Celebrate Arkansas Magazine

Mercy Ball 2017

Mercy Hospital hosts an annual Christmas Ball fundraiser that is an event to behold. I've had the honor to photograph special VIPs for Celebrate Arkansas Magazine for the past 4 years! Through that time I've met many great philanthropist of NWA that give of their funds and/or time for the great work of Mercy Hospital and the care it provides. The list of great men and women I've met are very impressive and makes me proud of what I get to do but be a part of NW Arkansas. This year I had the honor to meet and photograph Savvy Shields (2017 Ms America - grew up in Fayetteville, just a mile from the studio), Becky Henley (wife of Brian Henley - Celebrate Publisher), Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchison and David Wurm (VP of Sales Walmart - General Mills), just to name a few!

The event is typically the first weekend of December and if you're not in the holiday spirit by then, after this night you will be. It's not over the top "Christmas" but an impressive event with subtle hints of the holiday season introduction. Each year the JQ Hammons center is transformed from ceiling to floor in the most elegant style, it's a real treat to open the doors and see the room for the first time each year. From the exquisite table decor to the wall displays around the entire room, there is something to look at, even the hallways outside the ballroom are filled with decor to evoke a feeling of joy and excitement. Click here to see the Celebrate Arkansas magazine feature of the Mercy Ball.

Miss America Savvy Shields at Mercy Gala 2017 at John Q Hammons in Rogers Arkansas Fashion photographer Branch Photography NW Arkansas
Savvy Shields

Becky Henley at Mercy Gala 2017 at John Q Hammons in Rogers Arkansas Fashion photographer Branch Photography NW Arkansas
Becky Henley

Governor Asa Hutchison at Mercy Gala 2017 at John Q Hammons in Rogers Arkansas Fashion photographer Branch Photography NW Arkansas
Governor Asa Hutchison

David Wurm at Mercy Gala 2017 at John Q Hammons in Rogers Arkansas Fashion photographer Branch Photography NW Arkansas
David Wurm

Ice Cream at Spark Cafe'

I always enjoy my shoots with Celebrate Arkansas magazine, especially when food is involved… ok, and I get to eat it.  I, recently, photographed ice cream, among other things, at Spark Cafe’ in Bentonville, next door and adjoining the Walmart 5-10 museum.  I’m sad to say, I’ve never been there, but I’m so glad I had the chance, I WILL be back, the ice cream was GREAT.  The cafe’ has a very cool retro feel in every part, from the table tops, straw dispensers and wall decor.  I have been through the museum several years ago, but it’s always interesting to see the items in the 5-10 store.  If you’re around Bentonville, take the time to stop in.

Food, desert and ice cream photography at Spark Cafe' in Bentonville Arkansas for Celebrate Arkansas magazine editioral photography by Branch Photography in NW ArkansasFood, desert and ice cream photography at Spark Cafe' in Bentonville Arkansas for Celebrate Arkansas magazine editioral photography by Branch Photography in NW ArkansasFood, desert and ice cream photography at Spark Cafe' in Bentonville Arkansas for Celebrate Arkansas magazine editioral photography by Branch Photography in NW ArkansasFood, desert and ice cream photography at Spark Cafe' in Bentonville Arkansas for Celebrate Arkansas magazine editioral photography by Branch Photography in NW Arkansas

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.


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