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Food Photography Workshops Texas

Ever wanted to learn the tricks of the trade when it comes to food photography?  Join me at an upcoming Art of Food Photography workshop with Precision Camera University.  These classes are so much fun!  We spend the first half of the class exploring lighting, composition, food styling and prop styling.  It’s also a unique opportunity to ask questions about the business side of food photography.  Whether you’re creating a cook book, shooting food as a hobby or for your blog, this class is ideal for anybody who wants to expand their photography skills to include food photography.

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The second half of the class gives participants the opportunity to practice what they learned with hands-on shooting bays.  Food stylist Kristina Wolter sets up six different food compositions for participants to try out.  With Precision Camera’s generous selection of lighting equipment, participants also get to try out different lighting systems, such as studio strobes, LED panels, Spyder Lights and more, depending upon the set up for that class.  The great thing is, each class is different with new food displays in the shooting bays and a variety of topics covered depending upon the questions asked in the class.  Check out the video below to learn more about the workshop, or visit Precision Camera University’s website for more information on the next specific date.


Holiday Food and Product Photography for Bon Nosh

Food stylist Kristina Wolter and I are thrilled at the continued opportunity to work with pastry bag client Bon Nosh with ongoing seasonal projects.  We recently completed a few holiday-themed shoots with Christmas cookies, baking projects and even an outdoor Whoopie Pie shoot.  Check out the fun images below. Many thanks to hand models Sarah Creel, and Kristina’s daughter, as well as the Austin bakery Crema for supplying us with cookies, cupcakes that Kristina decorated and styled.

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With hand model Sarah Creel

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Kristina’s beautiful daughter graciously modeling a plate of Whoopie Pies for us

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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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Waffle image shown with final package design

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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