Historic Railroad District
Strain Photography has been located in downtown Conway for 37+ years. Gary and his daughter, Brandy, have won numerous photography awards throughout the years. Their family assists in the studio and have developed a beautiful garden area and studio environment....here's a few snippets from the Log Cabin Democrat...
In 1991, Gary Alan Strain and Brandy Strain won photography awards at the Professional Photographers of Arkansas Convention in Little Rock. Ms. Strain was named 1991 Photographer of the Year. Mr. Strain's "Midnight Ice Capades" was the highest scoring print entered in the exhibition.
In 1992, Gary Alan Strain and Brandy Strain were recognized by Eastman Kodak Company. Brandy Strain received a Kodak Gallery Award in the portrait category for "Keena -- African Princess." Gary Alan Strain received Gallery Awards in two categories: "Special Moments" was recognized in the wedding category, and "No More Brown Baggin'" was recognized in the commercial/industrial category.
In 1993, Conway photographer Gary Alan Strain was an official photographer in the presidential inauguration. He was responsible for photography at the Arkansas Ball at the Washington Convention Center, the "Children's Reunion" at Kennedy Center and other inaugural balls.
In 1995, Brandy Strain, a sales manager and photographer for Gary Alan Strain Photography, was named Arkansas Photographer of the Year for the third time at the annual convention of the Professional Photographers of Arkansas held in Hot Springs. Her entry "Happy Boy" was selected as best pet portrait. She won the Fuji Masterpiece Award for a print titled "The Perfect Kiss" in commercial Category. Gary Alan Strain won the Fuji Masterpiece Award for best wedding album. Strain also won best photo decor with a print titled "Carmel By The Sea."
In 2000, Brandy Strain, master photographer at Gary Alan Strain Photography, recently competed in a four-state regional competition for professional photographers. Ms. Strain was awarded for her commercial photography and her black and white portraits. Her top honors were four Kodak Gallery Awards for portrait, illustrative, commercial and digital photography. She has received this honor eight times in 2000. The Kodak Gallery Award is given at each major convention for excellence in overall technique, quality, presentation and difficulty.
Also in 2000, Brandy Strain of Gary Alan Strain Photography was recently named the Arkansas' Professional Photographers Association "Photographer of the Year." The honor is given to the photographer who has the highest point total in the six photographic print categories. She has also been the recipient of 14 individual print awards. Strain has won this honor three other times and is the youngest photographer as well as the first female, to ever achieve this honor. She is a full-time photographer with her family's studio.
In 2001, Brandy Strain, master photographer at Gary Alan Strain Photography, recently received the Fujifilm Masterpiece Award for photographic excellence for 2001. She received the award from the Professional Photographers of the Ozarks for the photograph, Devils Dagger, in the commercial category. The Fujifilm Masterpiece Award is administered by state and regional affiliates of the Professional Photographers of America. The award recognizes photographic excellence in several categories.