Commercial Photographer - NW Arkansas
Headshots, Architecture, Product, Food, Marketing Photography

City Title Headshots

I remember when City Title was first formed, a couple of the key staff were Blake Hanby and Dwayne Flint who I knew well. Based on what I knew of just these two men, I knew City Title would be a success. Fast forward 8 years, they have a location in Fayetteville and Rogers with over 30 incredible staff, see all the images on the City Title website.

I recently had the opportunity to create new headshots for all at both locations. To compliment and go with their brand, they suggested outdoors. It's very rare I create headshots outdoors, simply because we have a studio and weather can be unpredictable at times. Even with the high winds the images look great.

Your brand and the look/feel you want to portray can set your company as unique and professional, consistency is one of the keys. You offer professional quality work, your headshots must reflect that quality.

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Headshot Tips

Do you remember the FIRST date you had? I remember being nervous, I wanted to make sure everything was right so she'd want to go on a second or third date. In preparing, a shower was a no-brainer, not only clean clothes but clothes in style that she'd want to be seen in public with me and just enough great cologne.

A Headshot is part of preparing to meet your prospect for the FIRST time. It's your virtual handshake, so everything has to be right, so you may be nervous and self conscious , but that's ok, your photographer is here to help make things right.

Here are some tips to a great headshot for your company.
  1. Confidence is Key … Being in front of the camera can be stressful and intimidating. But don't worry! Keith is a professional and will coach you through the process. He will take care of all the little details and guide you to create a portrait that will make the best first impression.
  2. Strike a Pose… If standing, shift your weight to the back leg, if sitting, lean forward slightly, shoulders back and down, tummy tight! Don't forget to relax the arms and slightly away from your body. Together, we'll help find the best pose for you.
  3. Size Matters … Loose fitting clothing does not photograph as well as tight fitting clothing. Clothing that fits well is important for your session. Men, make sure your suits re tailored properly.
  4. To Stripe or not to Stripe… Solid colors are always a better choice. Patterns and stripes will add one to two sizes to you in a photo so stick with solids! Avoid contrasting colors and bottoms as well (if a 3/4 to full view).
  5. Bend and Snap … If it bends, then bend it, we don't want to look too stiff and rigid! Creating movement and depth is one of the best ways to look great in a photo. Think about bending your joints-wrists, elbows, knees and ankles (if full length), again Keith will help you.
  6. Chinny Chin Chin … If you want to avoid the dreaded double chin, we have a helpful hint for you. While most want to lift their chin to the camera, it's best to stretch your chin towards the camera and then lower chin down. It will feel a bit awkward, but will minimize the look of multiple chins.
  7. Smile with your Eyes …. Get a little playful in front of the camera! A confident attitude and a glimmer in your eye will make your photograph take on a personality of its own. So don't hold back during your session.
  8. Bring out your Best Side … You'll rarely be photographed straight on to the camera. Since your shoulders are the widest part of your body, you will want to turn your shoulders about 2/3 turn away from the camera. This will not only be more slimming but most flattering.
  9. I'll Have What She's Having … Hair, make-up, and grooming are very important to the success of your session. Makeup should be tastefully done and in a non-trendy fashion. An airbrush finish is suggested. For men, make sure the 5 o'clock shadow is taken care of.
  10. Practice Makes Perfect… Don't hesitate to practice in front of the mirror before your session! This will help with the pre-session nerves. You may think it's silly but nobody has to know, don't worry, Keith will take care of you and coach you through the entire session, you'll love this experience.


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The New School Additions

The New School had new additions made to their campus in Fayetteville that are very impressive. The three main facilities were the JB Hunt Family Innovation Center, Johnelle Debusk Hunt Academic Building and the Athletic Center. The contractor was Nabholz Construction, with architects Hight Jackson in Rogers and SLAM Collaborative in Connecticut. The campus grounds are larger than you would think, and the new additions fit nicely and greatly compliment the grounds and beautiful landscaping.

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The normal view of the above photo of the Johnelle Debusk Hunt Academic Building. It's the little things that greatly distract from the scene that I'm always aware of. In this image, not only has the sky been replaced but also grass, distracting signage, damaged step decals, specific area exposures and also digital water at the pool in foreground.




New School JB Hunt Family Innovation Center in Fayetteville, Architecture commercial photographer Branch Photography for Nabholz Construction and Hight Jackson Architect

As with the above image, this one has similar work done, mostly to correct the grass to where it would be natural in a few months.

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Tag Heuer Watch

Why is it men like watches so much? There are several opinions but I think it's symbol of masculinity and maybe even power. Basically makes him feel good, much like diamonds & jewelry do for ladies. Personally, I love watches, I have a variety from wooden to very heavy obtuse ones. Look at men's magazines, one thing you'll find is a lot of advertising for watches.

I'm constantly challenging myself to create images that stretch my creativity and skills as a photographer to set the bar higher each time. This project was a
Tag Heuer watch, graciously on loan from Romance Diamond Company in Fayetteville. I chose this particular watch because of the mechanical detail in front and back. I spent the better part of nearly 2 days creating a variety of looks to see what worked and did not. You can see the elaborate set up in the behind the scenes photos, each light, flag and stand serves a specific purpose.

This was was amazing, to say the least, you can't help but admire the detailed workmanship. If you're in the market for great watches, or any other jewelry, check out
Romance Diamond Company on Dickson St in Fayetteville.


