New Mexico food photographer

Tableware Contest Commercial Photography Albuquerque New Mexico

Tableware Contest Commercial Photography Albuquerque New Mexico

Silverware Photo Contest Shoot?

This was a most unusual photo shoot. I was contacted to photograph tableware for a contest. I am always up for a different kind of photo shoot so I took my camera bag to a restaurant where I worked with one of the biggest teams to make these photos happen. Before this I was always hired to photograph the actual food. This time, the forks, knives, and plates! That’s why in these photos you will see the food mostly out of focus, but a fork in focus. The chef’s creations were the background for these photos. He didn’t seem to mind at all! Being a commercial photographer in Albuquerque, New Mexico allows for a wide variety in photo shoots!

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Yasmine's Cafe Albuquerque New Mexico Professional Food Photography

Yasmine's Cafe Albuquerque New Mexico Professional Food Photography

Mediterranean Food on Route 66

My latest UberEats professional food photography assignment took me to Yasmine’s Cafe near the University of New Mexico. The shoot began with a very well plated vegetarian platter including hummus, falafel, and wrapped dates. While I waited for the other dishes I enjoyed the view out onto Route 66 through the large floor to ceiling windows that provided great natural light for all the photos, as UberEats requires using only natural light (I supplement that with a silver reflector).

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Albuquerque New Mexico Food Photography at The Acre vegetarian restaurant

Albuquerque New Mexico Food Photography at The Acre vegetarian restaurant

Vegetarian Comfort Food Photography in ABQ

I have been vegetarian for over 22 years. It is much easier being vegetarian now than it was then, but a fully vegetarian restaurant is still a rare thing to come across. Thus, I was extra excited to get a UberEats food photography assignment for The Acres which features comfort vegetarian food, as they describe it at their Albuquerque, New Mexico location. Shawn and his staff were very prepared and helped out, with one waitress even hand modeling in the above shot1 And the topper, I got to take the green chile veggie cheeseburger to go! Thanks Shawn!

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Albuquerque Food Photography at Poki Poki

Albuquerque Food Photography at Poki Poki

Poki Poki is just fun to say!

Back out on food photography assignments for UberEats in Albuquerque, New Mexico taking me to Poki Poki, an Asian-Latin fusion restaurant. You build your own bowl of food starting with a base and ending with toppings. This allows, as you can see above, for a wide variety of Poke Bowls you can create. My thanks to Julie for having everything ready and making this the absolute smoothest UberEats food shoot I have done so far!

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Sante Fe New Mexico Food Photography at the Sage Inn

Sante Fe New Mexico Food Photography at the Sage Inn

A Social Restaurant in Santa Fe

Santa Fe Sage Inn contacted me about coming up to make some food photographs of new menu items for the grand opening of their social themed restaurant. It was a diverse shoot ranging from close up dessert shots, to from above “hero shots” of multiple food dishes, to stylized backlit drink shots. It was a fun challenge changing gears between the different setups required for each of those types of photographs. You can see that diversity in the gallery below. Thank you to Sonya for all your assistance during this shoot and when you are next in Santa Fe be sure and check out their social themed restaurant!

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Food Photography Albuquerque New Mexico Brickyard Pizza

Food Photography Albuquerque New Mexico Brickyard Pizza

Pizza Fun to Eat, Fun to Photograph?

I am not sure where pizza would rank in favorite foods in the U.S., but I would be surprised if it was not in the top 5.  But, how is pizza to photograph?  For menu shots like the photographs you see here which is what the client wanted, the trick is showing enough of the pizza to give an overall impression, without showing the entire pizza which can then end up just looking like a bumpy circle on a plate.  There was no opportunity for a glory shot with a spatula lifting a gooey slice off the pan or anything like that, but nevertheless I always try to be as creative as possible, even if just making shots for a menu like I did at Brickyard Pizza in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Professional Food Photography of Albuquerque New Mexico - Twisters

Professional Food Photography of Albuquerque New Mexico - Twisters

ezCater is my latest food photography client here in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  They are sending me to restaurants all over the city that provide catered food to make about 20 photos of their offerings.  The final shot, the "hero shot," as it is called, is getting as many of those potentially 20 dishes in the camera frame as possible.  If I got all of them in, every dish would look really small, not to mention there often is not space to make a shot like that as I shoot right in the regular customer area of the restaurant.  So I ask the restaurant owner which dishes are the ones she/he wants featured, then focus on getting as many of those as possible in the shot, like the one you see above.  

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