Friday, February 28, 2014

Join Baller Foodtruck and Cooking Fresh for a Cooking Class (with Beer Pairings)!



Hey everybody!

I love Instagram because of the connections I get to make with people. One of the coolest Fayettevillians I've met is Jen Lewis, owner of Cooking Fresh. She and I sat down recently over coffee and decided to co-host a cooking class (something she does on the regular) and I couldn't be more excited!

We're doing a beer and food pairing! What's better than that?!

If you're interested, there are still a couple spots left (it just opened up 2 hours ago!): email Jen at jandjlewis@aol.com to claim your spot! It's 75 dollars for the class on March 12 at 6:30 (perfect for St. Patty's Day!) Hope you can be there! Baller Foodtruck will be!




Talk to you soon,
Dale

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Kori and John's Fayetteville Engagement Portraits



Hey everybody!

Such a sweet couple, Kori and John! I felt a total connection with them during their engagement session yesterday here in Fayetteville. They made the trip up from Hot Springs, where their summer wedding will be, and we just had such a fun time trekking around town shooting. Sure, it got a little cold, but they were good snugglers so it didn't matter! Look how totally adorable this couple is!


Um, hello GORGEOUS!!!









Talk to you soon,
Dale

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Go Team USA! Olympic Hopeful Cece Benfield ;)



Hey everybody!

Anyone else sad the olympics are over? We sure are! We spent a lot of time watching the games from Sochi this year and, as always, loved seeing all the remarkable back stories. Ellie and I would camp out on the couch and watch all night - totally fun bonding! Cece got a huge kick out of the bobsled (she'd laugh big time every time the camera would show a bobsled coming straight for the camera). The rest of the time, she watched the Yo Gabba Gabba episode about the Olympics, so she was still involved.

As closing ceremonies hit, Mere thought we should do a fun olympic-themed shoot of Baby Cece. We already had everything but the headband, and thought since she loves to bounce and jump more than anything in the world, she could be a trampoline star. Heehee! Cute, right?



Talk to you soon,
Dale

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tesori Bridal, Formal, and Occasion Now Open in Fayetteville!



Hey everybody!

What exciting news! Our friend and Benny Bride, Lindsey Stavely (here's her wedding details, her wedding story, and her wedding portraits), the only with amazing style (her NYC bridal portraits here), has opened up a gOrGeOuS bridal boutique here in Fayetteville! Yay! Tesori has transformed into a fabulous bridal shop, and I got a little sneak peek before the big opening. It didn't disappoint! The look, feel, and style of the shop is SO Lindsey (aka: amazing and beautiful). If you're a Benny Bride you MUST go take a look!

I did a more in-depth write up and pictures of Tesori in the latest issue (#2) of Benfield Weddings Magazine. Get yours here!

Here's a trip down memory lane with Lindsey...





SO, so proud of my Benny Bride friend!



Talk to you soon,
Dale

Monday, February 24, 2014

Kaley's Sweet Family Portraits



Hey everybody!

Blakely, Kaley, and Tyler make a SWEET, sweet family! Ever since their family session, where Kaley sang "Bringing home my baby bumblebee" Mere has been singing it nonstop to Cece. Not only does it make our baby girl smile, but it makes Bree smile too!  And what a sweet smile it is!










How precious is this moment?!


Kaley and Tyler are engaged to be married, so I shot a few of the two them as well. Oooooh, gorgeous!






Talk to you soon,
Dale

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Images from Napa Valley



Hey everybody!

If you follow Mere or me on Instagram, you know we just returned from a relaxing trip to Napa Valley for Valentine's Day. If you don't follow us, what are you waiting for? ;)

While Mere was getting her Valentine's Day massage as my little treat to her, I ran out and shot some images (my treat to myself - after all these years, I still honestly LOVE to shoot!). I played around with some film settings and love the final product of these images:

This shot is of the door leading into The French Laundry (my most favorite restaurant in the entire world, by my favorite chef in the entire world). From a photographer standpoint, notice the detail that is brought out even in the shadow areas of the image...


This is Thomas Keller's garden, across the street from The French Laundry. I'm a sucker for fog, and love looking off into the distance here.


This shot's a little more dramatic. This vineyard was right outside Yountville. Again with the fog, I purposely underexposed this image for a cool effect. :)


This shot is so simple, but it's toning and texture is insane. I could stare at this one forever. I shot this outside the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone (a VERY cool locale, y'all!).



I started shooting more than 15 years ago, and still love photographing more than anything... and I feel so fortunate that photography is not only my job, but my deepest and oldest passion.  Thanks for checking in! I appreciate you!

Talk to you soon,
Dale

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Photographers: Grab These Magazine Files!



Hey everybody!

Today's post is for photographers. You might or might not know, but I just released our 2nd edition of Benfield Weddings Magazine. What serves as a great informational tool for our Benny Brides and a way to show off some of our favorite weddings is a great marketing tool too! If you have been thinking about doing this in your business, you totally should!!

I'm making it super easy for you! I'm selling my full indesign file so you can just replace elements with your own pictures and send it off to print (or give as an e-copy!).

Get your copy by clicking the cover pic below! (choose indesign file from the dropdown menu when you order - super easy!)

