Though we usually work with regional businesses, we love doing corporate architecture for international clients as well. Lauren Mulholland works for CKE Restaurants, the global chain of Carl’s Jr./ Hardee’s. She needed architectural interior and exterior photography for their newly remodeled restaurants in several different states. Though this project seemed potentially daunting, we made this construction photography experience a pleasure for everyone involved.

“Colby’s Photography provided our Hardee’s restaurants
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orporate architectural photos for our newly remodeled restaurants. He was always professional, rapid to respond, and willing to travel. Most importantly, the photos were amazing. I would highly recommend Colby’s Photography for any commercial photography. He captures the true essence of the structure and our new design. Thanks again, and I look forward to working with you in the future.”–Lauren Mulholland

Since Lauren and CKR work on a worldwide scale, they naturally had many renovation locations they have to juggle. Experience has shown us the major challenge is timing the photos after the construction but before possession. This is no easy task with timelines constantly shifting, affecting effect the next person down the line.

As with every project, we made Lauren and CKE’s convenience a top priority. We focused on being hassle-free for everyone throughout the process. We proactively communicated with everyone while at the same time avoided wasting people’s time with information that doesn’t affect them. Therefore we knew when we could get the job done, and Lauren didn’t have to worry about constantly calling us. We focused on becoming a contributing team member instead of waiting and hoping. This effective communication was a win/win for everyone.

Working with Lauren and CKR was a dream – just as enjoyable as their hamburgers, biscuits, and chicken tenders. Their restaurants are in 44 states, and you can easily find one nearby online for a quick, delicious meal.

If you’d like to learn more about our corporate architecture photography services, click here. If you have a specific project you wish to discuss, click here.

Companies happy with their photos

When photographing entire companies, it is very important that every single person be happy with their photos. If they are not, I can assure you that you’ll hear about it. Not only from those who were photographed but potentially also from your boss, who will likely feel you chose the wrong headshot photographer.

We have the experience and skill to craft an exceptional portrait, but that isn’t enough. Everyone has to feel the portraits flatter them in particular. This is difficult as everyone is sensitive about things others may be less sensitive to. 

We show the images immediately after each person is photographed and help them pick their favorite. If they are not happy with their photos, we re-photograph them until they are happy. Although people rarely decide to be re-photographed, this process has a lot of benefits. It ensures everyone is happy at the end of the day with their portraits. The process also avoids the need for reshoots, which takes additional time and money. It saves time because you don’t have to bug everyone to pick their images from web galleries. And finally, the overall quality is better because we are experts in portraits and help guide quality choices. 

“Our whole team was amazed. Colby took the time with everyone to make sure they were happy with their portraits. He was patient, kind, and professional. If you want your pictures done right, choose the best, and that’s Colby!” — Dana Vince

Dana Vince is the owner of Healing Hearts, a renowned and experienced couples therapist practice in Knoxville, TN. Her compassionate team is full of highly qualified and skilled therapists. It was our pleasure to see that the team was happy with photos for their website and other marketing needs. They have helped thousands of couples through therapy to restore love and friendship in their relationships. For a life-changing experience, contact them on their website or social media.

Colby offers a wide range of photography services. We make sure you have a great experience with us and are happy with your photos. If you’d like to learn more about our company portrait services, click here. If you have a specific project, feel free to contact us.

Sarah Reagan Hate Being Photographed

With years of experience on hand, Colby’s Photography is the go-to place for business portraits in Knoxville, TN. Every client is different, and every photography project has different challenges. Most people are camera shy, and some simply hate being photographed. Sarah Regan fit this description and was scared that we wouldn’t be able to get a natural-looking portrait because of it. Colby has been doing portraits so long that he doesn’t have to think about the camera, the lights, or anything else–he can focus solely on connecting with his customers and setting them at ease. We ended up creating some amazing portraits for her online marketing, including social media.

“I always hate being photographed. It makes me nervous, and true to my nature when I got to Colby’s office, I was a tad uptight. But he was great, very kind and understanding, and he soon put me at ease and brought the laughter out.  I think the photo he took shows it too!  I am quite pleased with the quality and the care he took in touching up the photo and asking for my input all along the way. I highly recommend Colby’s Photography!” — Sarah Reagan

It is very common for people to dislike being photographed. If the client continues to be uncomfortable, the photos can look unnatural and strained. As a result, people dislike portraits, and some even hate portraits. At Colby’s Photography, we offer more than just great images, we offer a great photographic experience. We understand this discomfort, and so using compassion, we succeeded in making her comfortable. Her beautiful, natural portraits are proof of the great experience she had.