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Behind the scenes watch photography by product commercial photographer Branch Photography in NW Arkansas

Noodles Italian Kitchen

In Fayetteville and NW Arkansas, we are blessed with a wide variety of restaurants to choose from, and many of them. One of my favorites is Noodles Italian Kitchen in Fayetteville. Noodles has been around in Fayetteville since 1999 and thousands of people frequent it for not only the great food, but also it's warm inviting atmosphere that is dimly lit with an italian decor. The food and service are always great, you'll always leave full and happy.

When you look at the menu (and website), you'll see the food photos I created a few years ago. NOW, the next time you visit Noodles, you can say "HEY, I know the photographer who created these yummy photos in the menu!" to impress your friends! :)

Recently, I had the opportunity to create images for further marketing to feature the ambiance, service, behind the scenes and feel of Noodles. Being behind the scenes, I had a great view of how well orchestrated the work flow goes and how quickly they work to serve you, it is truly a well oiled machine. The entire staff I worked with was very nice and helpful in any way I needed. Noodles is one of those restaurants you can always count on to be fully satisfied every time. I had the opportunity to photograph a few scenes of a portion of the dining room with one of the kind servers, behind the scenes in the cooking area full of large flames and capable mixologist in the bar area that will all be featured in local advertising and marketing in the very near future.

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Noodles Italian Kitchen

In Fayetteville and NW Arkansas, we are blessed with a wide variety of restaurants to choose from, and many of them. One of my favorites is Noodles Italian Kitchen in Fayetteville. Noodles has been around in Fayetteville since 1999 and thousands of people frequent it for not only the great food, but also it's warm inviting atmosphere that is dimly lit with an italian decor. The food and service are always great, you'll always leave full and happy.

When you look at the menu (and website), you'll see the food photos I created a few years ago. NOW, the next time you visit Noodles, you can say "HEY, I know the photographer who created these yummy photos in the menu!" to impress your friends! :)

Recently, I had the opportunity to create images for further marketing to feature the ambiance, service, behind the scenes and feel of Noodles. Being behind the scenes, I had a great view of how well orchestrated the work flow goes and how quickly they work to serve you, it is truly a well oiled machine. The entire staff I worked with was very nice and helpful in any way I needed. Noodles is one of those restaurants you can always count on to be fully satisfied every time. I had the opportunity to photograph a few scenes of a portion of the dining room with one of the kind servers, behind the scenes in the cooking area full of large flames and capable mixologist in the bar area that will all be featured in local advertising and marketing in the very near future.

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Cooking in action with flames and fire by Branch Photography for Noodles Italian Kitchen in Fayetteville Arkansas

Bartender mixologist in action pouring a drink for a customer by Branch Photography for Noodles Italian Kitchen in Fayetteville Arkansas

Rogers Historical Museum

The Rogers Historical Museum has a great new face and one with a incredible back story. The new location was a Ford dealership over 50 years ago, read a little more here. Nabholz Construction completely renovated the building and added on office space.

In the photos you'll notice the original ceiling and brick walls, the amazing part is the front lobby floor is all original from decades ago, I can't imagine the care and precision it took to make sure that and the curved exterior glass windows stayed in tact. So much more was kept in place from the original too. Inside you'll see information about NW Arkansas, Rogers and the history of Rogers as well.

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Stribling Inc

Fletcher McQueen, Logistics Director with Stribling Inc, recently contacted me needing images of their facility. They co-pack, warehouse and distribute products for companies such as Walmart, Sam's and Tyson to name a few. Walking through the 260,000sqft warehouse and discussing his goal for the images, he shared with me some things that were would be happening on the day of photography and an example of one thing they do. They had a large quantity of shoes come in bound for Walmart Stores. It was Stribling's responsibility to unbox them and repackage into a display box for the stores, then they put those boxes on pallets bound for their destination. That day they did 500 pallets with over 300 pairs of shoes per pallet. I was impressed with the workflow from beginning to end. This facility was packed full of flat boxes yet to be assembled, many friends likened it to the warehouse from "Indiana Jones". A fun part of the project was being able to use the sicssor lift to get the images from above to show depth.

The exterior was a bit time consuming behind the computer, as you can see, being that it's January, it gives a lifeless look, not good for marketing. So I go in and meticulously add grass and trees in with the trick to make it realistic with lighting angles and shadows.

The sad thing is, they had already had photography from another 'photographer' and were very displeased with the results, his quote: "You get what you pay for". This cost them even more by having to have the photos done a second time. This reminded me of a quote by Red Adair "If you think it's expensive to hire a professional, wait till you hire an amateur". I've worked many years, and continue to, perfect, hone and improve the photography I offer my valued clients whether the commercial photography is architecture, product, food, headshots or corporate photography of any kind. I want the best for them to help them improve their marketing and profits.


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Profab Industrial Products

I've said it many times and it still holds true, I'm constantly impressed by the companies in NW Arkansas that no one knows about, or just me. Profab is one of those companies. Located in Springdale, in the industrial park across from the airport, they fabricate industrial machines for companies all over the country. Tyson alone counts for 60% of their business. They can custom design, CNC all the plastic parts, laser cut the metal parts, assemble, weld and ship. Joe Moore, the project manager, told me that they have had several occasions where a company contacted them for a special custom project on a Friday and Profab has it to them on Monday. That may sound simple but they start in the computer, designing the machine, then it's sent to the floor where the hands on work begins with workers working all weekend to make sure the client has product on time. It's very impressive.

