Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Personal Post: 2014 Year in Review, Part Two



Hey everybody!

I've done it again. I blogged every day of the year for the 6th straight year. Today marks my 2190th CONSECUTIVE day of blogging. Yay!

Today is more of a personal post, sharing some of my personal highlights of the year. Though I mentioned this yesterday, this really is more of a personal favorite moment of mine: photographing my best friends engagement in Jackson Hole.

proposal in Jackson Hole


Engagement in Jackson Hole

Also, 2014 was a huge year for me trying something new: I started, built, and sold a start-up side business, Baller Foodtruck!



















Oh, and my darling Cece turned One! Her great-grammy played the ukulele as we all sang happy birthday to her.

cowgirl birthday cake

Speaking of birthday, Ellie turned Ten!



I ate amazing food.
Read my Alinea review here.

hot potato cold potato soup at Alinea





My favorite meal of the year (and of my life) was at The French Laundry (read my French Laundry review here). I actually got to eat here twice this year. I feel myself very blessed.

blue door at the french laundry

Mere had surgery, and the doctor found no cancer:
(read that post)


Took at trip to Napa (well two, actually) and got inspired:


Ellie got first in her dance competition:


I shared a little bit of my heart:


Celebrated my 3rd wedding anniversary with Mere:

Got her these hand lettered vows (our actual vows):
hand lettered vows

Introduced y'all to the Ceester Bunny:
baby dressed as easter bunny eating a carrot

Took a lot of pictures of this kid:
16months:

this #gramworthy session:

and even dusted off the old film camera for some:


My Father's Day post:


I played the saxophone with my favorite band, Boom Kinetic:

All in all... pretty great year. Maybe my best yet. I'm looking forward to 2015 trying to top it!
Hugs, y'all!


Talk to you soon,
Dale

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 Year in Review, Part One



Hey everybody!

Tomorrow marks 6 years since I made the commitment to blog EVERY SINGLE DAY, without taking a day off. This was more than a commitment just to press "publish" each day; really it was a commitment that I was going to share my life with y'all and invite you in to my little world every single day. It had an amazing result: we started getting more and more of y'all coming back every day. That gift on your part is something I cherish.  Thank you!

Today I'm doing my annual year in review; this year I'm going to call it the year of travel! We did SO much of it this year. We experienced some new places, and revisited some of our favorites.

We started the year off right, photographing Kirsten's proposal in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
proposal in Jackson Hole, WY

Finally got to photograph a wedding in Savannah:
wedding at Forsyth Park in Savannah, GA

We got to go back to our favorite place on earth, to shoot a wedding at Excellence Playa Mujeres:
wedding at Excellence Playa Mujeres

And shot another wedding at Latrobes in New Orleans, one of my favorite destinations:
wedding at Latrobe's in New Orleans

And shot a wedding at Meadowood Napa - maybe my new favorite wedding destination:
wedding at Meadowood Napa vineyard

Photographed an amazing wedding at L'Auberge Del Mar near San Diego... outdoors at night!
night wedding at L'auberge Del Mar near San Diego

I published TWO issues of Benfield Weddings Magazine:
http://benfieldphotography.blogspot.com/2014/08/coming-soon-benfield-weddings-issue-3.html


and was featured in a couple other magazines:
Bridal Beauty Magazine

Featured in the The Knot magazine by Wedding Paper Divas:




On my favorite lab's blog - tips to help fellow photographers stay creative.



and here on Zenfolio, giving tips to help photographers with their workflow and storage:


And for some crazy awesome reason, I shot a TON of gorgeous senior portraits, who were all so fun and fabulous!!
best fashion senior portrait photography

Taking selfies along the way!


It's been a super fun year. I know this looked pretty glamorous (don't get me wrong, it was fun!), but nothing beats the daily grind of getting up checking email destroying to-do lists, shooting every day, and blogging every night. :) I hope for more of the same in 2015!

Talk to you soon,
Dale

Monday, December 29, 2014

Sarah and William's Little Rock Wedding Reception



Hey everybody!

We had SUCH a blast at their GORGEOUS reception... All white errythang?! YES, PLEASE! The band was a so talented and there was so much dancing! These people definitely know how to get down!









Sarah's mom, y'all.... She's so sweet/fun/loving and on top of that - a great dancer!



Then they did their Kappa song - so sweet, y'all!! What precious friends!



This guy.

Selfie with my sweet couple before their grand exit...

And what's better than a SNOWBALL exit!? (They were actually little white poms - so cute!) Such a perfect ending to this winter wonderland wedding!




Talk to you soon,
Dale

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