For many, “food in Atlanta” queues the timeless aromas of regional classics, such as barbecue, soul, comfort food or any number of staples from a rich and well-established Southern cuisine. But in truth, these represent only a peach pie-slice of what modern-day Atlanta has to offer. A veritable melting pot of ethnic cuisine, food science, and the spice of life has the Big-A brimming with culinary innovation, flare, and excitement. Atlanta food photographers have joined forces with restaurant industry professionals, publications, agencies, brands, and foodies galore to capture and share a fuller picture of the dynamic, multicultural food city Atlanta has become — a true player in New American cuisine.
At Wonderful Machine, we define food photography as depicting food as “a product or an experience, including showing it being grown, prepared, served, consumed.”
Whether it’s for a commercial or editorial project, Atlanta food photographers have got you covered! We’ve done the research. Here’s a list of Wonderful Machine’s selections for the city’s eight best.
Andrew Thomas Lee’s photography revolves around not only food culture but the role it plays in people’s lives. He demonstrates an interest for the full culinary process, “not just the beautiful plates, but everything it took to get there.” Andrew clearly loves shooting food, working with cooks, and being part of the Atlanta restaurant scene and food community. He lives in Atlanta with his wife Kate, and their daughters, Alice and Jane.
His clients include: Esquire, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, People, Atlanta, Garden & Gun, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as many titans of American barbecue.
Before he became a photographer, Andrew played guitar and drums for the Atlanta indie rock band Manchester Orchestra! His first DSLR he bought from a friend while on tour in Europe. Though he cut his teeth on wedding photography, Andrew writes, “Everything fell into place when I photographed my first restaurant.”
If you’re looking for a food photographer in Atlanta, look no further than Mr. ATL himself!
Ashley Camper combines her down-to-earth Midwestern roots with a well-travelled eye. After graduating from Winona State University with a degree in Photojournalism, she spent time in Minneapolis, Maui, and London cultivating her unique photo and design aesthetic.
Ashley considers her 2010 internship with Nick Onken in NYC, followed by assisting for Emily Nathan of Tiny Atlas Quarterly, and becoming the Hawaii contributor for Kinfolk magazine as three key influences on her photography. In 2015, she was nominated for PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers. She continues to travel and tell rich visual stories with her signature use of light. Ashley is now based in Atlanta!
Her clients include: the Wall Street Journal, Travel and Leisure Magazine, Kinfolk Magazine, Tidal Magazine, Tiny Atlas Quarterly, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Minnesota Monthly, Pacific Weddings Magazine, Buffalo Wild Wings, Poler, Adidas, Footlocker, and Minnetonka Moccasins.
True to her surname, Camper is no stranger to dining and photographing al fresco! She knows that food is about people — and that three canoes, good friends, a thermos of coffee and a bottle of rosé are the makings of a feast!
Iain Bagwell and Victor Protasio are two self-described “food photography nerds” pushing each other off the ledge every day. They live, love and breathe food photography, reimagining with every shoot the way in which the specialty is approached and captured. With an uncompromising desire to always push forward, these two create compelling images and memorable shoots.
Bagwell and Protasio have a well-honed contact list and collaborate with the best prop and food stylists out there. They’re always looking at new talent and trends, and are ever ready to embrace the unconventional.
Their clients include: Delta Air Lines, Food and Wine, Real Simple, Southern Living, Publix, Coke, Krystal, Hooters, and Whole Foods.
They have a studio located in the heart of Atlanta, with easy access to Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson airport, and Interstates 20, 75 and 85.
From bold and colorful to warm and natural, Bagwell and Protasio know that in food photography, you taste with your eyes. They have a palette for every palate! Let them show you what’s rad about radicchio!
Luis Erazo’s passion for food photography began as a teenager in Puerto Rico. When he moved to the States, his love for all things visual led him to art direction and later creative direction in the ad industry. There, Luis learned to apply a detailed, strategic eye to conceptual work and design, incorporating both moving and still imagery. As a photographer, he wants his photos to imagine a bold, exciting world — one in which the subject, be it a product or a person, stands out and shines. Viewers need to be transported, and his photos achieve that through careful compositions of color and tone. This is the end result of a process by which Luis brings the creative brief to life and makes the subject part of a story. Viewers are transported to a bold and exciting culinary heaven! Splitting his time between his now home in Atlanta, New York, and Puerto Rico, Luis has created and produced integrated, insightful work that’s garnered some of the most coveted awards for some of the most iconic brands.