Mark Harper and The Richland Group designed and built their web site, go check it out, many of my images are now featured there. I have no doubt the photos will be very profitable for Profab. This photo project was fun, insuring the product was lit properly to give depth and texture, combining light and shadows working together. Then hours were spent extracting and cleaning each image. Product photography does not always mean "small products", as you can see many were very large requiring fork lifts to put in position. I am very proud to be the photographer that helps their company be more profitable.

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Hand Dryer - Product Photography

The first purpose of photos of a product is to show what it looks like, but, more importantly, to make the product SELL, MUCH more is needed. The photos must show detail that includes shape, texture and definition. How is this done? Through the use of proper lighting that uses both light and shadows working together to show the detail needed. To obtain this look, a professional photographer is required, who is knowledgeable about lighting.

This project was for Brighter Ventures, a local company. You can find their commercial hand dryers (all photos by Branch) on Amazon. Foreknowledge of the product and consultation with the company owner prompted images that were exactly what he needed. More importantly, he told me later. that the images were of such quality that his sales were 400% higher than he expected, giving full credit to the professional images we created for him.

Whether your product is large or small, Branch will insure that your product is photographed to give your company the right image and impression for higher sale.

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Newks Eatery

Does accuracy and detail matter to your business? Do you provide your clients with what they order or something close? Do you want your clients happy with the extra detail you put into your service/product? I would hope the answers would all be a resounding YES!

With an architectural photography client, who needs images created of the interior or exterior of their facility, I ask several questions, such as… who are the photos for? What do you want to emphasize? Is there a portion of the facility you want shown over others?

It's my job to make their area shine with pride. I first walk the area for the best composition, I may do several angles to make sure all areas are displayed. I also made sure all tables and chairs were straight. This is where it gets more complicated and I have to visualize what I want the final image to look like. See the images below, the "Normal View" is what the camera sees at the first photo taken, the other is after over 30 images are taken and composited for final image. The tables and floor are properly showcased so your eyes are excited to dance around the photo, thus holding the viewer's attention In addition, proper colors are held true. For example, notice the ceiling's true color is black, but in the original it has a blue cast, which is from the blue sky outdoors. I made sure all vertical lines were vertical rather than leaning because of camera tilt. It's these subtle things that the eye picks up and tells the brain "something isn't right here". Question: Which restaurant photo would you rather go to?

I'm always appreciative of my long time clients, one of which is Commercial Realty / Been Kemp Construction. I've said before but it still holds true, these clients give me the opportunity to see more new locations and meet great people than most people. This location is the new Newks Eatery in Siloam Springs, in the strip center across from Walmart. There is another location in Fayetteville off Joyce in front of Home Depot. I've had the opportunity to eat at Newks and the food is great, if you're in the area, drop in and check them out.

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Newks Eatery

Does accuracy and detail matter to your business? Do you provide your clients with what they order or something close? Do you want your clients happy with the extra detail you put into your service/product? I would hope the answers would all be a resounding YES!

With an architectural photography client, who needs images created of the interior or exterior of their facility, I ask several questions, such as… who are the photos for? What do you want to emphasize? Is there a portion of the facility you want shown over others?

It's my job to make their area shine with pride. I first walk the area for the best composition, I may do several angles to make sure all areas are displayed. I also made sure all tables and chairs were straight. This is where it gets more complicated and I have to visualize what I want the final image to look like. See the images below, the "Normal View" is what the camera sees at the first photo taken, the other is after over 30 images are taken and composited for final image. The tables and floor are properly showcased so your eyes are excited to dance around the photo, thus holding the viewer's attention In addition, proper colors are held true. For example, notice the ceiling's true color is black, but in the original it has a blue cast, which is from the blue sky outdoors. I made sure all vertical lines were vertical rather than leaning because of camera tilt. It's these subtle things that the eye picks up and tells the brain "something isn't right here". Question: Which restaurant photo would you rather go to?

I'm always appreciative of my long time clients, one of which is Commercial Realty / Been Kemp Construction. I've said before but it still holds true, these clients give me the opportunity to see more new locations and meet great people than most people. This location is the new Newks Eatery in Siloam Springs, in the strip center across from Walmart. There is another location in Fayetteville off Joyce in front of Home Depot. I've had the opportunity to eat at Newks and the food is great, if you're in the area, drop in and check them out.

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Bike Rack Beer

There are many hidden gems in NW Arkansas, the more you look, the more you'll find. There are all types of products being manufactured or distributed right here in your back yard. Every company has a budget, we can only imagine what Anheuser Busch, Revlon or Nike spends on marketing much less photography in a year. As Ivin Meisner said "Why accept mediocrity when excellence is an option".

Wouldn't it be great if local companies could have a greater level of commercial photography that would compete nationally? My goal has always to offer the highest level of photographic images, whether portraiture or marketing photography. Over the next several months, I'll be taking on internal challenges to prove that for commercial photography by going beyond the norm. One such project involved Bike Rack Beer. I had a vision and this is the result. I also added a 'behind-the-scenes' to show what was involved technical side of the final result featuring this product photography image. As a commercial product photographer, I am constantly expanding the level of creativity and stretching my vision. Wouldn't this be great for a national ad campaign?

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House of Webster

I am constantly amazed at the 'hidden gems' of NW Arkansas and I keep finding them everywhere. During a recent photographic project for the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, I found out about Field Agent and B-Unlimited, I never knew what they did but was impressed to see both and learn more.

