Commercial Photographer NW Arkansas
Headshots • Architecture • Product • Food • Marketing Photography

Hideaway Pizza - Fort Smith

Love photographing newly opened properties, but not necessarily in this COVID time we're in. It's hard to see a new restaurant not being full of patrons. This DID make easier to photograph, I didn't get in anyone's way at all. I will say that there was a line of cars around the building waiting to pick up their call in orders.

This project was in conjunction with Boen Kemp Construction, one of three restaurants they recently completed, the others in Rogers Arkansas and Wichita Kansas. When things start to open up and you're in the Fort Smith Arkansas, area check out Hideaway Pizza.


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War Eagle Mill "Dot Com" Products

Helping companies have a stronger market presence and higher sales is a great feeling and one I take seriously. On any commercial project, whether headshots, architecture, food or products, I put myself in the shoes of the business or other person. I do that because I first want to do everything possible to make them happy and second to help insure they get a great return on their photography investment. With product and dot com images for websites or Amazon, there are parameters to stay within in addition to my own strict standards.

War Eagle Mill is a great example, their previous images were not up to standards to properly compete. When I saw their past images and the images of their largest competitors, I would easily take the competition over WEM based on the photos alone. You can view and order their products locally on War Eagle Mill website or on Amazon.

The lighting to give the best look was first on the agenda. At this point, simply putting each product up and going to the next would be easy… but sloppy, each bag had to be flat as possible to eliminate/reduce creases and reflections. Lastly, each product was retouched for any defects with reflections or bag creases to give the cleanest possible look to give a step above the competition.

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Russellville High School Athletic Facility

Athletics, for some, have always been a way of life, especially when it comes to the Razorbacks in NW Arkansas!!! (WPS) When it comes to high school football, I have great memories of cool fall evenings on the bleachers cheering on your hometown team and students. It's a sign of fall weather, the start of a school year and being around your neighbors in a community atmosphere.

Over the years this has grown, the past few years have seen larger, more elaborate, practice facilities for high school sports but especially football. Russellville High School is an example with their great Athletic Facility built in 2018. I recently had the chance to photograph this property for the architect and was in awe. From the large half football field enclosed practice area, training area, locker rooms and much more.

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Note:The photo above is not for architecture, I just liked the infinity leading line.

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Coca Cola Project - "All American"

During the down time of the pandemic, I tried to make good use of the time, best I could without being around others. As a creative, I'm always trying to think outside the box, take ideas I've seen and try to change them to my vision. The goal is to think like the advertiser, what would they want, how would they want the product portrayed, style given their demographic audience or to expand to a new market.

I saw this Coca Cola Energy can recently and loved the graphics and thought this is what I want to photograph. I tried many different ideas, a couple I did not like but the rest I had a challenge deciding what I liked best. After reaching out to commercial product photographers across the world, I narrowed it down to one… or three :) .

This is the one I liked the best.

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Another top runner…

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Here's a video made comprising 5 of the images along with music some of you may recognize.



Some behind-the-scenes…

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And a short BTS video:

Saltgrass Steakhouse Rogers AR & Wichita KS

During this pandemic we're currently in, greater appreciation and thankfulness is given (or at least should be) for all that we have. So many have lost jobs, income businesses and with so many unanswered questions.

To be honest, I have never been to a Saltgrass Steak house, but I've heard many people rave about it since posting these photos. This particular project was for Boen Kemp Construction. The first location was in Rogers Arkansas, it was unique in that the contractor told me the key code to get in, that was a first. I get to the location, let myself in, locked behind me, and after a some staging, adjusting window shades and finding the light switches, I was off to work as the only person in the building. Fortunately for this location, they were not quite ready to open when this craziness hit, there was no food or drink in the building at all and assuming no staff had been hired.

The second location was in Wichita Kansas. This made for long day but WOW, never ben so excited to get out of the house for a road trip. There were three people at this location, manager, waitress and cook and had a steady stream of people picking up orders. They were super nice to work with. When I was finished with all but the twilight photo, you know i had to order a steak and have a "truck picnic". The drive home was strange, first there were very few towns across Kansas highway plus very few cars traveling, this made for the darkest night I have seen in a while.

