Combining my own attributes and technical skills, I help brands tell their distinct narrative, establish their visual identity, and create memorable content for all usage and platforms.
My clients span commercial, editorial, restaurant, boutique hospitality, travel, luxury residential, publishing, B2B, B2C, D2C, and startup brands.
I earned my degree in Journalism from Boston University, and Editorial and Advertising Honors from The New England School Of Photography.
I have an extended network of producers, video crews, food stylists, prop stylists, studios, creative directors, and graphic designers that help to make every shoot a perfect success.
While currently growing roots in Chicago, I also have a strong client base in New York City where I spent the first ten years of my career and established myself in the creative community.
Fascinated with creating a narrative with light, composition, and texture.
Jena Carlin is a freelance commercial and editorial photographer, videographer, and cookbook author with nearly ten years of experience. After receiving her BFA in painting (with a minor in photography), she dedicated herself to storytelling through the medium of photography. While food photography is her specialty, she is also passionate about lifestyle, product, and fashion photography.
Executing photo shoots from conceptualization and art direction to final imagery, Jena does not stop there. She is also an experienced set stylist with a unique eye for building a scene. Her background in art has led to work painting room sets and textured surfaces and custom backgrounds for her many clients. This dedication to the whole process has led to many exciting clients including Kohls, Reader’s Digest, Maurice’s, and Martha Stewart where her work has been published nationally.
I am a New York-based commercial photographer, specializing in food, drinks, and lifestyle. My passion for capturing the art of food grew from my long-time affair with cooking and eating. I blame it on growing up in South Carolina – a childhood spent immersed in the addictive scent of a deep southern smoked barbecue, what would you expect?
Based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
English, French, Vietnamese
Lee travels, eats and tells stories. Currently based in Ho Chi Minh City aka Saigon, Vietnam he shoots food, travel stories as well as commercial product photography.
Travel and food are both about forming bonds and sharing stories. Traditions as old as humanity. Working in the food and beverage industry for over a decade gives him a deep appreciation of breaking bread, story telling, and the power of sharing cultures through food and travel. He now takes the same approach to make use of the camera to help tell these stories and bring people closer together. Using the visual medium of photography has given him the opportunity to share experiences and build relationships with people all over the world, and it’s this common respect and curiosity that forms the backbone of his work. That, and he’s always keen for a bowl of noodles and a cold beer with strangers and friends alike.
Rick Souders is an honors graduate from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Rick’s unique creative and business background has allowed him to work at a Fortune 250 Beverage Company, then to one of the largest Advertising Agencies in the US, to owning one of America’s top food and beverage Studios.
In his own words:
I grew up in the rural high plains near the Pawnee National Grasslands. Yes, very rural. My mom worked at a portrait studio and my dad, amongst many things, was a professional leather artist and taught leather craft. So, I lived in a very creative and inspiring atmosphere. Growing up in a small town allowed me to raise chickens, rabbits, and pheasants and have many pets including toads, tarantulas, possums and a raccoon. My passion for food and agriculture runs deep. I appreciate where our food comes from and I think that has played an important role in my love of food and beverage photography. Today I live on the Studio property in a beautiful environmentally friendly ranch home. Other quirky things include a degree in Taxidermy and my 1967 Bentley.
I have a passion for narrative storytelling within the world of food & beverage photography. No matter what the framework and parameters are, I strive to make fun images that pop with color and contrast.
Based in Kyiv, Ukraine
English, Russian, Ukrainian
I’m professional certified advertising food and product photographer, owner of the photo production studio providing photo and post-production services for 10 years. Available for shootings worldwide remotely and do in-house photo and post-production services in Ukraine.
Based in Charleston, South Carolina
Stacy is a commercial photographer and food stylist, she divides her time between NYC and Charleston, SC. With an eye for composition and light, she approaches each shoot with a rustic, authentic and story-telling style ranging from light ans fresh to dark and dramatic. Always showcasing food in its natural state, she loves to focus on the gorgeous details and colors that make you feel like you’re close to something delicious and beautiful. Her vibrant reverence for the culinary spirit makes her a favorite among hardworking chefs and restaurateurs. Stacy’s work highlights her knack for capturing the essence of captivating personalities and truly unique companies. Stacy’s fun personality and strong work ethic allows her to produce compelling photography for all level of businesses, from sole-proprietors looking for scale, affordable and quick photography, to in-house creative teams within a company or advertising agency looking for someone who is going to deliver highly successful, elegant and sophisticated imagery.
Originally from Greenfield, MA, I’ve spent over the last decade in Los Angeles working in all aspects of the photo industry, from editing major award show photos, to developing brand imagery, photographing people, cosmetics, and now with a concentration on food and beverage.
