Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Downtown Fayetteville Engagement Portraits: Teaser



Hey everybody!

Y'all... I love my place downtown because it opens my eyes to shooting locations like this. I have more from this Fayetteville engagement portrait session soon, but for now... look at this darling couple. Which is the better view?



Talk to you soon,
Dale

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Instagram Stories: Follow Me! :)



Hey everybody!

Of course you're aware that Instagram launched ig stories recently and while I love my snapchat, I see a lot of value in sharing my day to day life on instagram stories (I'll be using snap for the silly filters and sending quick an easy personal pic/video messages). Tonight Cece and I went to the Washington County Fair and I took this cute quick video of the little baby girl taking in the lights and ambiance of the fair.  Follow me on instagram, friends! @dalebenfield





Talk to you soon,
Dale

Monday, August 29, 2016

Jordan and Travis's One Year Anniversary



Hey everybody!

One of my favoritest couples in the whole wide world are celebrating their one year anniversary today! Jordan and Travis are more than clients of mine; I consider them friends. I have the utmost respect for this thoughtful and genuine couple, and I know they are building a beautiful, healthy marriage. Take a stroll down memory lane with me...













Talk to you soon,
Dale

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday Superthoughts: On Permission



Hey everybody!

Permission is a special thing. It's a unique thing... what else is like it? How'd they even come up with what to call such an abstract concept of allowing another to do/say/be something?

I remember the first time I held a girl's hand in a movie theatre.  That rush of excitement, palms sweaty (for someone who never gets sweaty palms, this was a surprise), heart beating out of my chest for fear of rejection. Rejection: another special thing (not in a good way, clearly... but special nonetheless). The fear... the despair of not being allowed to do/say/be something. Holding her hand was a way for her to give me permission. She made me feel worthy. I'll always remember the effect that her permission had on me.

The concept of permission has been huge in my life lately. Being denied permission puts me immediately on the defensive, or on self-preservation. I've found myself in that place a couple times this year. I've been faced with hard moments, which I hope to use for growth. Being granted permission, on the other hand, can give that feeling of total exhilaration, or even just like you are exactly where you are supposed to be.

Today in church, my pastor mentioned the word permission (I had already started writing this blog post mid-week) so my ears perked up and I scribbled down a paraphrase of what he said next: we don't give God permission to work greatness in our lives because we are blocking His grace and goodness.  <<<I'm guilty of this.

We too often give people permission to treat us ways that are unhealthy, unproductive, or destructive. We give permission to make us feel a particular way... break us down. Why? Do we feel we deserve it, maybe subconsciously?

Or sometimes we deny people to treat us ways that are healthy, productive, or constructive.  We deny permission to make us feel a certain way... build us up.  Why? Do we feel we deserve it, maybe subconsciously?

Maybe today I'm going to take away permission for those who mistreat me, speak down to me, or hurt me some way. I don't want to allow them to do things as they have done.

Today I'm going to give permission to those who want to build me up and love me. Today I'm going to celebrate those who invest in me and see value in me.  To you... thank you!


Talk to you soon,
Dale

Saturday, August 27, 2016

New Logo: New Feel



Hey everybody!

I've been working with my buddy Scott from Big Bay Co on a new logo and he has sent me his little masterpiece that I'm obsessed with.  I'll share more, and you'll see a LOT more of this in the future, but look how cool:



I think it's important to NOT change your logo very often... they always say "you'll know when you need to rebrand or refresh" and it's so true. I've kept my current logo for ten years and I finally knew that I needed an update. What do you think?



Talk to you soon,
Dale

Friday, August 26, 2016

Chanel Wilhelmina Model Test Shoot



Hey everybody!

It's really fun working with models, who are already so good a posing. It lets me focus on finding good light and locations. Chanel is a fabulous model, originally from Arkansas and now with Wilhelmina LA for the past three years. We recently collaborated on a test shoot - letting me play with locations - and I loved what we shot. I have a few different looks that I'll be sharing before it's all said and done, but this is the first one. Literally right from the start we had good model/photog chemistry. She was fun to shoot, and we were able to get some great stuff. Here's the first look in this series...





