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    Hey everybody!

    I find it really touching when sisters both use Benfield Photography for their weddings. You see, most sisters go out of their way to use DIFFERENT vendors, venues, etc. than their sisters when planning their wedding. While Katie is planning a different location and vendors than her lovely sister Allison, one thing will be the same: US! Yay!! It's such an honor! Obviously, their pictures won't be the same - I could shoot every day of the year and not give a client the same thing, it's just nice to have our clients notice that!

    Katie is such a sweet heart! From the first time I met her she has been such a little darling, which is obviously true of all the Waldrip sisters. I couldn't be more excited for her Fall November wedding!
















    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    If you've followed me on here, fb, or instagram for any amount of time, you know that I love food. I love eating it, I love creating it, and I love serving it. While it's out of the realm of possibility for me to run a restaurant, we figured out that it's quite possible for me (and a small staff, of course) to run a food truck!

    We purchased the truck in October (fun story about that... ask me sometime!), and had to remodel the inside of the former Fedex truck, as well as have it painted and designed, all while secretly working on and fine-tuning our menu.

    Alas, Baller Foodtruck was born! What a cutie right?  We developed the concept and theme, as well as the logo, with the help of our closest friends and family (thanks y'all!). I can't wait for everybody to see it in person!

    The concept: gourmet comfort food... as balls. Balls are easy to eat... not messy (like most foodtrucks) so it's perfect for a yummy lunch or late-night food after some fun on Dickson. We've thought of about a hundred different balls, tried all sorts of recipes, and have quite the menu. Some samples include the Thanksgiving Ball, Pizza Ball, and Mac+Cheese Ball. Mmmm!!!

    It's been a fun learning process along the way, and we are excited to officially launch the truck in March (with some secret mini-launches along the way!)  By the way, here's Baller as it came to me... just waiting for a 2nd life as a foodtruck!




    Here are a couple iphone pics of some finished dishes:
    Taco Ball - there's going to be a much better name at some point, but for clarity's sake, we'll just go with Taco Ball right now.  Haha!  The sauce and fresh shaved cheddar make a rockin' little difference!











    And the Thanksgiving Balls with Cranberry sauce (not the way it'll look from the truck... this is just they way I plated it for the family at home). This ball is turkey and stuffing, and we make our own cranberry sauce that is pretty rad. This seems to be an early favorite for all who have tried the balls!













    So, you might have questions...

    1) Is anything changing with your wedding photography business?
    NOPE - ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! I have an amazing staff at Benfield Photography and our main priority is, and always will be, Benfield Photography.  Benfield Photography is my baby that I've dedicated... literally... my LIFE to and we've developed so many wonderful relationships with Benny Brides that we always intend to invest in. I'll still be the main shooter, email answerer, daily blogger, etc. Literally nothing will change.

    2) Will this foodtruck be a full-time job?
    For me, no. While developing it has seemed like a full-time job at times (I haven't slept in 4 months... haha!  Just kidding!), I have a great person to run the truck when I'm not there (obviously I can't be on the truck on weekends, ever, since we're already booked up every weekend of 2014).  For our main person, Leah, yes... it'll be a full-time job!  Leah is an incredibly hard worker, knows a ton about food, and shares our vision of delivering great service to clients. Yay for creating more jobs for Arkansas!

    3) Will I see you (Dale) on the truck?
    I hope so! I plan to work lunch services when I can - I LOVE serving people! Noon is never really a great time to shoot in terms of lighting, so it makes perfect sense that I can be available to help Leah out by serving my friends.

    4) Where will you be located?
    The plan is to be a roaming foodtruck, and not stay in one place! We're going to try to have a set schedule, so Mondays we might always be at location A, Tuesdays at location B, and so on! For the most up-to-date info on the truck's location and availability, follow on Instagram (instagram.com/ballerfoodtruck) and Twitter (twitter.com/ballerfoodtruck).

    We don't have our locations set yet, so if you think you know of a great place for us to serve lunch to about 100-150ish, please let me know! 

    5) Will you cater/do weddings? 
    Yes! We plan to do some fun events.  If you're interested in Baller being at your event, send an email to: ballerfoodtruck@gmail.com and Leah or I will get back with you asap! :)  Or, if you want us to hang out at your work and feed your staff, hit us up!

    6) Will Baller be posting on Benfield Photography blog?
    Nope, Baller has its own website, blog, and social media.  Check out ballerfoodtruck.com for more. This might just be the only time you see Baller on the Benny Blog.

