Commercial Photography Food, Architecture, Product, Business Headshots

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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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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Walton Arts Center Interior Renovation

This week I’ll feature some of the interior photos of the Walton Arts Center Renovation. The new facility is incredible to say the least, I know I bragged about it previously, but it’s worth saying again. The lobby is jaw dropping when you walk in. The JB Hunt staircase is encased in beautiful wood and frames the East side of the lobby and can be viewed from outside at any angle. The spacious area gives so much room for many events or extra space for performances. The center piece of the room is the gorgeous chandelier the demands your attention, even if you’re driving down Dickson St.

The Walmart Lobby entrance, on West St, showcases a lighting system that transitions to several colors, always giving the interior a different feel. They can program the lights to show colors based on the performance.

Just like all commercial photography I create, I take them personal. By personal I mean I put myself in my client’s shoes and take on the role of owner and look at it from my perspective as a potential client. First, how would I want my architectural photography to look or be perceived. Secondly, I look at it from a client’s point of view and what would it take to get my attention if I were to see it in advertising. According to my activity on my phone/watch, I walked about 5 miles photographing the interior. You may think, ‘how did you walk so much inside a building just taking pictures?’. To give you a brief idea, I’ve made “progression” photos that show a sampling of what goes into creating some of the interior photos, the Youtube link is below some of the photos below, please take a few seconds to watch, like and subscribe.


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Walton Arts Center Exterior Renovation

It may seem I’ve spent a lot of time at the Walton Arts Center lately, well, you’d be right, but every minute was a pleasure. To be a part, in my small way, of something so great for NWA and Fayetteville, was such an honor. Part of being a photographer is the privilege to go and see things that I would normally not have the opportunity. The Walton Arts Center took on a huge task in 2016 of renovating the facility to give more people the opportunity to be a part of it’s shows and events. One way they did this was to expand the front ‘lobby’ considerably with large window walls so that not only could the people inside enjoy the view but that the people enjoying Dickson St could be a part of the events by simply passing by.

Twilight photography is my favorite for architecture. It takes considerable more time but so worth it and rewarding with the results for the client and myself. The building pops and gives a surreal feel through transforming the reality of what is normally scene. The colors are more vivid the contrast of the interior against a dark sky gives for a very inviting feel. This accomplishes the goal of making the viewer want to visit the location and be a part.

Now for the technical side. This particular twilight photo of the exterior was one of my favorites but also the most time consuming. I have included below a “normal” view (what it looks like in normal view) compared to my finished image compiled of several photographs and eliminating distractions, how ever minor they may be. Remember those pictures in the paper that challenged you to find how man differences you could find? Just to name a few things, reflections on glass walls, proper color temperature of building and sidewalk, replacing bare trees and grass, images showing proper exposure of interior, cleaning shadows and marks on sidewalk and sky background properly exposed. To say those things in one sentence is easy, but many hours of dedication were put into the final image. I enjoyed the process because I knew what the final image would represent and be viewed and enjoyed by thousands of people across the country.

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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.

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