I always get behind in writing these things up. Back in September I photographed some of the best pizza in Nashville for Nashville Lifestyles Magazine. I photographed pizza at Pastaria and Moto Nashville. Both restaurants do amazing wood fired pizza. The assignment here was straight forward and to the point capture one signature pizza at each restaurant with vertical and horizontal photos. Check it out the resulting photos below!Read More
I got asked to do the cover photography for the Murfreesboro Magazine Burger Issue again this year. This is one of my favorite editorials that I get to shoot. The magazine sends me to some incredible burger places in the Murfreesboro, TN area. This year I went to Goodness Gracious at the Mill, Burger Republic, and BurgerIm. I had a fantastic time doing burger photography at all three restaurants. Keep Reading to check out the tear sheets and see behind the scenes.Read More
My Top 5 Food Photography Purchases of 2018
As much as I like to say that photography is not about the gear, having the right tools certainly makes the job easier and faster. So here are my top 5 food photography purchases of 2018.
DJI Osmo Mobile. I use the Osmo Mobile every day. I do all of my instagram stories, and IGTV post with the DJI Osmo Mobile. It is a fantastic gimbal for phones. The price point is right as well. Also this gimbal has amazing battery life.
Wall Plates. These things are cheap and invaluable on set. I use them as surfaces, and also to mount reflectors to. I honestly don’t know how I used A clamps to hold reflectors up before this. Below is a detail shot of a wall plate and another image of me showing how to tape a wall plate to a reflector doing a workshop.
20in C Stand. While I only have one 20in C-Stand it is one of the most valuable players in my kit. You don’t always need a full size 40in C-Stand. These little guys are the right weight and size for so many jobs. I often will use them to hold on to a wall plate that I will use as a surface. I purchased mine used from a retired photographer it only ran me like $20. You can see one on set holding up a bottle of Rock Town Bourbon below. This bottle of bourbon is actually sitting on a wall plate.
The Zoom F1-LP. This is an affordable wired lavaliere microphone and recorder. I purchased this for a video tutorial series on Adobe Lightroom that I did for The Luxe Academy. I used this microphone in all videos that I produced for them, and I have also used it in a ton of quick IG stories that I have created and on some talking heads interviews. This mic really helped to open the world for video up to me.
Flag Frames. When I worked at Saks 5th Avenue I discovered the beauty of Flag Frames. These little guys are fantastic. They mount to the knuckle of a c-stand and allow you to move around your diffusion panel with ease. I tend to put Savage Translum on them because it is a great diffusion material. Like wall plates these will change the way you work. It makes moving and adjusting flags super easy. You can see a flag fame with Translum diffusion on set here it is on the left side of the image. We were working on a video shoot here and it was the perfect tool to diffuse the led panel.
To sum it up real quick none of these items will make you a better photographer. They are nice things to have to speed up your workflow and to open up some doors. The links in the descriptions are just there for information. I don’t get a kick back of any sort from linking to these products and I am not affiliated with any of the brands.
Nick Bumgardner is a food and beverage photographer based out of Nashville, TN.
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
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
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
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. Keep reading to see more dark and moody food photography with an island vibe.Read More
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. Keep scrolling to see more asian food photography.Read More
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 restaurants 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. Keep reading to see more beautiful food photography!Read More
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. A big part of being a food photographer is learning to capture spaces. Keep reading to find out more about this space and see more awesome interior photos.Read More
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. Keep reading to see more delicious doughnut photos.Read More
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!Read More
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 absolutely 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. If you like hot dogs keep scrolling to see two more awesome hot dogs! I love food photography.Read More