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Arkansas wedding photographer and Los Angeles wedding photographer and Benfield Photography serving Northwest Arkansas, Southern California, and the rest of the world.
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    Hey everybody!

    Nashville is one of my favorite U.S. cities, for so many reasons: great food, cool breweries, friends of mine who live there, and picturesque backdrops for engagement portraits. Recently I made the 8 hour drive from Fayetteville to the Music City to shoot a couple sessions and catch up with some friends. Kathleen and JD are some NEW friends who happen to be getting married there in December and I couldn't be more excited to shoot their wedding. Even though it was raining all weekend, these Nashville engagement pictures turned out killer. Take a look!






    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    I just got back from Chicago, where I photographed a beautiful wedding at the Trump Hotel. Even thought I have about 5 blog posts that are nearly finished, I'm bumping this up to the top of the list because I wanted to show you a sneak peek! :) Congratulations to Megan and Michael!





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    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    One of my favorite local Fayetteville bloggers (and favorite humans, period) is on the blog today with her sweet girls!  Kelly Stamps and I have been social media and blogging friends for years, and I finally got to photograph this adorable family!  Well, the girls part anyway! Haha!  Check out kellyskornerblog.com for Kelly's blog (which will suck you and and make you love them just like I do!)

    Also, this shoot was to help promote the cool event coming up, a fundraiser for the NWA Women's Shelter... check out https://www.mombutsomuchmore.com/ for details (and tickets!)






    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    My favorite dentist is getting married. ;) Beth is probably the nicest person I've ever met.  Yeah... even nicer than my mom, and that's saying something.  Ok... ok... it's a tie.  And speaking of kindness, I just LOVED the way Landon talked to Beth throughout the shoot. He's a keeper! Anyway, I love spending time with this couple, and we had a lot of laughy times during our engagement shoot all around Fayetteville.  I'm looking forward to their wedding because come on... this is a beautiful couple!








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    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    It's important for actors to keep updated headshots if their look changes so their profiles reflect their current look for casting directors.  Since Bonnie's look has changed (haha, that girl is always changing her look!), we decided she needed a new headshot.  Here are a few of my favorites...








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    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    Ellie and I have had a whirlwind of a day! She's definitely the coolest almost-13-year-old on the planet, has great style, and is quite the model.  We shot around Fayetteville and then had a photoshop class where she edited these images.  I am so proud of her.

    Isn't this crazy?  If you go back into the blog archives you can literally see her grow up!  I can't believe how old and mature she is!










    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    With an 80 percent chance of thunderstorms leading into the week of the wedding, I think everyone was getting a tad nervous.  My 15 year streak of getting great wedding portraits without rain was looking pretttttty grim. And as I woke up that morning to the sound of thunder and pouring rain, I thought it just might be the day the streak died.

    Scroll to see the outcome...
























    Yay for no rain!  And yay for Emily and Hunter! Your wedding at Stone Chapel was an absolute dream!




    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    Today's post is from one of Benfield Photography sponsors, Basic Invite! Yay!  I'm so happy to be sharing this information with Benny Brides :) . If you're planning a wedding, this single site can help check off so many to-do list items: save the dates, wedding invitations, thank you cards, place cards and menus, and guestbooks! Boom!  Read on!


    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


    Basic Invite’s Wedding Day Essentials

    When is comes to wedding stationery… save the dates, wedding invitations, and thank you cards usually take the cake as the most important pieces - as they should. There would be no wedding without guests and thanking everyone for their gifts and well wishes is a must! However, there are a few wedding day essentials that you may want to reconsider when it comes to your wedding stationery.

    So, Basic Invite is going to share why day of stationery is just as important as your invitations and thank you’s. If you aren’t familiar with Basic Invite, they are an online stationery company. They specialize in custom invitations and stationery for all of life’s major moments and they’ve been nice enough to let me in on why the day of details matter!

    Day of details are so important because they can help everything run smoothly while adding an extra touch of intricacy to the wedding decor and table settings. Day of stationery may not be a standard staple, but it is a standout option that your guests will notice and appreciate. So, what are the wedding day essentials when it comes to stationery? Let’s find out!

    Wedding Programs
    Wedding programs are essential, especially for a larger wedding or one with multiple venues. Letting your guests know the day’s schedule upon arrival will make the day go smoothly. If guests need to be at one location for the ceremony and another for the reception having    
    printed wedding programs is a smart move! You can customize them to match the wedding suite you sent out a couple months ago or start fresh by choosing a design that matches your wedding decor.

    Place Cards & Wedding Menus
    Place cards and wedding menus can add a touch of detail that will round out your table settings and reception decor beautifully. Incorporating these into your day is just another way to keep things flowing.