    7) Can I have a job at Baller?
    Our long term goals definitely have the possibility of hiring more people! If you're interested, email ballerfoodtruck@gmail.com.  Right now, we're pretty set, but we are always looking to have the right people on the bus... er... truck!


    Ya'll... I'm seriously so excited about this! This passion project has become a reality and I'm pumped to share it with y'all! Make sure to come out and try some balls! :)

    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    Alana's new last name is Valentine.  Isn't that the best? And really, SHE'S so deserving, and will wear her new name well.  Alana was such a sweet bride, who not only had a first look with Paul, but also with her Dad, followed by her brother.  I'm pretty sure she cried during all three. I love that kind of emotion, and those kind of families.

    I'd love for you to look over the pictures below, but then go to Alana's blog where she's written all about her wedding (she's a great writer!): http://alittlealana.blogspot.com/























    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    I feel like I shouldn't even get to write this post: Mere and her family worked so hard on making Cece's Barnyard Bash a success (my jobs were to watch the kids as everybody set up for the party, and pick up the cake from Shelby Lynn's Cake Shoppe in Springdale). Oh, and of course show up and look pretty; I did the first part at least.

    Doesn't it look pretty? And Jennifer at Shelby Lynn's Cake Shoppe is SO amazing, always!





    The birthday girl - happy as usual!



    She welcomed her guests with high-fives. :)



    Look at John Grady. Such a cool little dude! There might be an arranged marriage in the making.



    Love this sweet pic of me and m'baby.



    Cece enjoyed the petting zoo (see her arm way down in there?), and riding the ponies!



    And then... folks... Cece got a kiss. From a boy. Seeger does have pretty much the best hair ever for a boy, so I approve.



    Grammy Ruth (Cecelia Ruth's great grandma) played the Ukelele as we all sang Happy Birthday.


    Such a special moment



    Grandma B made her smash cake, which was more like faceplant cake.



    Running around with big sister Ellie, losing her headband somewhere along the way. The sign of a fun day!




    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    I finally get to show off Sarah's gorgeous bridal portraits! You might remember her from the engagement session at Houmas House near New Orleans; well, we were traveling again for her bridals. This time we met in Dallas at the Arboretum (GORGEOUS place!) for her portraits. Sarah is so fun and has such style. She actually brought two dresses: one was her wedding dress, and the other was her late mother's wedding dress. It was both fun and sentimental! Have a look!















    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    Customarily, I start weddings off with a detail collage (don't worry, one is below), but I just HAD to start with two images that set the tone for the entire day: Sarah's gorgeous bouquet (from the Wildflower in Joplin) and Sarah's Vera Wang dress.  The location (and super cool ceiling that I HAD to include in the shot is that of the Phelps House in Carthage, where Sarah got ready and had her first meeting with Stephen.  Okay... read on!




    Lots of personal touches and a beautiful monogram were carried throughout the wedding day.


    Here's Mere's vision for the beautiful bridal suite at the Phelps House as Sarah's bridesmaids and grandma helped her into her dress.


    And those to-die-for Chanel shoes...


    Oh... hey ladies! 


    Sarah and Stephen had a sweet first meeting, and then we did some portraits (more of those coming to the blog soon!)


    Sarah and Stephen hand write letters to each other, which is SO endearing, and they wrote letters to each other on the wedding day to kind of cap it off.  Fun fact: Since letters play such a big role in their relationship, and since the live so far apart, Stephen hand wrote Sarah's dad a letter asking for her hand in marriage.  How neat!


    I love what they did to the ceremony space.  We were able to capture some really neat shots by shooting through the strung lights.


    Special moment! I love this emotion!


    And one more from the ceremony: the kiss!



    Stay tuned for more from this beautiful wedding!

    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    After the Carthage wedding, we all headed to Twin Hills Country Club in Joplin for Sarah and Stephen's reception.  Let's start with the first dance, shall we?






    Oh, Emily. Such a fun party!


    Molly was hilarious and fun as usual!


    We stole Sarah and Stephen away from the reception for a sec when we spotted these lighted trees outside.





    Before they were whisked away, Sarah and Stephen's guests covered... and I mean COVERED them in snow-confetti! (Just look to Sarah for a little proof)



    We're not finished with these two!  Tomorrow I'm sharing some portraits with y'all!

