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.
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.
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.
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.
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!