Talk to you soon,
Dale

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Create.



Hey everybody!

The other night I was at a networking event and there was a stamp-bracelet maker there and his slogan was "what's your one word?" One of the friends I went with chose the word, "create" (we had tossed around things like, "inspire" "grace" "love" and "perseverance"). What a great word "create" is, whether you're an artist, a chef, an actor, a mother, or whatever. Putting something into the world that wasn't there before... what a gift.

As a photographer, I often forget that I have a unique gift from God to create via personal projects. I spend most of my days creating for clients: capturing memories and creating art. However, when it comes to creating for myself, it often slips my mind. I don't know that that was always the case, especially when I first started in this profession.

Here's an image I created recently (you'll see a shoot I did at the same location on the blog soon), and I just have to say... I'm thankful for the ability to create.





Talk to you soon,
Dale

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Fun Personal Project: Bond Video



Hey everybody!

I've never thought of myself as a videographer (though I did fill in for my videographer friend shoot a wedding once), but I recently volunteered for a job shooting a couple movie scenes. Some of my friends used a simple script and we went out to a fun location in Palm Springs to shoot. I got to play around with my camera (I didn't bring an external mic this time), which shoots HD video. While we started shooting, the bugs started buzzing, so this sound from in the camera is pretty awful... I know... but it's better than the iPhones they were gonna use. Haha! It was a fun little shoot with some cool angles I got to play with and my friends loved watching it. Have a look:







Talk to you soon,
Dale

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

L.A. Model Mercedes Shoot: No Makeup



Hey everybody!

This shoots is one of my most favorite shoots I've done in a long time! Mercedes is one of my new Los Angeles friends and she's currently seeking a modeling agency in L.A. (she is signed in Scotland... you should hear her accent!), and she said she needed a shoot done where she was wearing no makeup.  How cool is that? (you're going to see more on my blog about no makeup soon - shameless teaser).  Isn't she gorgeous?





Talk to you soon,
Dale

Monday, August 22, 2016

Happy Anniversary Ashley and Rory



Hey everybody!

Today is the 1st wedding anniversary for one of the most darling couples: Ashley and Rory! The wedding day was so sweet and full of happy tears. My favorite moment is still when Ashley lost it at the first meeting - so precious! (I put a picture from that below). I'm so so so happy for this couple.













Talk to you soon,
Dale

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Beauty in Unexpected Locations



Hey everybody!

I'm currently out in California for a handful of shoots and tonight was a pretty rad one.  The subject for this shoot is Chanel, who I knew of from Fayetteville, and has been a professional model in L.A. ever since she moved out here three years ago with one of the best, most respected modeling agencies in L.A.: Wilhemena. We are instagram friends and connected recently and I'm so proud of the shoot. I can't wait to share it. As I was driving around scouting locations, I stumbled on this hidden little gem of a scene - sneak peek over there on the right.

I love finding beauty in unexpected places, and I'm thankful that Chanel brought a true down-for-anything vibe with her because those flowers, though they looked pretty, were littered with... well... litter, and smelled like urine.  TMI? Haha maybe, but anything for the shot!  Stay tuned for the final product hitting the blog soon.
Also, if you're in the L.A. or socal area and are looking for a photographer, reach out to me: dalebenfield@gmail.com




Talk to you soon,
Dale

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Happy and Thankful



Hey everybody!

I've been writing a lot on here lately, haven't I? Like personal thoughts. I'm finding it therapeutic. :)

A quick google search for happy quotes results in millions of uplifting thoughts and encouraging phrases. I'm thankful for google. I'm also thankful for loyal friends. I'm thankful for my girls. I'm thankful for a job that never feels like work. I'm thankful for parents who love me. I'm thankful for my mom who prays for me. I'm thankful that God shows favor on me. I'm thankful for things like Mickey Mouse, Chateaubriand, and Netflix. There is so much to be thankful for today.