Sarah Regan is a certified Animal Naturopath or Homeopath. She believes in a holistic approach for the wellbeing of animals and for strengthening human/animal relationships. She also serves as a life and trauma coach. When she gets in her comfort zone, her charming personality is revealed. Colby’s Photography was able to bring that charm out and create it with our camera. Take a look at her Facebook profile.

No matter how challenging your photography, Colby’s Photography will make sure that you have a great experience and get the best portraits. Learn more about our services here.

Exterior Photography Preparation

You’ve hired a skilled photographer to do your exterior photography, but you’re not done yet. Getting the highest quality imagery at the most cost-effective investment requires some additional focus. It goes without saying that the area to be photographed needs to be tidied up and looking its best but several other things are often overlooked but crucial to consider.


  • Your company may have branding standards with guidelines that all images must conform to. If your company does, forward them to us so we can help maintain them. While we will try to help, it is your responsibility to make sure that what we have in front of us conforms to your needs.
  • Tell security and GMs that we will be doing exterior photography on the day of the shoot. Also, be sure to give us any contact information for people on-site who we can call if we need help with challenges during the shoot—especially if you will not be there.
  • Make sure everyone’s desires about the photography are conveyed before the shoot instead of afterward. Requirements conveyed after the shoot may require a reshoot, which will create an additional investment.


  • Time of the day is crucial when photographing the property. We will be discussing this ahead of time. Please be mindful to consider our questions about this during the call and answer them as accurately as possible. If it does not hinder your business, try to allow the photography to be done at the appropriate time of day.
  • The weather may shift the timing or date of exterior photography. If the weather seems like it will impact the photography, we will be in contact to discuss options.

Preparation Before the Shoot

  • Make sure you control the cars in front of your building. If your business is open, have employees park in front of the building and be ready to move their vehicles soon after our arrival. Sometimes we might want them to remove all of them or just a few in particular places.
  • Adjust window shades, so they are all consistent–either all open, closed (in the same directions), or at the same height.
  • Make sure all exterior light bulbs are not burned out. This is crucial for exterior photography done during dusk or nighttime.
  • Remove anything you don’t want to be in the shot, including items like banners, signs, trashcans, hoses, and ashtrays, all of which can create a distraction from the property itself.

As mentioned above, these are the most often details that are overlooked by clients. It pays to have everything prepped ahead of time! If, for any reason, any of these things cannot be done, please contact us to discuss it. We typically can make it work without these. Still, these are the most common elements that negatively impact the quality of the images and that have to be overcome with additional editing, which requires additional investment. In other words, you’d lower quality photography for more money. So please help to avoid that as much as possible!

If you have an exterior photography project you wish to discuss, click here. If you’d like to learn more about our architectural services, click here. To learn more about our qualifications, click here. To read testimonials anywhere on the web or check out a few on our website, click here.



Today is the age of modern and digital marketing. Every business needs the best marketing strategies to advertise its craft. University Eye Specialists from Knoxville, TN, hired Colby’s Photography to create its company marketing portraits. We coordinated with their marketing director Sam Winnegrad, who realizes the value of visually communicating the company’s professionalism and friendly staff. The images will be used on all their brochures and pamphlets, as well as their new website. We’ve done this a million times before and were able to get it down to bite-sized chunks and hold Sam’s hand throughout the entire process so he didn’t have to worry about a thing.

“Colby’s Photography is the epitome of excellence.  Their concierge approach and endless knowledge base translated into exceptional images! I would highly recommend them for premium-quality company marketing portraits!” –Sam Winnegrad

With the rise in digital marketing, it has become essential to use all forms of media to promote your content. Whether you are making a new website or getting brochures and pamphlets printed, having high-quality photography maintains a high-quality brand. Your clients desire a consistent message, experience, and branding throughout the process, from introduction to final delivery of your services.

Sam Wennigrad is a marketing director with extensive management and healthcare administration experience. At the University of Eye Specialists, Sam has been managing patient flow, marketing, outreach, and facilities maintenance for many years. The University of Eye Specialists has been serving in Tennessee since 1935 and is now operating from five centers. Their experienced ophthalmologists and optometrists provide comprehensive eye care practices serving patients in Knoxville, TN. You can find more about their extensive list of services here.

At Colby’s Photography, we tailor our services to our client’s specific needs. We hope you will choose us to take your next professional marketing portraits. You can view the full range of our services here. If you have any questions about our services, please feel free to contact us.