We had the good fortune of connecting with Dave Bentley and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dave, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
Capturing special moments and emotion, and freezing that moment of time through photography makes me happy. Photography takes us back to a specific moment in time, and can also reinvigorate our other senses. You can remember smells/tastes, and other things from that moment or event sometimes just by seeing a photo. Seeing someone’s smile can you remind you of a special time.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I like to capture raw emotion, and the “real” of people. I don’t like to just tell people to stand in a certain spot, place your hand in a specific position, and smile. Let’s move around, do some fun things, get real laughter and smile, and make a connection between the person and the photograph.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There’s so many places and things to do. If it’s a long weekend, then definitely gotta hit Sedona and hike some of the awesome trails, and find some of the hidden caves. Being from the South, I’m big on bbq, so I’d definitely have to take in some of the local bbq joints (not chains).

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I gotta thank my girlfriend, Allison, for constantly encouraging me, and pushing me to be better than I was yesterday

Website: www.davebentleyphotography.com

Instagram: @davebentleyphotos

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/DaveBentleyPhotography

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