Talk to you soon,
Dale

Friday, August 19, 2016

Toni's First L.A. Performance



Hey everybody!

I had the unique pleasure of attending one of my Los Angeles friend's first gig in California. Toni is from Germany, and I met her through Bonnie, who I've come to help with photoshoots recently. Toni has such a sweet voice, and is a great talent. I brought my fancy camera with me so I happened to shoot a video of her debut. :) Have a little 30 second peek!







Talk to you soon,
Dale

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Cabana Anna Swimwear Photo Shoot: Teaser



Hey everybody!

I'm currently traveling (as I love to do!) and got to shoot for Cabana Anna Swimwear in Los Angeles (if you buy something from CA Swim, use code BONNIEARGO for free shipping).








Talk to you soon,
Dale

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Location dates announced for September




Hey everybody!

I'm traveling quite a bit coming up and wanted to put it out to y'all in case you live far far away but want to schedule a session.
In September I'll be in L.A., Nashville, Memphis, and Chicago. Contact me for dates if you're interested in a family, senior, engagement, or bridal portrait session.

Email me: dalebenfield@gmail.com

I love traveling and I'm so thankful to have clients all over the country!

Here's one of my faves from a family session in Nashville:





Talk to you soon,
Dale

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

What Does Time Measure?



Hey everybody!

When I think about the relationships I've had in my life, my mind immediately goes to the length of time I've had them. My mom... we've had a relationship all my life, obviously. Ellie... this friend... that friend... that girlfriend, etc. Maybe it's my obsession with quantifying things... or maybe everyone does that. I'm not sure.

Instead of that, maybe I start thinking about the depth of the relationship. Maybe I consider the closeness of me and the other; Maybe I consider the tightness of the bond. It's a very different approach.  How quickly did it take for me to love Ellie with my whole heart? Well, it was instant. How long did it take me to grow to love so-and-so? How close did so-and-so and I become?  I think that's the more relevant aspect of a relationship.

Instead of "I've known him since I was in kindergarten" it should be "he/she knows every secret... or he/she knows everything about me."






Talk to you soon,
Dale

Monday, August 15, 2016

Selfless Love, or... How do I pump gas?



Hey everybody!

When I was in high school, I heard a story about one of my female teachers who had recently lost her husband. I remember them telling me that she had never pumped her own gas into her car and, in fact, didn't know how.  I remember thinking how odd it was that she, at such a mature age, didn't know something so basic (something I had already been doing for a year or so). Of course, when she was younger they undoubtedly had full service stations where gas station employees pumped it for you.  But they haven't been around in decades.

And then of course the obvious set in.  She had been taken care of selflessly by her husband. While my fellow classmates sort of gawked at her not knowing how to pump her own gas, my heart swelled up.  What an incredible man she must have been married to... he always made sure she was taken care of, and they never took trips apart from one another. Of course, while they were together, he always did the serving for her. That's such a beautiful sentiment that takes years upon years, decades upon decades of being consistent and serving to his bride.

I'd love a love like that. I'd love to serve someone is such a way. Not to belittle or keep her from learning, but to know that she had someone on her team who is always ready to go to bat for her.

Cheers!

(and just because I don't wanna post a blog without an image, here's a sweet one... of a couple who recently celebrated an anniversary and I didn't get to congratulate them that day)




Talk to you soon,
Dale

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Big Cedar Wedding Portraits for Liz and Josh



Hey everybody!

Their wedding day was anything but typical, and Liz would be the first to say that she wouldn't change a thing. With a forecast of heavy rain, and a morning that proved it true, we were thankful for clear skies during our portrait session! I was so thankful that I was able to capture some portraits of this cool couple. Here are my favorites:





Talk to you soon,
Dale

Abby + Austin's NWA Engagement Pictures

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