Last week I got to photograph one of my favorite restaurant types a hot dog stand. I know what you are thinking there is not much visually interesting about a hot dog stand. This is where you would be wrong. I like to keep my food photography as simple as possible. This shoot was absolutly simple. I typically light my food photography and use reflectors and at least one head. On this shoot we got the timing and location just right and we were able to use all natural light. We kept it simple the background for these is a simple white napkin.
This year I was lucky enough to photograph the Native Holiday Gift Guide for 2016. It was an awesome shoot. A huge shout out to Native for letting me shoot this awesome Gift Guide!
Everyone loves Swedish Fish. I mean come on they are just way to much fun to eat. Why not play with them and create some cool art? I worked with stylist Linnea Kemper to create these awesome images!
A few days ago I got to photograph my good buddy and amazing slide guitar player Joey Fletcher!
It has been an amazing spring and summer this year. The weather has been perfect for so many great crop. This week I'm going to talk a little bit about fresh picked blueberries. For the last two years my family has going to Bee Sweet Berry Farms in Lewisberg, Tennessee.
The location for Bee Sweet Berry Farm is awesome. It is right off of I65 just south of Columbia, Tn. It is set in some gorgeous rolling hills.
One of my favorite things about picking blueberries locally is you get to see all of the beautiful blueberry bushes. Also you get to see the incredible color variation of blueberries. Just look at these colors compared to what they look like in the super market!
This year we went to the Sweet Bee Berry Farm three times. Every time we had an amazing experience and got some tasty berries. Last weekend was the end of blueberry season. I can not wait till next year to get some more blueberries.
Agency: Fletcher Rowley
Client: EO Nashville
Problem: EO Nashville needed some photos to use in advertising the Second in Command program. They wanted photos that showed Entrepreneurs in the program interacting in their office environments with their Second in Command.
Solution: We photographed 4 companies that have gone though the EO program at their offices. The client had a very limited time schedule for this project so we accomplished all 4 shoots in 1 day. The files were also delivered to the client on the same day. This required working light. I used a combination of natural light and an off camera flash to work quickly in the environments selected. For this assignment because we wanted to work light and fast we decided not to use a full production crew.
If you are in need of advertising photography in Nashville use the contact form to get in touch. I would love to create some imagery for your team!
Check out the work below!
May is strawberry picking month in Tennessee. Luckily for my family we live right down the road from a strawberry patch.
The best thing about fresh you pick strawberries is the flavor. Store bought strawberries just can not compare. When strawberries are allowed to get fully ripe on the vine they taste so much better. The color is more vibrant, the taste is much sweeter. Also you get the fun of picking them your self.
It is time for fresh fruit and vegetables again in Middle Tennessee. Last week I grabbed a few root vegetables to shoot from Bloomsbury farm. I got some delicious carrots and beats. These vegetables looked so good that I could not resist taking a few pictures of them in all their glory before they became dinner. Have a look below!
Making homemade marshmallows is a fun sticky job, but someone has got to do it!
I love the way the marshmallow sticks to the beaters. It looks cool.
The thing that I love most about home made marshmallows is how easy they are to make. It just takes a few simple ingredients, and a little work to clean up. The best thing about them is the taste and texture. These are so much more airy than what you will buy at the store. Not to mention the freshness.
I recently had the pleasure of doing some product photography for a great new company that has developed a stand for the Amazon Echo. Check out the pictures of this new really cool stand below! I love shooting product images on white because it really allows your product to stand out.
In this case the supplementary "lifestyle" images were a great addition to the clients listing. Showing your product in a natural environment helps buyers picture the product in their homes.
If you are in need of e-commerce or product photography feel free to send me an e-mail or give me a phone call. I would love to work on your project!
In October of 2013 I ordered a custom ukulele from Kinnard Ukes. The basic specs are Kinnard Series One Tenor with walnut top, back and sides, a rosewood finger board, an iveroid binding, bone nut and saddle, radiused fretboard, 17 frets, a sound port and a satin finish.
It came with a Uke Crazy hard case that fits the ukulele almost perfectly.
The walnut that was used for this ukulele is absolutely stunning. Kevin Beddo at Kinnard was nice enough to allow me to help choose the individual pieces that were used for my instrument. After inspecting several pictures he sent me these are the ones that I went with.
Some excellent book matching!
A nice wide nut that gives plenty of room for finger picking.
A beautiful yet simple rosette. The beauty of this instrument is in the simple appointments.