I bring this well rounded photo background and some good old fashioned punk rock DIY resourcefulness to every project!
If you see me in the wild say hello, I’m pretty nice.
Cayla Zahoran, a New York City food & beverage photographer, specializes in not only photographing food but eating it too. While working as a photo editor at Edible Allegheny and WHIRL Magazine (Pittsburgh, PA), her passion for local food & culture first began. Looking to broaden her palette, Cayla transplanted to New York City. Cayla’s creativity in the photography world is driven by her love of cooking, traveling, and the art of playing with her food. She also prides herself on being able to make the perfect Moscow Mule.
Jennifer Chase is a food, travel and lifestyle photographer and creative director based out of Washington, DC. Jennifer first learned to cook with one pot, a spoon, an open fire, and a village full of teachers, while a peace corps volunteer in West Africa . Her travels and her curiosity about culture, ritual and the ways we connect around food have informed her food photography and food styling. Her rich, modern visual style connects food producers and consumers through visual narratives that encourage exploration and enjoyment. An inviting sense of ease and imagination encourage clients and enthusiasts alike to join in the journey.
Lauren Volo is an American Food + Lifestyle Photographer based in Brooklyn. She graduated from Syracuse University in 2004 with her BFA in Art Photography and moved to New York City where she lives today with her husband and children.
A few Clients Include: The Food Network, Diageo, Barilla, DeLonghi, 7-Eleven, 360i, Clarkson Potter, Taylor Strategies, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Artisan, Marabout, Macmillan Publishers, Guinness, Hello Fresh, The Kitchn/Apt. Therapy, Edible Magazines, + Penguin Random House
Named one of the best advertising photographers in the world, Teri Campbell is the owner and Creative Lead at Teri Studios, a destination for consumer packaged goods companies, restaurants, beverage and travel-related businesses seeking original photography and motion work for advertising and packaging.
When not in the studio, Teri is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events like the International Conference on Food Styling & Photography, PDN’s PhotoPlus Expo and the FoodPhoto festival in Tarragona Spain. He is also the author of Food Photography and Lighting: A Commercial Photographers Guide to Creating Irresistible Images.
Hi, I’m Larisa! I’m a commercial food photographer, content creator, and stylist in the New Jersey and New York City area.
I’m passionate about food. I love learning about it, making it, sharing it, and eating it. Growing up in NYC gave me exposure to amazing food from all over the world. Binging on Food Network taught me about techniques and methods. Food photography allowed me to capture my passion in a more permanent way, even with those who weren’t at my dinner table.
I love capturing the crusty loaf of bread (mostly sourdough in my kitchen, and for the record, I was making it before the pandemic sourdough craze) or the gleam of the perfect buttercream from my never-ending cupcake endeavors.
When I’m not photographing food or collecting new photo props, I love traveling and sneaking veggies into my husband and two children. We live in Central NJ and have some pretty amazing fresh produce available from local farms.
Chrissie spent the first decade of her professional life working in the nonprofit sector, helping raise millions of dollars and running creative, compelling campaigns designed to inspire action and tell powerful stories.
But her first love has always been food. So after a lot of soul searching and hyperventilating into a paper bag, she quit her fundraising career to use this creative, story-telling experience and passion for food to celebrate and elevate food and beverage through relaxed but refined photography.
Chrissie is an obsessive home cook, cheese fanatic, whiskey sipper, and rolling stone. Having lived and traveled all over the world, Chrissie loves exploring the connection among place, people, and food.
Commercial food and beverage photographer with formidable product photography skills who takes a mean headshot as well. I’m Nick Bumgardner. I bring thirteen years of experience to the table. I work with advertising agencies, food brokers and distributers, pr firms, restaurants, brands, and Fortune 500 Companies to create compelling visual imagery.
I started my career working in photojournalism and quickly moved into the commercial photography world. For three years I worked for Saks 5th Avenue as a Staff Photographer.
For the last three years, I have taught classes on Food Photography and Lightroom for Nossi College of Art. I have created online learning ciriculum on Adobe Lightroom for an online learning brand. I also serve as a consultant for the e-commerce industry and help brands build out photo studios that are efficient and create great content. I have recently started teaching workshops.
Nick is a partner in Seamless Matter a large scale food and product photography business.
Based in Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
I am an advertising photographer, based in the uk. I specialise in Jewellery, drinks and product photography. with 10 years experience in working as a photography lead within the jewellery industry I have gained a wealth of knowledge about the jewellery industry, jewellery design and gemstones. My style and experience gives me the advantage to capture your product in the best way to emphasise your brand and style within your jewellery. I also have extensive experience in shooting drinks and cosmetics so what ever your project or product I will bring light to your vision and product.