    Guest Books
    Your wedding day is going to fly by, we all know that. You will leave with memories and a new chapter in life, but being able to look back at who was there and read advice and well wishes while reminiscing can make for lasting feel good moments. That’s why having a wedding guest bookis so important! Plus, Basic Invite lets you customize your guest book. You can match it to your wedding stationery or upload a gorgeous photo from your engagement session straight on to the cover. Their guest books have an ultra sleek look with a hidden bound and can lay completely flat. So chic!

     


    Basic Invite has over 200 wedding invitation designs consisting of both traditional wedding invitations and modern wedding invites for a truly custom invite for any bride! With more than 180 custom colors and endless customization options, Basic Invite has it all! Head over to their inspiration gallery for some magical stationery inspo that is sure to get you started on your custom creations.


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  • 07/22/17--16:54: Happy 13th Birthday ELLIE!


  • Hey everybody!

    Yesterday, my baby girl turned into my teenage girl.  Wow.  How did that happen y’all?  For those of you who have followed this blog over the years, you’ve witnessed it alongside me - are you just as shocked as I am?

    I’m not shocked at how mature Ellie is.  She’s been so mature for her age all her life.  She’s loving and caring, always down for whatever (like her daddy), and a complete goofball (ok, also like her daddy). 


    We’ve been doing a lot of shoots lately because Ellie has an interest in, and a talent for, modeling.  She turns it on for the camera as well as the professionals do (trust me, I know!), and I just can’t believe it’s my little girl in front of my lens. We recently shot a 13-themed photo shoot to commemorate the teenage milestone, and here are a few of my favorites.










    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    A gorgeous small chapel wedding followed by an intimate backyard dinner... it sounds pretty perfect to me!  St. Catherine's Chapel was the beautiful, perfect backdrop for Beth and Landon's wedding, and the rustic backyard dinner was at the couple's home in Fayetteville.




















    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    What a dream wedding I recently got to photograph at Generations Riviera Maya in Mexico!  Susan and Josh were incredible hosts to their friends, family, and to me :) My favorite thing about destination weddings is that I get to meet and spend time with the families involved throughout the wedding festivities.  Both families were so precious and have raised two wonderful people.  Susan and Josh, I was honored to be your wedding photographer and I'm excited to see you two flourish!









    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    I've been shooting a ton lately, and just got home to Fayetteville after a week in LA. During my time there, I got to team up with my friend Madison Watkins to shoot some fashion stuff, and also this cover of Drake's Passionfruit. I love how it turned out!





    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    I've been on the road for some very insane shoots lately.  Last week, I made the trip across the Atlantic to Florence, Italy to celebrate and shoot Emily and Ford's wedding week.  Wedding weeks should be my new specialty because I ADORE getting to know the wedding party and families so well. My last few destination weddings... I've left feeling like a part of the family!

    Emily and Ford's BREATHTAKING rehearsal dinner was at the Palazzo Capponi. The room was covered floor to ceiling with amazing art. I was in awe that I got to photograph such a stunning room steeped with such history. This Italian rehearsal dinner was magically lit and the evening was just as charming.  The speeches given by friends and family had me teary no less than three times. Here are some of my favorite shots from the evening...







    And what's a day of shooting without some killer portraits? I didn't want to waste this time/outfit without shooting some portraits with these two!












    Make sure to come back this week for more from Emily and Ford's Italy wedding and reception (and the DIY pizza party at their Italian villa)


    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    I was going to combine blog posts for Emily and Ford's wedding day, but there is just so much eye candy on their portraits that they are worthy of their own post. We shot at the Villa Le Piazzole in Florence. They have a vineyard (with delicious wine!) in addition to about a million different picturesque spots and views. Throw in a stylish, gorgeous couple and I was in Italian heaven.





    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    Here we go with this dream Italian wedding in Florence at Villa Le Piazzole - Just a warning, it's a mega post.  There are just so many incredible moments and beautiful sites (like the most insane long table I've ever seen)... I just want to share it ALL with y'all!

    First up, if you missed the portrait post from yesterday, please scroll down after this post - I really want you to see those! Here's a teaser...



    The details from this day were impecabble.


    Ford received some gorgeous Fleur de lis cufflinks from his bride, as well as a handwritten letter that choked him up a bit.  So sweet.


    Emily is a stylish bride, and I'm pretty obsessed with all her personal details.


    Her sister Caroline's halo was pretty to die for as well.


    These moments are everything.


    Such happiness!


    The best table I've ever been a part of, hehehe!


    Sometimes when I shoot, I capture a moment that I literally stop and thank God I was in the right place at the right time.  This is one of those moments.