Below Is a gallery of all of these awesome pics of the ukulele.
This ukulele is simply stunning. John Kinnard did an amazing job with the details. The finish is perfect, the binding is perfect, the fret job is amazing. The action and the intonation are spot on all the way up the neck.
The tone is what really gets me. It is awesome! This ukulele produces more overtones than any other ukulele I have played. It also has sustain for days.
It was really a pleasure to work with Kevin to create this ukulele. If I were to build another custom ukulele I would have John do it again with out a doubt. This instrument was in no way comped.
If you are in search of a product photographer give me a shout. I love product photography especially on things that I love like musical instruments.
In 2014 I found this amazing 1950s Martin Style 0 Ukulele at Gruhn Guitars in Nashville, Tennessee. These 1950's Martin Ukes are by no means rare, but they are amazing instruments. This particular uke has a few problems with it, but it gives this instrument some major character.
At some point in the life of this uke some one stripped away the finish. So instead of the normal satin finish that this uke would have had it is kind of rough and the typical dark color of these ukes is a little bit on the brighter side.
Continuing down the path of the unique character of this instrument their is a crack that runs from the lower bout to almost the sound hole. At some point someone attempted to repair this crack with some sort of glue.
One of my favorite little touches about Martin uke's is that they have a moustache that extends from the fretboard. It really is the small touches that set the design of these ukes apart. Take a look at the wear on the fretboard. This uke has seen a lot of love over the years. I have also played the tar out of this little guy over the last few years.
Here you can see the Martin and Co logo that was used at the time on the headstock. You can also see the tuning pegs for the original tuners. If you look closely you can see that their has been some damage to the nut, but it still holds the strings pretty well.
The back of the instrument also has a major crack that runs from the lower bout to the center. It had an attempted repair with hot hide glue at some point, but it was not done well, and probably should have been cleated.
Now the amazing thing is how well this instrument plays. It has absolutely beautiful tone.
Sometimes an instrument is more than the sum of its parts. If you were to just look at this instrument on the wall at a big name music shop you would probably pass over it. Sometimes you should take an extra second and look at the beaters.
Where this Uke shines is the tone and playability. Martin had the neck profile just right on these bad boys. It is on the skinny side with just enough width. The back of the neck is a little tacky to the touch, but with a soprano size you really don't have to worry about it as much as you would on a longer scale. The fretboard is really flat, which is great for the type of playing that this uke was intended for aka strumming along and singing. The tone that comes out of this uke is really mellow and sounds like a any other Martin uke of the era except with a bit more volume that I think comes from the cracks and the lack of finish. It is also perfect for playing the blues with its slightly muffled tone and how quickly the tone diminishes.
I love getting the opportunity to document things that I love. Musical instruments have a special place in my life. This little uke just shows how a little extra love on an instrument can look really cool and sound amazing.
These are the original friction pegs. They are still in beautiful working condition. They may not be the most accurate tuners in the world but they simply work.
The next time you are in need of a product photographer for a musical instrument campaign give me a call or email! I would love to work with you and your brand!
Fresh Mandarin Oranges are so delicious! I wish we could have them all year long. These were the last Mandarin oranges we were able to get this winter. I can still smell them five months later as I look at the picture.
The next time you are in the market for a food photographer shoot me an e-mail!
That moment in a shoot when two creatives start to connect. This is the moment that I live for during portrait sessions.
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Music has played a huge role in my life. I started playing music in third grade. Since that time I have learned how to play the piano, the saxophone, guitar, and ukulele. I can pick up most any instrument and play.
The first instrument that I learned to play was the piano. I practiced 30 min every day no matter what for years. My first piano teacher taught me to play by ear. I can remember those early years when I would put a record on my parents record player in the living room and try to play along. I can remember being sent home with a tape of some basic music and being assigned to be able to play it when I returned. It was awesome training. My first music teacher also taught me to read music. I was only the second kid in my class at school that knew how to read music.
In 5th grade I picked up the saxophone. My teacher was the middle school band teacher Mr. Morton. He took tons of time with me. I may have only practiced the piano for 30 min a day, but I spent hours a day playing the saxophone. I honestly don't know how my parents were able to take the sounds. My parents only had to put up with the sounds coming out of my saxophone for a short time each day. I practiced at the middle school from the time school let out until my Grandmother picked me up after school.
The saxophone got me really involved in music. I was in the middle school band starting in 6th grade. I was the only 6th grader that got to be in the Jazz band which was reserved for 8th graders. Mr. Morton turned me on to Jazz, I started listening to all of the Jazz greats. I also was involved in every solo and ensemble competition that I was able to do.
