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

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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.

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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 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.

Exterior Marketing photography of Rogers Historical Museum in Rogers Arkansas commercial architecture photography for Nabholz Construction by Branch Photography in Fayetteville NW Arkansas

Construction Interior of Rogers Historical Museum lobby commercial architecture photography for Nabholz Construction by Branch Photography in Fayetteville NW ArkansasStagecoach at Rogers Historical Museum commercial architecture photography for Nabholz Construction by Branch Photography in Fayetteville NW Arkansas

Rogers Historical Museum Interior commercial architecture photography for Nabholz Construction by Branch Photography in Fayetteville NW ArkansasRogers Historical Museum Interior commercial architecture photography for Nabholz Construction by Branch Photography in Fayetteville NW Arkansas

Rogers Arkansas Historical Museum commercial architecture photography for Nabholz Construction by Branch Photography in Fayetteville NW Arkansas

Rogers Historical Museum Offices commercial architecture photography for Nabholz Construction by Branch Photography in Fayetteville NW Arkansas

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.


Corporate Commercial Architecture exterior photography advertising Stribling Packaging Inc in Rogers NW Arkansas by Branch Photography
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Interior Marketing commercial corporate photographer photography advertising Stribling Packaging Inc in Rogers NW Arkansas by Branch PhotographyBTS (behind the scenes) corporate commerial photography photography advertising Stribling Packaging Inc in Rogers NW Arkansas by Branch Photography

Voted Very Best Commercial Photographer #5

Branch Photography is honored to be Voted by the readers of Celebrate Arkansas magazine, Very Best Commercial Photographer. This is the 5th Year we've received this honor by the readers. I am truly blessed to be in a profession that I love so much, that I can meet so many great people, touch so many lives and blessed with a talent to create images that everyone loves. Thanks to all that voted for Branch Photography.

Branch Photography voted Very Best Commercial Photographer by readers of Celebrate Arkansas Magazine in NW Arkansas

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.

Olympus Canon commercial studio product photographer Branch Photography NW Arkansas
MamiyaRB67Olympus Canon Behind the scenes commercial studio product photographer by Branch Photography NW Arkansas


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.

Admiral Movers exterior commercial architecture photographer for Nabholz Construction in Springdale by Branch Photography NW ArkansasAdmiral Movers Normal View

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…


Rose Marie Speck headshot, website, branding and marketing photographer in studio at Branch Photography NW ArkansasRose Marie Speck - Dr Rosie headshot, website, branding and marketing photographer in studio at Branch Photography NW Arkansas

Voted Very Best Commercial Photographer

Branch Photography has been voted Very Best Commercial Photographer in Arkansas / NW Arkansas by the readers of Celebrate Arkansas magazine again for 2017!  This is the FOURTH year we have received this award just as proud to be recognized.  Thank you to all who voted and value quality photographic creations, specifically the images Branch creates, and the great staff and friends at Celebrate Arkansas Magazine!

Branch Photography voted Very Best Commercial Photographer by readers of Celebrate Arkansas Magazine in NW Arkansas

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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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.

Gary Nelson at Pinnacle Counseling in Rogers Arkansas location professional commercial headshot photographer Branch Photography NW ArkansasSharon Nelson at Pinnacle Counseling in Rogers Arkansas location professional commercial headshot photographer Branch Photography NW Arkansas

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.

Diplomats of the Month for Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, June 2017

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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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.

Grey Barn Landscaping Normal ViewExterior Commercial Architectural Photography landscaping photography for The Grey Barn in Fayetteville Arkansas by Branch Photography in NW Arkansas

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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Interior Commercial Architectural Photographer at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville for Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects by Branch Photoraphy from NW Arkansas

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Interior Commercial Architectural Photographer at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville for Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects by Branch Photoraphy from NW Arkansas
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Walton Arts Center Walmart Lobby Normal ViewInterior Commercial Architectural Photographer at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville for Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects by Branch Photoraphy from NW Arkansas
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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.

Commercial twilight exterior Architectural Photographer at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville for Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects by Branch Photoraphy from NW ArkansasWalton Arts Center Exterior Normal View

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.

Legacy Bank - Normal ViewLegacy Bank in Springdale Arkansas, exterior twilight commercial architecture photography for website, branding and marketing by Branch Photography in NW Arkansas
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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.

Tyson World HQ normal viewTyson World Headquarters Discovery building in Springdale Arkansas, Commercial twilight archtiecture exterior photo by Branch Photography in NW Arkansas

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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Hunt Tower 5100 in Rogers Arkansas Commercial twilight exterior Architectural Photographer Branch Photography in NW Arkansas

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

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!

Courtyard by Marriott Exterior twilight commercial hotel architecture Photographer Branch Photography in NW ArkansasHotel Photography normal view

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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Voted Very Best Commercial Photographer by Celebrate Magazine

Branch Photography has been voted Very Best Commercial Photographer in Arkansas and NW Arkansas by the readers of Celebrate Arkansas magazine again for 2016!  This is the third year we have received this award from the readers of Celebrate Arkansas and just as proud to be recognized.  Thank you to all who voted and value quality photographic creations, specifically the images Branch creates!

Branch Photography voted Very Best Commercial Photographer by readers of Celebrate Arkansas Magazine in NW Arkansas