Friday, April 15, 2011

Some Good, Old-Fashioned Encouragement

Hey everybody!

Today's post is two-fold. Neither "fold" has anything to do with photography. More so, it has to do with life.

I believe people are largely in charge of their "destiny." However, so many times in my life, I've put a BOX on a certain dream or a certain goal or a certain idea. I don't know how many times it'll take for me to remember that God has bigger plans for me. Recently, I married a girl who is way cooler than me, way prettier than me, and way funnier than me (and I'm pretty funny). I never dreamed my life would be what it is, especially given my life as a child (not that I didn't love my childhood; it's just that I've been so blessed as an adult). I've been fortunate enough to be able to provide for my family better than I have imagined (i.e. I have the coolest house I've ever lived in), and I have the best job in the world, doing something I sincerely and whole-heartedly love.

So, don't put a ceiling on God's plan for you. Don't put a cap on how happy you can be. And don't put a box on your hopes and your dreams. DREAM BIG.

The other part of this email is a big ol' thank you to YOU. If you're reading my blog, you're either a friend, family member, client (past, present or future), fan, or photographer. Regardless, you are doing your part in helping me succeed. Meredith and I want to thank you with a full heart. We appreciate your comments, feedback, support, fanaticism, and love.

Thank you. Seriously, thank you.

Talk to you soon,


  1. Thanks Dale! Great encouragement as I'm embarking on a brand new journey! Josh and I had SUCH a blast w/you and Mere on Thurs. We so appreciate where God has directed you!

  2. Great words to live by! I need to read stuff like that more often! :) Miss you guys!

  3. Stumbled upon your website/blog and I love, love, love your work. Beautiful pictures, beautiful moments, and phenomenal photographs. Who knows, maybe one of these days you'll shoot my future engagement photos!

  4. Great post. I am trying to share the same sentiments over in my neck of the woods. Keep up the great work, both as a photographer and a person.

  5. I am obviously creeeeepin on the blog today :) And Dale, I love this post! So true about our lives, and what ginormous plans the Lord has for us, beyond what we can even imagine. I love love love the Benfield fam!! Love love love em!

    1. How funny... I don't remember this blog post at all, which is the perfect reason for why I needed to read it again today. Thanks for creeping, Natalie! XO!


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