Portrait Project for NWA Metro – Arkansas Environmental Portraits

I recently completed a portrait project for Arkansas Business Publishing Group for a new guide to Northwest Arkansas called Metro. The guide features tons of information about our area including Q&A’s with five “Notable Neighbors.”

I was asked to take environmental portraits of each of the neighbors and capture them in their elements. I really enjoyed the creative process in working with each person and figuring out how to capture them in their setting. I think each image is unique, and fitting, to each individual.

Dasha and Dan Faires own and operate Fairelane Station in Springdale. The event space was incredible and the couple was so easy to work with… even their infant son was game for this photo shoot. I wish every time I had to shoot an environmental portrait I could walk into a space as beautiful as this one. The family and the space made my job easy that day!

Dasha, Boon, 6 months, and Dan Faires sit in their event space, Fairelane Station, on Thursday, November 7, 2013, in Springdale, Ark. Photo by Beth Hall (Beth Hall)

University of Arkansas College of Business Dean, Eli Jones, squeezed in enough time between meetings for a quick shoot in the newly remodeled entrance of the BA. When I say squeeze, I’m talking about 5 minutes.

Planning and preparation made the short amount of time a non-factor during our shoot, and it worked out that classes were in session and we didn’t have to worry about students needing to pass by to make it to class.

 (Beth Hall)

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Immediately following my shoot with the dean, I headed to the architecture department to photograph Marlon Balckwell. Blackwell is a practicing architect in Fayetteville, Ark., and serves as Distinguished Professor and Department Head in the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas.

In a location scout earlier in the week I fell in love with the stairwell in the new addition to the building.

Environmental portrait of Marlon Blackwell at the University of Arkansas.
Architect and teacher, Marlon Blackwell, on Friday, November 8, 2013, at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.
Photo by Beth Hall

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I also photographed Ken Hatfield, former head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks. I learned that Hatfield volunteers his time at the VA hospital in Fayetteville where he takes his dog Margo to visit patients.

Former Razorback head coach Ken Hatfield with his dog Margo on Friday, November 8, 2013, in Fayetteville, Ark. Photo by Beth Hall (Beth Hall)

  • Former Razorback head coach Ken Hatfield with his dog Margo on Friday, November 8, 2013, in Fayetteville, Ark. Photo by Beth Hall (Beth Hall)
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My final shoot was Lorena Ormeno-Larson who is the director of Larson’s Language Center in Rogers, Ark. The school is the only private language school and bilingual preschool in Northwest Arkansas.

Lorena Ormeño-Larson at the Language school in Rogers, Ark., on Monday, November 11, 2013. Photo by Beth Hall (Beth Hall)

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