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.
Tennessee Native, Nicholas McGinn took the photography industry by storm impressively landing multiple national campaigns his first year in the industry. Since then, his precision, utmost attention to detail, and unique understanding of lighting has lead to his skyrocketing rise among the worlds top architectural and interior photographers. It should only be expected that photography goes back five generations in his family.
Nicholas is a perfectionist with a photography portfolio of architecture and interior to prove it. His fastidious preparation, commitment for excellence and genuine demeanor provide an experience unlike any other.
Nicholas currently travels the country shooting for various corporations, firms and designers.
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I’m an editorial and commercial photographer based out of Nashville, TN. I grew up in Louisville, KY and it will always be my home. Because of that I’m partial to bourbon, horses, and baseball bats.
When not working I enjoy exploring Nashville with my wife, playing the guitar, buying records, or planning my next big trip.
I love my job not only because I get to create something new everyday, but I get to meet new people and connect with them on something more than just what’s on the surface.
So let’s make a connection. Tell me your story!
Businesses should compete based on great stories. Pure and simple. It’s my job to draw out and photograph your stories in a way that causes customers to click with your brand. Nashville-based photographer and visual storyteller with a great love of people. My work is focused on telling better stories for your website, social media, blog, print collateral, and in-house displays. With a BA in Photography from Thomas Edison State College; a thesis written on How Photography Causes Social Change; a year teaching photography at the college level; and an MA in theology your images will come from a deep understanding of the power of images and the human heart. Born and raised in the South with a deep appreciation for roots, narrative & quality. I grew up watching light slant through Georgia pine trees and it changed the way I see.
Lover of hospitality, rocking chairs, deep conversations
and the word "ya’ll."
Jackie has been working as a professional freelance photographer since 2005. She has worked on projects ranging from companies’ national ad campaigns such as Nutrena to taking lifestyle imagery for local independent companies. She was the lead photographer for Tarter Farm and Ranch Equipment, the largest farm equipment company in the United States, for nearly 7 years and continues to work with them on large scale projects. Her passion for agriculture mixed with her knowledge of horses and various other animals helps her to create compelling images for companies while working in various climates and situations.
Having grown up as a shy, quiet kid, I was stunned to discover that my personal style is so loud! I am particularly drawn to bold colors, lines, geometry, and patterns. Heavily inclined toward a modern aesthetic, I tell visual stories with clean compositions and an authenticity that helps bring your brand to life and connect more deeply with your followers. My work is a great fit for passion-driven businesses and those who aim to make their customers’ lives brighter, happier, and more energetic and fun.
You can almost always find me in a comfy chair sipping on a good latte from a local cafe—or homemade, if I’m working in. You’ll know me by my bright pink hair and well-worn jeans.
Every photograph begins with an idea. The job of a photographer is to not only capture the vision, but manipulate it into art, bigger than life and beyond any initial expectations.
Photographer, Clay Cook, has learned the importance of going the extra mile, after a long, arduous run in the music business. As a result, his wisdom, field experience and work ethic has pushed him further into an inspiring career in Advertising and Editorial photography.
Over a short period of time, Clay has shaped creative projects with brands such as: A&E, History, Lifetime, Comcast, Uproxx, Livestrong, NFL, Papa John’s Pizza and Vince Camuto. In addition, he has brought to life, worldwide assignments for publications such as National Geographic, Time, Forbes, Popular Mechanics, The Guardian and W Magazine.
At Dean Lavenson Photography, Dean brings an utter passion to the set. He is a master with light and an absolute perfectionist. He is as giddy about photography today as when he was a student. And with that passion comes with over 25 years of experience. After graduating from Brooks Institute of Photography and freelancing in L.A. for a few years, Dean relocated his family from Santa Barbara, California to Louisville in 1989. He’s still trying to figure out how that happened. All he remembers is a big yellow Ryder truck with a matching yellow ’73 VW Bug in tow and his wife, Dianne, crying across every state line. Dean still dreams about the beach, but over the years he’s grown to love Louisville. As for how Dean first got started with a camera? Now that’s a long story. Let’s just say, he was on his way to becoming the next Wynton Marsellis. Lucky for Mr. Marsellis, Dean ended up in Beginning Photography as a high school senior. Ask him in person and he’ll give you the looooong version.
