The Barrelhouse on Market for UberEATS

UberEATS photoshoot Jan. 15, 2019 at The Barrelhouse on Market in Jeffersonville, Ind. (Photo by Brian Bohannon)

Yummy Yummy Chicken and Fish for UberEATS

UberEATS photoshoot Thursday, Dec 27, 2018 at Yummy Yummy Chicken and Fish in Louisville, Ky. (Photo by Brian Bohannon)
UberEATS photoshoot Thursday, Dec 27, 2018 at Yummy Yummy Chicken and Fish in Louisville, Ky. (Photo by Brian Bohannon)

Whisky Dry for UberEATS

UberEATS photoshoot Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 at Whiskey Dry in Louisville, Ky. (Photo by Brian Bohannon)

Art of the Window Cling

Art of the Window Cling

Ville Chicken & Seafood

A window cling shoot for a local restaurant.

My client wanted his food displayed on his windows

After a food shoot at his restaurant, Xin Dong asked me to return and shoot his food items for window clings, something he’d seen done elsewhere. Here’s the proposal I sent him:

Based on your request,

My understanding is that you need 9-12 food items photographed to produce 24” x 36” window-cling prints for placement in the windows of the Ville Chicken & Seafood restaurant. I see large photos of food items photographed very close-up with nothing else shown, no plate or place setting or table in the photo. Just big food and nothing else.

If this is not what you see when you think of what these photos look like, then please let me know now!

We’ll decide on a place to shoot all of the food in one place, to focus on the food alone with no specific background or styling. We will only swap out different plates to the same place to make them all the same, as I did for the UberEATS photoshoot. A plate or the first food item will serve as a test shot to finalize lighting and the look for all plates shot after that – no changes to location or styling other than using different plates of similar size. This way, we’ll get it set, and the rest will be shooting the next plate until we’re finished.

My clock starts a half hour after I walk in the door for setup and ends with the last photo taken.

When I arrived for the shoot, he wasn’t there, so I worked with what he had, red checkered paper and a tray to put it on.

Here’s the final images:

Old Forester Distilling Company on Whisky Row

A first look at the new Old Forester Distillery on Whiskey Row in Louisville for USA Today.

See the gallery:

First look: Old Forester Distillery in Louisville

Jake Emen, Special to USA TODAY, Published 2:03 p.m. ET June 13, 2018

The Manhattan Project for the Courier Journal

The Short Rib Sliders at The Manhattan Project looked great and photographed well, but I was too busy to eat. I had to shoot all this food, the interior and exterior and get out as soon as possible. No time to mess around!

But I did stop to have another go at the drink from the inside of the bar looking out towards the patio window, backlit. The bartender made a fine hand model and held the drink, making for a better drink photo.

Then I was out of there.

Special to Courier Journal

The Manhattan Project is where sports bar meets cocktail lounge

See the story by Lindsey McClave, Special to Courier Journal Published 11:25 a.m. ET Oct. 24, 2018:

The Manhattan Project is where sports bar meets cocktail lounge

Scarlet’s Bakery

Rachelle Starr, Founder of Scarlet’s Bakery, 741 E. Oak, at the corner of Oak and Shelby Streets in the Smoketown neighborhood.

See the story on the Courier Journal website: Louisville bakery helps rescue exploited women through baked goods, by Nancy Miller, Special to Courier Journal, Published 12:44 p.m. ET May 8, 2018 | Updated 11:32 a.m. ET May 9, 2018

A portrait and food shoot

I made a portrait of Rachelle Starr, owner of Scarlet’s Bakery in Smoketown for a Courier Journal Cook’s Corner column. They featured recipes for the bakery’s Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice muffin, Oatmeal chocolate caramel bars and Grilled chicken pesto panini.

Neighbors were there having coffee together, so I began by shooting interiors and exteriors to capture them in the space.

Rachelle needed to leave, so I set up a softbox to shoot her portrait. The interior was already bright, but I wanted to be sure to balance that with a great exposure for her against the high-key background. The bakery’s sign below the counter branded the photo, but you have to be careful with text in your photo. I also shot it with the words obscured, and that’s the one the editors chose for the lead photo.

With the owner photo taken care of, I turned to the food items. They were ready to go, so I began by shooting standard food angles to cover those bases. Then I decided to go graphic.

I altered their presentation by using the plastic silverware to break the muffin in half and take a corner of the chocolate bar to show their insides. Then I took the Panini sandwich and turned it on it’s side for an angular composition. Those were the photos they used in the paper.

I finished shooting details as the two employees cleaned up, which made another nice photo. When I packed up, I left with the food as they closed.

Scarlet’s Bakery, 741 E. Oak St., (502) 290-7112, scarletsbakery.org

Cumberland Brews for UberEATS

UberEATS photoshoot Tuesday, May 1, 2018 for Cumberland Brews at 1576 Bardstown Road in Louisville, Ky. (Photo by Brian Bohannon)

Havana Bakery Cafe for UberEATS

UberEATS photoshoot Thursday, April 14, 2018 for Havana Bakery Cafe at 5510 Fern Valley Road in Louisville, Ky. (Photo by Brian Bohannon)

Hibachi Sushi Buffet for UberEATS

UberEATS photoshoot Friday, March 23, 2018 for Hibachi Sushi Buffet at 5316 Bardstown Road in Louisville, Ky. (Photo by Brian Bohannon)

Vonsubs for UberEATS

UberEATS photoshoot Friday, March 23, 2018 for Vonsubs at 2613 West Broadway in Louisville, Ky. (Photo by Brian Bohannon)

Firenza Pizza for UberEATS

UberEATS photoshoot Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at Firenza Pizza in Louisville, Ky. (Photo by Brian Bohannon)

Tandoori Fusion for UberEATS

UberEATS photoshoot Friday, March 16, 2018 at Tandoori Fusion at 4600 Chamberlain Lane in Louisville, Ky. (Photo by Brian Bohannon)