Feature 5 | Chieftain Sand | Mining Industry Photography

February 7, 2015
February 7, 2015 Travis Dewitz

Chieftan Sands Processing Facility

Sand Storage SilosFeature 5 | Selection of Five Images From my Latest Industrial Marketing Shoot

This Feature 5 highlights a glimpse of the work I did for the New York based marketing firm CorchiaWolinerRhoda. Their client, Chieftain Sands, was having a new website designed and was in demand of high quality images from their industrial facility. Chieftain Sands is a sand mining industry located in Western Wisconsin North of Eau Claire.

“Collaborating with Dewitz Photography on a shoot for one of our Wisconsin-based clients’ websites was a delight. He knew what we wanted to achieve, made great suggestions, got imagery to us quickly and more than met our (and the client’s) needs. We have already come back to him with more assignments.” – Todd Rhoda, Clever Design, New York City

This particular shoot was centered around the scheduling of an outbound sand train. The company wanted to show their railroad connection and railcar transloading capability.  Necessary project key points included elevated views, unique compositions, and to capture all parts of their operation. It is important to provide multiple photographic options when working with a marketing team to give them a wide range of flexibility when needed. Striking images are key in business and the sand industry is no exception with silica sand plants all over Wisconsin, competition is aggressive.

Industrial photography is a way to show your future customers and existing ones who you are and what you offer. It builds trust by showing that your facility is safe, clean, and modern in just a few seconds. It is also a useful tool when showing the public that you are committed to being a part of their community. “A picture is worth a thousand words.”; this common expression was first used in a 1911 newspaper article quoting newspaper editor, Arthur Brisbane, discussing journalism and publicity.


Frac Sand Railroad Hopper Cars
Chietain Sands Website

Dewitz Photography’s services offer a variety of options to leverage your brand marketing with beauty and efficiency. My experience and broad depth of knowledge meeting industry standards with consumer insight ensure that all clients work to their best capacity. When you work with me you have a one-on-one partnering with a single company that has the resources and images to create the brand consistency and profitability you are looking for.

Chieftain Sand’s Website – www.chieftainsand.com

CorchiaWolinerRhoda’s Website – www.cleverdesign.com

Silica Sand Facility Wet Plant Tower and Classification and Seperator

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I specialize in heavy industrial photography services like this. Industry photography can also be considered energy, corporate, business, commercial, executive, editorial, media, or even agricultural depending on the exact nature of the shoot and what the client wants captured visually. I give my clients a variety of images to choose from including many unique and captivating imagery. The client will receive environmental portraiture, detailed close-ups, overall scenes, action captures, and anything else it may take to fulfill what they need. You can go here for more Corporate Photography Information.

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Travis Dewitz

I. Love. Photography. I love it. It lightens my heart, fills my soul, and allows me to capture life the way that I see it. I constantly yearn to show life in a way that hasn’t been seen before, to bring images to people in a fresh and innovative way. My favorite focus in photography, my specialty I guess you would say, is Railroad Photography & Art. Something about the rumbling of these great, big, beautiful machines. The way they shake the earth beneath you as they rumble by, how they invade your chest and you can feel the rumble inside you. The plumes of heat on a hot day represented in a heat wave. Snaking through a western valley, void of trees or any other distracting element. Just the train, by itself, in it’s own inexplicable beauty and power. From the time I was a child, they have captured my imagination. I’ve recently gotten into portraiture a bit, and I want to bring some of my experiences with trains to that arena. To capture the power of a person, the sadness, loneliness, omniscience, pride, love, & carefree spirit in a way that hasn’t been done before. I want people to look at themselves in a photograph I have taken, and see a side of themselves that they think no one else has ever seen. Dewitz Photography is all about capturing a moment in a way that has never been seen before, capturing a beauty that some never knew was even there.