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    Hey everybody!

    I always like to ask about a family before the shoot so I can get to know them a little bit. When I asked Holly to tell me about herself and family, she said they have sushi/hibachi restaurant in Maumelle. And then probably some other stuff, but once you say "sushi" in front of me... I space out and dream about all the yummy food floating around my brain.

    Haha! Just kidding! I was listening!

    Her family must have a LOT of fun, because these boys were hilarious the entire shoot! They were helpful, even suggesting locations - I love when kids are creative! I took some of their suggestions and got some great shots of not only them, but of mom and dad too!












    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    Love these sweet family portraits Lauren shot of Elizabeth and her little fam!











    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    I recently photographed at the most amazing lookout spot in Little Rock - and got to shoot the sweetest couple! Double win! This was probably the first engagement session where both the mothers also accompanied, but let me just say... if all moms were like Brett and Taylor's moms, bring 'em on!  Seriously, we had so much fun chatting that shooting became secondary! I love that!  Here are some of my favorites from this super-gorge LR session...













    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    After weeks of telling brides, "sorry, I only have xxxxxx date open" over and over, I got a call from Michelle. I started my usual way and let her know that I only had July 12th open, she answered with, "well, that's MY date!!" It was totally meant to be!! Yay! Then it turns out that she's amazing and fun and both she and Joe are supermodel gorgeous. Some photographers have all the luck! Here are some from their fall engagement portrait session in Fayetteville.















    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    Absolutely love this session Lauren did of Jamie and Andrew! You can just tell how sweet and in love Jamie and Andrew are! This first shot gets me every time!!













    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    This is strange, but I feel like I have to start today's post by promising I didn't just hire to amazing models to pose for me! Haha! Samantha and I met at Mallory and Jake's Louisiana wedding, and when I found out she was engaged I was hope hope hoping she'd call! Well, of course I was booked on her unchangeable date (boo!), but she still had to have us shoot her engagements. I'll brag on Ryan tomorrow, but for now, check out some of my favorites from their Fall Fayetteville engagement session...












    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!
    Yesterday I talked a little about Samantha, but today I wanna talk about Ryan!
    When I first officially met Ryan, it was at the shoot. I immediately saw what Samantha saw in him: first, he's ridiculously good looking (sure, I can say that!); second, his style is straight out of fashion mags; third, he's HILARIOUS! Like... REALLY funny! Finally, he's got a sweet heart and loves dogs. I think that's the most I've ever written about a groom. Haha!

    Okay, here we go...













    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    There's so much I can say about Chelsey and Josh... two of my very best friends in the world... two of the very best people I know... two hard working and extremely caring people. I was over the moon when Chelsey told me she was expecting, or that is... let me guess she was pregnant. Josh is so good with Cece, and I know he'll be an amazing father, and Chelsey was put on this earth to love and look after others. What a blessed baby indeed!

    When I was in Dallas recently, Stephanie and I met up with C+J to photograph them with our little Urban Belly style session (our fun and modern take on the maternity session). I'm loving these, and have to give Steph mucho credit for shooting some of these!

    Oooh, steamy! ;)











    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    Man, the blog has been so pretty and colorful lately! Part of it has to do with how amazing Fayetteville has been this fall, and part is due to our amazing couples with great style! Jenna and Dave are another fab Benny couple to bring yumminess to the blog! Yay! Have a look at some of their pretty engagement portraits...











    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    Ashley brought a few of her own ideas to the engagement session, and when paired with our ideas, we had a great session! I love shooting in the fall in Fayetteville - it truly is the most beautiful place on Earth, don't you agree?












    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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  • 12/10/13--04:00: Hazel's Newborn Portraits


  • Hey everybody!
    It wasn't too long ago that I posted Janelle's maternity session, and now it's already time to share some more images from this sweet family. They've welcomed Hazel into the fam, and she's a dream! And it's sweet to see how much Weston loves his new baby sister!
















    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!
    I feel like Jack and Caroline's mom should put on a clinic to share how she approaches their outfits for their annual session! They always show up in to-die-for concoctions! Dawn, you're a fashion genius! 
    Today I'm sharing some individual favorites of these cuties, and tomorrow I'm sharing some of the two together - you'll definitely wanna come back to see them!!












    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    I love how much these two love each other! Caroline is so nurturing to Jack, and Jack just ADORES her.  It's always easy and fun to shoot this stylish sibling pair!  Here are some of my favorites of them together...





















    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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  • 12/13/13--19:09: 2014: All Booked!


  • Hey everybody!

    I have such great news: Mere and I are officially booked up for weddings in 2014! I actually announced it on Instagram 3 weeks ago, but since I'm still getting inquiries every day I thought I could share the good news with y'all!

    Photographers don't book up unless they have an amazing support team (even if they're super fab!), so we know we have y'all to thank! We love you!!!