House of Webster in Rogers is one such impressive company. They started in 1934 by Roy and Evelynn Webster who sold baked goods. The original house is in the middle of the manufacturing facility with the plant being built around it. They now sell jelly, preserves, biscuit & pancake mix, syrups, toppings, etc. While they have a gift shop beside the manufacturing facility, they sell quite a lot on line and many companies purchase gift assortments in bulk over the holidays for their staff and the companies keep coming back, a great testimony to the great products they provide. The more I tell people about House of Webster, the more I hear how people love the jellies!

Scroll down for the 'behind-the-scenes' images and chef Will West helping style some of the food. A special thanks to Catherine Snelgrove for orchestrating the products in such an organized manner to insure all photos had the right contents. As you can guess, I gained some weight this week with some of the product left behind and it is GOOD! You must try them out either on line or go by their House of Webster store in Rogers!

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House of webster catalog photography studio commercial product marketing photography by Branch Photography NW Arkansas

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Your Website

Your website is your presence to the world, people and prospects you may never know or see. It's vital that all elements are properly included, SEO, company information, services and photography. Everything on your website is a representation and reflection on your business. No doubt you spend a considerable amount on the website presence and other funds on directing people to your site, one of the key elements on the site is photography.

The photography on your website can do two things, it can make the viewer stop and linger on your site or can let them go on to the next site. What's the difference, the quality of the image. Professional quality photography will set you aside from your competition. If it's between you and another company a prospect is deciding on and all things are very close, but your competition has bad or amateur photography and you have invested in professional images, YOU will get the job. The best photography available will return it's investment many times over.

Over the years I've had the honor to create hundreds of commercial images in use on many websites. Each time I do, I either create a blog or social media post, or both, with backlink, to give them heightened publicity. Here are just a few of the web sites with images created by Branch Photography…

Boen Kemp and commercial realty commerical archtitecture photography for web site an marketing by Branch Photography
Boen Kemp Construction

Food PHotography for Noodles Itailan Kitchen in Fayetteville Arkansas commercial location photographer by Branch Photography NW Arkansas
Noodles Italian Kitchen - Fayetteville Ar

Nabholz Construction commerical archtitecture photography of The New School for web site an marketing by Branch Photography NW Arkansas
Nabholz Construction

Nabholz Construction commerical archtitecture photography of The New School for web site an marketing by Branch Photography NW Arkansas
Nabholz Construction

Legacy Bank website marketing photo of Old Main at University of Arkansas by Branch Photography
Legacy Bank

Legacy Bank website commercial architecture twilight photograph marketing photo of Bank headquarters in Springdale by Branch Photography
Legacy Bank

Eureka Pizza food photography for website and marketing created on location photography for commercial by Branch Photography
Eureka Pizza


Crabby's Seafood Bar and Grill in Rogers Arkansas website and marketing interior commercial architecture photography by Branch PHotography NW Arkansas
Crabby's Seafood Bar & Grill - Rogers AR


Courtyard by Marriott in Fayetteville Arkansas interior commercial architecture photography by Branch Photography NW Arkansas
Courtyard by Marriott - Fayetteville AR

Courtyard by Marriott in Fayetteville Arkansas exterior twilight commercial architecture photography by Branch Photography NW Arkansas
Courtyard by Marriott - Fayetteville AR

Boen Kemp commercial architecture photography in Bentonville Arkansas by Branch Photography NW Arkansas
Boen Kemp Construction

The First, the Present & the Memories in Between

Memories are a POWERFUL thing, it can lift us up, bring us down, make us thankful or learn from mistakes. I was recently working in the shop with walnut wood and the smell triggered memories of my father and I making an entertainment center when i was 16, it's like I was there. The senses of sight, touch and sound are just as impactful.

Recently I was listening to the 70's music on iHeart Radio, wow did it ever take me back to a simpler time, you know the feeling. It's amazing when you hear a song and it unlocks memories and triggers emotions from times you thought you had forgotten, it's a powerful thing. Not long after that, I was thinking, 'what ever happened to my first camera?', honestly, i have no idea, but i had to look on eBay and found the exact model in pristine condition, an Olympus OM10. I purchased a camera exactly like this in 1979 to photograph sporting events for my local hometown newspaper. As soon as I got it, yep, I looked through the viewfinder and, more powerful than any song, a flood of memories came back as I saw the meter and heard the click of the camera and cranked the film advance. Then I looked at my current camera and thought of millions of images I've been blessed to take over the last 35 + years, the people the camera has put me in front of and the number of cameras I've had. So I had to take this photo of the two cameras, the first and the present.

I calculated I've had right at 20 different cameras between, some were very large as the second photo shows (a copy of a self portrait), the largest was a Mamiya RB67 with a 100-200 zoom lens. A few others were Hasselblad that I used at many proms, graduations and weddings and put thousands of rolls of film through them all. Wow how times and technology have changes… but thankful my memories the cameras have given me have never changed.

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Business Headshot Tips

Everyone needs a good quality headshot, but what defines a great headshot.


Lets first answer the question of the purpose of a headshot
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1. Shows the face behind the business. This is pretty simple but important so the client can visualize you while talking. This gives your business a personal touch, people like to put a face behind the name, it's a step in making a relationship.

2. To show that you are approachable. Being approachable is crucial in any headshot when you're representing a business, when a prospect can feel connected and feel that they can easily do business with you through a headshot, that quickly turns into profits and more referrals. This is achieved in the posing and expression.

3. A quality headshot will compliment your biography page. While prospects are reading about your history and accomplishments, they will relate this information to your portrait.

