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    Hey everybody!

    I love Joplin. Alot. But you know who loves it even more (if that's possible)? Amanda. After the May 22nd tornado, Amanda left her job as a Farm Bureau Insurance account manager to join Rebuild Joplin. If that doesn't say she's super sweet, let me said: Amanda is SUPER SWEET! And so is Philip, her fiance (whose house was hit during the tornado). So, of course we shot their engagement portraits in Joplin!



    Btw, The other idea for this blog post revolved around my obvious and overwhelming envy over Philip's hair. Mere said no, but can you blame me??? I mean... just look at it... it's beautiful!

    Here are my favorites from their session (it was hard to narrow these down!).

    engagement portraits in Joplin Missouri
    engagement portraits in Joplin Missouri
    engagement portraits in Joplin Missouri
    engagement portraits in Joplin Missouri
    engagement portraits in Joplin Missouri
    engagement portraits in Joplin Missouri


    Talk to you soon,
    Dale

    P.S. If you'd like to give to rebuildjoplin.org, click here!



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    Hi friends!

    Meet Margaret and Aseem! I met these two while living in Rome for the semester (Margaret was one of my roommates while I was living there!) and they were so cute and too fun together that I had to convince them to do a shoot! Rome is gorgeous in the spring when all the flowers are in bloom so I decided to take them to one of my favorite parks called Villa Borghese. It is just above Piazza del Popolo and the Spanish steps so we snagged a few shots at those famous locations too!

    Now check out how cute and in love my friends are...

    couple portrait session in Rome, Italy
    couple portrait session in Rome, Italy
    couple portrait session in Rome, Italy
    couple portrait session in Rome, Italy
    couple portrait session in Rome, Italy
    couple portrait session in Rome, Italy
    couple portrait session in Rome, Italy
    couple portrait session in Rome, Italy

    ~Lauren



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    Hi friends!

    When Ivan contacted me for a portrait session in Rome there was no way I could say no! Ivan currently lives in Rome but is a wonderful model from Germany and when he told me he would convince the beautiful Giuliana to travel from Naples for a shoot I was completely excited! They also perfectly planned each outfit and I loved each one! With their very Italian style and their "up for anything" personalities we ended up with some amazing shots.

    I also decided to take them to one of my favorite spots in Rome. Trastevere is the an area of Rome right next to the Tiber River and very close to the famous Tiber Island. After shooting a while in the small cobblestone streets near Piazza Trilussa we walked down to the Tiber to get even more amazing shots there! Giuliana and Ivan were definitely good sports and were willing to do anything and walk anywhere and it was completely worth it!

    Could these two be any more gorgeous!?

    Rome Italy couple portraits
    Rome Italy couple portraits
    Rome Italy couple portraits
    Rome Italy couple portraits
    Rome Italy couple portraits
    Rome Italy couple portraits
    Rome Italy couple portraits
    Rome Italy couple portraits

    ~Lauren



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    Hey everybody!
    My daily photo tips are going strong! We've got a great group of photographers and mom-togs (aka... moms with cameras) who are currently signed up and are receiving all sorts of photography tips (and business and marketing) in their inbox every week day!

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    Talk to you soon,
    Dale



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    Hey everybody!

    I can't wait to show this wedding with you! Make sure to check back over the next few days for full coverage of this FAAAAABULOUS wedding!!



    Talk to you soon,
    Dale



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    Hey everybody!

    If you're reading this blog, chances are you you know a lot about me! You've probably seen a lot of our images over the years but you've also allowed me to share personal things about my life. I love that about y'all! I love that every time I write something straight from the heart my inbox is full of emails of sweet support! Today I have an adorable family to tell you about!

    Meet Carissa, Jerry, and Zach! Carissa is Mere's cousin who lives in Houston, Texas. She and her husband Jerry adopted Zach about a year and half ago, and he's been such a blessing to the entire family! Below is a cute pic I snapped of them when Mere and I were in Houston last month. Cute family, right??

    I'm writing this blog to put some information out in the proverbial universe....Carissa and Jerry would love to adopt another baby! Zach needs a little brother or sister! They are currently actively looking for a special baby to add to their loving, Christian home! I'd love for you to help me spread the word! You never know how these things work out, or how God is going to work miracles, and I thought maybe He'd use my blog to help answer prayers!


    Thanks friends!

    Talk to you soon,
    Dale



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    Hey everybody,

    It's dizzying to think that a year has already passed since the EF-5 tornado ran a path through the heart of my hometown. What's even more mind-boggling is wrapping my brain around what has happened to the community that shaped the first 25 years of my life. Last night, President Obama delivered the Joplin High School commencement speech and highlighted exactly what I'm talking about.