    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    2014 might just be a year-of-all-years for Benfield Photography! Not only have we booked up the earliest we've ever booked up, but our weddings are absolute dreams! Look at exhibit A: Morgan and Hunter are getting married in Napa!! Yeah, Napa. I almost fell out of my chair when I realized I was going to shoot a wedding there (always been a dream of mine), and to top it off, Morgan and Hunter are sweet, fun, and will look amazing on their wedding day! Yay! Here are some of the engagements we photographed around Fayetteville this Fall!


















    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    One of my very favorite families (definitely in the top 3 of all!) are back on the blog today! The Sanchez family is always on my calendar for late October, and I'm always excited to see the girls, and to see what their mom has made for them this year (scroll all the way down to see what I'm talking about). Anyway, I ADORE these family portraits (I want pics like these of the four of us in my family!); And, all the sister-portraits below are so fun and fab!















    A fun tradition we've started with this sweet family is to shoot the girls in their Halloween costumes (does this show you how delayed the blog is? I know! We've been SO busy shooting!) The girls' mom MAKES these costumes! She's pretty amazing!





    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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  • 12/15/13--22:00: Happy Birthday Kirsten!


  • Hey everybody!

    Our best friend is having a birthday today! Kirsten Blowers, owner of Riffraff in Fayetteville, is celebrating today - and since we're apart (she's in Austin for a workshop, and we're in Chicago for family time), I thought I could give a fun shoutout on here (here's a shot of the two of us at Riffraff's recent Holiday Open House).



    And now some sappy stuff: Kirsten is a dream friend. She is thoughtful, creative, generous, fun, silly, smart, and loyal. Pretty much all of my favorite qualities wrapped up in one BFF. She's such a sweet Aunt Kiki to Baby Cece, and always showers Ellie with gifts... she really is one-of-a-kind in every way.

    Love you Kirsten!
    ~Dale, Mere, and the girls

    P.S. Here are s'more pics from the party:







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    Hey everybody!

    On Sunday, Cece, Mere and I flew to Chicago for family time (and break time), and the first and only actual item on our agenda was to watch Yo Gabba Gabba Live. It was actually the reason we picked Chicago!! It was the 3rd time I'd seen the live show, and the 2nd time I got the VIP package to meet the gang after the show. Last time was when Ellie met the gang (check out that photo collage here).
    After the last show, Mere and I were SO excited to bring Cece to see the show. We've raised her on Yo Gabba Gabba, the coolest kid show on Nickelodeon, and own about everything YGG makes. We knew her head would explode when she finally got to meet DJ Lance Rock in person.

    The show started and we watched Cece intently as the gang came out on stage. It was as if a movie had started and everybody in the audience was screaming and yelling and our little 11 month old was looking around as if to say, "inside voice... quiet... inside voice... shhhhh" - she wanted to soak up what was going on in front of her. Our seats were great, and they sang all the great hits, mixed in with their newer Christmas and holiday songs. Leslie Hall (Mere's fave) stole the show with her performance, and DJ Lance was generous with the high-fives (we didn't rush the stage from our 5th row seat because I knew that a hug and high-five was in Cece's future with our backstage passes.

    But that high-five never came.

    After going through the lines of all the YGG characters, we awaited DJ Lance's entrance announcement, meet/greet, and story time like Ellie saw. But the staff made an announcement that the party was over. No DJ Lance. No hug. No high-five. Mere tried to talk to a girl on the staff (especially after Plex told us he was coming in a bit) to let her know we traveled so far, and that DJ Lance was Cece's favorite person besides her family on the entire planet. I think it was her first heartbreak as a mom: wanting something so badly for your child that you have absolutely no control over. As we were leaving the party room, I brought Cece over to the backdrop for story time, and she leaned over and gave DJ Lance's picture a kiss. If you know Cece, she's not one to give kisses freely. Besides Mere and me, the only person she'll kiss is Ellie. While it was super sweet that she planted a wet one on Lance, I think it stung Mere's heart a little, knowing that it would have made Cece's day to meet her little hero.




    Talk to you soon,
    Dale

    Our other fun shots from the show:









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    Hey everybody!

    Recently Mere and I had the unique opportunity to photograph another photographer's portrait session. We always jump at the opportunity because 1) we love creative people - they're up for anything 2) we already have so much in common so it's easy to chat the session away and 3) they're naturals (no matter what they say) in front of the camera. Lance and Kathryn wanted some fall portraits for Christmas cards, as well as to mark their year anniversary of being married (yay!), so we ran around with them, playing in Fayetteville's fall leaves and what-not. Here are a few of my favorites:















    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    We are fortunate to get featured quite a bit, but today's feature is super cool! Our fabulous bride, Dorothy Cascerceri Simone, just had her wedding featured on the Maggie Sottero blog! Yay!! See the post here: http://lovemaggie.maggiesottero.com/maggie-bride-dorothy/



    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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