Friday, September 30, 2016

Cheek Family Portraits



Hey everybody!

When Carla's shoot was coming up she sent me a quick little email that admitted she jumped the gun on booking without thinking about what the leaves would look like... thankfully, I was able to spot a few fall feeling leaves and took her sweet family there for some portraits. I absolutely love these, and Jesse and Caleb were perfect models for me!





Talk to you soon,
Dale

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Chanel Wilhelmina Model Shoot



Hey everybody!

I'm finishing out my recent shoot with Chanel today on the blog. She's such a talented model for Wilhelmina, and I had a really easy and wonderful time photographing her. This last series is simple with a little edge to them. Take a look:




Talk to you soon,
Dale

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Rustic Engagement Portraits



Hey everybody!

When my engagement couples email me before the shoot and ask for a good nature or rustic location, I have a so many great ones to choose from, but this location has been one of my favorites for a long time. It has a huge white barn and lots of tall grass, making it easy for a lot of different poses and possibilities in a small space. Cassie's engagements were so easy to shoot - they were quite the couple! Here are a few favorites:




Talk to you soon,
Dale

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

LA Headshots for Nicki

Hey everybody!

I've got another headshot/model shoot for your today. It started as a headshot shoot, but Nicki was such a great model we just went with it! Hahaha! Like the other one I did recently, I asked her a few questions so you could get to know her a little bit. So fun!



1. tell me about you in 140 characters or less:

I’m a caffeine addict who loves rock music and travelling the world. I come froma tiny town with a very big reputation and I never set myself limits I know for sure I can reach!

2. what’s your dream job:

My dream job would be to have a job that feels like I’m living a dream. A job that I wake up excited to go to every morning and never makes me feel like I’m working for the sake of a paycheck.  

3. who are your inspirations (music/film/tv):

Musical inspirations for me personally have been people like Prince, so full of talent and charisma and so genuinely committed to his life’s work. As well as bands such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers who’s songs are derived from poetry and created as a unit. 

4. what has been your favorite LA memory:

My favourite LA memory was the day I handed out matching necklaces to all of my girls and we became the Dandelions; All petals of a single flower flying away from our nests to fulfill our wishes.

6. what is your advice for someone coming to LA to pursue their dreams:

Get a Visa!!! Haha

7. what’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in LA (or your career):
The biggest challenge in LA was leaving the people I now consider my family behind. In the airport when I was in tears a lady at the counter asked me if I was ok and I said no. When she asked me why I told her: “I miss my family and I don’t know when I will see them again”. I wasn’t talking about the family I left behind in Europe, I was talking about the family I was leaving in LA.

8. tell me something fun about you:

I love to dance like an absolute lunatic whenever the feeling pops up inside of me whether I am in private or public, in a car or on the street and I have no shame when I suddenly burst into a spasm dance-like state.

9. what would be your dream day:
My dream day happened so many times whilst living in LA. Every time I got to spend the day with all these people that I love so much all together. Going to Universal studios for example or driving to Palm Springs or San Fran, just good fun all together.

10. what song must I stop everything and go listen to (or book to read, or movie to watch):

BOOK TO READ!! John Steinbeck’s East of Eden is an amazing book and worth a read if you have not yet graced it’s pages.

11. what’s your mantra (phrase/saying/quote) by which you live your life, or your favorite quote

I often say one specific thing to remind myself not to take life too seriously and to remember not to let the bad things in this world get me down, I say: Live Life Laughing. In most situations you can find the funny and the best things in life are the funny things that make us laugh so much we can’t breath and tears stream from our eyes. The best thing in life is to be happy so if you’re feeling sad, find a way to make yourself laugh again and you will pull through.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Happy Anniversary Rebecca and Reid



Hey everybody!

Somebody's celebrating a year of marriage today! Congrats to Rebecca and Reid who were married in Benton/LR this day last year. I remember driving up on the Clinton Library for the reception and seeing fall leaves already. I knew that we needed to use them, and that incredible sunset light that ALWAYS happens when I shoot at the Clinton Library, for their portraits. R and R... I wish y'all the happiest of days today!





Talk to you soon,
Dale

Give It Away





Hey everybody!

Today's super thought is once again lifted from the message at church but I am putting my own real life application to it.