4. It will make your website look more professional. Most businesses invest heavily into their web site, it is the 'billboard' for your business, a professional headshot is required.

5. It is useful for Branding and Marketing assets. A headshot is not limited to a website, it is vital in LinkedIn as well as printed materials whether business cards, brochures or even billboards.

So now you are ready for your headshot, here are some Tips:

1- Don't use an old photo of yourself, when you were younger, we all want to look younger, but you want a headshot that shows what you look like now. Anything else is misleading about your age and you want to be honest.
2- The average shelf life of a headshot is about every two years.
3- I always ask the client what type/color background they want. It's best, when applicable, to tie in the background color with the marketing colors or type of business. Background colors can also have a psychological effect, for example, a white background can denote clean, which would be good for doctors, black would denote a more dramatic image.
4- Solid colors work best, ladies should avoid sleeveless outfits, but 1/4 sleeves are ok. Men should be clean shaven. The type of outfit will be reflective of the type of business, a plumber will not need to wear a suit and tie.
5- Since the images can be used on web and print, make sure to get a large resolution file in addition to web resolution.

Business portraits can be in studio….

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Or on location….

Judge Beth Story Bryan commercial Location headshot photographer by Branch Photography NW ArkansasLegacy Patrick Swope commercial Location headshot photographer by Branch Photography NW ArkansasPremier Dermatology commercial Location headshot photographer by Branch Photography NW ArkansasWyley Elliott executive editor of Celebrate Arkansas magazine commercial Location headshot photographer by Branch Photography NW ArkansasPinnacle Counceling Gary Nelson commercial Location headshot photographer by Branch Photography NW Arkansas

Legacy Bank CEO

The great leaders we have in NW Arkansas is impressive to say the least. Whether from those small business owners who have excelled to the large corporate CEOs. I know you're tired of me saying this, but I'm truly blessed to have a job where I get to meet these great people. You never know who you'll meet out and about in NWA, they're people just like you and I.

Last year, I had the opportunity to photograph Patrick Swope, who was promoted to CEO of Legacy Bank. In the brief time I had to speak with him, I could tell he was humble and had true concern and dedication for the bank and his new role. I make an effort to listen when great leaders, such as Patrick, speak, you never know where they'll drop 'pearls of wisdom' that could enhance or change your life.

PS: When visiting Legacy Bank web site, I have the honor to have created the banner images on the front page :)

Legacy Bank CEO Patrick Swope on location commercial headshot, website and marketing photographer for Legacy Bank springdale Arkansas by Branch Photography NW Arkansas

Admiral Movers for Nabholz Construction

Winter is not the best time to create images outdoors, the trees are bare and the grass is beige. This degrades the life out of the image since the landscape has no life to it. However, this does not stop the need of photography, the setting will rarely be 'perfect' for any location session such as this and I welcome all opportunities.

This building, by Nabholz Construction for Admiral Movers, is in Tontitown Arkansas. The interior houses 50,000 soft of client storage, while photographing it, it reminded me of the end of the Indiana Jones movie where they show an interior of a huge government warehouse full of large wooden crates. The East & West exterior walls lean outwards slightly giving it a unique architectural design.

I was given the grand tour of the interior by Bill Locke who really informed me of how much they do, for example, the storing services for companies such has hotels until their construction is done and ready for furniture. It also features amenities for truck drivers while waiting for their trucks to be loaded or unloaded. Other storage areas are available in climate controlled spaces.

Nabholz has entrusted Branch to photograph this structure for an upcoming national construction competition. Nabholz Construction will also be entering the images we created of The New School structures as well.

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Dr Rosie

I look forward to all my photography sessions. I get to meet great people who are passionate about what they do and have a goal to excel in their industry, that is why they come to Branch Photography for their images. Many times I have the opportunity to collaborate with the client to get the end result they are looking for. Dr Rosie Speck is just that person.

Rosie is one of those people that, after chatting with her, you're thankful to know her. She works closely with people all over the world, diagnosing English as a second language problems and prescribing remedies (to borrow her words). She gives group sessions and webinars to help more of her clients all over the world with their English. Imagine you speak a language other than English and have been given a great job opportunity, but everyone speaks English. Words and phrases, and general 1-2-1 interaction, can be greatly different from your country of origin. This is where Dr Rosie steps in to help make a transition. She has a huge heart for helping others, this is quickly apparent when getting to know others, which makes her even better at what she does.

It takes a lot of thought and courage to rebrand a business, Rosie has done just that with a theme that will be memorable and tie into what she does. Visit her web site at: http://drrosie.org/

Here are a couple of the images created for her business brand…


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U/Ark Tyson Agri Center

A few months ago I was topping a hill in Fayetteville on the way to a session. From this hill you can see a long distance to the west, the view always provides a great sunset. This day a building caught my eye that I'd never seen before, it had to be about 2-3 miles away. A few days later I was curious and started driving in that direction. What I found was an incredible architecture near the University of Arkansas agricultural and animal science areas. At that time it had the outer beams and no interior finished and I thought, 'how cool would it be to photograph that building'.

Fast forward a few months and in August that became reality. Nabholz Construction contacted me to photograph three recently completed constructions. One of them was this building, the University of Arkansas Don Tyson Agri Science Center. I went out late one afternoon to capture a series of images to compile to form the one above. My goal was to accentuate the facility in all it's architectural beauty, eliminating any distractions, large or small, to draw the eye to the main subject. You can see the normal view below, this is what 'most' photographers would see and provide, not me.

