Hard Truth

Client: Hard Truth Distilling – WebInstagram 
Project: Bottle and cocktail marketing imagery
Project Location: Studio & Location
Execution: In another life I was a phenomenal bartender. This life no so much.. I do love a great cocktail, but the imagination and flavor pairing know how are not sticking with me. There are just too many options! When Hard Truth asked to shoot their spirits with cocktails pairings I was over the moon. A chance to work with a killer distillery and learn from awesome bartenders, heck yea! We made A TON of cocktails, many of which I’ve forgotten, but all superb. Personally I fell in love with the gin, but you just need to go try some yourself.

Photos you see in this post were split between my studio and virtualy all of the Big Woods restaurants and one stylist kitchen. Long story short, all we need are a few props and the room to setup my lights and we can get killer marketing product shots just about anywhere! The key behind these shots were the supporting elements. Having the right surfaces to add to the image without being too distracting, adding the right amount of height to a cup or bottle when needed, and the right ingredients to showcase some of the cocktail flavor profiles. The goal was to make tasty enough images that you would want to dig in a little deeper to find the recipe or order one yourself at a Big Woods Venue.


From Field To Table

An honest hunters tail of the happenings out in the field while trying to live more and more off the land. By no means an expert, I simply want to share what I see and what I’m learning. From time to time I’ll bring you into the kitchen and show you how I take things from field to table. Please by all means give me your feedback! I’m always wanting to learn how to do things better or more efficiently.

I’ve been rocking the instagram handle for a while now, mostly sharing my backyard garden. I’ve branched out and started doing more hunting since the inception of the garden. Most of my thoughts in starting the YouTube/brand was to share what I am seeing out in the woods as well as bring attention to the fact that its not as hard as people might think!

The food I get from the woods and from my backyard garden are phenomenal, and taste even better because I put in the work. I brought it From Field To Table. But it’s not all about the successes. I’m here to document the mundane. Hunting and gardening are not fool proof, there are TONS of ways to screw both up and I’ve been down that road a few times. I want to share what I am doing so you can learn from my mistakes, or reach out and correct me before they become permanent mistakes! A ‘failed’ hunt still stinks big time, but its still a trip outside and into nature. Being outside with one hundred percent focus on the landscape and what walking/flying through it brings so much joy to my heart. There is so much happening out there if we just turn our heads and look for it.

Please join me on this journey! You can connect a few different ways.

Follow me on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/fromfieldtotable

Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fromfieldtotable/

Visit my shop to help support my adventures: http://shop-fromfieldtotable.square.site/

Wicks Pies

Client: Wicks Pies – WebInstagram – Facebook
Project: Lifestyle Product for Marketing
Project Location: Studio
Execution: When Wicks first contacted me about photography my first thought was YAAASSSSS!! Who can say no to an Indiana staple like sugar cream pie??? We shot everything in studio for spot on light consistency, locked down on a tripod to keep even angles between pie setups for the ‘cover shots’ on each label. After the gear setup it was a matter of placing the ingredients and deciding on how many crumbs we wanted in the shot! Styling is always the tricky part. I’ve found its a blend of what the client has in their head vs what I’ve seen in my research and what bothers me (I HATE little tangents when 2 items barely touch). This is why I love to shoot tethered to a laptop and with a large monitor & live view running. With this setup we can all see what the placement looks like before a photo is snapped and its actually large enough on the monitor we can see all the detail we could ever want! Think about Wicks for your next party. Its ok to be lazy and not make your own dessert, their pie will taste better anyway! (at least better than my attempts! HA!)


Client: Olive via Co-Motion Studio
Project: Product for Marketing
Project Location: Studio
Execution: This project came with the fun challenge of macro jewelry photos! Co-Motion laid out their vision and together we made the imagery you see for Olive’s marketing. Playing with colored gels mirrors, and jewelry is equally exciting and frightening.. You never quite know what its going to look like until you hit that shutter button. Another challenge we overcame was keeping everything in focus! This is quite the feat with macro imagery, but were able to pull it off with outstanding sharpness! We are all in love with the final images! A bit different, exciting and memorable!

