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.