Through all this, take time to appreciate all you do have, support others who are in need and tell your family you love them. Philippians 4:6-7

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5 Ways to Support Local Business Without Leaving the House

In the best of times, most small, local businesses have to hustle to stay ahead. Because of the recommended safety measures, small business owners are now facing down one of the greatest challenges in modern history. Once this crisis has abated, the economic fallout from it will be long-lasting.
Few will feel the pain of this more than the local businesses that make our community great. Supporting business is the mission of our studio and, in that light, here is a list of a few things you can do to support local business without leaving the house.
  1. 1. Leave a Google and/or Facebook Review – Take a second and think about the local businesses you interact with on a daily basis. Your favorite restauant, that hotels you love, and your dry cleaner all rely on Google to generate a significant portion of their trade. Take just a minute and make a list of ten places that you frequent and write them a review on Google. It’s almost impossible to understate how much this helps and it costs you nothing.
  2. 2. Purchase a Gift Certificate – Not everyone is going to be in a position to help financially, but please consider it. What is something you are definitely going to spend money on, but might be postponing because you are staying home? A haircut? A car wash? What about a meal at the place near your office? This is what NWA Strong is all about!
  3. 3. Shop Online – Many of your local businesses have online shops that you can use to buy the things you normally would. If you have a need for something, check out the website of your local shops and see what you can order online. Many retailers are offering curbside pickup and delivery to make things safer and more convenient.
  4. 4. Order for Takeout/Delivery – Restaurants are hit incredibly hard by restrictions on social gatherings. Take out and delivery services are still operating, and thanks to technology like Door Dash, Uber Eats, and more, your local restaurants are able to get you your favorite local foods, delivered right to you. When you order out, don’t forget about local restaurants who really need your support.
  5. 5. Make a Donation to the Food Shelter – Not everyone will be in a position to make a donation, and that’s understandable. Even the very wealthy and successful are hurt by drastic shifts in the market. There are many who can’t get food for their family, children who rely on school lunches going without. Donate to a church who has a benevolent service in place to help those in need.

Our community has been blessed for many years. Times like these tend to expand our thinking and make us more aware of our place in a community and how important it is for us to work together. As we are all forced to slow down and assess what’s around us, remember to think clearly, make decisions that benefit the community as a whole, and to be kind. This will pass.

Branch Photography will continue business as usual during COVID-19 outbreak

I would like to take this opportunity to inform our clientele that we take the COVID-19 outbreak very seriously, and are taking every possible step to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone we are in contact with.
As a high-end low volume studio, our numbers of contacts are small and personalized. Thus we can ensure safety protocols are followed thoroughly to minimize any risk to ourselves or our clients.

I am committed to remaining completely transparent and honest throughout this pandemic and will take the necessary steps using the safety guidelines mentioned by the CDC to keep myself and our clients as safe and protected as possible. Likewise, we would ask each client we serve in the coming months to be as transparent with us about their recent travel and potential exposure as we will be with them.
As with any threat to our client’s safety, I take COVID-19 just as seriously. We would never ask our clients to pose on a railway line, firstly, because it is dangerous and secondly, because it is illegal. Similarly, we would not willingly expose our clients to COVID-19, or any illness, or put them in a situation where they may be exposed. We ask our clients to also approach us with the same mindset in order to minimize the spread of the virus and to help our community move through this frustrating time as quickly and safely as possible.
The personal one-on-one partnership with our clients is the foundation our business is built upon: unparalleled service, attention to detail, and professionalism to everyone who comes through our door. We look forward to helping our community work through this outbreak, and we look forward to serving you this spring.
Contact:
Keith Branch
Branch Photography 479-601-6480
keithrbranch@gmail.com
www.branchphotography.com
www.branchimpressions.com
www.branchportraitdesign.com

Walk On's Sports Bistreaux VIP

There's a new restaurant in Rogers and it's called Walk On's.  Walk On's was founded by Brandon Landry and Jack Warner who were both walk on's at LSU, thus the name.  You can read more of their story and start here.   

Owners Chris & Jodie McJunkins recently opened another location in Conway Arkansas with a third slated to be opened in Arkansas later.  Add Walk On's in with other restaurants, Top Golf and new construction on JB Hunt Dr and S. Pinnacle Hills Pkwy makes this area the place to be, shifting many people south of Rogers with easy access to I49.  The face of the Pinnacle area is getting even better.

Walk On's celebrated their VIP reception on March 7, 2020 with a packed house along with incredible food and great service.  I was fortunate to photograph this event and meet the great people involved.  Make plans to visit Walk On's soon and see what all the talk is about! Check them out on
Facebook here.

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NW Arkansas Regional Robotics Training Center

NW Arkansas is constantly staying ahead of technology and new innovations. We've all seen how robotics are being implemented more every where we go and many places we can only imagine it's use. I've seen many schools in the past few years developing robotics teams, fabricating, engineering and designing robots for competitions.

Another hidden treasure of Fayetteville is the
NW Arkansas Regional Robotics Training Center located on the square. I recently had the opportunity to create images for an upcoming feature in the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce magazine on location at the center. This facility helps train those who either want to enter the ever growing world of robotics or change careers to this area. This will be the future, there is no doubt, it is implemented globally for decades in large scale manufacturing and now is expanding on to other areas.

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Sleek Web Marketing Headshots

To have a web site design and marketing firm ask me to photograph their headshots is a great compliment. They, of all people, realize the importance of the image perceived by your web site content, which includes photography.