University of Arkansas Don Tyson Atri Science Center commercial architecture exterior twilight photographer Branch Photography NW Arkansas

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I must add, on a personal note, I was thinking of my father during this entire photo project. My father taught high school Agriculture for 35 years in Tennessee, I was imagining how impressed he would be at such an impressive facility dedicated to the agricultural sciences.
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Longhorn Restaurant - Branson

Do you ever look on line for a restaurant to go to? Do you ignore the photos and go straight to the menu? Chances are very high that all the photos of food and the restaurant itself catch your eye and have a great influence on whether you do business with them. The architecture images can attract you just as the food photos.

I had the opportunity to photograph the Longhorn Restaurant in Branson MO for Commercial Realty. I ran into some challenges that forced me to work quickly to allow new staff to come in for training since it was not open yet. It's challenges that make us think quickly and how we react can make or break the job or customer satisfaction. I arrived on location at 7:30 am, since I was 30 minutes early, I took the opportunity to photograph the exterior first since the lighting was nice rather than wait until after I completed the interiors. It was a good thing I did, an hour later, an entire paint crew was out front putting on the finishing touches. When I got inside I noticed the dining area was set for training. After discussions with the GM and calling Commercial Realty, they asked that I photograph everything on the shot list except the dining room. At this point I had 30 minutes to capture three angles before training started, I was proud to say I completed the job as requested and did not interfere with their work.

I always love photographing architecture at dusk because the dark scene forces your eye on the building without distractions, but I really like the final image of the exterior. Look at the "Normal" view (as anyone would photograph it) and the final image where I took the image to another image, forcing your view to the building with little to no distractions.

I've photographed many properties for Commercial Realty and look forward to many more, helping their marketing and success.


LoneStar restaurant interior bar in Branson Missouri for Commercial Realty commercial architecture photographer Branch Photography NW Arkansas
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LoneStar restaurant in Branson Missouri for Commercial Realty commercial architecture photographer Branch Photography NW Arkansas

Longhorn Restaurant - Branson

Do you ever look on line for a restaurant to go to? Do you ignore the photos and go straight to the menu? Chances are very high that all the photos of food and the restaurant itself catch your eye and have a great influence on whether you do business with them. The architecture images can attract you just as the food photos.

I had the opportunity to photograph the Longhorn Restaurant in Branson MO for Commercial Realty. I ran into some challenges that forced me to work quickly to allow new staff to come in for training since it was not open yet. It's challenges that make us think quickly and how we react can make or break the job or customer satisfaction. I arrived on location at 7:30 am, since I was 30 minutes early, I took the opportunity to photograph the exterior first since the lighting was nice rather than wait until after I completed the interiors. It was a good thing I did, an hour later, an entire paint crew was out front putting on the finishing touches. When I got inside I noticed the dining area was set for training. After discussions with the GM and calling Commercial Realty, they asked that I photograph everything on the shot list except the dining room. At this point I had 30 minutes to capture three angles before training started, I was proud to say I completed the job as requested and did not interfere with their work.

I always love photographing architecture at dusk because the dark scene forces your eye on the building without distractions, but I really like the final image of the exterior. Look at the "Normal" view (as anyone would photograph it) and the final image where I took the image to another image, forcing your view to the building with little to no distractions.

I've photographed many properties for Commercial Realty and look forward to many more, helping their marketing and success.


LoneStar restaurant interior bar in Branson Missouri for Commercial Realty commercial architecture photographer Branch Photography NW Arkansas
LoneStar NORMAL view

LoneStar restaurant in Branson Missouri for Commercial Realty commercial architecture photographer Branch Photography NW Arkansas

Pinnacle Counseling

Developing relationships is important in any business. Over the past 6 years, I've had the honor to have a continuing relationship with Gary and Sharron Nelson at Pinnacle Counseling. When I first started creating their photos back in 2011, they were increasing their advertising and branding efforts, over time they have increase their staff and patient base. The first reason is because of who they are, they are very kind, receptive and understanding counselors, it's their work and helping of others that has built the service they offer. The other reason is they appreciate quality, not only in the services they provide but also in their marketing. The website is clean and informative with quality images that are consistent and blend together.

When I have photo projects with them, I always have time during set up to visit with Gary. He's an easy gentleman to talk to, genuinely interested and concerned for others, his wife is the same. If you have the need for a counselor for any reason, you'll be glad you contacted Pinnacle Counseling.

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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 Two 25 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!

Langman Estate Vineyard commercial studio product wine photographer for website, branding and marketing by Branch Photography NW Arkansas

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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Ruth's Chris Wine Room

While at Ruth’s Chris photographing food and the dining room below, I was asked to also photograph the wine room.   This room is located in the middle of the large dining room with “walls” of enclosed wine racks.   While it is a very nice intimate room for a small group, it is also dark for photography.   This may have been a challenge, but also made it more interesting and fun.   Just as with the dining room, but in much tighter quarters, I took over 50 images individually lighting portions of the room (in fact, you can see me with the flash in the normal view image).  Forty nine of these images were combined to create the final image below.   As you can see, the contrast between areas of light and dark excite the visual senses and make you want to look at it longer, exploring the space.

