Saturday, December 31, 2016

How I'm Sneaky: Macy's Bridal Video



Hey everybody!

I did something pretty sneaky. On Macy's bridal shoot day, the weather rained after they drove all the way up from Jonesboro. I wanted to do something sweet for them so I secretly shot some video clips of the gorgeous bride in her wedding dress. The next week I pieced together this video and sent it to them - you can see the raindrops at the end!

Macy's mom sent this to me:
"I keep watching this over and over and I'm so in love with it. The raindrops show in the last scene. What we featured would be a disaster was so precious"

I just love that! Have a look:






Talk to you soon,
Dale

Friday, December 30, 2016

8 Straight Years of Blogging Every Day? That Can't Be Right



Hey everybody!

8 Straight Years of Blogging Every Day? That Can't Be Right.  But it is.

Tomorrow (which I've already done the post for and scheduled) marks 8 years of blogging every single day.  How can that be?

Literally every single day.  3286 posts since I started this blog, and 2822 consecutive days of blogging... well, that's longer than any book I've ever read.  And there are some of you who have read every page I've ever written.  Probably not many. Haha!

5.1 million hits. I just am astounded.  And grateful. I started this streak as a challenge to myself, but then kept it going because of you reading it day after day. There's obviously not a day that goes by that I don't think about this blog and you who reads it. There's not a day that I'm not thankful.

This blog has showcased hundreds of weddings, and documented so much of my personal life. It's been my daily journal for most of my adult life. It's crazy to think of it in those terms.

Today, I thank you with all my heart for reading my words day after day.  And now the sad news: I'm taking it off my daily to-do list now. But I promise to continue to blog all the time, keeping you up to date on my life and my work.

Again, thank you for stopping by, day after day.




Talk to you soon,
Dale

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Christmas Album - Annual Rhodes Album



Hey everybody!

Today I just wanted to share an album design from the annual Christmas album the Rhodes family makes. Seriously, every single year they have one of these books made - isn't that so special? They'll be able to look back at pretty much their kids' entire lives through these albums. I get choked up thinking about it!

I'm so thankful for clients who call on me year after year to document their family and their lives. It's such an honor.





Talk to you soon,
Dale

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Happy Anniversary Alex and Wilson



Hey everybody!

These things seem like yesterday! Alex and Wilson are celebrating three years of marriage today. I remember so many fun things about their wedding day, from the boys carrying bouquets and striking ridiculous poses to my buddy Jack breakdancing on the dance floor during the receptions inside Crystal Bridges. Congratulations Alex and Wilson! I'm so happy to have been your wedding photographer, and wish you all the best blessings on your marriage!





Talk to you soon,
Dale

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Best Bridal Portrait Nominees: VOTE NOW!



Hey everybody!

If I were a turtle, I'd be hiding in my shell. I forgot to put the link up for the best bridal portrait nominees for the Benny Awards - oops! They are live now and I'd love for you to go take a look! And since voting happens every day, you can vote a few times for your favorites before it ends on New Years Day!

http://www.benfieldphotography.net/outdoor-southern-bridal-portraits.html





Talk to you soon,
Dale

Monday, December 26, 2016

Engagement Shoot Giveaway!



Hey everybody!

I'm doing a giveaway for a FREE ENGAGEMENT SHOOT! WOOT WOOT!

If you got engaged this month, enter by 1) following me on instagram @dalebenfield so that you can 2) shoot me a pic of your proposal and then 3) email me dalebenfield@gmail.com

That's it!  Easy!  I'll be picking the winners at the first of the month!




Talk to you soon,
Dale

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!



Hey everybody!

Merry Christmas! I've had a perfect day (minus driving) with my girls! Dinner with my parents and family and then decorating cookies and opening presents with Ellie and Cece... such a sweet day!

I hope you have had a very blessed Christmas today!

Talk to you soon,
Dale




P.S. I don't do too many Christmas themed shoots so when I do, you better believe I'm gonna post it on Christmas haha!  Thankful for Bonnie and her fun style!










Saturday, December 24, 2016

My Christmas Eve Prayer



Hey everybody!

One of my darling Benny Brides, Ashley, changed her wedding date because of her dad's health. Not only was he able to make it, he also performed the ceremony! It was such a touching day, and I'm pretty sure I cried at least three times.

On this Christmas Eve, most of us will go to church either today or tomorrow, and many of us will pray with our families. I'd love if you could say a little prayer for Ashley and her family. Her dad is on the liver transplant list and just a few days ago, his name came up; however, both livers were unfit for him so they are back on the waiting list.

Such a roller coaster of emotions.

I'm so thankful for my dad, and would be devastated to be in the same situation as Ashley; I'm thankful for my eternal Father in heaven as well, who can heal all hurts and who loves us unconditionally. He loves us so much that He sent his son to Earth to teach us how to live and to be sacrificed so that we could have a relationship with our creator.

So thankful for fathers.

Merry Christmas!





Talk to you soon,
Dale

Friday, December 23, 2016

Gorgeous Bridal Bouquets: Benny Awards Nominees



Hey everybody!

I've loved watching the evolution and trends that bridal bouquets have gone through in recent years. We have some really talented florists, that's for sure! And brides with some really great taste! Here are my favorite wedding flowers from 2016... vote for your favorite at benfieldphotography.net





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...