His clients include: Allawake, Audi, Brunet | Garcia, Bubbles Salons, Burger King, Chevrolet, Cleveland Clinic, Coca Cola, Coors Light, Doosan, EPB, Fitzco, Ford, Freedom’s Edge Cider, GTB, HP, Human Improvement, Humanaut, Hyundai, Jeep, Kroger, Krystal, Mayfield, McCann, McKee Walwork, Mckinney, Mindalt, Nasdaq, Nationwide, Nestlé, nez&pez, Ohio Art, Ole Smokey, Publix, Subway, SunButter, The Community, The Sasha Group, Travelocity, US Express, Vayner Media, and Washington Post.
Luis doesn’t take your everyday picture. Think of him more as a food photographer meets retouching master. Using his special skills during setup and post-production, Luis adds extra flavor to his photographs, making them unique, eye-catching, and adorned with conceptual appeal.
Greg DuPree’s journey to food photography began through Comic books and a love of drawing and later painting. Now twenty years as an Atlanta food photographer, Dupree continues to see and utilize the similarities between painting and photography with regard to color, tone, light, and composition. He creates images that convey a sense of place and emote a response in the viewer, whether it be a portrait of a chef, or a still life of ingredients — something real and inviting.
Greg holds a BFA in Fine/Studio Art from Georgia State University and has taught as a photography instructor at The Creative Circus.
His recent clients include: Women’s Fitness, Sunset, Calphalon, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Surya, Cooking Light, EveryDay with Rachael Ray, Real Simple, All-Clad Metalcrafters, Keurig, Bloomingdales, Costal Living, Palate, People, Oxmoor House, Southern Living, Food Arts, KitchenAid, Hestan, Atlanta Magazine, Garden & Gun, Sky Mall, and GQ.
Greg believes, “If I can make someone stare at my images in a gallery or stop on a page in a magazine, then I think I’ve accomplished what I’ve intended to.” His jewel-like photos demonstrate that sometimes a blue oyster itself is a pearl!
With a love for the textures, versatility, and colors of food, coupled with the art of plating and garnishment, Madelynne has been fortunate to turn her passion for food into her company, Bites and Bevs. Her agency offers a variety of services from food photography and styling to social media management, and staffing. With a staffing core that includes Chefs, Second Shooters, and Assistants, the Bites and Bevs team have found a way to accommodate all things food photography!
Madelynne has worked with numerous corporate clients including Food Network, W Hotels, Ciroc, Pepsi Co., and Maker’s Mark. Her local restaurant clients include: STK, Amalfi Cucina, Toast, Steak Market, Slutty Vegan and more. She has been published by Simon & Schuster and Penguin Random House of The Big Five publishing houses for her multiple cookbooks. Her most recent celebrity book was for T-Pain’s “Can I Make You A Drink,” featured with Jimmy Fallon.
Madelynne’s style is most known for its dark and moody lighting techniques demonstrating shadows, dynamics, and texture. Light and airy is also a style that she incorporates into her portfolio. Her versatility and professionalism make Bites and Bevs your preferred resource for photography and consultancy.
Classic food photography at its best — no tricks, no fusion, just beautifully crafted photos that evoke the appetite. Madelynne has so much fun with these “fun-guys” even an Atlanta pitmaster might forget there’s no meat!
Bailey Garrot is an Atlanta food and lifestyle photographer. With experience in art direction, creating concepts, and seeing them through to completion, she is happiest when collaborating creatively with a team. Bailey has worked as a professional commercial photographer since 2012. After earning a BFA in photography at Georgia State University, she spent time with fascinating people and mission-driven companies in the field and in the studio.
Her clients include: Atlanta Magazine, Anova Culinary, Whole Foods Market, Georgia Organics, Culture Cheese Mag, Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate, Talat Market, Regenerative Organic Alliance, SOCAP, CompostNow, and National Farmers Union.
Bailey is the photographer half of a journalism project, Shared Plates, exploring food in the world and how it gets to the table. She uses natural light to photograph natural ingredients, and we’re eating it up! Her still life composition has mycelium!
Heidi Harris is an Atlanta-based photographer who travels far and wide for her work. She shoots for some of Atlanta’s best restaurants and chefs, always capturing what’s on the table with regard to color, composition, and lighting.
Over the past 15 years, she has had experience documenting a wide variety of subject matter — everything from weddings and events, to family and children, restaurants, food, lifestyle, and editorial work. This mix of subject matter and clientele has combined into an understanding and confidence in visually communicating the story at hand.
Her clients include: Heirloomed, Atlanta Magazine’s Home, Garnish Gather, Atlanta Chef’s Table, Seed Factory, Cornell University, Phase 3, Bold Catering and Design, Southern Proper, and The Ritz Carlton.
Heidi describes her strength as working with small businesses, helping to outline and conceptualize how photography can elevate a brand. She is adaptable, and in working closely with clients is able to create imagery that is true to them, highlighting their mission and purpose.
Berry, berry, quite contrary! Heidi’s photos have us singing cocktails all in a row!
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