Carlton Farms

The creative team at Michael Patrick Partners helped regional pork & beef purveyor Carlton Farms craft new images for their website, and in particular some messaging around holiday meals. The challenge here was to create pictures that inspire home cooks to stretch their creativity. Here’s two photos from our recent projects with them.

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Seasonal Recipes for the American Lamb Board

These are my favorite projects: beautiful food, creative recipes, and lots of freedom to style and shoot. For the American Lamb Board, we partner with multi-talented Andrea Slonecker who creates, prepares and styles seasonal recipes to showcase American Lamb. When we collaborate with the American Lamb Board, we’re always working to make sure we hit just the right tone for mood, tone, and approachability for their target customer.
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Social media photos for Yogi Tea

Our client commissioned a set of of images to inform their social media plan. Yogi Tea’s brand story is that their teas are more than simply delicious. Each blend might have benefits such as lending energy or providing relaxation. Starting with the brand’s vision for each class of tea, our stylist built vignettes to tell a story for each blend. Some featured beautiful ingredients; herbs, fruits, seeds or berries. Others told mini stories about studying or relaxing. For 2016, Yogi Tea has a full library of beautiful and focused images to support their social media plan.

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Chef Portraits

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At Nicky’s “Wild About Game” event I’m tasked with shooting great looking food images and portraits of talented chefs.  They’re usually busy as hell and don’t want anything to do with me, so I embrace that dynamic and go for something quick and fun.

 


Riesling Rules

 

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Last Fall, we photographed a whole bunch of images for Pacific Rim Wines. Over two days with them we captured their eye-popping Wallula vineyards overlooking the Columbia Gorge and documented their growing practices and winery operation. Recently Pacific Rim launched their updated “Reisling Rules” website that uses those photos. It’s a stunning site with edge-to-edge backgrounds and snappy visuals.  It’s immersive and informative and it feels great to see my images used to such advantage. Huge shout-out goes to Amy Hall at Thrive Creative for the gorgeous site design and art direction during the shoot.

See for yourself: rieslingrules.com.

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Face Rock Creamery: New Product Packages and Field Trip

Bandon’s Face Rock Creamery is growing fast. Recently, they added a line of gourmet Macaroni & Cheese and commissioned us to create product photography for their packages. Working from their creative brief and with their package layout, we crafted three unique images to showcase the product line. Kudus here go to brilliant food stylist Ellen Jackson, who managed to walk the tightrope between “too hot” and “simply perfect” to showcase these melty and delicious dishes. Later that same month, we spent the day documenting the cheese production process with head cheesemaker Brad Sinko. facerock_creamery_03facerock_creamery_04facerock_creamery_01b
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Chizu

On their website, Chizu calls itself “a sushi-like experience for cheese lovers.” Last Spring, I shot images for a profile in Cheese Connoisseur Magazine and here’s one of their beautiful tasting boards.

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Fun Summer Restaurant Project: Pine Shed Ribs

Teaming up with small, independent restaurants to create an image library is a ton of fun. Tasty, too. Heather Jones asked me to team up with her to flesh out some visuals for Matt & Jenn at Pine Shed Ribs and show off their crazy-good BBQ.  We shot over a couple of afternoons when the smoker was full of deliciousness, and got to experience first hand the passion that Matt & Jenn have for making the best BBQ around.  I’d suggest you go check some out too, before they sell out for the day.

Pine Shed Ribs plates of BBQ

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