in LA for Emily and Ford

Hey everybody! I am so happy to say I booked Emily and Ford’s wedding at a Villa near Florence Italy! OMG! What a great year this is turning out to be! One blog post was just too few for such an incredible engagement session at El Matador Beach in Malibu, CA. This location is so […]