Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Review: Part One - The Instagram Pics

Hey everybody!

This year has been a whirlwind! So much has changed, and Meredith, Ellie, and I are excited to see how 2013 is going to continue our adventure as a family. I like taking the last day of the year to look back on 2012 and relive some of my favorite moments, which I've listed below. Today's images are from my instagram feed. If you're on instagram, follow me here: http://instagram.com/dalebenfield/

Also, today marks the fourth consecutive year that I've updated the blog every single day! Thanks for stopping by, following/subscribing, and supporting the blog!

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I spent a lot of time at Ellie's school this year, whether it was guest-teaching her class, or making and bringing her lunch each week.


Mere and I got to go to Paris for the 4th time as a couple! She shot boudoir shots, and I got to shoot a super fabulous portrait session.  Every time we go, it's as magical as the first!


Lots of hanging out with this goober, and we went on a couple dates too...


I photographed (and shot video of) NWA Fashion Week for my sweet Riffraff friends...


Then Mere and I had more travel... taking us to Texas (Austin x2, Houston, and Dallas x6)  - we love photographing weddings in Texas, and are excited that 2013 already has some TX weddings on the books!


We also got to spend a week in Punta Cana, where we shot our sweet friends, Katya and Rob for their wedding (we actually shot a day after session of them underwater, which I'll show ya tomorrow!).


Family vacation, where I actually did ZERO work (I was amazed)... besides the blog of course... took place at the beach where Ellie enjoyed the water but not the seafood.


While we were on family vacation, Mere got sick, which led us to believe we were going to have a baby.  We were right!!  An in-home ultrasound showed us we were having a baby girl!!  I made her a onesie of her monogram. :)  Crafty?  I try.


We already booked our trip to Excellence Playa Mujeres with our friends from Riffraff before we found out we were pregnant - poor Mere didn't get to take advantage of the all-inclusiveness, but we still had a blast while she consumed mock-tails (don't feel too badly, we booked a wedding there for 2013, so she'll get a chance to redeem herself). Btw, it was weird celebrating July 4th in Mexico, but strangely... it wasn't our first time.


When Ellie's birthday rolled around, we scheduled a fun trip to St. Louis, where we watched the Cubs/Cards, had a spa day at the Four Seasons, and rode in a helicopter!


In August we attended Fashion market (Magic and Project) in Las Vegas with our Riffraff friends, checking out the upcoming styles while eating yummy food.


For Halloween, I thought I'd be one of my favorite chefs, Michael Symon.  The pic on the right is me ready for a wedding.  I don't always dress so dapper, but it was kind of a fancy ordeal and I didn't want to stick out in a bad way.  Oh, I also learned to tie bow-ties, which helped me tie grooms' bow-ties later in the year.


And of course, I have to include some of my favorite meals that I made this year.  I started having dinner parties for my friends every two weeks, but more importantly I got to cook for my sweet wife (who is growing a human, which I hear is VERY tiring!).  Crown roasts, standing rib roasts, lobster, beignets, and my piece de resistance: Beef Wellington (step aside, Gordon Ramsay!).


And most recently, now that Mere is 9 months pregnant, her complications have become a little scary, and we've had some overnights in the hospital. However, our latest ultrasound showed us that Cece is going to have Mere's good looks, so I'm over the moon!



Below are some other fun pics from 2012.  Mere, Ellie, and I wish you the very best in 2013!!









Talk to you soon,
Dale

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sunday Superthoughts: Double Feature

Hey everybody!

What a batty week! I realized that I didn't actually give you a quote last week because of all of the hospital drama, so this week I'm giving you two quotes that you'll hopefully love!

The first quote is what I've really adopted as a personal mantra this week. As one who is always planned and who values structure and the known, it is so hard to give up control. But what I've taken away from many of your messages this week through email/texts/comments is that we're on God's plan, not our own.  He has a plan and a purpose and it's far better than any plan I can create.  After all, this is the same God who created rainbow chard, sunrises and sunsets, weather patterns... oh,  and life.  Meredith and I have undergone a crazy shift of GO-GO-GO... to wait... wait... ... wait. She welcomes the change of pace, and I'm still having a hard time adapting, but I'm working on the downshift.


Secondly, Meredith and I seriously sat in the hospital room Sunday morning and cried reading everybody's encouraging words.  My mom organized a little prayer team, and I've heard from so many of y'all that you've been praying daily. Mere has said every day this week that y'all's and our prayers are being answered.  Every morning I wake up expecting to have to take Mere to the hospital, and every day God keeps Cece in her momma's tummy for another day. 

And we are grateful.

Not just for God's peace, not just for His timing, but for our friends and family who have lifted up Meredith and Cece in prayer.   It's hard for me to explain how grateful we are, but this Winnie the Pooh quote gives you a picture...



I promise to keep you updated, while also continuing my daily blog, as long as you promise to keep reading! :)


Talk to you soon,
Dale


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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Benny Awards Nominees: COMING SOON!

Hey everybody!

This year of shooting is FINALLY over! It's been such an amazing year with incredible clients who are generous and beautiful and stylish and sweethearts... I could go on and on. That's why this is so hard...
I'm in the middle of the IMPOSSIBLE task of narrowing down and nominating images for our FIFTH ANNUAL (can you believe it???) Benny Awards!! Have a look at what I'm going through...

(and this isn't even CLOSE to all the images I'm sorting through!)






Stay tuned... I'll be announcing the nominees this coming week!

Talk to you soon,
Dale

Friday, December 28, 2012

Courtney and Craig's Fayetteville Engagement Portraits, by Lauren

Hey everybody!

Everybody at Benfield Photography knows and adores Courtney - she and her sweet daughter have been on the blog multiple times, and they are just as sweet as pie! So, you can imagine our excitement when we found out that Courtney had found Craig... fell in love... and got engaged! They aren't getting married locally (sadface!), but Lauren was able to meet up with the super gorgeous couple to photograph their engagement. She did an amazing job (as usual!)... look at these...


























Talk to you soon,
Dale

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