    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    We've made it to portrait day (I thought this day would never get here!)... yay! Sarah and Stephen truly are beautiful inside and out, and I was honored she chose Benfield Photography to photograph her wedding! Here are some of my favorite portraits we photographed on the wedding day. Enjoy!















    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    I've been featured again on the MpixPro blog (MpixPro is my super fabulous photo lab!). They wanted to know how I stay fresh and inspired in the midst of being crazy-busy. I couldn't narrow it to one thing, so I gave my top five tips! Read it by clicking the pic below!



    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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  • 02/06/14--11:15: Cece: 13 Months!


  • Hey everybody!

    Today, Cece is 13 months. Or, a year-and-a-month if you don't like people saying ages in months. Or, 396 days if you don't like either of those. Heehee! This kid can walk (when she wants), feed herself (when she wants), gives sweet kisses (when she wants) and entertains herself (when she wants... get the theme here?). She loves touching EVERYTHING, and has started climbing up stuff, which makes her mother a nervous wreck. But she's still as happy as ever, and I still (as of today) have the magic touch and can make her laugh anytime I want, which is often. Here's a shoot and candids we took of the babe a few days ago... (thanks to dropitMODERN for the backdrops!)











    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    The first issue of the magazine was such a fun success! We didn't really know if we were going to keep producing future issues, but with the response we got, it was a no brainer! Obviously, NWA is in need of a content-filled magazine for weddings, and we are more than happy to fill the void: we're honored! This issue has more fun interviews, features, and real weddings for you, and it's unofficially our proposal issue - since we've shot so many this year. I've randomly chosen a few of the spreads and put them below! Have a fun little sneak peek!









    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    We love our families! Today I'm sharing another kiddo I know really well: Claire Monroe. She's sassy and fun, and has the sweetest little smile! Also, because we've done so many sessions with her, she knows what to expect at our shoots and totally rocks it! Here are some of our favorites from her most recent session:
















    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    I'm always aware that I need to keep photos secret until the clients get their use of them (aka: get their Christmas Cards sent out), which was the case for this fun shoot. Well, I'm not going to NOT show this fun shoot, because Slone is just about the most gorgeous baby boy I've ever seen. And his parents are one of my all-time favorite couples: Chelsea and Tyler Brown! Check out a few faves from the shoot:





    And of course I had to photograph the family of four. ;)



    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    My favorite boutique turns FIVE this month! Riffraff in Fayetteville is throwing a big party on Wednesday and Benfield Photography will be there! We'll be shooting party pics with instant iPad transfer (fun right?). I recently spent some time with the gang for a photo shoot to celebrate. I'll be showing those on Wednesday, but here are a couple sneak peeks!
    Fyi... the party is Wednesday from 2pm-7pm at Riffraff. You know it'll be a fun party with lots of great surprises!!












    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    In all transparency, I have to say that nobody put me up to this post, and that Kirsten (nor anyone at Riffraff) knows that I wrote this post. I just think for those business owners out there who follow this blog (boutique owners, other photographers, etc.), there are some great things we can learn by watching someone so successful.

    Kirsten Blowers (owner of Riffraff in Fayetteville) isn't exactly a boss of mine, though she does have me shoot for the fabulous clothing boutique. However, that doesn't mean I don't pick up on many traits she shows on a daily basis (yes, I hang around the Riffraff office any chance I get!). As a boss myself, I'm always very interested in seeing how other bosses interact and manage their employees. Through all my time at Riffraff over the past 5 years, here are some of the main characteristics that stand out:

    1) She has vision

    Everybody loves being part of the winning team. When your leader has proven success and has grown something great from literally nothing, they're easy to follow. And it's easy to believe in their vision. Kirsten has proven that she can make her vision a reality, and she continues to reinvent herself and Riffraff (for those Entrepreneurs out there... you know this is vital to longterm success). I love what I know of Kirsten's vision for the future of Riffraff, and I love that I have a friend that has such tremendous vision.


    2) She is loyal

    When I hire an employee, loyalty is my number one. Above talent, which I can teach; above knowledge, which I can also teach, I treasure loyalty. I think it's part of the bigger picture: having loyalty is crucial in exemplifying integrity. And let me just tell you... employees quickly and easily pick up on loyalty and integrity. Kirsten and Riffraff have been fiercely loyal to me and to Benfield Photography (and us them). I know that there are some business owners are out there who lack loyalty and integrity, and in many cases they get ahead by doing so. However, Kirsten has a good set of values and knows running a business the "right" way is the right thing to do.