    Among the president's words, these stood out most to me: "Some of life’s strongest bonds are the ones we forge when everything around us seems broken." Isn't that the truth? Families, neighbors, and strangers bonded together for the good of the Joplin community and began the recovery process with a determination of which I've never seen before or since.

    Joplin has shown an unmatched resilience. Instead of feeling broken, instead of feeling sorry, Joplin felt hope. Joplin felt optimistic. Though there are many reasons, this is the number one reason I'm proud to say I was born and raised in Joplin, Missouri.

    It hasn't all been good news, though. If you've been following my blog over the past year you know that I lost my sweet grandma in the tornado. As sad as that is, I also lost part of my mom and my uncle, who still find it hard to deal with the loss of their mother. I know Grandma is pain free hanging with Jesus, but seeing my family hurt is really hard to see, and I feel hopeless in trying to comfort them. They are plagued with "what if..." questions and have yet to fully recover from their loss.

    Still, the good news outweighs the bad. My lifelong best friend, Tom, and his family (and 6 other families) received new homes thanks to the gracious hearts at Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. I've been to Tom's many times over the past year and our friendship is stronger than ever. I have so much respect for how he endured the tornado... keeping his family safe and then immediately going to the nearby nursing home to help rescue members of the elderly community. I've called Tom many things throughout our 20 years of friendship, and in May I got to call him "Hero."

    So, here we are 365 days later. Life goes on. The world turns and we find a way to put pieces back together of a world the tornado fragmented. We lean on each other and build each other up because we are stronger when we work, live, and love together.

    The most remarkable change I've noticed is how my sweet Ellie has grown over the past year. She was obviously scared the night after the tornado when I had her at my house and a storm approached. Watching her eyes at the sound of thunder broke my heart into small pieces. I wished so badly that I could assure her that no tornado was going to come that night, but could I really? Not responsibly. Instead I had to explain that life throws unexpected things our way and we just have to be prepared as best we can. It's a tough lesson for a dad to teach a 6-year-old girl. But maybe one of the best.

    We grow when we find it in ourselves to help another in need. Over the next few days following the tornado Ellie thought of ways we could help Joplin, and her family. We bought new clothes and groceries for her grandma, and I gave a bunch of my clothes to her uncle Cory (both of whom lost their homes and possessions). Ellie was tough. Much tougher than I would've been at her age. Though she still doesn't enjoy driving through "the zone" and we drive around it when we can, she shared in being hopeful for the future. Weeks after the tornado she was again ready to make a difference. She hosted a lemonade stand and raised more than 700 dollars which she gave to her school, Irving Elementary (destroyed on May 22). Later today, Irving Elementary will break ground on their new campus. Ellie will be there.

    As terrible as the tornado was to the Joplin community, it was a catalyst in the rebirth of a great city.

    I love the lyrics from one of Jason Mraz's new songs, "I Won't Give Up" and think it's so fitting to describe Joplin, 365 days later.
    "I won't give up on us
    Even if the skies get rough
    I'm giving you all my love
    I'm still looking up
    Still looking up"



    Thanks for reading,
    Dale



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    Hey everybody!

    I love Jamie and Ben's Yellow and Teal wedding colors. She is super artsy and Ben said there was a little bit of Pinterest influencing the wedding details, so we knew we were in for a treat. And it WAS such a treat! Every table top had it's own fabulous DIY details, and every little thing had an artistic touch by the bride. Have a look!

    yellow and teal wedding details
    yellow and teal wedding details
    yellow and teal wedding details
    yellow and teal wedding details
    yellow and teal wedding details

    More from this fabulous outdoor Arkansas wedding coming up tomorrow!

    Talk to you soon,
    Dale



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    Hey everybody!

    Today I have some gorge portraits of Jamie and Ben from their super fab yellow and teal wedding that totally melts my heart! But first, I have to tell you the story of how we almost died.

    We were hanging out before the wedding, just shooting some super pretty portraits (see below, duh) and all of a sudden some gun shots rang out. I thought people must be target practicing in a nearby field or something. Then, we heard more gun shots that accompanied the insanely frightening sound of leave in the trees over our heads being hit with bullets. Yeah... REAL BULLETS.

    All of a sudden, I'm in SAVING PRIVATE RYAN! We got our first ever REAL bride and groom running shot. I didn't need to tell them what to do... we got the crap out of there! And now... enjoy the fruits of our labor!