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.
Photographer, general dweeberist, orange enthusiast, beekeeper.
CARY NORTON lives in BIRMINGHAM, ALA.
fin & munch
upgrading your software for you
taking electronics apart
making up overly competitive
regretting shaving them
the feel of lp records
loading 4×5 and 8×10
shooting 4×5 and 8×10
wet plate collodion
Rob Culpepper is a commercial photographer based in Birmingham, Alabama.
Please note that due to current Covid 19 restrictions, we are employing social distancing and common sense solutions to keep subjects and crew safe. Most of the work on this website was executed with a small number of people on set—sometimes just me and the subject, other times with a handful of people including Agency and Client representatives. Regardless of how Covid 19 affects future photo shoots, my work has always benefitted from small, intimate settings, and I look forward to delivering great creative regardless of the number of bodies on set.
I was born into a big, footloose family in Long Beach California. I worked for more than a decade as a newspaper photographer—a job that let me chase another passion, concert photography.
In 1989 I joined the staff of Southern Living Magazine as a senior photographer for Travel. That was so much fun I stayed for almost 25 years, shooting hundreds of features, and logging more than four million frequent flyer miles. Now freelance, I still love creating story-telling images. My years of photographing music, food, and culture have made me adept at putting people at ease and working in a relaxed, energetic style.
I am represented by Wonderful Machine, while my classic concert work is represented by Rock Paper Photo, the definitive place for pop culture fine art photography. https://www.rockpaperphoto.com/browse-by-photographer/art-meripol More of my concert work can be view at oldschoolconcerts.photoshelter.com
I’m based in beautiful Birmingham, Alabama and always packed and ready for the next shoot. When I’m not on the road or on a shoot, you can find me walking our two dogs, cooking dinner, or playing Disc Golf.
My name is Michael and I am a commercial and editorial portrait photographer. Born and raised in the south, I have made Tuscaloosa, Al my home for my wife and three beautiful dancing daughters. I love being immersed in the design and details of my shoots – Each location, client and campaign has a unique set of challenges that I love taking on. Dramatic, cinematic lighting is most often how I convey the ultimate message of my work. I have had the opportunity to collaborate and work with some amazingly creative and talented people across the country – I look forward to working with you too.
John E McDonald is an Atlanta based photographer specializing in outdoor and lifestyle imagery, with avid interests in the outdoors, sports, and film. He is a collector by nature: screen prints, adding to his beer cellar, and recently vinyl. He has a massive appreciation of his home state and the abundant outdoor adventures it offers. Nico, his pup, always rides shotgun. John brings his keen eye, easy going attitude, and professional work ethic to every project he takes on.
Angela went on a field trip in third grade and took pictures with her favorite pink Le Clic camera. When she showed the class her photographs from the trip her teacher told her she should be a photographer. Like any good student Angela didn’t listen until 15 years later. Thank you Ms. Ushrey for being "the wind beneath my wings."
I am a Corporate, Advertising, Fine Art Portrait, and Wedding photographer based in Atlanta, Georgia. I started out as a documentary photographer in New York and evolved to shooting corporate and personal assignments that have an editorial and evocative style.
Much of my photography, whether it be portraits, corporate photojournalism or weddings, has an authentic, modern and intimate approach that has been very successful for the imagery I create for my clients.
I like street photography, American muscle cars, 60’s movies, and tropical locations. I love photographing people whether it’s in the studio, on location or in the street.
I’m available for assignment worldwide.