Today the guest pastor discussed the differences between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. While both are fed by the same river (the Jordan River), one flourishes while the other doesn't. Can you guess which one doesn't flourish? Yeah, the Dead Sea... It is so rich in minerals (has a lot more salt content than the oceans) that life can't really flourish there, while the Sea of Galilee gives off much life.

The main reason, according to the pastor, is that there is not outgoing stream from the Dead Sea. It just sits there collecting and collecting and never gives anything off.

We as people are meant for relationships and sharing and interacting and giving. Whether that means as spouses, as Christians, as leaders in our profession, as parents, as friends, etc. we are out here to give to others, not to collect for ourselves. The result of living a life merely focused on collecting (collecting is good and sustains, don't get me wrong... It's the keeping) can be destructive.

What are ways we can give? That's the easy part... Obviously giving money is one way, but so is giving time. Giving service. Sharing knowledge (this is my favorite way, which led to my book, 5 Minute Fix, where I gave away information every day for a year). Let's give it away this week friends!


On a side note, I'm traveling this week again... Currently in Chicago, but I'm so thankful that my church broadcasts live! I get to watch and be a part of my church family even when I'm not able to physically be there.




Talk to you soon,

Dale




Saturday, September 24, 2016

Shaw Family Portraits



Hey everybody!

I love seeing my couples grow their families! Lindsey and Jeff now have a beautiful baby girl, Norah, and we recently got together for a fun family session. This girl was all smiles and fun; I couldn't believe it! Check out a few of my favorites:





Talk to you soon,
Dale

Friday, September 23, 2016

Change the Inner Voice



Hey everybody!

Driving isn't my favorite.  Especially if it's just me in the car.  However, it makes it so much more bearable when I'm listening to something entertaining.  Maybe that's a current spotify playlist, but today it has been the audiobook Start, by Jon Acuff. I've now finished the book (it was a long drive!) and have a couple takeaways.  I don't want to give a summary of it because I think you should go read it for yourself if you're interested in the premise, but these things jumped out at me as great life mantras, regardless of where you are in life:

Change the inner voice: We all have that voice inside our heads that constantly talks to us, right?  Most of the time... for me, it's ALL the time... it's a negative voice.  You can't do this... people won't sign up/buy in... you don't look the part... or whatever.  We need to work hard on overpowering that voice. Speak out loud that we CAN do it, we ARE smart enough, we DO have what it takes.  Change the inner voice.

It's never too late to start: If you're not happy in your current job, or your current situation (boyfriend, parent, club, whatever), it's never too late to make that change!  Even though there may have been a thousand little things that led you down the road to where you are... if you're not happy or not being fulfilled, START. Make the change that gets you onto the path you want to be on. I love that! So inspiring!



Talk to you soon,
Dale

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Stone Chapel Wedding Portraits of Haley and Steven



Hey everybody!
I absolutely LOVE these wedding portraits at Stone Chapel at Matt Lane Farm. This first one, though not technically a portrait, is just perfect and sums up the fun this couple has together.  SO sweet.




Talk to you soon,
Dale

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Stone Chapel Wedding Story of Haley and Steven



Hey everybody!

It has been a while since I had photographed a wedding at Stone Chapel, but it's beauty and prestige hasn't lessened a bit. If anything, it's been refined and is even more beautiful than I remember.  It was the location for the both the wedding and reception for Haley and Steven.

We chose to hold their first look out front of the stone chapel...what great reactions!

I love this moment Courtney caught of the flower girls helping the bride walk with her dress...

My friend Brandon from Retrotender was there... I always make him pose for a picture or two.



This picture is the epitome of happiness...



Haley wanted a fun, dancy reception... and she got it!






Talk to you soon,
Dale

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Stone Chapel Wedding Details for Haley and Steven



Hey everybody!
I love when wedding design is done well. It's not incredibly obvious... it just FEELS right.  That's the perfect amount of design that went in to Haley and Steven's wedding at Stone Chapel at Matt Lane Farm. The gold accents and black sequins were eye catching but perfectly (not overly) done. Take a look...




Talk to you soon,
Dale

Abby + Austin's NWA Engagement Pictures

Hey everybody! Abby and Austin could be some of the only people to improve the perfect scenery offered by Crystal Bridges Museum and fa...