    Jamie and Ben's outdoor wedding portrait
    Jamie and Ben's outdoor wedding portrait
    Jamie and Ben's outdoor wedding portrait
    Jamie and Ben's outdoor wedding portrait
    Jamie and Ben's outdoor wedding portrait

    So now you know what to do when you're on a shoot and bullets starts whizzing by... run like cray-cray!


    Talk to you soon,
    Dale



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    Hey everybody!!

    Today I get to share the super sweet wedding of Jamie and Ben with you! You've seen their details and their portraits, but I saved this for last because it is seriously SOOOOOOOO sweet!

    Here's our lovely bride getting ready...

    Jamie's Teal and Yellow wedding

    And then one of the most tender-est and heart-warm-iest first meetings ever.  She was a cryer for sure, but look at the love on her face as her groom holds her!
    Jamie's Teal and Yellow wedding

    How cool was this set up for the ceremony!  I love outdoor weddings!
    Jamie's Teal and Yellow wedding

    Another sweet moment during the ceremony...
    Jamie's Teal and Yellow wedding

    But nothing compared to THIS MOMENT!  Awwwww!!!
    Jamie's Teal and Yellow wedding

    Up they come to head off to the reception for their first dance!
    Jamie's Teal and Yellow wedding

    Followed by party time!
    Jamie's Teal and Yellow wedding
    Jamie's Teal and Yellow wedding
    Jamie's Teal and Yellow wedding
    Jamie and Ben... it was an absolute honor to spend your wedding day with you!  We look forward to your life full of happiness together!!

    Talk to you soon,
    Dale



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    Hey everybody!

    When Ellie and Lauren (aka: Aunt La La) get together, there's no telling what is going to happen!  A couple days ago they decided to make a music video with a choreographed dance to the new super catchy song, Call Me, Maybe? Yep... they're silly, and I love it.



    Have a great weekend!

    Talk to you soon,
    Dale

    P.S. If you follow Ellie's blog, diaryofadaddysgirl.blogspot.com - you already saw this. :)



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    Hey everybody!

    Meet Lauren! She's hilarious and feisty, but intelligent and sweet... all rolled into one super pretty shell! :) Her Fayetteville wedding (with reception at James at the Mill) is coming up soon, but I wanted to start with a few of her fabulous bridal portraits.

    Traditional Fayetteville Bridal Portraits
    Traditional Fayetteville Bridal Portraits
    Traditional Fayetteville Bridal Portraits

    Talk to you soon,
    Dale



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    Hey everybody!

    Boy oh boy... Lauren and Tadd had some fabulous details! Maybe my favorite part was the meal at James at the Mill, by James Beard nominated chef, Miles James. Not only that, but Anne Foster planned and executed the day to perfection! Yeah... we had a pretty good day (and ended with happy bellies!)... check out some fab details below.

    wedding and reception details at James at the Mill
    wedding and reception details at James at the Mill
    wedding and reception details at James at the Mill
    wedding and reception details at James at the Mill
    wedding and reception details at James at the Mill

    The story of Lauren and Tadd's wedding day coming up tomorrow!

    Talk to you soon,
    Dale



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    Hey everybody!

    One of the reasons you (as a bride and groom) want to hire experienced photographers is that there are going to be some really special moments that collectively make up your wedding day. Untrained photographers don't know what to look for, or can't anticipate these moments, or are too busy fumbling with gear when they happen. I love my background as a photojournalist because it gives me the expertise to capture moments. Check out my favorite moments from Lauren and Tadd's wedding below!

    Their first look had some really sweet (and some really funny) moments. I decided to show you the sweet one...

    wedding and reception details at James at the Mill

    And of course, there's that moment when the bride is about to walk down the aisle with her father, him looking on... and probably as nervous as she is...
    wedding and reception details at James at the Mill

    But even if he is nervous, as any great dad would do (and Lauren's dad is a GREAT dad!), he swallows whatever nervousness he has and helps his daughter enjoy this moment of walking to her groom...
    wedding and reception details at James at the Mill

    A staple in any wedding... the first kiss as husband and wife is such a special moment!
    wedding and reception details at James at the Mill
    And off they go!
    wedding and reception details at James at the Mill

    Okay...
    Gimme a break...
    How insanely precious...
    is this MOMENT?!?!
    AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Lauren with her father-in-law... how touching!
    wedding and reception details at James at the Mill

    Meanwhile super chef Miles James was inside creating masterpieces for Lauren and Tadd's guests... and photographers! MMmmmmmm...
    wedding and reception details at James at the Mill
    wedding and reception details at James at the Mill

    It's not the easiest thing in the world to get a really great wide-angle shot of a dance... but it happened here! Great light, great moment, composition fell into perfect place...
    wedding and reception details at James at the Mill

    Then the party got started. :)
    wedding and reception details at James at the Mill

    Such a great day filled with great moments. I love my job. {Portraits coming tomorrow!}

    Talk to you soon,
    Dale



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    Hey everybody!