Interior Photography - Normal viewRuth's Chris Wine Room interior commerial architecture restaurant photography in Rogers Arkansas using painting with light by Branch Photography in NW Arkansas

Ruth's Chris Wine Room

While at Ruth’s Chris photographing food and the dining room below, I was asked to also photograph the wine room.   This room is located in the middle of the large dining room with “walls” of enclosed wine racks.   While it is a very nice intimate room for a small group, it is also dark for photography.   This may have been a challenge, but also made it more interesting and fun.   Just as with the dining room, but in much tighter quarters, I took over 50 images individually lighting portions of the room (in fact, you can see me with the flash in the normal view image).  Forty nine of these images were combined to create the final image below.   As you can see, the contrast between areas of light and dark excite the visual senses and make you want to look at it longer, exploring the space.

Interior Photography - Normal viewRuth's Chris Wine Room interior commerial architecture restaurant photography in Rogers Arkansas using painting with light by Branch Photography in NW Arkansas

Beaver Water District

Beaver Water District is responsible for distributing water to Fayetteville, Rogers, Springdale, Bentonville and all surrounding cities in NW Arkansas. Having had the opportunity to work closely with BWD in their marketing over the past year, I’ve been privileged to see ‘behind the scenes’ at how much work & dedication goes in to making the water clean. Drawing from the vast supply of water from Beaver Lake, they are consistent and relentless in attaining clean pure drinking water. The Beaver Water District facility is more massive and impressive than you can imagine, I encourage you to visit to see the scale model and map in their lobby to get a better understanding of what goes into providing you the cleanest water possible.


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Outdoor Kitchen and Gathering Area

Photographing exterior structures can be simple or very complicated, all depends on the structure.   I recently had the opportunity to photograph several locations for The Grey Barn.  One of the locations was a beautiful outdoor covered kitchen.  The outdoor kitchen was also a gathering area, very comfortable with fireplace and big screen tv.  When I arrived, I was very impressed, but then thought, through the camera, this will not be as impressive as it actually is, so I had to take it to the next level.  My goal is to take the eye deeper into the image to not only make the viewer desire a place like this or be there, but to also admire all the areas within the structure.   As you can see from the first photo taken, which would be the image some other photographers would accept, to the image with ten other images combined, the mood has drastically changed.  The Final image is more desirable, visually exciting and evokes emotion of a calm relaxing area that would be a place anyone would love to be.

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Crabby's Seafood Bar & Grill

I’ve always heard great things about Crabby’s Restaurant in Rogers and I recently had the honor to photograph it.  It’s a great restaurant, place to gather after work with friends and I wanted to portray it that way.   I wanted to give an excitement and thrill to the eyes that stimulated the brain and took you INTO the image.  Let me put it this way, if you love roller coasters how would you feel about a flat rollercoaster with a few bumps here and there?  One that got up to speed and then let you just coast into the finish, would you be exited?  Would your heart race?  Would you want to get on and ride again?  Well, speaking from experience, and one who loves the thrill of rollercoasters, I would be very disappointed!
The same applies to commercial images.  My goal is to get the view EXCITED about the image, to take the eyes on a visual rollercoaster with excitement that makes them want to stay on the ride.  A ride full of peaks and valleys tall and low (highlights, shadows with great contrast) that excite the visual senses and the brain.  This kind of image sticks in the mind and remembers that ride and where it was, to want to go back again.  The highlighted areas draw the eye to many points throughout the image, makes the viewer examine the photo, become involved and ENJOY THE RIDE!

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Crabby's Seafood Bar & Grill

I’ve always heard great things about Crabby’s Restaurant in Rogers and I recently had the honor to photograph it.  It’s a great restaurant, place to gather after work with friends and I wanted to portray it that way.   I wanted to give an excitement and thrill to the eyes that stimulated the brain and took you INTO the image.  Let me put it this way, if you love roller coasters how would you feel about a flat rollercoaster with a few bumps here and there?  One that got up to speed and then let you just coast into the finish, would you be exited?  Would your heart race?  Would you want to get on and ride again?  Well, speaking from experience, and one who loves the thrill of rollercoasters, I would be very disappointed!
The same applies to commercial images.  My goal is to get the view EXCITED about the image, to take the eyes on a visual rollercoaster with excitement that makes them want to stay on the ride.  A ride full of peaks and valleys tall and low (highlights, shadows with great contrast) that excite the visual senses and the brain.  This kind of image sticks in the mind and remembers that ride and where it was, to want to go back again.  The highlighted areas draw the eye to many points throughout the image, makes the viewer examine the photo, become involved and ENJOY THE RIDE!

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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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Legacy Bank - Springdale AR

Legacy Bank asked me to create several images for their 2016 marketing campaign. These images included several scenes around NW Arkansas as well as 5 of their bank locations. I always enjoy the twilight architectural images, they take a LOT longer but they contain so much of a WOW factor. That WOW factor translates into more attention to the marketing and advertising which increases the effectiveness of the advertising. One bank in particular in Springdale, their main branch, was a challenge but at the same time, a challenge I enjoyed and they really appreciated.

The difference is amazing! The goal is to create an image void of obstructions to completely focus on the building, the primary focus of the shoot.

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Tyson World HQ - Discovery Building

I have always admired the architecture of the Tyson World Headquarters Discovery Building, located in Springdale Arkansas. I commend the contractors and architects for the building and design, I know Tyson is very proud of this addition to their world headquarters campus. That being said, I’ve been wanting to photograph it for some time. While I have photographed it during the day for Celebrate Arkansas Magazine, I wanted to get an image at night where the building really stands out. After a few emails to the right people, I managed to get permission and notify security what I would be doing. I would never attempt to photograph such a property at suspicious times of day without their knowledge.

