Monday, March 10, 2014
I know we talk a lot about how gorgeous our Benny Brides are, but why can't our grooms get any love? Today's post is dedicated to all the grooms out there... we've got some great ones!
First up, here's Kurt. I've been able to spend a lot of time with Kurt lately and he's just a great, fun dude. He's a chef, which I obviously love... and knows good food! He's got an 11-month-old boy, Curren, and told me he's "what it's all about." I love a good Dad!
Ben is the newest addition to the Dad's club; he and Jamie just had sweet Millie on February 23rd. He's definitely going to be a great dad!
A true manly man, Taylor is a sexy dude, super adventurous, and a great dancer (obviously I know this from photographing his reception).
Tiago is Brazillian. Enough said.
Carter should probably be first on my list. I've got him on repeat on my iTunes (check him out here)... he is an amazingly talented musician. He's also humble (my favorite quality in any person) and sincere. He makes you feel like the most important person in the room.
What I love about Andrew is how chill and cool he is. That, and how much he loves Andrea. Oh, and did I mention he's like a super bio-chemical engineering genius?!
Matt is just a sweet, sweet guy. I haven't shot their wedding yet, but the seeing him before he proposed was just about the sweetest thing I've ever seen. Oh, and I'm a bit jealous of that hair.
My dude Josh. He's another one of those make-you-feel-important types of guys. He's always in a good mood (seriously!) and laughs at all my jokes... even the ones that aren't very funny. He and Chelsey welcomed Beckham at the end of January, and Josh is already a nurturing dad.
Great hair, great style, always has a smile on his face... Mark is a former Razorback football player (go Hogs!), and is probably used to being the coolest guy in the room, but you'd never know it when you talk to him. Another humble, but super talented, groom.
Doug married Amy on New Year's (just one reason he's so smart)... he also served in the military, so I obviously have mad respect.
Matt met Ashley on a cruise, and then married her (not on the cruise... haha!). He's got style, taste, and can brew his own beer. C'mon!
Trent is a fellow photographer with loads of talent, a great personality, and has serious style (Burberry, anyone?!)
Matt, besides his dashing good looks, is also a professional fisherman. As in... he gets PAID... to FISH. Does it get better?
Mike is our resident bad-boy. Tattoos and an attitude to say whatever he is thinking, Mike is a fun guy to be around. He picked up his now-wife while driving in the car next to her on a road trip. Gutsy, but that's Mike.
Finally, we've got Rob. Construction worker turned destination wedding photographer, you can't keep up with his adventures. A man good with his hands and an artful eye is definitely a catch (pun intended, as you see the pic below).
This was such a fun blog post to write. I have so many others over the past 15 years, so I might just have to do this again!
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Sunday, March 9, 2014
Albert Einstein would turn 135 this week, and I thought I'd post a sunday superthought about one of my favorite Einstein quotes:
Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.
When those you are trying to live for are cuties like Ellie, Cece, and Mere, it makes it a bit easier.
I sure am thankful.
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Saturday, March 8, 2014
We've been getting a lot of requests lately for catering events, and we're excited to announce that Baller Foodtruck WILL be available for catering in the NWA area! Obviously we know the wedding industry in this area and love many of the caterers we work with, but we think it's such a fun idea to have Baller Foodtruck show up at your wedding (even if we aren't the photographers for your wedding) and treat your guests to a fun experience and yummy food!
If you have a non-wedding event, we're here for you too! With enough advance notice, we can cater all sorts of events, big or small! Yay! Email Ballerfoodtruck@gmail.com to find out about our catering services, our prices, and our menu options!
For some sneak peeks, follow Baller Foodtruck on twitter, instagram, and facebook - (search "ballerfoodtruck" in any!)
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Friday, March 7, 2014
We're happy to announce that there are ZERO copies left of Benfield Weddings Magazine #2! Thank you to all who purchased copies, and thanks to those venues around Fayetteville and NWA that hosted them in their store! If you are a NWA wedding venue that could offer great content to Benny Brides, I'd love for you to reach out to me! We want to give our brides the best magazine available, and know that there are so many talented vendors with so much to offer! Contact me at email@example.com
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Thursday, March 6, 2014
Our friend Kelly Stamps, from the Kelly's Korner Blog, recently interviewed Benfield Photography for her Celebrate Magazine Feature on photographing children. Kelly is such a sweet person, and has a great following with fellow mothers who look to her for all sorts of advice, connection, and zaniness. Check out the Celebrate mag feature below:
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
While you all were figuring out how to deal with the crazy weather, I was off to Las Vegas for WPPI (ouch, right?!). The annual convention and tradeshow for wedding photographers is always such a blast because of the time we get to spend with our industry friends. I spent, once again, all my time with my photo bff JP Elario (center, below), and a lot of good quality time with my friends from dropitModern (the dude on the right below is JP's dad, Joe... such a cool dad!)
I also once again helped JP with his platform class #marketingswagger - a packed room!
We also took a tour of Zappos - one of the coolest places to work in the world! It was super informative and totally fun! (I'm a huge Zappos nerd, if you remember from my book review of Delivering Happiness, by Tony Hsieh)
And as always, Vegas is synonymous with good food for me! Here are some collages I put up on Instagram of my foodie travels from this Vegas trip:
Javier's was insanely good Mexican food (and Mexican isn't my favorite). I had a great time with my friends from Miller's Lab, and always feel so honored to be treated to dinner!
Per Mere's recommendation we ate at Todd English P.U.B. I was on a lobster kick this trip, and Todd English had a mean lobster roll, but the REAL treat was the junk chips!
The meal I was most looking forward to: Sage at Aria has some really unique items: Foie gras custard brulee, foie gras ice cream, etc. I tried and I loved!
One of my very favorite restaurants is Holsteins (it's not crazy expensive, and has super approachable food). Below you'll see fried bacon (yep!), lobster roll, asian sliders, ahi poke, and cuban street tacos. They also serve adult shakes, but I didn't want to waste stomach space.
All in all, it was a fun trip, but since Mere had to cancel her ticket and keep Cece home, I found myself thinking about home a lot. Now that I'm back home (to snow and cold), I am a happy guy!
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
I love this quote, and really feel the words of this when I see these images of Baby Cece:
"If I could give you one thing in life, I would give you the ability to see yourself through my eyes. Only then would you realize how special you are to me." -unknown
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Monday, March 3, 2014
Every year I get the nod to photograph this family, which I've watched grow from a couple with a sweet pregnant belly to the one you see below. Marshall enjoys photography himself (he came to a Shoot Your Kids workshop!), and I've just grown to adore the entire family! Here's their latest session with us!
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Sunday, March 2, 2014
Ellie enjoyed her first dance competition this weekend. I, on the other hand, was a nervous wreck. I remember back to the days when I had piano recitals and would always have to go last or 2nd to last, so I'd have to sit through the other 20 or so students walk up and play their song. Well, Ellie was number two hundred and something so I sat through a LOOOOOT of other performances before she was called backstage. (and then the nerves REALLY set it!)
I was so relieved... Mere even cried... when Ellie performed the dance the best we'd seen it, and never had a moment of uncertainty. She nailed her jumps and remembered her facial expressions, as you'll see below. We were all so thrilled with her performance!
And so were the judges! Ellie got 1st place for the performance!! She's been such a hard worker over the past few years and has been very dedicated (as you know from this post) and once again she has made her parents SO proud. What an amazing little lady!
(fyi... I didn't take these shots... don't hold them against me... we weren't allowed to bring my camera in so Whitney (Ellie's mom) shelled out 80 bucks for these)
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