Stories are the reason I do what I do. Everyone has a story. Some are inspirational, some tragic. Stories can change the way we view the world around us and is why I have chosen to devote my career in the pursuit of storytelling. My love of cinema growing up and the stories narrated through the big screen have had huge influences in most of my work today.
We are a husband and wife team at Wedig & Laxton. Andrea is the fun one and I’m usually the serious one while on set. We have been working together since we met in art school. I can’t imagine not having her by my side.
Hi! My name is Leah.
I began my career as an assistant photographer at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Three years later I packed up my bags and moved to NYC not knowing a soul. I was extremely fortunate to land photo editing jobs at Vogue and Men’s Journal Magazines. After working in editorial, I moved onto television and worked as a Photo Director for MTV Networks for 6 years. Some friends and I started a gallery space, known as Frontrunner Gallery in TriBeCa, which hosted over 22 shows of emerging artists in NYC from 2010-2012. Additionally, I had the privilege to study under Pultizer Prize photographer , David Turnley.
Through a photograph I tell a story, convey an emotion and do my best to capture someone’s true character. I have always been very curious and photography gives me the excuse to travel, meet people and experience things I would never had had the opportunity to otherwise. I am very grateful to be on this adventure.
When not working, I enjoy hanging out with my little hot dog Sarah, my daughter Emmie Sue, and documenting life in the Mississippi Delta and Atlanta.
I am a full-time food and beverage photographer and food stylist located in Atlanta, GA. This all started as a hobby of capturing my admiration of beautiful plating on camera. I would go to restaurants and take photos of the dishes, and that graduated to teaching myself how to edit them, and that led me to learn how to plate and food style. I would get some pretty awesome gigs, but I still worked a full-time demanding job so I would have to turn them down. In 2019 my contract ended and instead of renewing I decided to take the leap and leave the corporate world. It was terrifying, but boy was it worth it. I am blessed to be able to build my craft and work my passion every single day. I work harder than I ever have before but it is for myself and my company and nothing is more gratifying!
Iain Bagwell, Victor Protasio (Bagwell + Protasio)
Based in Atlanta, Georgia
Iain Bagwell & Victor Protasio are 2 food photography nerds pushing each other off the ledge every day. We live, love & breathe food photography.
Iain & Victor used to work together, then an opportunity to run one of the country’s biggest food studio’s took Iain into the corporate world for a number of years, but Iain & Victor always yearned to work together again. The seed was planted early in 2019 & since they’ve been reunited they’ve been reimagining the way food photography and motion is approached & shot. With their uncompromising desire to always push forward, these 2 create compelling images & memorable shoots.
With a contact list as deep & developed as anyone’s, Iain & Victor collaborate with the best prop & food stylists out there. They are always looking at new talent & trends and are always ready to embrace the unconventional. They work across the entire gamut of the food culture world with clients global and local including Delta AirLines, Food and Wine, Real Simple, Southern Living, Publix, Coke, Krystal, Hooters & Whole Foods.
Their studio is located in the heart of Atlanta, with easy access to Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson airport & Interstates 20,75 & 85
Fernando Decillis is an Atlanta-based photographer specializing in advertising and documentary projects. Fernando was born in Montevideo, Uruguay to a teenage seamstress and an airport ramp agent. He spent his childhood roaming his town, Shangri La, asking local fisherman for advice and riding through Uruguay’s flat country roads as one of four passengers on his dad’s moped.
In an effort to escape Uruguay’s military dictatorship, the Decillis family set out for the United States. At ten years old, speaking no English, Fernando attended public school in what is known today as the Dekalb International Corridor of Atlanta, or Buford Highway.
His love of fútbol was his path to making friends with other immigrant children from all over the globe, who were simultaneously assimilating to life in the U.S.
Fernando quickly learned to rely on nonverbal communication to foster a sense of oneness on the field with teammates who all spoke different languages.
Fernando translates this skillset fluidly to photograph people from all walks of life, from world leaders to celebrities to local farmers. His award-winning photography teases a humanistic beauty out of everyday situations.