In 7th grade I was able to get one of my best friends to join the band with me. We used to stay up late at his house on nights before competitions and practice our solos. I'm sure his parents were quite pleased with us, but they never said a word.
The summer before 8th grade I got to trade in my beginner saxophone on the one in the picture. It was a huge improvement. Beginner horns just do not allow you to have the tone that you can get with a professional horn. The action is quicker, and they are just set up to be way more playable. I have played this horn for 15 years. It was one of the best investments that my parents ever made in me.
I played saxophone all the way though high school. I played in marching band for all four years of high school. I was the only freshman that got to play 1st Alto Sax in the marching band. Then I was the only freshman in years that got to sit 1st Alto Sax in concert band. The next year I was lucky enough to move up to symphonic band, where I again made 1st chair Alto Sax. In high school in addition to playing in the marching band, concert band, and symphonic band, I also played in jazz band, and the basketball pep band.
In high school I also picked up playing guitar. My first guitar was a Fender American Strat. I played that thing till my fingers bled. It is an awesome guitar. For high school graduation my parents bought me a Martin HD-28. This is my favorite guitar.
In college I stopped playing the saxophone for the most part. I played saxophone in a ska band for a little while, but really did not click with the guys. I also tried playing saxophone in the basketball pep band, but I had a class when they met for rehearsals. So I kind of stopped playing saxophone for awhile. My Martin HD-28 was my instrument of choice though college.
College was an amazing time. I was a political science and history major, but the majority of my time was spent with a few music majors that I met during orientation. I played my guitar in their dorm rooms and really did not study much...
These days I play a lot of saxophone, piano, guitar, and uke for my daughter. She loves listening to me play music. I hope that she will be able to find the joy though music that I have been able to find.
Music has always been a huge part of my life. Product photography has allowed me to combine two of my greatest loves. I get to photograph items that I love.
Its beginning to look a lot like baseball.
As we march forward into spring I have started to watch preseason baseball. Growing up baseball was my favorite sport. If I was not inside playing my saxophone or piano I was outside with a baseball and a glove. I would play pitch with anyone that could throw the ball.
When I was growing up I lived on a dead end street with just two houses. It just so happened that my best friend lived across the street from me. Him and his little brother also loved baseball. We spent countless hours playing baseball in the street. The three of us would go around and gather up all of the other neighborhood kids for a game.
The games were epic. When I look back on those games I imagine we had 50-60 kids out there playing ball in the street. I'm sure it was really only like 10 of us but we felt like heros. We never had an audience but we had our imaginations. When the pitch came we would swing for the fences or rather the cornfield at the end of the street.
Baseball always brings me back to the dog days of summer in my hometown of Owensboro, Ky. It was a magical time.
Now as a product photographer I can use my skills to evoke that emotion that I remember so vividly from my youth. It is pretty cool how a photo can bring back such powerful memories.
In 2013 Kings Point Capital Management came to me with the task of creating images of their team for their website. They wanted a mixture of formal headshots, photos of the team working and a group shot as well as any other "grab" shots that I could capture.
The company was having a retreat at their office and this was the prefect opportunity for my team to go in and get all of this done in one day. We organized the day so that everyone got a headshot in the morning as they arrived. We were able to capture each team member again during a meeting in the conference room, a client dropped by and allowed us to take his photo with the principles in a meeting, and then we got the group shot before everyone went home.
If your team is in need of some new shots for a website makeover send me an e-mail and we can work together to create some awesome content for your website.
A few weeks back my daughter said that she wanted my wife and I to make chocolate strawberry muffins. We searched the internet and did not find any recipes for chocolate strawberry muffins that sounded good to us. So we went to work in the kitchen and made our own recipe. These muffins look as good as they taste!
When it comes to cooking in the Bumgardner family I am in charge of cooking on the weekdays, while my wife takes the charge on the weekends. Cooking has become one of my favorite activities to do with my wife. We enjoy spending each weekend coming up with new recipes, new flavors, and trying new recipes. Here are a few samples. Hopefully food will become a bigger part of my photographic life. I photographed these last weekend on a new canvas backdrop that I am super excited about.
On my way home to Murfreesboro, TN on Thursday evening I saw one of the most amazing sunsets of my life. It was so good that I pulled off the road to take a few photos. This was one of those moments that I was glad that cell phones have amazing cameras these days.