Sassafras Springs Vineyard, Winery & Wedding Venue

A local asset to NWA is Sassafras Vineyard, Winery and Wedding Venue, located quietly east of Fayetteville. I've been to many events at their stables and a couple at their winery and it's always a warm end enjoyable event. During the warmer times of the year, the Chapel Ruins are a great location for portraits and mostly weddings. The landscaping is always quiet and beautiful.

I had the opportunity to photograph Derek & Sarah Kilpatrick at the stables for Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce magazine. Sarah is the event manager, as you can imagine she is very busy lady. A side note, while talking with her, I discovered I photographed her cheerleader photos back in 2002 when she was in high school, small world… also starting to feel a little old. Derek is the vineyard manager and sees the the best quality wines are produced. Super nice couple who will make sure your visit and event is one to be cherished.

If you've never visited Sassafras, take a nice evening off in the summer and enjoy the back patio of the winery for a relaxing evening with their wine.


Commercial magazine editorial and marketing photography at Sassafrass Vineyard, Winery and Wedding Venue for FAyetteville Chamber of commerce by Branch Photography NW ArkansasCommercial magazine editorial and marketing photography at Sassafrass Vineyard, Winery and Wedding Venue for FAyetteville Chamber of commerce by Branch Photography NW ArkansasCommercial magazine editorial and marketing photography at Sassafrass Vineyard, Winery and Wedding Venue for FAyetteville Chamber of commerce by Branch Photography NW Arkansas

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.

Alan Fortenberry commercial headshot and magazine editorial photo created on location by Branch Photography NW Arkansas
Alan Fortenberry commercial headshot and magazine editorial photo created on location by Branch Photography NW Arkansas
Beaver Water District sediment pool rarely seen below water image

Celebrate Arkansas magazine - Walton Arts Center

I have had the honor to photograph many covers for Celebrate Arkansas over the past several years, one of my favorite shoots is for the February issue featuring Walton Arts Center and their upcoming Masquerade Ball. This was my fourth year to create the cover/content images for this event. This year was especially great since the new renovation has been completed. It was particularly hard for me to keep it quite on showing the images this year since the shoot was in December and the photo wasn’t being released until February issue. Fayetteville and NWA has always been proud of the Walton Arts Center, it’s shows and great work and now NWA is boasting of a beautiful facility that can be interactive with the thousands of people visiting Dickson St. NWA is proud of it’s many philanthropist who graciously give to the arts and the city of Fayetteville.

You can see below the cover for 2016 in construction vs the completed venue in 2017.

Celebratre Arkansas Magazine Cover Photographer for Walton Arts Center issue, editoral magazine group photo by Branch Photography in NW ArkansasCelebratre Arkansas Magazine Cover Photographer for Walton Arts Center issue, editoral magazine group photo by Branch Photography in NW Arkansas

Walmart Museum Cover - Celebrate Arkansas

The first week of December I had the opportunity to photograph these three ladies on the roof of the Walmart Museum. Due to these ladies extreme schedules, the shoot took place at 7am, setting up at 6:30. It was very cold with frost on the roof, but it turned out great! While I was setting up in near darkness, it was as if someone bumped up the dim switch when the sun made a brief appearance. Just as the sunrise was taking place the ladies were all ready and we captured this image! These ladies are Judith McKenna, Rosalind Brewer and Michelle Gloeckler, read the article in the link below to find out more of these ladies named three of Fortune's 50 most powerful women in business.

This particular shoot was a blessing for two reasons. First, these ladies, who all work for Walmart Home Office, have very busy schedules in addition to their travels. They were all able to make it at this time. Second, which adds to the first, it had been raining for 5 straight days leading up to this shoot, then this morning, the skies cleared making available perfect conditions for this portrait for the January 2016 cover.
Check out the digital copy here!


Commercial location magazine cover and editorial photos of Judith McKenna, Rosalind Brewer an Michelle Gloeckler of Walmart Home Office named 3 of Fortune 500 most powerful women, commercial location photography by Branch Photography in NW ArkansasCelebrate Arkansas Magazine Cover Photography Behind the scenes at Walmart Museum in Bentonville Arkansas by Branch Photography in NW ArkansasCelebrate Arkansas Magazine Cover Photography Behind the scenes at Walmart Museum in Bentonville Arkansas by Branch Photography in NW Arkansas