IU Catering

Client: IU Catering – Facebook – Instagram
Project: Lifestyle Product for Marketing
Project Location: On Location
Execution: Collaboration between Chef, the creative team and I was a blast! Blending everyone’s ideas into a successful project full of stock images for a wide array of uses was not as challenging as we anticipated. When you work with food that looks this good its hard to go wrong! Images varied from background fillers to main course menu items to social media banner photos, and the list goes on! It was an honor to work with their team, and I can’t wait for the next project!!

Kaya Soap

Client: Kaya Soap – Etsy Shop  – Instagram
Project: Lifestyle Product for Marketing
Project Location: Studio
Execution: Converting the studio to a bathroom was super fun! I had a blast with Kaya and the studio ended up smelling sooo good with all the candles, soap, and fresh lavender laying around! Take a peek at the video below to see the transformation and how we got the tile backsplash in house on the cheap (spoiler, it was a sharpie!). This was a quick shoot with simply 2 lifestyle images and some silo images of their product for their Amazon store. More in-studio transformations coming soon!

Meats by Linz

Client: Meats by Linz – meatsbylinz.com – Facebook – Instagram
Project: Food product for marketing
Project Location: Studio
Execution: The purpose of this shoot, as with all food based shoots, is to make people hungry!! Our goal was to showcase the absolutely stunning meat as well as excite you and get your culinary juices flowing with amazing food pairings! The shoot needed to stay on track however, its very easy to overload the shoot with way too many props. With only a couple food pairings ideas and utensils in the image to paint a larger picture, the main focus is very much the meat. My only regret at this project is that we did not have a grill on site..

BTS Images!

Valentines Day Gift Guide

Client: Pattern Magazine – PatternIndy.com – Gift Guide Link
Project: Fashion Editorial / Product for gift guide blog post
Project Location: Studio
Photography Type: Fashion
Execution: Collaboration at it finest! Set life is infinitely easier when you have a solid team. Pattern staff Aubrey Smith and Maggie Voss killed the styling, Devon York and Jared Cash mastered hair and makeup respectively, and the models Liliane and Autumn from Lmodelz did an amazing job bringing fresh bold looks to the set (along with taking and understanding our suggestions which isn’t always the easiest!). All said and done I would say I absolutely had the easiest job setting up the lighting and capturing the images, and absolutely could not have done even a fraction of this shoot without the awesome people listed above!

Featured jewlery/accessories from the shoot came from Allison FordBraydee EulissKrista BermeoNick Blum, Sloane Swayze, and Yuval Landau.

Production BTS Shots: 

Grace Fishers Staff

Client: Grace Church – GraceChurch.us
Project: Staff Portraits for website update
Project Location: On Location
Photography Type: Portrait
Execution: Grace Church recently expanded into Fishers and opened the doors on a brand new building! My wife and I started attending Grace when we moved into the area 6 years ago, and we couldn’t be more excited to see what the Lord has in store for our community!
We wanted to add a unique flair to the Fishers Staff photos by using the main lobby as a background to emphasize their own campus uniqueness. However we retained the exact same light setup as the Grace Noblesville portraits I took a few months ago (at Grace Church -Noblesville campus) to maintain the reality that we are all Grace Church, regardless of the campus at which you work or attend.

Stay tuned, because when the trees turn green, I can almost guarantee you will see a Grace Fishers Architecture post!

Natural Born Juicers

Client: Natural Born Juicers – NaturalBornJuicers.com
Project: Product & Stock Photography for website update
Project Location: Studio
Photography Type: Product
Execution: When Laura and I first started talking about photography the first thing out of her mouth was that the images needed to kick ass and stand out (my paraphrase). They didn’t want the stereotypical ‘Cold Pressed Juice’ pinterest photos with the raw ingredients on a rustic wooden cutting board in a clean modern kitchen. After brainstorming a bit, Laura’s phrase, “Nature reclaiming the world after humans destroyed it” (again my paraphrase) stood out to us. We ended up creating a post-apocalyptic set with rusted metal, busted concrete, and some of the plants from her store to drive home the fact that this isn’t just another juice bar. They are here to set the bar, and deliver the best possible product.
(Read more about their branding process over at CODO Designs Blog!)
After the bottles were photographed we had an incredible time throwing the juice around to capture some splash imagery and smashing fruit on the ground for background web filler and random social media content. The studio has officially never been so messy! Loved. every. second.