Brian began his career in photography in a more traditional way. Starting out in a professional lab at the age of 14. Traveling to japan to work for many of the great innovators in the industry at Pentax camera in Tokyo japan. Then jumping into to his role as a photographer for his university public relations and marketing department … all before he hit the age of 21, digital cameras, social media and way before he even dreamed of starting his own studio. He is one of the few photographers nowadays who actually understands the science and behavior of light. He is a master in studio lighting in and mixologists at blending natural and artificial light. Most photographers stay within their
contrived boundaries of "photography" or what they think a "photographer" is. Brian approaches photography like a traditional artist—“ I wanna know the brand and I want to be able to show you how my images can help tell the story of your brand." He provides valuable insights to what it takes to create a memorable, unique brand.
Based in West Tisbury, Massachusetts
Elizabeth Cecil is a professional photographer. Whether she is shooting food, lifestyle or travel, her work is inspired by light, color, and her natural surroundings. Elizabeth aims to capture visual authenticity and poetry in everything she photographs. Her work has appeared in Bon Appetit, Saveur, Coastal Living and The Wall Street Journal. She is a contributing photographer and the founding photo editor of Edible Vineyard. When she’s not making pictures, you can find her out catching waves with her husband or in the kitchen baking a pie. Elizabeth lives on the island of Martha’s Vineyard except when she boards the ferry or hops on a plane to travel for work.
Michelle McSwain is a commercial portrait and lifestyle photographer based in Los Angeles, California. She has done photography for the brands Nintendo, Girl Scouts, JBL, Soundcloud, SPANX, Facebook, Wine Spectator, Barkbox, AMC Networks, and several more. She previously did photo editing and retouching with the New York Times and Yahoo Inc, which helped develop her signature style of bright light and warmth.
You can find Michelle on the hiking trails in southern California with her little family or sitting in the sunshine with a chilled glass of Pét-Nat. With a knack for befriending almost anyone she meets, Michelle brings her own warmth and joy to all her projects, achieving her clients’ vision with a fun and relaxed attitude.
She is available to travel globally, especially to anywhere with warm weather and good wine.
Paul is a still life photographer based in New York specializing in food, beverage, cosmetics still photography and stop-motion animation. as the son of talented architects, he developed his interest in photography and design at an early age. these interests led him to study at Rochester Institute of Technology, where he further developed a love for crafting light in the studio. Paul has enjoyed collaborations with clients such as Badger & Winters, BBDO, Calia by Carrie Underwood, Clinique, Coach, DKNY, L’OReal, Martha Stewart, O the Oprah Magazine, Playboy, Saveur, & Weight Watchers.
Jessica Ebelhar is an editorial and commercial photographer specializing in still-life, food + beverage, and portrait work for forward-thinking brands and publications.
Equally comfortable working in her Louisville studio or on location, Jessica is a collaborative creative who helps bring visions to life. Have an idea? Reach out – she’d love to hear from you.
I wish I could say I have tasted every dish I shot. People may not agree on politics, taxes or even the weather, but we surely drop our differences and come together over food. Time spent at the table with others is one of the best ways to get to know them. Photography is much the same.
Spending most of my fifteen year career as a magazine art director and photographer, I have worked with a wide variety of subjects from senators and beauty queens to chefs and turkeys. I enjoy the time with the personalities I photograph and the gratifying part is hearing their story and capturing the moment in time.
My work has been recognized in the creative industry’s leading publications: Art Director’s Club of New York Annual, the Communication Arts Design Annual, and SPOTS competition.
I often use older film cameras including an 11×14 ultra large format Burke & James, 8×10 and 4×5 pinhole cameras, and a beautiful Pentax 67. My recent favorite is a 1960’s era Polaroid Land camera converted into a 4×5 rangefinder. I live, work and play in Richmond, Virginia with my lovely and very understanding wife, two daughters and son.
Some like to take the easy road, others prefer the path less travelled. I am a fan of the latter – I thrive on challenge, detail, and problem solving. It’s that passion that makes me crave the right shot, right set, and most mouth-watering styling. Food photography is not a simple path from idea to execution – it’s an exploration and often a collaboration. When I first began to explore this type of work I knew it would make for an epic creative journey from my first attempts at lighting, to the way I continue to push myself creatively today. I am always exploring and I don’t think I’ll ever stop learning.
When I’m not in the kitchen or the studio you’ll find me happily collecting my share of sand and dirt out on the mountain bike trails in Central Florida. To me there is no better feeling than the rush you get from a job well done…except maybe the rush of rolling along a beautifully flowing trail with some happy jumps and berms in a beautiful wooded setting.