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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 www.smokewoodfoods.com

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Dang! Vietnamese Food Photography

After working on the food photography project for Pluckers Wing Bar earlier this year, we were thrilled to be called back by the owners to work on menu photography for their new Vietnamese restaurant opening in Austin this summer:  Dang! Banh Mi.  At the time of the food shoot, the restaurant was still under construction, so we set up a make-shift studio at co-owner Dave Paul’s residence, which provided the perfect backdrop for the food.

The goal of the food photography session was to capture the authentic Vietnamese cuisine presented in a delicious, accessible way for the Western palate.  For the Banh Mi the client wanted to show each layer individually, so it’s easy to identify what goes on the sandwich.  My trusty food stylist Kristina Wolter expertly added each layer separately and managed to get everything to stay in its place while we photographed each stage of the sandwich build.  She also did an amazing job with the Pho, getting every ingredient to show, without the heavier items sinking to the bottom.  The dishes all feature fresh ingredients and typical Vietnamese spices, garnishes and condiments including beautiful purple Thai basil, habanero peppers, bean sprouts, Thai chilis, and Dang’s own hot chili sauce.  The fresh colorful ingredients really helped the images “pop” against the rustic wood surface.

Dang Banh Mi is slated to open in North Austin July of 2014; for more information and to see more of the food photography we did for them, check out their website at:  www.dangbanhmi.com.

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Environmental Portrait for the Bones & Co.

A while back we worked with The Bones & Company on their raw pet food photography project.  Months later I set up the lighting and staging for this environmental portrait for the owner, Ryan Cummings.  We shot at the commercial kitchen Capital Kitchens, which is a gorgeous industrial kitchen space that has a lovely front room with this amazing wall of reclaimed wood planks.  Ryan is pictured here with the ingredients he uses in his dog foods: fresh raw meats and veggies.

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