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Barbecue and Catering Food Shoot

Green Mesquite Barbecue needed compelling, delicious food photography for a promotional mailer highlighting their catering menu items.  I was thrilled to get a call from Tom Davis co-owner of Green Mesquite Barbecue and Scholz Garten to work on this project.  Many thanks also go to Bill Frink at Frink Advertising  for the recommendation and Daniel Stone of Study Breaks, the creative visionary behind the mailer campaign.  Not only did Green Mesquite need delectable shots of their barbecue items, they also needed to show their catering set up and service, with models waiting in line for catering.  They arranged for some employees to be available for posing in a catering line.

Working with the employee-models was a lot of fun, and we couldn’t have asked for a more willing, easy-going group.  Thankfully, my assistant Rachelle Bendixen is great helping people feel comfortable posing and modeling.  She has an eye for detail and helps to straighten collars, smooth out hair, while I can focus on taking the photos. We showed the models how to make just enough banter and movement in the catering line, but in a very controlled manner so we could get the composition just right.  Although food photography is my all-time favorite subject, I love expanding my horizons and being challenged with work that includes photographing people and spaces.

Green Mesquite’s food was great and easy to photograph.  We really wanted to showcase the fresh, juicy ingredients.  My food stylist Kristina Wolter and I enjoyed putting together the perfect barbecue tray, and then once we got the perfect “safe shot”, we had fun playing with a messier scene, below.

I think we got some great results as a team.  The food images are up on Green Mesquite’s website and were used in the promotional mailer.  Check them out below, plus the inside of the mailer designed by Daniel Stone.

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Studio Food Photography- Promotional Video

Ever wanted to see what goes on behind-the-scenes at a food photography shoot?  Check out this amazing video by Rachelle Bendixen who accompanied us recently on a photo shoot for Whole Note gluten free baking mixes.  Rachelle captured the excitement, creativity, and precision on set as we collaborated with the client Whole Note Food Co., food stylist Kristina Wolter, and packaging designer Wes Wooddell.  Filmed at Photogroup Studios in Austin, TX.  Many, many thanks for Rachelle’s hard work and talent in putting together this video. Check it out!


Food Packaging Photography for Whole Note

It was a dream come true to work on the food photography for Whole Note’s gluten free baking mixes.  I was overjoyed to work with the talented Wes Wooddell of Wooddell Design Co. as he redesigned the packaging for Whole Note.

Whole Note was undergoing branding, name, and packaging design changes when Wes contacted me about this opportunity.  The client needed enticing food photography that highlights their wholesome, fluffy whole grain gluten-free baking mixes.  Gluten-free products have had a reputation in the past for being starchy or lacking texture; however Whole Note’s products are uniquely made with whole grains and bake up with an rich texture that you’d never know is gluten-free.  My food stylist Kristina Wolter and I needed to convey the light, fluffy texture of the pancakes, waffles, muffins, etc. and keep true to the healthy roots of the product.  This means baking the products to be just the right golden brown texture and garnishing them with fresh, healthy toppings.

The photo shoot was scheduled over two days at Photogroup Studios, with the client on-location to approve food images as they were shot.  Kristina came fully prepared with a plethora of pre-baked pancakes, waffles, muffins, and pizza crusts that we could sort through to find perfectly photogenic samples.

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Wes came to the photo shoot with the package design mock ups and provided me with a layered Photoshop file so that I could shoot the food images and instantly superimpose the packaging design on top to preview how the photo would look on the final package.  Because this box has two sides with the photography appearing, I had to take that into consideration while composing the image.  Basically, a single image needed to spread over two sides of the box and work as a stand-alone composition.  It was an exciting process to see the whole process come together on the preview screen.

The photo shoot went off without a hitch, thanks to the extensive preparation of Kristina, the skilled assistance of Rachelle Bendixen, and of course the helpful staff at Photogroup Studios.  The client was thrilled with the results and a few months later we got to see the fruits of our labor grace the grocery store shelves at Wheatsville here in Austin and Whole Foods stores in Houston.  I feel honored to have worked with this amazing client and represent their delicious product in the artistic product design.

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Oodle Tips Pastry Bag Photo Shoot

This summer we were thrilled to sign up new food photography client, Bon Nosh, manufacturer of the Oodle Tip disposable pastry bag product.  Bon Nosh needed food images for their social media and publicity campaigns and they gave Food Stylist Kristina Wolter and I creative freedom to come up with some fun food photography concepts using the product. We wanted to show a mixture of sweet and savory items that showcase the diversity of the Oodle Tips product.  Additionally, we wanted to show the product in action; fortunately Kristina’s lovely daughter was available to help us as the hand model for the action shots.  Many thanks to Jessica of  Crema bakery for the macarons and cookies.  We are looking forward to many more food shoots with Bon Nosh, so stay tuned for our Fall-themed shoot.

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Food Packaging Photography for Smokewood Foods

I love the opportunity to shoot food photography in the studio.  We recently had the chance to work with Smokewood Foods, manufacturer of tostada shells, chili mixes and taco tubs to work on their food photography for their website and promotional materials.  It was a privilege to collaborate with TopSide Media who helped with the art direction and Tracy O’Shaughnessy from Designgrrl Studio for the web design.  Great food shots were particularly important for Smokewood Foods because a lot of their product is ordered online wholesale by schools and public institutions.  Thankfully Smokewood’s owner recognized the importance of quality food photography, having an advertising background.  With such a great group of fun, down-to-earth people, my food stylist Kristina Wolter and I were were overjoyed to collaborate on this project.

During the preproduction meeting, Kristina and I raved over the authentic Western-themed props that made the perfect backdrop for this delicious, rugged food.  Shot at Photogroup Studios, the food shoot went off without a hitch.  For the chili shot, we used the old cowboy hat Smokewoods’ owner has worn over many years as well as a lasso on a distressed board backdrop.  For the tostada shots Kristina picked through produce, finding the best garnishes, grilling the meat to perfection (she has her food styling tricks!), and grating the perfect lacy cheese.

Another shot included showing their taco tubs product and how they can be used.  Mostly sold to schools, our task was to update and modernize an image of a boy eating a taco tub.  We utilized Zephyr Talent agency’s Phoenix Cash who was a delight to work with.  The best way to get a natural looking “eat and grin” shot is to have the model repeatedly go through the motions of moving the product towards their mouth on cue and take many, many shots.  We ended up with plenty of great shots to choose from.

We were thrilled to work with this account and help them get some delicious food imagery for their website.   Check out some of the images below and on their updated website at

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