Commercial Photographer NW Arkansas
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Preparedness Comes with Experience

We've all heard of Murphy's Law, "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong". We all try to avoid this, especially in business since it is a direct reflection on us and our brand. The first way to avoid the 'inevitable' is knowledge, the best way this is achieved is through experience, we learn through experiences, mistakes and learning from them.

Another way is being prepared, 'just in case' something happens, this is something I learned a long time ago. When going on location, I always carry backup, yes, it makes for a larger load but I know I'm prepared just in case, since I've been through several situations and learned from them. I always carry a backup camera, lens, batteries, backup flashes, cords, etc. that is, I have at least two of each just in case, say, a camera falls? This has actually happened a couple of times, as stressful as it is, I carry on with the session objective in mind and deal with the problem later, because I have a backup that will complete the job. One example was a wedding about 25 years ago when I was moving from the church to the reception and the camera fell off the tripod on to the concrete, when I picked it up, all i could hear was broken glass inside the camera (in the film days). I had another camera that did the job just as good and carried on. I once had a strobe start to smoke and over heat, I immediately unplugged it and replaced it with the backup.

Another way of being prepared is knowing the environment and situations of the location. As much as I communicate about the photography project, there are times were I'm not able to see the location until I arrive. On these occasions, I bring more than enough equipment to handle a variety of lighitng scenarios, my therory is that it's better to have too much, than not enough.

It's all about making sure the customer gets what they want and delivering the quality images they expect in a professional way. If you ever have a session where the person taking the photos shows up with only a camera and flash, be forewarned, not only are they not prepared, but they also don't have experience needed to provide the images you really want.

Shown below is a sample of the equipment taken to on location jobs, it always varies. Not shown are the light modifiers, tripod and stand.

Backup photography Equipment

Backup professional Photography equipment

Fashion Project

Every so often, every good photographer has to experiment, play and expand on what they already know and do, this is how we get better. To do this, we need a 'muse', one definition of muse is "… a person or personified force who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist". Kirby Jett Harris has always been a very kind and willing model and a joy to work with. Within this project, even though her best feature is her smile, I wanted a different look, one that would expand her range.

Inspired by many photographers around the world I had some images in mind I wanted to create. A photographer is an artist in ever sense, to create and be creative, we have to think outside the box and explore new options and our creative side. This short session yeilded a great variety in a fun photo project.

Studio Fashion Photography with model at Branch Photography in Fayetteville NW ArkansasBlack Label black and white premier photographer showing fun and enjoyable session at Branch Photography in NW Arkansasstudio Fashion Photographer with colored gels at Branch photography in NW ArkansasLow Key Studio fashion photography for contempary photo project at branch photography in fayetteville NW Arkansasstudio Photography with colored gels of model in fashion photo shoot at branch photography

Unique Eyes for contemporary advertising adn marketing fashion and makeup photography at branch photography

High Key Fashion photography at Branch Photography
Fashion photography Behind the scenes at Branch Photography

Rogers Lowell Chamber Celebration 2019

Rogers Lowell Chamber of Commerce held their annual Celebration event Saturday February 2 at John Q Hammons in Rogers. This was my fourth year to photograph this event. This year was dedicated to honoring Dick Trammel. If you live in NW Arkansas, this name his very well known, if not, take a moment to familiarize yourself with his brief bio here, and this does not cover all the many boards he has sat on and his many accomplishments for Arkansas.

The event was amazing! After the cocktail hour, the event started with the University of Arkansas mascot 'Pork Chop' mixing and mingling through the crowd followed by the traveling Band and Razorback Cheerleaders getting things kicked off. As Dick was a Razorback Cheerleader in the late 50's and has participated on the field with the cheerleaders at homecoming football games for over the past 20+ years. Dick got on stage right in the middle of them to cheer and "Call those Hogs"!

Then came the awards portion of the evening starting with the Small Business of the Year award which went to Sam's Furniture. Sam's Furniture is constantly supporting and sponsoring many worthwhile events and charities throughout NWA and does an incredible business in Springdale with their 100k sq ft facility!

The list of speakers this year was very impressive with Senator John Boozman, Congressman Steve Womack and ending with former Arkansas Governor Mike Bebe. They all gave incredible talks almost, which any comedian would have been jealous of, everyone was constantly laughing and hooked on every word.

A portion of Governor Bebe's speech stood out in my memory. He spoke about the uniqueness of NW Arkansas, how it's like one big city when we refer to "Northwest Arkansas", not necessarily Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville, etc, but we're all here together in one region, this type region is very rare if exists at all. He went on to say if Washington had the camaraderie, kinsman ship and willingness to work together as the people of NWA, things would be much better and much more would get accomplished.

A surprise visit also came from Santa himself. Now you're thinking WHY SANTA? I remember shaking Dick's hand and chatting with him in the past, I would ask "How are you doing?" he always answers with a big smile "Every day is Christmas and night the 4th of July"! That was his answer to everyone, and when he said it, you believed it!

Throughout the evening, Dick Trammel was presented several awards including a highway named after him among many others. Dick will also be Congressman Steve Womack's guest at the State of the Union Address in Washington this week.

Rogers Lowell Chamber of Commerce Celebration on location event photography by Branch Photography NW ArkansasTable Sponsorship at Rogers Lowell Chamber of Commerce celebration at John Q Hammons in Rogers NW Arkansas by Branch Photography
Dick Trammel at Rogers Lowell Chamber of Commerce celebration at John Q Hammons in Rogers NW Arkansas by Branch Photography
Govenor Mike Bebe - SenatorJohn Boozman at Rogers Lowell Chamber of Commerce celebration at John Q Hammons in Rogers NW Arkansas by Branch PhotographyRazorback mascot Pork Chop at Rogers Lowell Chamber of Commerce celebration at John Q Hammons in Rogers NW Arkansas by Branch PhotographyCall those Hogs with Dick Trammel and University of Arkansas Cheerleaders at Rogers Lowell Chamber of Commerce celebration at John Q Hammons in Rogers NW Arkansas by Branch Photography
Small Business of the Year - Sam's Furniture, Joe and Larra Donaldson at Rogers Lowell Chamber of Commerce celebration at John Q Hammons in Rogers NW Arkansas by Branch Photography
Congressman Steve Womack at Rogers Lowell Chamber of Commerce celebration at John Q Hammons in Rogers NW Arkansas by Branch PhotographyDick Trammel Highway dedication at Rogers Lowell Chamber of Commerce celebration at John Q Hammons in Rogers NW Arkansas by Branch PhotographyEvent Photography with Dick Trammel and Santa at Rogers Lowell Chamber of Commerce celebration at John Q Hammons in Rogers NW Arkansas by Branch PhotographyGovenor Mike Bebe at Rogers Lowell Chamber of Commerce celebration at John Q Hammons in Rogers NW Arkansas by Branch PhotographyDick Trammel Awarded at Rogers Lowell Chamber of Commerce celebration at John Q Hammons in Rogers NW Arkansas by Branch PhotographyEvent photographer honoring Dick Trammel at Rogers Lowell Chamber of Commerce celebration at John Q Hammons in Rogers NW Arkansas by Branch PhotographyNW Arkansas Event Photographer at Rogers Lowell Chamber of Commerce celebration at John Q Hammons in Rogers NW Arkansas by Branch Photography