Commercial Photography Food, Architecture, Product, Business Headshots

Voted Very Best Commercial Photographer

Branch Photography has been voted Very Best Commercial Photographer in Arkansas / NW Arkansas by the readers of Celebrate Arkansas magazine again for 2017!  This is the FOURTH year we have received this award just as proud to be recognized.  Thank you to all who voted and value quality photographic creations, specifically the images Branch creates, and the great staff and friends at Celebrate Arkansas Magazine!
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U/Ark Tyson Agri Center

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A few months ago I was topping a hill in Fayetteville on the way to a session. From this hill you can see a long distance to the west, the view always provides a great sunset. This day a building caught my eye that I'd never seen before, it had to be about 2-3 miles away. A few days later I was curious and started driving in that direction. What I found was an incredible architecture near the University of Arkansas agricultural and animal science areas. At that time it had the outer beams and no interior finished and I thought, 'how cool would it be to photograph that building'.

Fast forward a few months and in August that became reality. Nabholz construction contacted me to photograph three recently completed constructions. One of them was this building, the University of Arkansas Don Tyson Agri Science Center. I went out late one afternoon to capture a series of images to compile to form the one above. My goal was to accentuate the facility in all it's architectural beauty, eliminating any distractions, large or small, to draw the eye to the main subject. You can see the normal view below, this is what 'most' photographers would see and provide, not me.

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I must add, on a personal note, I was thinking of my father during this entire photo project. My father taught high school Agriculture for 35 years in Tennessee, I was imagining how impressed he would be at such an impressive facility dedicated to the agricultural sciences.
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Longhorn Restaurant - Branson

Do you ever look on line for a restaurant to go to? Do you ignore the photos and go straight to the menu? Chances are very high that all the photos of food and the restaurant itself catch your eye and have a great influence on whether you do business with them. The architecture images can attract you just as the food photos.

I had the opportunity to photograph the Longhorn Restaurant in Branson MO for Commercial Realty. I ran into some challenges that forced me to work quickly to allow new staff to come in for training since it was not open yet. It's challenges that make us think quickly and how we react can make or break the job or customer satisfaction. I arrived on location at 7:30 am, since I was 30 minutes early, I took the opportunity to photograph the exterior first since the lighting was nice rather than wait until after I completed the interiors. It was a good thing I did, an hour later, an entire paint crew was out front putting on the finishing touches. When I got inside I noticed the dining area was set for training. After discussions with the GM and calling Commercial Realty, they asked that I photograph everything on the shot list except the dining room. At this point I had 30 minutes to capture three angles before training started, I was proud to say I completed the job as requested and did not interfere with their work.

I always love photographing architecture at dusk because the dark scene forces your eye on the building without distractions, but I really like the final image of the exterior. Look at the "Normal" view (as anyone would photograph it) and the final image where I took the image to another image, forcing your view to the building with little to no distractions.

I've photographed many properties for Commercial Realty and look forward to many more, helping their marketing and success.


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Pinnacle Counseling

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Developing relationships is important in any business. Over the past 6 years, I've had the honor to have a continuing relationship with Gary and Sharron Nelson at Pinnacle Counseling. When I first started creating their photos back in 2011, they were increasing their advertising and branding efforts, over time they have increase their staff and patient base. The first reason is because of who they are, they are very kind, receptive and understanding counselors, it's their work and helping of others that has built the service they offer. The other reason is they appreciate quality, not only in the services they provide but also in their marketing. The website is clean and informative with quality images that are consistent and blend together.

When I have photo projects with them, I always have time during set up to visit with Gary. He's an easy gentleman to talk to, genuinely interested and concerned for others, his wife is the same. If you have the need for a counselor for any reason, you'll be glad you contacted Pinnacle Counseling.

Eclipse - August 21, 1017

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By now everyone has heard about the Solar Eclipse happening August 21, 2017. Millions will be traveling across the US to rural areas, if you are, be forewarned to prepare for traffic, all hotels have been booked for weeks, restaurants will be full and safety will be a concern with so many traveling to small towns. Before I go further, I must give the redundant warning of looking directly at the sun, there are a few places that still have the special glasses but are running out quickly. If you cannot find anything, a welder's mask (yeah, I know, not many people have one) works. A simple search on line can give you other ways to view without looking directly at the sun.