    3) She's not afraid to do the hard work

    I watch Kirsten, day after day, doing what I call the grunt work... the grind. The not-so-glamorous work. Meetings, emails, and all the millions of little things she does on a daily basis shows her tremendous work ethic. I used to see her in the store all the time (so did many of you), but the tasks of running a business are many... I know she'd rather be out greeting and chatting with all the Riffraff customers, but she is dedicated to the long-term success of the business, and setting her shopgirls up for success (and letting them take much of the day-to-day credit). I love a boss who isn't afraid to roll up the sleeves and do the hard stuff.


    4) She's spots talent

    It's no surprise that Riffraff has a remarkably great staff. Their creativity is unmatched, they're consistent and efficient, and they have great customer service. Plus, everything looks amazing! Every new window display blows me away! Well let me just say, it's not all luck. Kirsten spots talent, embraces talent, and cultivates its growth. She has a knack for the getting the most out of her employees; obviously a trait of any great boss.


    5) She inspires

    I don't think it's any one thing she does that inspires her employees, but rather a culmination of everything she does. Whether it be trusting employees with special projects, showing her own creativity, or just letting her record of success shine... her employees, and me anytime I shoot for Riffraff, feel inspired to deliver a product to her that is worthy of the Riffraff name, and worthy of the KB stamp of approval.



    Lastly, Mere and I notice that she does these same things in her personal life, which makes it really easy to call her our best friend. Congratulations, Kirsten, on Riffraff's fifth birthday! We're excited to see first hand what your world will be!


    Talk to you soon,
    Dale



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    Hey everybody!


    Today's the day! Riffraff is throwing a MEGA party today, and if you're in Fayetteville, it's a MUST that you stop by - anytime between 2 and 7pm! Here's more from the shoot we did recently - these are my faves!
















































    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    Ellie had her best friend, Claire, over recently for a sleepover and after a day of pampering (blowout at the Dead Swanky Blowdry Bar, and manicures at Glitterbox), it was photoshoot time. Aren't these two cute?!







    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    Today I'm sharing a personal post, taken with my iphone in terrible light. Are you okay with that? Meredith and I are in Napa right now (our first time ever) - we have a wedding here later this year and wanted to 1) scout out the location and 2) eat at the French Laundry.  Sorry... THE French Laundry. As in, the best restaurant in America and, possibly, the world, with world-renowned chef Thomas Keller (who I met in LA last July).

    The French Laundry is pretty tough to get a table at... they take reservations 60 days out and fill up within a minute, and I've been trying for months to get through.  Their 9 course chef's tasting menu is like a master's class in the culinary arts. As a super foodie (and now a foodtruck owner), I was so interested in experiencing food at its finest quality and production.  

    We shot this as we were heading out the door... (isn't my wife a super-hottie?!)


    The obligatory shot outside The French Laundry...


    This wasn't the first course.  Think of it more as an amuse bouche... in the cone (black sesame tuile) was a salmon tartare with red onion creme fraiche.


    Still not the first course... next we had gruyere (and I mean melty, gooey gruyere) gougeres - the don't necessarily look amazing, but it kind of blew our minds. The meal was off to an insane start.


    For my first course, I got the "Oysters and Pearls." I've never really understood the fascination with caviar as a delicacy. Until this dish. A sabayon of pearl tapioca with poached Island Creek oysters and White Sturgeon Caviar was so creamy and delicious.

    Let me interject here. Mere and I didn't drink wine with the dinner 1) because we were already treating ourselves to a super expensive dinner and 2) we didn't want to get tipsy so we could fully appreciate the food.  So, we elected to get iced tea.  When they brought me lemon, I was amazed... I had to take a picture because it looked pretty much perfect. Have you ever seen a lemon so perfect? It's all about good ingredients, and TFL has the best.

    Another non-course item... the have 5-6 different kinds of bread. These two were yummy (my faves are on down the post).

    Back to the courses... for Mere's first course she got eh "clam chowder" with celery root "Royale," Geoduck clam, celery branch "Matignon," oyster crackers and Royal Ossetra caviar.

    For the second course, I opted for the upgrade to Carnaroli risotto bilogico... Parmigiano-Reggiano with shaved black winter truffles.  When they brought out my dish, this box accompanied it.  Yes, real, fresh black winter truffles. The smell sent me over the edge.

    They were "generous" with the black truffle. It was so amazing.  Not like getting truffle oil on fries, y'all. The taste was nice and subtle, and the aroma was beautiful.  Believe it or not, there is a risotto under there!

