Saturday, March 31, 2012

Fayetteville Botanical Gardens Wedding Reception of Cory and Jacob

Hey everybody,

It's party time! Boom Kinetic rocked the Botanical Gardens in Fayetteville for Cory and Jacob's wedding. The guests had such a good time, as you're about to see. I totally recommend BK for your party, as they're sure to make your guests enjoy themselves!

fayetteville botanical gardens wedding
I love the balance of light with the background sky here.
fayetteville botanical gardens wedding
The girls had to get up with Boom Kinetic for some dancy-dance time.
fayetteville botanical gardens wedding
fayetteville botanical gardens wedding
Thanks for the photo bomb, Nic.
fayetteville botanical gardens wedding
fayetteville botanical gardens wedding
fayetteville botanical gardens wedding
fayetteville botanical gardens wedding
A glowstick leave was a fun way to end it... without burning the place down.
fayetteville botanical gardens wedding
Thanks to Cory and Jacob for inviting me to their fun party. :)

Talk to you soon,
Dale

Friday, March 30, 2012

Fayetteville Botanical Gardens Wedding of Cory and Jacob

Hey everybody!

I have such a sweet and fun wedding to share with y'all today. The ceremony and reception took place at the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, and was maticulously planned to perfection with the help of Amy and team at Details Wedding and Events. The flowers were done by Rose of Sharon, and I LOOOOOVED all the orchids, and the yummy grub was catered by Krutons! My body Nic from NILO got the nod for video (he photobombs me in tomorrow's post), and Boom Kinetic brought down the house with their always-entertaining performance.

fayetteville botanical gardens wedding
fayetteville botanical gardens wedding

fayetteville botanical gardens wedding
First Dance time - the know how to dance!
fayetteville botanical gardens wedding
Maybe my favorite moment of the day... when grandma was watching the father/daughter dance. Priceless moment!
fayetteville botanical gardens wedding
Looks like the bride was enjoying it too.
fayetteville botanical gardens wedding
Then, the bride's brother and sis wrote and performed a hilarious and heart-felt rap (yes... RAP) for the bride. It stole the show!
fayetteville botanical gardens wedding
The Botanical Gardens looked gorgeous!
fayetteville botanical gardens wedding
How SWEET is this moment?!
fayetteville botanical gardens wedding

Come back tomorrow so I can share more from the rockin' party - seriously FUN shots!

Talk to you soon,
Dale

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Cory and Jacob's Botanical Gardens Wedding Details

Hey everybody,

There was such a great team of vendors on hand for Cory and Jacob's wedding at the Botanical Gardens Saturday. The ceremony was beautiful and the reception was a party, and every little detail was taken care of by our friends Amy and team at Details Weddings & Events. The soft color palette was super romantic, and the venue was in full bloom. Have a peek at our favorite wedding details from the day:




More from this beautiful wedding tomorrow, friends!

Talk to you soon,
Dale


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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Bobbi Shop InDesign Templates

Hey everybody!

Today's post is for all the photogs out there. Hi photog friends! I hope you use InDesign to layout your wedding albums. You know... InDesign... created as a layout program as opposed to Photoshop... which shouldn't be used for desktop publishing...

But if you are still using Photoshop, I won't hold it against you as long as you change your ways. Tonight! Cut 20 hours of work into two! Or better yet, use my friend Bobbi's templates and change 20 hours into 20 minutes! Seriously, her templates are so great, and if you don't know how to use InDesign, she includes a tutorial for you!



I've been using InDesign, literally, since it came out (and even before, when it was called PageMaker), so I know it well. And I still use The Bobbi Shop templates whenever I can! They're such a good investment for all the time you're going to save in your workflow. Okay. So click on the screen shot above and head on over!


Talk to you soon,
Dale

P.S. I get no money from Bobbi for doing this post! I just think she's rad and her templates kick tail.

Oh! One more thing... if you want to watch a video of me using InDesign, sign up for my Photo Tips of the Day by filling out the form in the column to the right. I'll be sending it out soon!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Brooke and Josh's Bentonville Engagement Portrait Session

Hey everybody!

One of my good buddies, Brooke from Art Feeds, is ENGAGED! I'm super happy for her and all the happiness she's experiencing throughout her engagement. She's seriously the nicest person I know, so I knew Josh would have to be great as well. And he is! We met up with them last rainy Wednesday.

When I asked if she wanted to reschedule due to rain, she said, "No way... let's do this!" Or something to that effect. Anyway, I love her enthusiasm in all things in life!

And the pictures are dreamy!!








Talk to you soon,
Dale



Monday, March 26, 2012

Austin Engagement Portraits at LBJ Wildflower Center

Hey everybody!

