Sunday, January 31, 2010

Hailey and Matt's "Day After" Session

Hey everybody!

A day after session, if you remember from Athena and Ryan's, is a chance to get a little edgy with wedding portraits. If you love your wedding portraits, but want something a little different, a little more edgy, maybe a day after session is what you need! Check out Hailey and Matt's day after session below, and have a great day!

Talk to you soon,

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Double Published!!! Say whaaaaaat?!

Hey everybody!

I was super excited to see that we had not one, but TWO weddings published in the current issue of Citiscapes Magazine! Yaya!!!! One my absolutely favorite weddings (not just of 2009, but EVER!), Maggie and Austin Kliewer's wedding at the Stone Chapel at Matt Lane Farm was featured, and so was Felicia and Casey Dick's at Pinnacle Hills Church and AMAZING wedding with lots of fab details at the John Q. Hammons center in Rogers.

If you get a chance pick up a magazine! There are lots of fun wedding stories, wedding details, and real weddings to check out! You can also find our images in other wedding vendors' ads.

Also, we're in Brides of Oklahoma. Our gorgeous couple and good friends Shane and Jennifer (whose wedding we're photographing today at the Mayo Hotel) had their engagement in there. Fun!

Oh, and there's an image of me in Digital Pro Photo magazine! This image is also on the latest Professional Photographer magazine - I'll update this post as soon as I get my copy in.

January has been super good to us, and we're so thankful. I know it doesn't mean anything to be published in this magazine or that, but I do love that magazine editors love our pictures and we have a pro photo lab that values us.

Talk to you soon,

Friday, January 29, 2010

The 2010 Benny Awards Wrap Up!

Hey everybody!

Two HUGE things in the post!

First, I forgot to tell you what the winners won! Let's start with that:
The reason bride and grooms started facebook groups to get as many votes as possible is because there was an amazing prize at stake: our Couture Album!

Named because there are about 3000 different combinations, our oversized (12x18) Couture Albums are customized for the bride and groom. Here are a couple shots of our favorites:

Also, our 2nd place and 3rd place finishers in the major categories received gallery wrapped canvases to proudly display in their home!

And now for something much more important. We know that there are many photographers our clients could choose. Some of those photographers even offer the same end products as we do (more and more photographers "flatter" us all the time).

Our clients choose us, and refer us, because we form relationships with them. We care about our clients, and they know it. And it's not just me saying it. The rest of this post is going to be words from our clients that we received in the past week.

Holly Woodward-Hill Thanks so much for a great time last night!!! Picking Benfield photography for our wedding was the best decision I made.
You guys go above and beyond! I can't wait to hang up our new prints!! Yay

Andrew Shelor: Thank you so much to @dalebenfield for an amazing night at the Benny's! Truly the definition of going above and beyond! (from his Twitter)

Seth Jewell: Thanks for doing something like this. I love that Benfield Photography goes above and beyond!!!

Marion Curtner and Clark Donat: Thank you so much for such a fabulous night at the Benny Awards. You two are seriously the most fun and generous people I know and you definitely have a knack for showing your client-friends that they are more than just a business venture and that is a true gift.

Before I sign off, I want to say thank you to all our clients. We love you and we appreciate you. And I want to give a special thank you to Kristin and AJ (remember them from yesterday's video?) for bringing us the monogrammed wine glasses for an engagement present. That really meant a lot to us!

Talk to you soon,

P.S. Below is a fun slideshow of some "party pics" from the, well, party. I'd post these as single images, but there are way to many! What a fun party!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The 2010 Benny Awards video!

Hey everybody!

I've put together a video of the Benny Awards! I want to thank my friend Nic with NILO Productions (become a facebook fan!) for shooting footage with my camera and let me just worry about having a good time, which I DID! Thanks Nic!

I know I don't edit nearly as well as Nic would, but here you go anyway! Enjoy!

Talk to you soon,

And here are some really sweet things said by our fabulous, amazing. lovely couples:

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Benny Awards: the Winning Images

Hey everybody!

If you cut through all the fancy decorations, yummy drinks and candy, the Benny Awards was an awards party. Our couples got their friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, etc, to vote for their images. After all their campaigning (facebook groups were very effective!), there were almost 17 THOUSAND votes! I think the final tally was somewhere around 16,700 votes. That's crazy!! What's crazier is votes were from 47 of the 50 states, and multiple countries. I couldn't be happier about all the participation.
And now it's time for me to reveal to the world... the winning images!

Best Bridal Portrait:

Best Engagement Portrait:
1st place:

2nd place:

3rd place:

Best Shoes:

Best Kiss:

Best Wedding Design:

Best Dress:

Leading Lady:

Leading Man:

Best Wedding Cake:

Best Groom's Cake:

Best Dance Performance:

Best Dramatic Moment:

Best Getaway:

Best Wedding Portrait:
1st place:

2nd place:

3rd place:

Congratulations to all our winners!

Talk to you soon,

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Benny Awards - The Details

Hey everybody!

One of my very favorite things about the Benny Awards is that I get to be blown away - just like our bride and grooms - when I see all the details. This year, I did get involved a little in the planning process, but the meetings kinda went like this:

Jenessa: what do you think about [insert amazingly fantastic idea]?
Me: Love it.
Jenessa: and then I thought we could do this: [insert another something great I could never think of]
Me. Love it.

And so on.

So, naturally, it was all me. Bahaha!

But it is one thing to hear about it in a planning meeting and another seeing it all come together in front of you. The team did an outstanding job creating a wonderful night for Benfield Photography clients.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Benny Awards: Red Carpet!

Hey everybody!

Red Carpets just scream fancy and important. Since our clients are equal parts fancy and important, a red carpet was definitely in order. The background of the red carpet was composed of our favorite vendor friends, who we always recommend to our couples, and who always make our life so much easier and more fabulous on wedding days.

J Bailey Occasions
NILO Productions
Sincerely Yours
Jules Design Events
ARG Events
Groove Productions
Art By Beth
Shelby Lynn's Cake Shoppe
Fayetteville Town Center

Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Benny Awards! Huh??!

Hey everybody!

For the next few days, this blog is going to be all about the Benny Awards. Before I go on and on about them, I thought I'd take some time and tell you what they are and why we have them.

What: It is a super swanky cocktail party we throw for our clients. We also nominate them in various awards and they win fabulous prizes like gallery wraps, mounted prints, and a couture album upgrade. How do they win? They get their friends and family to vote for them and the most votes wins! This year we had more than 16 THOUSAND votes from 47 different states!

Why: There are a few reasons we do this. First, we LOVE our clients. We have the coolest couples in the world (and they all seem to know each other) and we want to go above and beyond for them to show our appreciation. Also, we get our favorite wedding vendors in on the action, because we wanna share the love and hang out with them too! Lastly, we love getting out and having a grand ol' time! Our clients love it, we love it, our vendor friends love it - it's just a super exciting and fun evening.

So, this week will be Benny's week on the blog. Come back each day for a different aspect of the fun evening.

Monday: The Red Carpet
Tuesday: The Details
Wednesday: The Winning Images
Thursday: The Video and wrap-up
Fridays: Thank yous

Can't wait to share with you all week!

Talk to you soon,

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