Fulton is a world-class image-maker and seasoned creative partner who’s built his reputation on a unique vision, tenacious work ethic. paradoxically wrapped in a friendly, easy-going nature.
“Every time I look at our image library it makes me happy – everything about it. Thank you so much, John!” — Mary Welsh, Visual Content Manager Americas – Delta Airlines
Best known for his powerful people and conceptual work, Fulton has created award-winning campaigns for global brands like Honda, Coca-Cola, Novartis, and AT&T. “John is a work ‘till 4 am, whatever it takes to get it done right, kind of artist. It’s a pleasure tackling projects with him.”
“Complex image-making can be a challenge with many artists, but when working with John and his seasoned team, the process is always a blend of professionalism, humor, and artistry.” — John Rosato, Sr. Producer – Mu//en
John is based in Atlanta and represented worldwide by:
VISU – NYC / LA / Miami
Lindsey was born in LA but was transplanted at an early age into the deep south where he became fully versed in all things southern. After a short stay in southern California, Lindsey was drawn back to the South and found himself in the coolest town in the world, Athens GA. With a degree in fine art photography, Lindsey moved to South Beach Miami and was fully immersed in the fashion meca of the 90’s. The pull of the true south pulled Lindsey back to Atlanta where he began his career shooting editorial and commercial work. Lindsey lives in downtown Atlanta with his wife and two teenage boys.
For over 30 years Joe has teamed with clients and directed productions large and small, to create dynamic images for American corporations in his studio, and on location around the globe. Laying in a mudpit beneath 11-ton excavators, suspended inches above the highway at 70mph, hanging from helicopters or pausing NY traffic on the Manhattan Bridge, to capture a line of client trucks from a nearby skyscraper. Joe’s passion for solving problems and creating great images is what gets him up every day, literally.
Ben Rollins is an award-winning photographer and artist, driven by a passion for documenting people of all backgrounds and places, in hopes of bringing everyone a little closer together.
He attended Savannah College of Art & Design, receiving an MFA in Photography and graduating as Excelsus Laureate, the highest honor given for graduate studies. Ben’s work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, New York, and across the southeast. Over the past few years, Rollins has worked with publications and organizations such as The Guardian, New York Times, American Cancer Society, and Google, to name a few. Long-term projects have taken him all across the world, where he documents international humanitarian work. Ben currently resides in Atlanta with his wife, three adventurous kids, and an extra friendly golden retriever, Winnie.
I am a commercial and editorial photographer based in Atlanta, Georgia. The youngest of four kids in a military family, there were five stamps in my passport by the time I was five years old. My father retired from the air force just before I entered kindergarten and we moved to North Florida where life became more predictable. A few years later, I began to take pictures (mostly of my pets and friends) with my mom’s point-and-shoot to entertain myself and also because I loved going to K-Mart where I could sit at the counter and talk to people while waiting for my prints to shuffle out of the machine. my work is a combination of storytelling and portraiture, often with a focus on social issues. My roots are in the American south and I am as passionate about doing work here as any other place in the world. I am a Spanish-speaker (also fluent in non-verbal communication) and have worked extensively in central and south America, Europe, and Asia.
I was supposed to be a musician. When I was 23, I went on tour in Europe with a band and bought a DSLR, because a point-and-shoot didn’t seem worthy of my first trip overseas. That’s where my interest in photography started. I had so much fun documenting our trip through photos. When I got home, I started assisting with a photographer friend while working full-time at a coffee roastery. Eventually, I quit my day job to start my own business as a wedding and portrait photographer.
I’ve been lucky enough to work for lots of great restaurants, chefs, architects, and designers all over the country, as well as publications like Esquire, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, People magazine, Atlanta magazine, Garden & Gun, and The Wall Street Journal. I live in Atlanta with my wife, Kate, and our daughter, Alice.