    The venue was just as spectacular at night. Villa Le Piazzole is a dream wedding venue, y'all.


    The couple helped the pasty chef with the traditional Italian wedding cake.  I love hands-on elements during wedding days.


    Bravo!


    Probably my favorite shot of the day - one that sums up the happiness and love between Ford and Emily.




    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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  • 09/14/17--13:33: DIY Pizza Party in Florence


  • Hey everybody!

    Emily and Ford really treated their guests to such an amazing experience: they had a pizza chef come and teach everyone how to make and fire their own pizzas, with the most fresh and incredible ingredients. Oh... and wine. Lots of incredible wine.





    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    I have the honor of sharing the first ever outdoor garden wedding at Integrity Hills at Big Cedar with you today! Lauren and Mike chose a beautiful day for an outdoor wedding, and the landscaping at Big Cedar Integrity Hills was nothing short of breathtaking. I already love shooting at Big Cedar (they have the absolutely best and nicest staff), so this weekend was so fun for me.

    Erin and her team executed this vision flawlessly - this room was gorgeous...

    This sunset was insane! I of course had to bring the couple outside from their reception to be photographed with it.  Wow.

    And my favorite, romantic portrait from the day - we off-roaded it a bit for this location

    How precious are Lauren and her girls. The most.

    But the shy flower girl stole my heart.  What a sweet heart!

    This moment. Everything.

    The area outside at Integrity Hills was a stunning location for a wedding with an incredible view.

    I mean, c'mon.  Dream outdoor wedding.











    Then we were back inside for the reception - Boom Kinetic brought the party, and Lauren and Mike brought the sweet moments.

    But wait... there's more! Lauren and Mike surprised their guests with a fireworks show!



    Near the end of the night, Lauren's siblings surprised her with... well, I'm not sure exactly.  But it was hilarious and fun!




    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    Wonderful wonderful. That's how I want to describe Anna and Shelton's wedding day at the Stone Chapel at Matt Lane Farm.  JLK weddings ran the day so smoothly, which let me be at ease to shoot the way I love to shoot: capturing special moments and beautiful portraits.  For the 500th-ish wedding in a row, I found some great light for my couple - and even some Benny Backlight! Come along as I relive Anna and Shelton's wedding day.  (oh, and gorgeous dress from Tesori in Fayetteville!)





    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    I'm excited to announce that I am hiring a part-time creative assistant (position is in Fayetteville, AR)!  I'll train the right candidate in all the Benfield Photo ways.  I'm looking for someone smart and eager, who loves to connect people and things, who is creative and is always looking ways to flex some creative muscle.

    To apply, just email me your resume and little bit about you (a cover letter, of sorts): dale@benfieldphotography.com

    I'm looking to start interviewing right away and closing it once the position is filled. So time is precious!





    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    Y'all... I've been all over lately, and I love it! I'm finally settled back in Fayetteville and getting caught up on all my editing, and first up is the darling momma and daughter I got to hang out with in Atlanta a couple weeks ago.  We met at a park where the leaves were dynamite and there was plenty of things to play on, so clearly we had a blast. :) . Have a look at my faves:









    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    Obsessed is an understatement. This couple is total goals. I didn't realize how much I loved Atlanta until I spent time running around the city with Joya and Wes shooting their engagement portraits. Atlanta is full of colorful spots and incredible views. Check out these adorable portraits of this gorgeous couple!











    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    I loved shooting these Fayetteville senior portraits with Erin!  She is super photogenic and a total sweetheart! Fall was in full effect for her portrait session, so we took advantage. Here are a handful of my favorites:











    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody I made a new friend!
    Of course everyone knows my affinity for fashion, but Emily (you'll know her from the "Sweetest Thing Blog" http://www.thesweetestthingblog.com) far surpasses me. We headed to downtown Bentonville for this session, and it was phenomenal! After all, it is only appropriate that the blogger herself gets blogged about! These are the first set of some of my favorite pictures from the afternoon! Enjoy:)











    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    Update: still making friends! Emily (from The Sweetest Thing Blog) and I had a great time grabbing coffee at Onyx in Bentonville and  walking downtown, truly living our very best life! And picking up a few fashion tips (duh!). We also have a few other shoots planned for the future that I'm super pumped about... stay tuned!  In the meantime, check out these gems:
















    Talk to you soon,
    Dale


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    Hey everybody!

    I mean Y'ALL. Can it get any better than a vineyard session? Sassafras Springs hit it out of the park. I had tons of fun with these ladies from Impressions, the venue was gorgeous and so are they! There's nothing to "wine" about here! Always love working with Reagan (follow her blog here). Raise your glasses and take a look at some of my favorite shots.










    Talk to you soon,
    Dale