Thursday, January 17, 2019

After all this time... I finally moved/upgraded my blog!



Hey everybody!

Can you believe it?  After all this time... I finally moved/upgraded my blog!
This blog has more than 3000 posts so I hate to have to move it, but I found a good tool to transfer them all to my domain where my website lives, so I'll be posting there from now on - YAYAYAYAY!

Be sure to update your bookmarks:

http://benfieldphoto.com/blog-2/


(if you used thebenfieldblog.com as your bookmark, it is staying the same!)

As always, I'm SO humbled and grateful to YOU for taking a few moments out of the day to read what I have to say!  BIG hugs, friends!

Talk to you soon,
Dale

Thursday, January 3, 2019

2019 New Year Resolutions



Hey everybody!

Once upon a time, I blogged every day.  Like... EVERY day.  (for five years straight) What started as a New Year resolution became an obsession. Thinking about why I was so successful at that resolution (don't we typically break these by week two?), I came up with a few reasons/motivating factors for resolution-keeping success:

Instead of focusing on eliminating a negative habit, I was focusing on something positive to do.
It was something that gave me a sense of accomplishment each and every day. By using a positive reinforcement each day, it was much easier for me to succeed, and then it became a will-power and pride thing.  I couldn't NOT post, because I didn't want the streak to end!

Another important tool in achieving goals is writing them down (I've posted about this before), publicly or otherwise.  I choose to post publicly because it adds a level of accountability, but also a secret dash of fairydust magic. Magic helps when will fails.

So here we are, 2019... resolution time.

1) Find a {non-profit} cause I can donate my talents to. I had a photographer who told me once that donating photography to non-profits is a bad idea because it takes away work for photographers (non-profits could have a marketing budget), so I haven't done this in awhile.  The thing is, putting positive juju out there is a good thing, and I have some talents I'd love to offer up.

2) Start teaching photographers again.  I love teaching - whether it be teaching parents how to photograph their kiddos, or photographers working on their business. I want to put on at least one workshop in 2019 and preferably 2.

3) Start something new.  Remember when I started Baller Foodtruck? I used my downtime to fuel one of my passions and it was really rewarding.  I'd like to start a new project like that in 2019: a new business, or hobby, or whatever.  Time to create!

4) Work on my photography business. I've been photographing fewer weddings the last two years because my workload with Impressions was really intense.  Starting this month, that changed so it's time to get back to doing what I enjoy most in the world: photographing weddings!  I'd like to shoot 20 weddings and I'm about halfway there currently.Feel free to help me: if you have a friend who gets engaged, make sure you share my name with them!

5) Grow my Instagram - vain, sure... but the swipe up feature would be so nice for everyone whenever I have a link to share - I just need a few hundred more to get to 10k.  If you don't follow my instagram - you can do that right here right now).


At the end of 2019 I'll come back and see how I did. Here's to a fantastic 2019!



Talk to you soon,
Dale

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

2018 {personal} Year in Review



Hey everybody!

Man, what a year. To think of where 2018 started and how it finished is just about as different as night and day. I'm going to focus this blog post on personal (instead of the photo business) because I haven't shared personally in awhile, and tbh it just seems more important.

2017 ended with me frustrated and a little broken. I resolved to cut out the people in my life who were toxic, and you know me... when I set my mind to something you can bet on me to follow through.  So... this quote sums it up:



As the ball dropped one year ago, I was in the middle of my self-love period which included (but not limited to) all the me time I wanted, coffee dates with myself, therapy sessions, getting back into the kitchen, pottery classes, family time, solo road trips, etc.  Early this year, I flew to NYC to visit friends, Colorado to see my sister, back to NYC, then LV for boys' weekend... recharging and recharging... getting back to the ME that I seemed to have lost on 2017 (and 2016 if we're being honest, and we are).

(I finally chose this to illustrate that paragraph... the runners-up are at the end of this post... enjoy!)


I can't even count how many times I heard the phrase "you'll find someone when you stop looking."  Not that my life was a mission to find someone, because it wasn't.  I was doing great with my friends, and with myself... but I still heard that on the weekly. What I didn't expect, is that I DID find someone!  I found a pretty exceptional someone.  Y'all know what happened next (if you don't, read about my proposal here).


The rest of the year has been a lot LOT like the first half: movie nights, road trips, family time, flights, homemade dinners... I just happened to add a hot, funny, talented partner to hang with while I do all the things.



I'm thankful for those of you who hung around this blog, or are back.  I like having friends/family/followers who keep up with this - Hi!  Let's do cool shit in 2019 yeah?  My resolutions are coming up in the next post!




Talk to you soon,
Dale


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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Wedding at Garden Room in Fayetteville: Ashleigh and Tanner



Hey everybody!

If you know me, you know I love a good party. Ashleigh and Tanner sure know how to throw one! Their ceremony and reception at the Garden Room in Fayetteville was super fun - Boom Kinetic brought the energy with their performance. And it even rained! That didn't stop everyone from having the best night!

The entire day was great, though. I got to reunite with a lot of my friends from Crown Beauty Bar and spend the day laughing with my old friends.

I love that Ashleigh made the wedding her own with some killer details, right down to her leather jacket...





Talk to you soon,
Dale

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Happy Holidays from Ellie and Cece



Hey everybody!

These girls are so special to me.  To watch their love grow and their bond strengthen is the ultimate, number-one thing I could ask for on Christmas. Or as a dad.  I am proud of their growth this year, and thankful for their love.




Talk to you soon,
Dale

Friday, December 28, 2018

Wedding in Jackson Hole for Lucky-King family



Hey everybody!

Being able to travel to photograph weddings is such an honor. Lauren brought me out to photographer her wedding in Jackson Hole this year and I seriously have never been so inspired by landscapes. I'd been to Jackson Hole to photograph a proposal once, but never a wedding. And never in Summer! If you haven't gone in the Summer, you must! I swear I saw the sun set three different times in the same day (over three different mountains). Lauren's wedding day was filled with love and emotion. I love emotional brides, and this one also had an emotional dad, flower girl, and grandma! I was in heaven! Here are some of my favorites from the wedding day...





Talk to you soon,
Dale

After all this time... I finally moved/upgraded my blog!

Hey everybody! Can you believe it?  After all this time... I finally moved/upgraded my blog! This blog has more than 3000 posts so I h...