I loved photographing El Jardin, mexican restaurant, for San Diego Magazine. Their food is vibrant and beautiful and most importantly, delicious! The presentation is a photographer’s dream come true… very graphic and full of texture. I decided to play off the bright look and feel of the ambience of the restaurant and food, and photograph some of the dishes on a bright blue background in order to give more pop to the overall image and make the viewer’s eye go straight to the food. Sometimes less is more with backgrounds. For lighting, I decided to do something a bit more harsh to play with the shadow’s and texture a bit more. I never want them to distract away from the food or beverage I photograph, but instead help complete the image.
Thanks for stopping by. Did you catch my last post on spa interior photography?
Below is a recent image taken for 1859 Magazine (on shelves now), showcasing a beautiful Beef Tenderloin, created and prepared by the talented Lisa Glickman, the magazine’s “Home Grown Chef”. If we did our job right, hopefully, you’ll want to look up the recipe and try your hand at cooking a beautiful meal like this! (and if that’s the case, feel free to give me a ring and I’ll come over for dinner!) Joking!
If you still haven’t been to Backporch Coffee Roasters‘ new location, I’m not sure where you’ve been… it’s beautiful. I’m calling it my second home these days, as I love to sip my latte’ while emailing, writing proposal or even blogging. I was hired to photograph images for their advertising collateral, showcasing their snazzy new spot and details such as Ruby, their new baby, the La Marzocco espresso machine. Yes, you heard me, La Marzocco to all you coffee “snobs”… oops…connoisseurs out there.
I wanted to compliment the modern interior of Backporch Coffee with a clean and simple approach to the imagery, which isn’t hard since, let’s face it, that’s pretty much what my photography leans toward anyway. I used mostly all natural lighting for their imagery and focused on clean lines and off-set composition. Here are a few of the images.
I recently had the pleasure of working with the Oregon Business Magazine with my good friend and amazing art director, Jon Taylor Carter on a story about distilleries around Portland Oregon. Together, we toured three different distilleries, each with their own unique style and expertise. The three amazing distilleries were New Deal, Stone Barn Brandy Works, and House Spirits. Below are just a sampling of the imagery from the distilleries and the cover magazine shot! I hope you enjoy!
Introducing my new promotional piece…designed by the talented Studio Absolute. Enjoy!
I just completed photographing another project for Oregon’s 1859 Magazine. It was a beautiful recipe dish for their Spring Issue, created by the talented Lisa Glickman. (in stores soon) And since I can’t show you the images until the magazine comes out, I thought I would show you some previous recipes Lisa and I had the pleasure of working on together for 1859 Magazine.
The images featured below are from the Fall 2009 and Winter 2010 issues of 1859 Magazine.
Quick side note: If you haven’t heard of Lisa Glickman, I urge you to check out her website (click on the link above) and consider hiring her for your next event as your personal chef. Her meals are DELICIOUS! She is so talented in the kitchen and SO fun to have around!
Salmon Agnolotti with Creamy Hazelnut Sauce
I recently finished a photography project with restaurant and bar, 900 Wall in Bend, Oregon. Last year, 900 Wall replaced the infamous Merenda Restaurant and needed new imagery for advertising purposes. The wonderful ladies of The Marketing Department contacted me to discuss the restaurant’s needs, and right away, knew it would be a fun project. If you haven’t been to 900 Wall before, the staff and ambiance prides itself on an amazing bar, a comfortable and inviting atmosphere, and of course, their incredible always-evolving cuisine, using fresh, local produce.
The goals of their photography needs were to capture the atmosphere of the restaurant as well as showcasing some of their food and drinks. We wanted to maintain a feeling of warmth throughout all the imagery as well. Below are a few examples of the images we photographed for 900 Wall. I hope you enjoy!!
If you have any questions regarding hiring a food photographer in Bend Oregon or Pacific Northwest for your next project, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 541-255-5834. Also, for more images of food photography, please check out my website at www.paulawattsphoto.com
If you haven’t savored the flavors of Trattoria Sbandati in Bend, Oregon, you are missing out! Juri and Kinley Sbandati have set the bar high with their new restaurant featuring authentic Florence cuisine and wine pairings. But do not expect an “eat and run” restaurant. They have set the tone to wine and dine and enjoy the atmosphere with four courses to every dinner.
I had the great pleasure of photographing some of Juri’s beautiful dishes for their advertisements and website. It was nothing less than an enjoyable experience working hand in hand with Juri and their amazing designer Jon Taylor Carter. We really wanted to show off the textures and beautiful colors of the dishes and continue with the theme of the Italian, rustic feel. In order to accomplish this, I worked with specific lighting techniques to enhance and dramatize the food. It is really important to work with the balance of highlights brushing off the food and where the shadows fall to create the right feel. In addition, we wanted to include a bit of the low-light atmosphere in some of the images which is all about balancing the light and the connection between the restaurant and subject. To view other examples of my food photography, please visit my website here. Enjoy!
On store shelves now! The newest issue of Pronghorn Magazine featuring my food photography for some great holiday recipes! Holloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukah, and of course, New Year’s! Enjoy!