29/10/17 16:31 Filed in: Family Photos
I didn't have the opportunity to know my grand parents well. My grandfather on my dad's side passed away when my father was 12 and his mom when i was 6 months old, so i never met either of them. My grandparents on my mother's side passed away when I was a teenager. I don't know what I missed out on until I see a family together with several generations, then I see the tremendous amount of love, how grandparents love and love to spoil their grandchildren and how the parents are basically 'out of the picture' when the grandparents are around
So when I see a family come together that includes the grandparents I'm thankful they are taking this time and opportunity to create a beautiful image to be on their wall for generations. I have just a few small snapshots of my grandparents, but to a portrait on the wall to tell friends and guests about. The wall portrait goes further, it makes a stronger connection, not only for the family but for the friends and guests. Imagine standing in front of the family portrait on the wall and telling your guests about your grandparents, what they do now, what they did for a living and about their life… suddenly your guests feel more connected to you and have a deeper appreciation for your family connection.
This summer I had the opportunity to photograph the wonderful Wedding family. I had the chance to create their daughter's senior portraits a few years back and got to know her. We not only photographed the family but individually, siblings and then parents. This provided them great grouping opportunities.
A few months later, they called me back to come to their home, their parents were in town for the weekend. There we created portraits that each set of grandparents would like as well as the parents. What joy this portrait will bring their family over the many years to come and passed down to great and great-great grandchildren sharing the story behind the portrait of each person.
There is NO other item you can invest in, that will increase in value as much as a family portrait, it gains value every year, regardless of the economy… the value is in the heart!
06/10/17 17:19 Filed in: Family Photos
What an honor to see families grow and photograph the changes. I am aways excited to see families return and see their children growing up, see seniors come back after years in college, having their headshot created for a carrier we talked about during their session, has not become a reality. When Angie Haws called for a family portrait, I was excited and also so for Karli's senior portraits (see blog post below). We had a great time and they are one of the nicest families I've ever met. The top photo above is from September this year and the one below was from 2011. I wish there was a way to put a freeze on time, but that wouldn't be fair to the young ones who have such a great life ahead, full of hopes, dreams and ambitions.
In Angie's words: "We have been going to Keith for many years. We’ve NEVER been disappointed! Our family pics are always fantastic and we receive many compliments but he really outdid himself on my daughter's recent senior portraits! BREATHTAKING!!!!"
06/07/17 17:23 Filed in: News
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.
03/08/16 16:33 Filed in: Family Photos
Meet the Morris Family! They are yet another reason I love photographing families! They were so nice to photograph, easy going, open to walking around looking for new areas to create images and always with fun energy. I was looking forward to this session for a couple of reasons. First, the day started off really warm for a February day, I thought this was going to be awesome. As Arkansas normally does, the temp dropped and got really windy. You can’t tell it from the photos but the kids were shivering in between shots but always with a smile on their face, they were GREAT!
Secondly, after many years of creating thousands of photographs of high school seniors on Dickson St, I had never photographed a family. Andrea had mentioned something down there so I said, sure why not! I’m so glad she asked because the images turned out GREAT! I’m always looking for something different, a way to make the next portrait better and unique, this was a great idea.“Keith did an amazing job of capturing my family and their spirits. The photos turned out beautifully and we ended up purchasing extras for the grandparents! Highly recommend Branch Photography for all your family photography needs.” Andrea Morris
Thank you Morris family for another great Family Session and I know you’ll be enjoying your wall portrait for YEARS to come!
03/07/16 16:31 Filed in: Family Photos
Some families you just plain look forward to seeing, don’t get me wrong, I love all my clients, I look forward to seeing them any time, any where. There are some that just make you laugh out loud! The Crozier family is one of those families. Neil and Bambi own Car Clinic
in Lowell and they’re the same way when you go to their shop, always cutting up and having a good time (even though there is always the typical business owner stresses). I’ve had the opportunity to photograph not only their family, but their daughter, Kirsten’s, senior portraits as well as several commercial images for Car Clinic ( you can see a VERY LARGE image on one of their walls in their waiting area).
You can just look at the photos and tell, ‘wow, they were having a good time’. I just roll with it, and capture images as we go, they’re all priceless!