I have several photographer friends who are planning on photographing it along the path of totality (where there is a total eclipse). While that path is about 65 miles wide the true precision is around a few feet (50' or less). I have found an interesting link that can show you exactly what time to expect the eclipse in your area and how much the sun will be blocked, all you do is put in your zip code: http://time.com/4882923/total-solar-eclipse-map-places-view/ The eclipse will only last under 3 minutes, so be prepared and plan. Another great source is on Canon's website.

If you don't make this one, don't worry there are more to come, sooner than we thought: https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/future/

If you're on Instagram, follow NASA. They have daily interesting facts, information and will have great coverage on Monday. For a site full of information: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/

Another informative link I've found is: https://www.space.com/33797-total-solar-eclipse-2017-guide.html

For even more information there are several apps available to track, monitor and even do experiments: https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/space/blogs/solar-eclipse-apps




Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Diplomats

I've been a member of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce for a few years now. I've been involved in more networking and going to chamber events. When Shana at the chamber asked if I would be interested in being a Diplomat, while I was honored, I was a little hesitant, not knowing what was involved. After asking around, I'm glad I did. For those who do not know what a chamber diplomat is, they're a volunteer representative of the chamber who attends chamber events (morning breakfasts, after hours, ribbon cuttings, special events and meals on wheels). Since I've been one only 7 months, I've really enjoyed getting to know my fellow diplomats and especially being a part of the community. Being able to see the new businesses and get to know about them is a blessing.

I've tried to attend as many events as possible to be a part, as a result, I've been one of four selected as Diplomat of the Month for the past 3 months. If you want to be a part of the community, join your chamber and get involved, you'll be glad you did.

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Lamborgini Light Painting

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Over the past few years, I've photographed many interiors using a light painting method by taking many photographs lighting small portions of the image one at a time. Last year a friend in Wisconsin started doing this same thing with small products and cars, i loved the idea, but wanted my own creative twist to it. As with the interiors, I have special lights I use to photograph different areas of the scene and car, knowing which angle, length of time and distance to 'paint' each area. While painting the car, I am envisioning the final creative art piece that the owner will proudly display in his/her man cave or shop, what a brag piece of art!!

The above Lamborgini was a fun session photographed in an underground garage in Fayetteville, that I had no idea about. The photo shoots are all done at night, the photography portion takes about two hours and about 6 hours to assemble all the images, blending them to natural perfection with detail.

Alan Fortenberry Magazine Shoot

Alan Fortenberry is CEO of Beaver Water District. I've had the opportunity to photograph many projects for BWD over the years. This shoot was for a national engineering magazine. I always walk away from BWD more educated about the work that goes into making the water for NWA clean and safe to drink. Just so happens that this day I was able to view the bottom of one of the Sedimentation Basins (bottom image). You can see one full in the background of one of Alan's photos, the purpose of this is rid the water of sediment and done so with he 'paddles' or boards that slowly work across the bottom, pulling the sediment towards the middle of the long pool, then that is transported out to another container. This is just one of the several stages to make the water clean. Normally it's hard to see the boards, this particular day they were cleaning out the bottom and examining for any needed repairs.
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Langman Estate Vineyard and Winery

Style and sophistication, that's the image given to this bottle of fine wine brought in by Jim Langman with Langman Estate Vineyard and Winery.  I learned so much from Jim about how to enjoy a fine wine, how to let it breathe, wine legs and how to let it roll around the palette. He will be having an unveiling and wine tasting May 20, 2017, at Two25 Gallery and Wine Bar in Bentonville. Jim would appreciate your attendance to introduce you to his fine wine selection. He was gracious to give me a bottle, it was great!

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La Huerta Restaurant

I love food photography, but it makes me hungry!  The best part of that is that I mostly get to take the 'subjects' home :)  More than that, I like helping restaurants promote their food and get clients in. These images were created on location for La Huerta in Fayetteville, but La Huerta has several other locations all within the same family. The owner admitted to taking his original photos for his menu with his iPhone and said it was a step up from no photos on the menu at all, but when my images got on their menu it helped sales even more. When I do a food shoot, I want the images to make people hungry. That is my goal, because that's what the restaurant WANTS! Hungry yet?

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