    It's gorgeous portrait time! Lauren and Tadd are both ridiculously-good-looking. We had two mini-portrait sessions on the wedding day: one right after their first meeting, and one as the sun was looking all gorge as it was setting at James at the Mill. Here are some faves...

    Okay... so... God helped with this one (look at that light! with a perfect little wind blow!)

    fayetteville wedding portraits
    fayetteville wedding portraits
    fayetteville wedding portraits
    fayetteville wedding portraits
    fayetteville wedding portraits


    Talk to you soon,
    Dale



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    Hey everybody!

    I just CAN'T STOP posting pictures of this amazingly pretty couple! Here are some more portraits we shot on their wedding day. Ahhhh....

    fayetteville wedding portraits
    fayetteville wedding portraits
    fayetteville wedding portraits
    fayetteville wedding portraits
    fayetteville wedding portraits

    Talk to you soon,
    Dale



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    Hey everybody!

    Saturday Meredith and I had the honor to be the photographers at Chelsea Slone and Tyler Brown's private and intimate wedding at her parents' home in Fayetteville. You might recognize Chelsea and Tyler from the recent cover of Citiscapes Magazine. They are one of the coolest couples I know, and was super excited when she changed her date around when Benfield Photography could shoot it. Wasn't that sweet?! :)

    Next week I'll be giving you the inside scoop into her wonderful wedding with amazing details, as well as show you more from her couture bridal session. For now, here's a sneak peek into the fun!

    high end fabulous bridal portraits in a vera wang gown in northwest arkansas

    And if you follow me on Instagram (@dalebenfield) you've already seen this gem... isn't Chelsea breathtaking?! Oh, and isn't her Vera Wang gown to-die-for?! Ahhhh!!!
    I'm not gonna lie... pretty proud of how I set the lighting in this one.
    high end fabulous bridal portraits in a vera wang gown in northwest arkansas


    Talk to you soon,
    Dale



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    Hey everybody!

    Mere was recently featured on the dropitMODERN blog for her super classy boudoir! Yay for her!

    Here are a couple outtakes:
    How do you explain boudoir and even further, your style of boudoir, to someone new to the genre?
    To me, boudoir equals beautiful images of a woman in her most feminine state. I like to keep my boudoir images as classy and timeless as possible. These images are usually gifts for men, but honestly, I’m shooting for the woman. I want her to look at these pictures and realize how fabulous she is!

    There is a level of taste and class in your work that exceeds most, how did you come to this?
    For me, “sexy” is gorgeous and self-confident. I pride myself in keeping my work classy and tasteful. When shooting boudoir, “sexy” is a slippery slope, so I prefer to stay camped out on the classy side.



    Read more of the article on the drop it modern blog!

    Talk to you soon,
    Dale



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    Hey everybody!

    I have some really sweet images to share today. Meredith photographed Lauren and Teagan recently in Joplin, and both are so pretty! Have a peek!


    Talk to you soon,
    Dale



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    Hey everybody!

    Today we're kicking off Chelsea Week on the blog. And we're starting things riiiiiight with some really fab couture bridal portraits. This bridal portrait session is a little bit different from what we typically do with brides, as Chelsea (who has some exquisite taste, by the way), took part in describing what she envisioned for the session. We love when our brides take an active role in their session planning!
    During the planning, I knew this was going to be a lot more work than our traditional bridal portrait sessions, as there was more setup involved, more lighting involved, more equipment involved, and more time involved. And since this is a one of a kind bridal session, we decided to create a new concept for this type of session: the Couture Bridal Session. Sounds fancy, right? Well, that's fitting, because Chelsea is pretty fancy! (though, I have to add that she's even sweeter than she is fancy!)
    The results of the Couture Bridal session... the fruits of our labor if you will... are below. I could not be happier with how her gorgeous bridal portraits turned out!








    Some INSANE gold and ivory wedding details are coming to the blog tomorrow. You'll wanna see this!

    Talk to you soon,
    Dale



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