I will be the first to admit that I'm a foodie. I love Nashville's food scene. Since I really got interested in food in 2006 the scene has grown an amazing amount. I have seen amazing restaurants come and go. I currently have a hard time keeping up with all of the new restaurants that are opening in Nashville. I'm a food photographer who shoots on location a lot and I'm constantly going to new restaurants on assignment, plus going to new restaurants for lunch and dinner and I can't keep up with all the new restaurants. So when I got the opportunity to photograph several of the restrains for Nashville Lifestyles Best Burgers edition I jumped at the opportunity. I was totally jazzed to be photographing burgers from four of Nashville best burger joints.Read More
Hey there! Thanks for reading my article on Tether tools or watching the video on the Paul C Buff YouTube channel! Here is a list of all of the equipment that I used for this photoshoot!
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Last weekend like most weekends I found myself at the farmers market. The farmers market means fresh locally grown fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses. These are all things that a food photographer loves. It also means family and community.Read More
Hey Y'all! I teamed up with Story Forge and Paul C Buff for my first ever workshop on June 12th 2018. This first workshop was an introduction to product photography. To find out more about my workshop and more about this series come on in!Read More
The Native Magazine Cocktail of the Month is one of my favorite regular gigs that I get to photograph. Native is always sending me to cool bars and restaurants to shoot these cocktails. I get to meet some pretty cool people along the way and take some pretty awesome pictures. So lets dive into this cocktail. This is the Cherries Etc. which was made by and styled by Nick Dolan the Head Bartender of The Fox Bar and Cocktail Club. It features Lustau Brandy, Cappelletti red bitters, lemon stock, Maurin Quina, absinthe, Scrappy's Chocolate Bitters, and 3 fresh Cherries. To see the recipe in full be sure to pick up the magazine! Keep reading to see how I created this beautiful cocktail photo.Read More
Today I photographed the July Cocktail of the Month for Native Magazine at Kuchina and Keller, but the cocktail is actually from Chopper Tiki, which will be opening soon. I'm super excited for Chopper Tiki to open because Nashville needs a good Tiki bar. Omni Hut in Smyrna is awesome, but its BYOB. Check out this behind the scenes video to see how I created a beautiful cocktail image for an editorial shoot.Read More
Hey! If you are reading this you probably attended my workshop on product photography at Story Forge. I'm glad that you made it out. To make things a little easier for everyone I created this list of all of the equipment that I used at the workshop.Read More
So this is part one of my lens review on the Nikon 60mm AF Micro Nikkor f2.8D lens. I have an updated review coming soon that talks about why this lens is so good for people getting into food photography. For now check out the video below to find out my opinions on this awesome lens. This is the best lens for food photography if you can only have one lens. Period end of story. This lens is that good if you can just have one.Read More
For the May 2018 issue of Murfreesboro Magazine I was asked to photograph the cover story on Hometown favorites. I was able to shoot the cover for the issue at Goodness Gracious at the Mill. I was also able to photograph one of my all time favorite restaurants Demo's as well as a new favorite Karin's Custard Cup! Keep reading for some great food photography tips and to see some amazing food photography!Read More
For the March Issue of Nashville Lifestyles I was asked to photograph the Amari Makes Dinner Better Article. The magazine wanted to get shots of Amari specials at Nicky's Coal Fired Kitchen and Pastaria. Both restaurants have amazing amaro collections. I photographed 4 cocktails in total and photographed the amaro bars at both restaurants. Keep reading if you are looking for some beverage photography inspiration and some amazing beverage photography. So lets talk about the shoot!Read More
For the May issue of Nashville Lifestyles Magazine I was asked to photograph mocktails at some of Nashville's hottest bars. The magazine featured mocktails from Union Common, Husk, and Henley. The assignment was to capture vertical and horizontal images from each of the three restaurants. When photographing editorial content at bars I like to try and feature some of the unique attributes of the locations.Read More
First picking up a DSLR for food photography is quite daunting. After picking a DSLR the next major decision is picking a lens? The lens is the single most important part of your camera system. Lenses are forever, and bodies are temporary purchases. Investing in a good lens system, to start with will make your photographic journey easier. When it comes to food photography there are three main lenses that commercial food photographers use. They are a 50mm lens, a 85mm or 90mm tilt and shift and a 100mm or 105mm macro lens. My recommendation is that every food photographer needs at least a 50mm lens and a 100mm macro lens.Read More
I photographed Southern Grist Brewing for Nashville Lifestyles for the April 2018 issue. Southern Grist just opened their new Tap Room in The Nations. The creative brief for this one was to photograph the unique beers from the brewery, and to capture some images of the interior of the tap room. For me I picture Southern Grist as a beer lovers brewery. So the photos had to really tell a great story about how good the beer is.Read More
In December of 2017 I photographed The Old School Nashville for Native magazine. The Old School is a farm to table restaurant in Nashville, TN. Executive Chef Kristie Bidwell heads up the culinary team, she has worked at other awesome Nashville restaurants including Pinewood Social. Keep reading if you want to see more light, airy and beautiful food photography. You might even catch some inspiration along the way for your next photoshoot.Read More
Last November I photographed Proper Sake for Nashville Lifestyles. Proper Sake is Tennessee's first Sake brewery. Proper Sake is owned by Byron Stithem. It has a great location in the Pie Town neighborhood of Nashville. He is located just feet away from City Winery and Tennessee Brew Works. The creative brief for this assignment was pretty simple. The magazine needed photos of the interior of the restaurant, the sake, and if time permitted some shots for Byron. We were able to capture all of the options that the magazine wanted with time to spare. Keep reading to see more beverage photography of this awesome sake and to find out more about this shoot!Read More
Assisting is probably the best way I know of to get into the professional photography world. Assisting allows a rare glimpse into the world of professional photography. Five or six years ago I was getting 2-3 emails a week from people wanting to assist me. These days, despite the fact that I am way busier and have higher quality work I get an email from someone wanting to assist me about every month. I think these days everyone is in too big of a hurry to become a photographer. When I get an e-mail from a potential assistant the first thing I do is ask why they want to be a photo assistant, assisting is difficult work with out much glamor. The strange thing is that about half the time the person never actually responds back. The first thing I look for in an assistant is some passion. My life is art and I have a passion for what I do. I want to see that passion in the people around me. Keep reading to find out why you should start out in the photography world as a photo assistant and how to get started!Read More
I get a ton of emails and direct messages on Facebook and Instagram asking what gear I use. I also occasionally have clients ask me for an equipment list. So for everyone that has been asking here is a pretty good overview of the equipment I use for food photography. You can click where it says Food Photography Kit and be redirected to Kit.com com where you can read details about each piece of equipment that I use.Read More
Food photography is about 90% of my business. The remaining 10% is a mix of lifestyle, product, and other commercial photography. Over the last 10 years as a commercial photographer, I have amassed a wealth of industry knowledge. The last two years I have spent my career as a food photographer. Keep reading to find out how you should price your work as a food photographer, or if you are a client check out this article to find out why your food photographer charges what they do.Read More
A few weeks ago I photographed Hemingway's Bar and Hideaway for Native Nashville. The article is in the current issue of the magazine and can be found online at http://native.is/article/one-for-the-books/ Keep reading to see more awesome food photography pictures!Read More