Arkansas Commercial Photographer, Food Photographer, Architecture Photographer, Product Photographer, Business Headshots

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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Case IH Quad Trac Tractor

Stoney Hargett has been my best friend for a LONG time! I worked for his father farming during the summers while in college and several months after graduating, but got to be friends while in high school. He grew up on a farm and started driving tractors / trucks at a very early age, his son Austin followed in his footsteps in the same way. I go back to Tennessee to visit whenever I have the chance and had that chance last week. I always carry my bare essentials camera equipment just in case. This time I saw this Case IH Quad Trac tractor sitting in the shop, the cleanest I've seen it (but still not completely, but I'm ok with that) and asked if I could photograph it.

One evening, the conditions were almost perfect, but after the sprinkling stopped and I saw the clouds forming just before sunset, I started creating photographs of this beast of a tractor but wanted to make sure I included Austin and Stoney in one, they are not only father/son and work together, but partners in several farms. The image was taken in front of their shop and photographed in a way to focus the attention on the tractor and subdue the other items in the background that could be distracting.

I'm very proud of the results and hope to photograph more large equipment in the future and maybe some other awesome hardworking farmers with them.


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To give the tractor scale of just how big it is, this is a photo of my friend Stoney, his daughter Tiffany and granddaughter Raeleigh. Tiffany teaches school and Raeleigh gets to ride the tractor, among other things, with her Poppy a few days during the week when not with his wife Jolanda.

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Rogers Chamber Annual Banquet '17

Photographing the Rogers Chamber of Commerce Annual Event was 'business as usual' throughout the evening, little did I know what a great keynote was waiting. Nick Hobbs did an excellent job interviewing John Roberts, it was very informative, entertaining and motivational. Nick announced he had a surprise speaker, it was Johnelle Hunt, widow of Johnnie Hunt (JB Hunt). You immediately love her, she's so down to earth, sweet, caring and approachable.

After a couple of minutes Nick asked Johnelle about how she and Johnnie got started, she immediately had my full attention. She gave their history of how they got started with the rice hulls business which I didn't know about. She went on to talk about their struggles and how optimistic Johnnie was, and very humble about her role even though we know she as a great support and very hard worker, just as she is today. I was inspired and motivated by the story she shared and how persistent optimism can pay off. I was further enriched by how they both always show gratitude for everyone that works with them, and that's a lot, and also their morality with professional values.

The day after the banquet, I was watching the movie "Founder" about McDonald's 'founder' Ray Kroc, and thought they really should make a movie about Johnnie and Johnelle Hunt, it would make a much better inspirational movie! There is a book "J.B. Hunt: The Long Haul to Success" that I am looking forward to reading more.
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