Benfield Weddings Magazine v2



Talk to you soon,
Dale

Friday, February 21, 2014

Ellie a Masterchef Jr?



Hey everybody!

This kid never ceases to amaze me. A while back, we posted this kids cooking video of her on youtube and it got all sorts of hits. Well, the casting team at Masterchef Jr contacted me via phone and email to say they loved the video and thought Ellie would be great for the show.

My response: so... she'd get to meet Gordon Ramsay?
Haha! My priorities!

As excited as she was (and she was WAY excited), after we filmed a new video that was a little more advanced (the plating of which I've included below - the full video had her cooking and confessional portions), she decided not to compete in the kids' cooking competition. Is she crazy?

No, she's mature. She had been working to make the competition dance team at her studio, and this year she got selected to prepare a duet, and would have to miss her competitions. She knew it wouldn't be fair to her partner that she committed to, and wanted to follow through on her dream. Again, this kid constantly amazes me. Oh, I love her so, and don't know if I could ever be more proud of her for making such a mature decision.


Talk to you soon,
Dale

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Happy Birthday Pics for Dada!



Hey everybody!

It was my birthday Sunday! Yay! I haven't had my little gtg yet (with all the craziness this week has held), but I did have a chance to be in a quick photoshoot with my two daughters! Thanks so my lovely and talented wife for taking these! :)









Talk to you soon,
Dale

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Crown Beauty Bar in Fayetteville: One Stop Pampering Shop!



Hey everybody!

I've noticed a trend: the more talented a person is at his/her job, the more fun he/she seems to have. This is definitely true in my case, and it is definitely true with the team at Crown Beauty Bar in Fayetteville. My time there was pretty much spent laughing and having a good time, with a camera in hand. Many of the staff I've known for awhile, and some I've even worked on with Benny shoots... they really are fabulous and fun to work with. Now, if I could only get an appointment for a hot stone massage, I could give a really accurate review of their services... haha!








Talk to you soon,
Dale

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Bo's Feature in Benfield Weddings Magazine



Hey everybody!

Today we are featuring Bo Senesomxay (sin-some-sigh) on the blog! Bo is one of NWA's hottest and most talented hair stylists/makeup artists. His work has been in Glamour and other national magazines, and you can find him at Dead Swanky in Fayetteville. Also, he is one of the most warm and welcoming people I have ever met.

We interviewed Bo for the second issue of Benfield Weddings Magazine, especially since he works with so many of our Benny Brides! In the feature you will find some fabulous beauty advice, and a glimpse of what it is like working with Bo on your wedding day. Go pick up a copy of the Benfield Weddings Magazine today to read more about Bo!! gum.co/benny2




Alex had Bo do her hair and makeup for her fall engagement photos. Such a stunner!



Caroline is naturally beautiful, but Bo made her look like a super star for her senior photos!







xoxo,
Stephanie

Monday, February 17, 2014

Prayers for Mere Today - UPDATED




UPDATE: Mere's surgery went well, according to the doctor, and they were able to remove the cyst and ovary (with a bit of work). He said there was NO cancer (yay!) but recovery will be painful. We're staying the night at the hospital tonight and hopefully she'll feel much better tomorrow.


Hey everybody!

I have a super quick favor to ask...
Last week, Mere felt like she was passing a kidney stone (after passing a number of them over the past 18 months, I took her at her word). After a visit to the ER, some tests and scans, it turns out that her remaining ovary (she had a partial hysterectomy last August) has a "grapefruit-sized cyst" on it. They recommended that she have surgery right away to remove it. They say it might be cancer, and so they're treating it as such.

I'd love for you to:
1) pray that the surgery goes well.
2) pray that there's no cancer, or that it is all removed.
3) pray that Mere recovers quickly so she can get back home to her Cece.

Mere wasn't sure she wanted me to blog about this but we decided together that the more people who know, the more people might pray!

Talk to you soon,
Dale

Benfield Weddings Magazine #2



Hey everybody!

Yay! Issue #2 of Benfield Weddings Magazine has arrived! I'm really proud of this magazine... the design is pretty, the images look amazing, and the content is SO relevant if you're a Benny Bride! We have a lot of NWA's most talented wedding vendors featured, as well as stories from some Benny Brides. You definitely want this!

Get your copy by clicking the cover pic below!

Benfield Weddings Magazine v2



Talk to you soon,
Dale

Sunday, February 16, 2014

More Magnolia Gardens Wedding Styled Session



Hey everybody!

I have some more images from our recent styled session at Magnolia Gardens today. Once again, our lovely Madison Watkins put on a fabulous dress from She Said Yes Bridal, and her headpiece and bouquet was from Autumn and Grace Bridal (which you can find at She Said Yes).


Claudia Slezak was the wedding stylist here, and did a beautiful job!





OMG... so cute!








I wanted to show a close up of this bouquet, made from heirloom pieces by Autumn and Grace Bridal - such a beautiful, sentimental, and unique bridal bouquet!



Talk to you soon,
Dale

Stone Chapel at Matt Lane Farm wedding: Anna and Shelton

Hey everybody! Wonderful wonderful. That's how I want to describe Anna and Shelton's wedding day at the Stone Chapel at Matt La...