food photography

Albuquerque Food Photography for Grubhub All Things Guac

Albuquerque Food Photography for Grubhub All Things Guac

If you like guac or just saying the word, then . . .

For my second food photography shoot for Grubhub, I visited All things Guac!! (two exclamation points are in the actual name). I have said this before, but despite having photographed dozens of New Mexican restaurants, even at this shoot, I am still photographing dishes I have never heard of before. That was true for most of the fifteen dishes this time in fact! One I had heard of before of course, cheese quesadillas, I got to take home!

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Professional Food Photography in Albuquerque - Savory Fare Cafe

Professional Food Photography in Albuquerque - Savory Fare Cafe

Put a hand in a hero shot

Out on a food photography assignment for UberEats in Albuquerque, New Mexico that brought me to Savory Fare Cafe Bakery Catering where I got to take a few of the mini desserts home! UberEats has strict guidelines for how to make the food photos, but in the hero shot like the one above, I can get a little bit creative. There is an option to have a hand in the photo, and the owner herself was willing to be the hand model for the hero shot! Thank you Kelsey for volunteering and the take home swag! I look forward to photographing your entire catering menu soon.

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Albuquerque Food Photography Need-A-Pita for UberEats

Albuquerque Food Photography Need-A-Pita for UberEats

Back to the Mediterranean for Pita

It was deja vu for me this afternoon as a year and a half ago I was in this very same restaurant space doing another shoot for UberEats for a new restaurant called Bayti. Unfortunately, they went out of business. Now in that space, Need-A-Pita run by the very friendly owner, Alex. He helped out by having all the dishes ready one after another and even let me take home the falafel with extra pita. He said it would be the best pita I ever ate, and he was right. The pita was incredibly light and fluffy. Thank you Alex and all your staff (even one person volunteering to be a hand model) for a great food shoot here in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Taco Mex 4 Albuquerque New Mexico Food Photography

Taco Mex 4 Albuquerque New Mexico Food Photography

Pink Food Background

I had a colorful pink table top for the background of this UberEats food photography shoot in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I have photographed many Mexican restaurants in ABQ, but this new location for Taco Mex, to be specific Taco Mex 4, presented me some new dishes I had never seen nor heard of before. New dishes plus a pink table top made for a fun food photography shoot!

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Rude Boy Cookies Albuquerque New Mexico Food Photography

Rude Boy Cookies Albuquerque New Mexico Food Photography

Photograph it, then eat it!

Back out on another UberEats food photography shoot, this time at Rude Boy Cookies near UNM in central Albuquerque, New Mexico. As the name might imply, this was a much sweeter than usual food photography shoot in ABQ! They make cookies, of course, but also ice cream, shakes, gold bars, and even a flavor shot with milk! If photographing this food was not fun enough, the owner said I could take whatever I wanted home! I took it all save for the glass of milk. Thank you Rude Boy Cookies and thanks also to Jessica for assisting on this shoot.

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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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Professional Food Photography in Albuquerque New Mexico at Carraro's

Professional Food Photography in Albuquerque New Mexico at Carraro's

Natural light and natural balance!

UberEats sends me about one or two food photography assignments per month, after doing about 30 when they first debuted that service 1.5 years ago. This time I went to Carraro’s in the UNM area of Albuquerque. UberEats wants natural light from a window in the restaurant, and fill light can be added by using a reflector, which is what I used even for this hero shot. I propped the reflector against the table with my camera bag, stood on a chair, flipped out the screen on my Nikon D750, pointed the camera straight down, and boom, hero shot! It took me a few tries to align the food who I liked and to make sure none of the plates overlapped. Just using a little natural light, and my own natural balance to get a professional food photo!

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