Though we couldn't photograph Candice's New Orleans wedding, they still wanted us to photograph their engagement - YAY! The Houston natives met us in Austin at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and we started shooting. And then I saw it: a big ol' cactus! Then, I had the following conversation with myself:

Me: "You've never shot an engagement shoot with a cactus."
Me: "I know! How cool would that be?!"
Me: "Yeah, but won't your couple think you're weird?"
Me: "Eh, maybe. But I can live with that."

The following is a result of that conversation. :)

unique engagement picture with a cactus

Talk to you soon,
Dale

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Ashlee's Austin Wedding Benny {photo} booth

Hey everybody!
Prepare for a laugh-y good time! Ashlee and Tiago are super silly, and so are their friends and family. Needless to say, we had some fun images to sort through!

{hey... I had to get the light set!} {and here's me with Kirra from DNA Events}
Austin TX photo booth

Austin TX photo booth
Austin TX photo booth
Austin TX photo booth
Austin TX photo booth
Austin TX photo booth
Austin TX photo booth

And then we shot some fun animations...
Austin TX photo booth
Austin TX photo booth
Austin TX photo booth

{also... mad props to Benny Bride Sherri for coming out and running the Benny Booth - you're the best, dear!!}

Talk to you soon,
Dale

Saturday, March 24, 2012

More from Ashlee and Tiago's Austin Wedding

Hey everybody!

I have a couple more portraits, and some silly pics, that I just HAVE to share from Ashlee and Tiago's wedding in Austin. I was so happy to photograph their wedding b/c they are super duper fun! Look at these!




Talk to you soon,
Dale

Friday, March 23, 2012

NWAFW: Riffraff Runway Show Video

Hey everybody!

We're taking a quick break from Ashlee and Tiago's wedding week to show a super fun video I made for Riffraff's Fashion Week Runway show. I was running around like a madman trying to capture some video, while also shooting the images you've already seen, and then since I have all sorts of free time (hello Mr. Sarcasm!) I thought I'd whip up a video of the Fashion Show for you all to see! Also, you can buy these clothes at Riffraff (I think some are sold out, but head to facebook.com/riffrafffayetteville to see for yourself). I hope you enjoy it!

NWAFW_RIFFRAFF from Dale Benfield on Vimeo.



Talk to you soon,
Dale

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Wedding Portraits at Austin TX Capitol of Ashlee and Tiago

Hey everybody!

I have some super pretty portraits for you today taken at the Austin TX Capitol of my lovely friends Ashlee and Tiago! We've seen their wedding all week, now it's time for their lovely portrait session! Yay!!

Austin Wedding Portraits at Texas Capitol
Austin Wedding Portraits at Texas Capitol
Austin Wedding Portraits at Texas Capitol
Austin Wedding Portraits at Texas Capitol
Austin Wedding Portraits at Texas Capitol

Talk to you soon,
Dale

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Austin TX Wedding of Ashlee and Tiago

Hey everybody!

My favorite part of Ashlee and Tiago's wedding was all the cultural traditions they brought together into their ceremony and reception. It was such a blast, and of course Mere and I think Ashlee and Tiago are about as sweet as honey, so all in all... pretty good day!

Wedding in Austin, TX by Benfield Photography

I love Tiago's reaction as he kisses his new bride. Priceless!
Wedding in Austin, TX by Benfield Photography

Maybe my favorite shot of the day! Mere and I had the honor of transporting the couple to the reception (this happens a lot, actually!). I quickly shot this before we headed off to shoot some portraits at the Austin capitol.
Wedding in Austin, TX by Benfield Photography

The couple had a big grand march that was SO fun to shoot! I was hanging out in the middle of it all, while Mere got the overview shots - fun!
Wedding in Austin, TX by Benfield Photography

And when the circle rushed in, I did too! Haha! It was so fun!
Wedding in Austin, TX by Benfield Photography

Oh! My other favorite part of the day... the dad had written a song for his daughter and then professionally recorded in Nashville and produced (by Taylor Swift's producer!) to dance to at the daddy daughter first dance. ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? SO SWEET!!!
Wedding in Austin, TX by Benfield Photography

The groom and his mom had a pretty sweet dance too!
Wedding in Austin, TX by Benfield Photography

Don't mess with Texas... girls! Sassy!!
Wedding in Austin, TX by Benfield Photography

Wedding in Austin, TX by Benfield Photography
Wedding in Austin, TX by Benfield Photography

Mere had to show me up with this rockin' shot.
Wedding in Austin, TX by Benfield Photography

Wedding in Austin, TX by Benfield Photography

Perfect ending to a perfect day.
Wedding in Austin, TX by Benfield Photography

We still have some portraits and some Benny Booth photos to show! Keep coming back!

Talk to you soon,
Dale

Home Lifestyle Session for Sloane and Zach

Hey everybody! I can not be MORE obsessed with this lifestyle session I did with Benny power couple Sloane and Zach Hocker!  OBSESSED! ...