food & drink photography st. louis

Food Photography [pt. 1]

February 4, 2015

mission-taco-st-louis-1Mission Taco Joint

My day job is at a local culinary magazine and one of the reasons I enjoy designing for magazines is that I get to wear a lot of different hats. We’re a small team in-house, so I handle all the ads, design contracts, event branding and signage, help manage events, and dabble in photography.

central-table-1Central Table Food Hall

I started taking photos when I got my DSLR just out of practicality. We’re a small, indie business and we can’t afford to hire freelance photographers to join our editorial staff whenever they go check out new restaurants. Our editors used to just snap a few tragically blurry iPhone photos and we’d call it a “sneak peek”. Not cute! I’ve managed to carve a little niche for myself where I get to tag along and take higher quality photos, mostly for online content, but I’ve snuck a few into the print publication.

the-libertine-1The Libertine

seoul-q-taco-1Seoul Q

I’ve never considered myself a photographer–I have enough professional creative goals! But it has become a fun hobby and I enjoy seeing my progress as I look through the photos I’ve taken. I got a 50 mm lens for Christmas and I’m really excited to learn more about working in manual and just become a better photographer in general. :)

baiku-sushi-1Baiku Sushi Lounge

seedz-cafe-1Seedz Cafe

I’ve thought about sharing some of my work-related food photos on the blog before, but was always a little wary about mixing my day job with my private life. I don’t want to step on any toes or share too many opinions that might come back to haunt me! Haha, but everyone likes looking at pretty, delicious food, right? Eating great food and visiting fabulous restaurants is such a passion of mine, I’ve decided to just start sharing!

urban-chestnut-1Urban Chestnut Bierhall

old-bakery-beer-1Old Bakery Beer Co.

This also serves as a great little list of awesome places to eat and drink if you’re visiting St. Louis! Or if you’re a local! I feel like it’s easy to get stuck in ruts of visiting the same places often and it’s certainly tricky to stay up-to-date with all the cool new places. We’re lucky to have an awesome food scene here so there’s always somewhere new and exciting to try!

jillys-ice-cream-cupcakes-1Jilly’s Ice Cream Bar

zydeco-blues-1Zydeco Blues

  • OMG your photography makes me want to eat all those things!!! I wouldn’t mind seeing more of this.

  • Kay

    Lovely photos!! Enjoy your new lens – I hope to get my hands on a 50mm this year as well!

    • Thanks, Kay! I’ve been wanting a 50mm ever since I bought my DSLR three years ago. It was definitely time! It’s a great new toy for sure. I just started messing with my ISO settings and it really makes such a difference!

  • I am officially hungry after this post! Lovely photos!

    • Haha, trust me, I know how tempting/frustrating it is to stare at food photos–I do it all day and it drives me nuts! I want to eat everything! ;)

  • These are all fantastic! I think food is so hard to photograph well, and you’ve done great!

    • Thanks, Lisa! I don’t think food photos are as tricky as some other subjects, I think because I’m so passionate about it! Plus, you can always pick up a plate and move it to a more picturesque situation. :)

  • Mmm, Mission.. I love their street corn! The photo from Jilly’s is so fun! I need to try all the other places!