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/
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to do an editorial photography piece at Omni Hut in Smyrna, Tennessee for Murfreesboro Magazine. Omni Hut is one of the favorite "locals only" restaurants in Nashville. Despite having lived in Nashville since 1998 this was my first trip to Omni Hut. I was truly amazed by how awesome this restaurant is! The PuPu Platter was amazing.
Omni Hut is a Hawaiian inspired restaurant, and it has amazing food. I photographed two dishes the PuPu Platter and an Ice Cream Volcano.
Now check out that Ice Cream Volcano!
Last month I got the opportunity to photograph some delicious ethnic eats at Fin Fusion in Murfreesboro for Murfreesboro Magazine. I love the challenge of shooting food for editorials. The biggest challenge is that you never know what you are going to get, or how awesome the location may or may not be. The other big challenge is to not eat all of the food... It is an awesome challenge. Check out some of my favorite images below.
Nick Bumgardner is a Nashville, TN based food photographer.
Last month I photographed The Diner Nashville for Nashville Lifestyles. It was a great shoot where I got to photograph some interiors and some food. The Diner Nashville is one of the few resturants in Nashville's downtown core that is open 24 hours a day. This resturant will probably become my late night go to when I am on assignment late at night downtown.
That is one delicious looking cheeseburger. I think I'm hungry now.
A good reuben is one of my favorite foods. It is all about the bread and the sauerkraut to corned beef ratio.
What more can you ask for in life than Snickers Cheesecake?
Last summer I was asked by my friends at Fletcher Rowley to shoot production stills and images for a possible billboard and newspaper ads. I was super excited to work on this shoot because it was my first advertising shoot in about three years. I think we were able to knock this one out of the park! We did three days of shooting on location.
One of the coolest things about this shoot was that we got to use this amazing barn and truck. The dog's that we used on this shoot were fantastic and their handler was absolutely amazing.
Our second location for this shoot was a stall at the Nashville Farmers Market. I love these shots. The fresh fruit and vegetables gives these shots some nice pops of color.
We absolutly killed it this day and shot at three locations. Our last image of the day was shot at the bridge building.
Day two of shooting was at the Firs Farmers branch in Columbia, TN.
I grabbed a few really nice production stills while we were getting things set up.
I got to grab a few natural light portraits real quick.
The last image of the day was a sunset capture on the drive home over a soybean field.
Day three was a short one of shooting the sunset form the pedestrian bridge in downtown Nashville.
I worked with color balance on this next series of images to create some different moods for the same concept.
Fun shot of the drone that the crew used to do the video of this shot.
For three years I worked as a product photographer for Saks 5th Avenue at the LaVergne, Tennessee Off 5th Avenue photo studio. It was one of the greatest experiences of my career so far. That said it was shooting in the studio every day on a white seamless background. When I left Saks I decided that I wanted to shoot more editorial. This shoot for Clarcor was one of my first editorial pieces after working at Saks. Editorial provides me an opportunity to get outside the studio, to meet new people and see some really cool places.
Let me say this up front I love doing food photograph and product photography in the studio under a controlled situation. It is really fun to hop in the car and travel to a new location and trouble shoot all of the small problems that you run into on an editorial shoot. Editorial puts your mind in a different place than studio photography. You have to figure out how to work with the environment. When shooting in a factory you have to watch your back and pay close attention to everything going on beside you.
Working in an in house product studio means that you don't get to meet new people all the time. Since I have started freelancing again and shooting more editorial and on location gigs I get to meet new people almost every day. When I freelanced before Saks I felt like I was pretty isolated and stayed in my office most of the time. Since I have started freelancing again 10 months ago I have gotten out of my office everyday to meet with potential clients, shoot gigs, or hang out with friends. Being a photographer means that you have to learn to make fast friends. It is really amazing how many new people that I will meet in a week and all of the stories that I pick up along the way.
Shooting editorial is also fun because of the amazing places that I get to shoot. I think the general public thinks that factories and warehouses are boring spaces. These days modern factories and warehouses are filled with modern technology and are really interesting. I'm always fascinated by the people and machines that make things. Also the people that operate the machines are highley skilled and really awesome to talk to.
In the past 10 months I have had a great time getting into more editorial photography. It is a great supplement to my other commercial work. It has allowed me to get out of the studio, meet new people, and think more critically.
For the April issue of Nashville Lifestyles I photographed interiors at Tree House Nashville. I don't shoot a ton of interiors, but when I was given the opertunity to shoot at Tree House I jumped because it is such a cool space.
The main dining room is a really nice and open space. The lights hanging from the ceiling are really unique and interesting.
With a name like Tree House you know that this resturant is going to be fun. When you step outside into the backyard you are greeted with this amazing tree house bar! The colors are vibrant and the level of cool details is remarkable.
To get up into the tree house they have a colorful stairwell to climb. The art on the walls as you go up is really cool and unique.
The main space in the tree house is awesome. The oweners have packed it full of neat items on the walls.
Tree house also has plenty of outdoor dining options with two covered patios.
I had a great time photographing this resturant and getting a little out of my normal comfort zone.
It is no secret that donuts are one of my favorite foods. Some of my fondest memories for childhood are from going with my Grandmother early in the morning to get donuts from Koehler's Bakery. It has been almost 20 years since I went to Koehler's Bakery, but I can still remember the scent of the bakery it is right next to a laundromat so it has a rather unique smell. When I was a kid I would always get a Long John and to this day it is my favorite. We would go back home and I would stuff my face with donuts while watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the couch. I was living the life.
About a month ago I was doing a shoot for a restaurant and happened to talk to the owner of Donut Palace. One thing led to another and a few days later I was photographing his donuts. Donut Palace is famous for their Doughsant it is like the famous Cronut that people rave over in NYC, except it might be better. Life is such a cool journey. When I was 5 I never would have guessed that one day I would be taking photos of doughnuts for my job!
Last month I got the privilege to photograph the In Season: Wagyu article for Nashville Lifestyles magazine. We shot this piece on location at Virago Nashville with chef Andrew Whitney. I had a great time learning more about the local food scene with one of the best chefs in town. Take a look at the pictures below! Check out the full article at http://www.nashvillelifestyles.com/restaurants/in-season-wagyu
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.