    The pretzel bread and mini-baguette. S'cute and S'delicious.

    Ready for some mind-blowing creativity?  Here we go!
    "Heart and Sole" Dover Sole (fish) wrapped in corned veal heart "Rouelle" with potato puree, radishes, watercress and a french pickle emulsion.

    From above, that thing that looks like a chip... well, if you hold it up to the light you see how complex it actually is!  Crunchy, beautiful, and delicious.

    Mere's favorite dish of the night was the fourth course: Sea scallop "Poelee" with spinach, english walnuts, salsify, and slow-roasted beet puree. There's a beet on top too.  My girl loves beets!

    Course five: Rabit. It looks (and tastes) like it is wrapped in bacon, but that's just genius cookery. Toasted caraway jus. I wasn't a fan of the melba, but the rest was rad.

    Course six: "Calotte de boeuf" with bone marrow "pain perdu" braised carrots, cauliflower cream, pea tendrils and bordelaise vinaigrette. Getting each element on the fork for the perfect bite was fun because there were different tastes and textures that went perfectly together.

    Course seven was the cheese course.  By this point I was pretty much at wit's end, and this sent me over the "how-do-they-do-this" edge. The cheese is the middle layer here, but let me explain what else you see: top layer is a Riesling Gelee (can you believe that?) and the bottom layer was a pistachio "pain de gene" or bread crust. The celery was an inventive twist to add some freshness.


    And now the dessert courses.  Blood oranges (my favorite!) both candied and poached, blood orange gelee, sesame puree and tuile was pretty fab.

    Course nine was brown butter ice cream - the softest and creamiest ice cream, accompanied with toasted hazelnuts.

    Then we had some delicious chocolate pate with pistachio.

    We were also celebrating my birthday (which is Sunday!), and they brought me out an insane birthday cake (isn't the plate super pretty?!). It was a chocolate and hazelnut creme layered cake. Pretty freaking ridiculous.


    And our server brought out big, fancy box of chocolates, of which I chose the graham cracker and marshmallow (on the left) - I wanted to see how it compared to Baller's s'mores balls (I like mine better because my marshmallows are roasted), and on the right is strawberry and peanut butter. Tasty!

    The rest of the desserts I'll group into one picture: macaroons, cocoa crusted macadamia nuts, and "coffee and doughnuts" which wasn't coffee at all... it just looked like it... it was coffee semi-freddo!
    And then a little takeaway... some shortbread in a cool little French Laundry tin.


    My closing thoughts are this: this is a once-in-a-lifetime meal. A bucket list type of meal.  It was overall the best meal I've ever had. Here's why...

    I feel like I KNOW food. I know about it, I know how to create it, and how to manipulate it.  However, after eating at The French Laundry I realize more than ever how much I DON'T KNOW about food. The degree to which it can taste and be manipulated was such a surprise to me. The kitchen has all my respect in the world, and I truly feel that the experience has lived up to the reputation of The French Laundry.

    Talk to you soon,
    Dale



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    Hey everybody!

    Benfield Photography and joined forces with Claudia Slezak to create some wedding magic at Magnolia Gardens. Our lovely model is no stranger to the Benfield Blog - Madison Watkins is such a great model, and a total sweetheart. Big thanks and shoutout to our Stephanie for coordinating all this with Claudia - I just got to show up and shoot!


    Autumn and Grace Bridal created this gorgeous bouquet - she specializes in creating these from heirloom pieces! (Read more about in the next Benfield Weddings Magazine... out Monday!)





    Oh, hey stunner!


    Love this tea set Claudia set up for me to photograph... so classy and Southern!


    Another beautiful piece from Autumn and Grace Bridal... LOVE!


    And so is the hairpiece!


    Had to pop into a shot with my sweet friend!


    Let me ruin the surprise... I've got more from this session tomorrow!

    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    I have some more images from our recent styled session at Magnolia Gardens today. Once again, our lovely Madison Watkins put on a fabulous dress from She Said Yes Bridal, and her headpiece and bouquet was from Autumn and Grace Bridal (which you can find at She Said Yes).


    Claudia Slezak was the wedding stylist here, and did a beautiful job!





    OMG... so cute!








    I wanted to show a close up of this bouquet, made from heirloom pieces by Autumn and Grace Bridal - such a beautiful, sentimental, and unique bridal bouquet!



    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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