I’m thrilled with the final image, all areas of the image are properly displayed with correct colors. I’m looking forward to seeing Tyson use this image world wide.

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Hunt Tower

The Hunt Tower in Rogers Arkansas was recently completed and, as the tallest building in NWA it is very impressive. It stands at 10 stories with 230,000 sf and has many tenants quickly wanting in to enjoy this space.

As impressive as it is, I wanted to photograph it as soon as possible. I went one night and it couldn’t have been a more perfect an evening (except for the one car I had to remove from the image, but that’s ok). After that night, I spent some considerable time making sure every element was taken care of with no distractions.

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Farmington Basketball Arena and Performing Arts

Given the opportunity to take something that has the potential to look great, while in it’s present form is ordinary and blah, is a great challenge to me.  This facility was completed in December and while landscaping was done, it was too early in the year for the colors to come out.  As you can see from the “Normal Photo” and “Branch Photo”, there is a HUGE difference.  Many hours of work and talent went in to it AFTER the proper photos were taken.
This is a list of most of what was done:
  • Added in sky
  • Added grass to all parts where was brown, very difficult to add and make look real, especially in small areas.
  • Put in Flag from different photo
  • Added trees on left and right sides.
  • Cleaned concrete in foreground
  • Cleaned and darkened blacktop
  • Cleaned all curbs
  • Added building lights from other photos
  • Added street lights from other photos
  • Added light and shadows below street lights
  • Added windows from other photos to show interior
  • Added front of building from another photo that was brighter
  • Lightened light siding on front of building to ad contrast to “CARDINALS”
  • Brightened and added red to “CARDINALS” sign in front to make it stand out.
  • Removed garbage cans from under awning on left
  • Removed pipes at front
  • Removed water pipes to right of image on ground
  • Cleaned concrete at base of street light poles
This is most of what was done.  But to do this took years of practice and knowledge of how to get the proper photos in the first place, before taking it in to photoshop.
If your business or company needs great quality images of your facility, inside or out, call me at 479-601-6480, you’ll be glad you did.

Arkansas Architectural Photographer - Normal ViewFarmington Basketball Arena and Performing Arts Center exterior twilight commercial architecture photography by Branch Photography in NW Arkansas

Ruth's Chris Dining Room

I had the opportunity to not only create some yummy food photography but also dining room and wine room images for Ruth’s Chris steak house in Rogers this week.  If you haven’t been there, well you really should – great food, you know that the atmosphere is very warm, upscale and inviting with darker lights to create the proper ambiance.   This is a challenge to photograph, it requires more than just a shot or two.
I’m VERY picky on how I portray the images for my clients.  I want them to excite the eyes and mind of the viewer to want to go into the photograph and BE there.  NOTHING is half way done. In the first image you’ll see the before as you might see the room with a photo from someone else, just a point and shoot.  Very boring, visually.  The next one, while has a photoshop work done, would not look like that without the 130 photographs it took to make it, but only 110 were actually used.   That’s right 110 photographs were used to create one photo.   This was done to light specific areas of the room to entice and excite the eye to move around the room and explore the depth.
It’s my goal when photographing a scene such as this to draw the viewer in to gain visual time for my client and increase their business through photography.
Restaurant Interior Photography Normal viewRuth's Chris Dining Room interior commerial architecture restaurant photography in Rogers Arkansas using painting with light by Branch Photography in NW Arkansas

Ruth's Chris Dining Room

I had the opportunity to not only create some yummy food photography but also dining room and wine room images for Ruth’s Chris steak house in Rogers this week.  If you haven’t been there, well you really should – great food, you know that the atmosphere is very warm, upscale and inviting with darker lights to create the proper ambiance.   This is a challenge to photograph, it requires more than just a shot or two.
I’m VERY picky on how I portray the images for my clients.  I want them to excite the eyes and mind of the viewer to want to go into the photograph and BE there.  NOTHING is half way done. In the first image you’ll see the before as you might see the room with a photo from someone else, just a point and shoot.  Very boring, visually.  The next one, while has a photoshop work done, would not look like that without the 130 photographs it took to make it, but only 110 were actually used.   That’s right 110 photographs were used to create one photo.   This was done to light specific areas of the room to entice and excite the eye to move around the room and explore the depth.
It’s my goal when photographing a scene such as this to draw the viewer in to gain visual time for my client and increase their business through photography.
Restaurant Interior Photography Normal viewRuth's Chris Dining Room interior commerial architecture restaurant photography in Rogers Arkansas using painting with light by Branch Photography in NW Arkansas

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

Courtyard by Marriott - Front View

A month ago, I posted the previous blog about the photos created for the Marriott, except for the exterior. Since the hotel is so busy it took some time to get a night where they could block off the appropriate parking spaces so cars would not be in the way. I couple of weeks ago I got to finish the project. At first I wondered how we would take out the cones and still keep people from parking there while I was taking the images for over an hour. Then I figured, why try, just do it in photoshop. As you can see the images turned out great! The parking lot was cleaned up, obstructions and distractions removed to make the hotel shine!

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Courtyard by Marriott - Fayetteville

Photographing the Courtyard by Marriott in Fayetteville was an honor. An honor to help them nationally promote their new renovations! To be a part of helping a national corporation market themselves to help them grow and gain recognition with their clients, is something I take seriously. This shoot was exciting, full of a variety of lighting techniques to draw out the rooms natural beauty, comfort and spaciousness.

I am very thankful to the staff that helped coordinate all aspects of this day to insure everything was perfect.

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