Meredith and I truly feel blessed to have the life we do, getting to travel the world photographing amazing couples' weddings, having friends who love us, and having family who supports us.
One of my favorite images from the year is this shot we got of Katya and Rob during their day after session in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. I have underwater housing for my camera and was excited to get to use it for such an extraordinary couple!
But then again, all our couples are extraordinary! We really are fortunate to have clients like us: laid back, artsy, and super in love! For example...
We've also had a great year of being featured in some great publications. Martha Stewart Weddings pinned a Benfield Photography original, countless blogs have featured weddings and engagements, and Southern Bride published a beautiful outdoor Southern wedding by Benfield Photography!
Speaking of having our work featured, the coolest thing happened to me this year: The Chancellor Hotel which recently opened in downtown Fayetteville, commissioned me to photograph Old Main for their Old Main Suite! They got some HUGE prints displayed!
One of the best things that happened this year is that Mere and I became best buds with this goofball, Kirsten Blowers, owner of Riffraff (our favorite store!) and we got to travel the globe with her! She's an amazing person... very giving and loving... and knows how to be super silly at the same time! She also has the ginormous task of designing Cece's nursery, but we of course trust her 100 percent! We have the same taste and style, which is why she trusts us in shooting all the Riffraff stuff...
... including this sweet shot for their Fashion LookBook (notice who it is! Benny Bride Chelsey!)...
I've also been writing daily photo tips for photographers who subscribe to my tip list. If you want on that list, here's a link.
I've also combined tips into the 101 Photo Tips e-book, which is for sale here. There will be another installment coming in the new year! Yay!!
Of course, the biggest news of 2012 is that Mere and I are expecting a baby girl!
... named Cecelia Ruth (Ruth is Mere's grammy's name)
And not only are WE expecting, but my lifelong best friend, Tom, is expecting too! Cece will have two GIRLS to be best friends with already!! We couldn't be happier for the Walters family!
Back on the work front, this year randomly had a few celebrities in the mix...
Matt was in a movie that Mere and I found while flipping through channels...
Brittany is a Big Brother star...(third from left)
And Chad was in Hatfields and McCoys with Kevin Costner!
As I showed yesterday, Meredith and I were lucky enough to go to Paris again this year, because we found some work to do there (yep, always working!) - I had an amazing couple portrait shoot and Meredith had a string of secret sessions.
Speaking of secret sessions, Mere had another amazing year with a full schedule of secret sessions, our take on classy boudoir portraits. Our brides love her style, her photoshop prowess, and how she makes every client feel comfortable and look beautiful. (if you're interested in a secret session, contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lastly, 2012 found me working to share even more of my personal life and thoughts with y'all, instead of pictures, pictures, pictures. I realize that you read this blog not because of pictures, but because you've come to know Meredith, Ellie, and me as people - and we are so thankful! Each Sunday, I share a "superthought" and write from the heart. Some of my favorites from 2012 are below.
Thanks again for a wonderful year! We appreciate you all so much, and are thankful that you spend time stopping by the blog, referring us to newly engaged friends and family, and being all-around awesome!
Talk to you soon,
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