David Coatney heads up Sleek Web Marketing and asked me to create images to update their web site. We discussed a background that would compliment their website and the results were great!

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NW Ark National Airport Executive Headshots

I love creating headshots on location, especially when I get to use the facilities as a background. The background is always different and gives me the opportunity to challenge and expand my creativity, not to mention to go 'behind-the-scenes' where few sometimes get to go.

Recently NW Arkansas National Airport contacted me to photograph their executive headshots, shortly after I photographed the airport for their new website. We discussed options and I mentioned using the airport as a background but in a way that did not take attention away from the executives in the portrait. The results look great, they were very pleased and it will help enhance their new web site.


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Also, to learn more about the airport and what they do, see the NW Arkansas Regional Airport Guide (not the official XNA website).

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NW Arkansas is growing at a rapid pace, there's no doubt. One such evidence is the expansion of NW Arkansas National (no longer regional) Airport (XNA). In 2016, the annual number of passengers was 1.33 million. Enplanements rose 17% in 2019, this comprises the passengers who fly out of the airport, (read the article).

In 2018, a parking garage was completed adding 1400 parking spaces in a covered facility, making the total number of spaces available 4,631. Since that time the security area has greatly been expanded, gate added, pet friendly room and mother's nursing areas, to name a few. While photographing the facility in December, I learned details of the impressive expansions and renovations coming in the next few years that will greatly change the landscape of the main terminal facility making the flying experience even easier.

Over the past year, Frontier and Allegiant have been added to the airport's airlines with lower non-stop flights, making the airport classified as National. This, obviously, increases the traffic in the airport requiring more additions and amenities.

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Also, to learn more about the airport and what they do, see the NW Arkansas Regional Airport Guide (not the official XNA website).

Tyson Salescon 20

For the second year, I had the opportunity to photograph Tyson Salescon 20. For two partial days I created around 250 headshots of attendees, they were all very appreciative of the photography, the care and diligence in making them happy with the results, not to mention everyone was a pleasure to photograph. I had the opportunity to photograph headshots from Tyson associates from all over the country, from California, Virginia, Arizona, Connecticut, New Jersey, Ohio, Chicago, just to name a few (and of course, NWA).

I had the honor to meet and photograph Tyson CEO Noel White and the CCO Scott Rouse with the people who were awarded. They were both there congratulating the honorees and those who were retiring, this was impressive. Part of any successful corporation is the accolades given to top performers and the encouragement to others.

We all know how global Tyson is and there are a lot of places that serve Tyson that we may not know about at all. One thing we over look is the philanthropy Tyson does. While there, I saw a semi trailer unloaded at the doors. There were dozens of pallets stacked with boxes, then I saw several box trucks, trucks, trailers lined up with the boxes being loaded on them. I also saw a separate room where Tyson attendees were sorting through boxes of food and repackaging them. All this was food being given to many organizations and groups all over NW Arkansas. Little do we realize, Tyson alone gives over 20% of the donations of food for those in need.

It was also my pleasure to photograph training in addition to the headshots and awards banquet. This is a few of the photos taken…

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Bentonville Emergency Communications Center

Nabholz Construction recently completed the new Bentonville Emergency Communications Center. Located behind the Bentonville Police Department, the facility is quite impressive. The front part of the building houses a two story very large multi-purpose room, workout room, detective area, conference rooms and offices.

The adjoining back part of the building houses the dispatch (Emergency Communications Center). This building is built to withstand an F5 tornado and redundant electrical and mechanical backup systems, all to protect and serve through communications in worst case scenario. The walls are well over a foot thick, I can't imagine the extra extremes Nabholz went through to make this facility what it is. This building has not only office spaces but also, locker room, kitchen/break area but also classroom space that doubles as emergency command room.

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For those that may be interested, the scene took planning and forethought to make this room filled with black furnishings to 'pop'.

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NWACC Integrated Design Lab

This summer, Nabholz Construction completed the Integrated Design Lab on the campus of Northwest Arkansas Community College. This new facility contains classroom and lab spaces for arts and construction. This facility is impressive in it's design.

The building classrooms have windows on the North and South sides. The shop is on the South side allowing natural light illuminate the majority of the space while the arts are on the North side so the light didn't hinder art work. These two factors are important in both areas and well thought out.

The shop was the most interesting to me since my father taught high school shop/agriculture for 33 years. He would have loved this space, lots of space for any kind of work and the best tools available. I had a long chat with Matt, the shop work instructor, he shared the future plans for the area for many more power tools and opportunities, there are even plans to make it available to the community. As a woodworking enthusiast, I was impressed with his plans, skills and ideas. I will be going back to visit and see the progress he's making.

While we were talking, a lot of memories of my dad and his shop came back. I remember him building furniture and even a military jeep cart for me when I was 5, all in the school shop. I still have the bed frame and dresser he made over 60 years ago.

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