Cracker Barrel Breakfast

How about some yummy breakfast from Cracker Barrel? You know, breakfast isn’t just for breakfast. Even though they have great lunch and dinner options, I still opt for pancakes and eggs anytime of day. We’ve been working with Cracker Barrel on and off for a couple of years now, and here are a few images from those shoots. Food styling by Whitney Kemp and Teresa Blackburn. – Kyle

Cracker Barrel Breakfast

Cracker Barrel Breakfast

Cracker Barrel Breakfast

Cracker Barrel Breakfast

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J. Alexander’s

Over the past few years I’ve been fortunate to get to work directly with very talented people. Sometimes it’s our crew. Sometimes it’s our client. Sometimes it’s a chef. In this case, we worked with Chef Jim Filaroski from Nashville based restaurant group J. Alexander’s. I know I’ve said this before, but I’m gonna say it again, he is dedicated to quality food start to finish…even how it’s plated. I think I enjoy working with him because he’s kinda OCD like me. We OCDs need to stick together. – Kyle

J. Alexander's potatoes

J. Alexander's seabass

J. Alexander's dessert

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Up Close Drinks

When we’re shooting in the studio, we check focus by zooming in on an image using a large monitor, and I often fall in love with a small detail within the image. The PhaseOne P40+ digital backs we shoot with give us crazy good resolution. Sometimes the detail is artfully abstract, and other times it can be on the edge of looking kinda gross. With drinks, the details are wonderfully refreshing. So, now you see what we see on set. – Kyle

drink images

up close drink photography

up close drink photography

up close drink photography

up close drink photography

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Food for a Day

We’re doing a little catching up around here. It seems spring has brought some spring cleaning and the blog is finally benefiting from a little bit of attention.

The following tear sheets are from an ongoing client, Diabetes Forecast magazine produced for the American Diabetes Association (ADA). We get to do quite a bit of food photography for the ADA, and in doing so I’ve learned more about what foods are better for those suffering from diabetes. While I don’t have diabetes I do try to eat with some leaning toward healthy options. These diabetic-friendly recipes have helped shape my awareness and eating habits. This particular story was how to keep your calorie count down at 1,600 for a single day. (I think I had a dessert with that many calories one time.)

We shot these spreads here in the studio while getting direction via video-conferencing with the art director halfway across the country. Food styling by Whitney Kemp.

– Kyle



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Following, Feeds and RSS

I know the idea of following a blog is elementary to many, but I thought it’d be worth providing a little insight about how to follow blogs in general and how to follow our blog specifically.

Disclaimer: I like to think of myself as being better than average when it comes to technical things, but I’ve completely lost track over the past couple of years about RSS and other following methods for blogs. I’m learning the hard (and slow) way. Here’s what I know so far.

If you’re like me, you used to get your RSS feed directly through your email program. Somewhere along the way applications changed, I lost my feeds, and I lost my motivation to keep up with the changes in how we’re supposed to follow or get feeds. So, up to now I’ve kinda just been making the rounds on blogs I like, and have been missing being notified of new content as it’s posted.

Today I decided it was time to get a little more proactive and figure out how to use a desktop app for my blog reading. After a quick Google search and a couple of quick review reads I decided to give Feedly a try. I’m literally 30 minutes into using it and so far it’s fine. I’ve certainly not mastered it, but it’s better than nothing—which was my prior plan. I’m sure I’ll become more discerning as time goes on but for now it’s my go-to for blog reading. I know there are probably better readers out there, I just don’t know what they are. Do you have a preferred reader? Let us know. (

Here’s how our feed shows up in Feedly.

Freedy blog reader

So, how to follow Look for the RSS symbol—which looks like a quarter-piece of the Target logo—or go to If you get a page full of code then you don’t have a reader specified. Or, you may need to copy the link and paste into your reader.

Another route for staying up to date with blogs is to use Feedburner for updates via email. See the subscription form here. All you do is enter your email and reply to the confirmation email they send you. Now you’ll get an email each time a new post is put up on the blog.

I hope you find this abbreviated info about RSS helpful. If you have any questions or helpful insights, please email us at and let us know.


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Nashville Food Trucks

With summer upon us, food trucks are preparing for their peak season with a number of outdoor events on the schedule here in Nashville. We were asked by the Nashville Food Truck Association to do some quick (and by quick I mean really quick) portraits and food shots for each of their 50+ food truck members. (I told you it was quick.) This approach to food photography is a fun change of pace from what we normally do in studio where we might spend an hour or more on just one shot. In this situation we have about five minutes with each truck to do their “portrait” in front of the Nashville skyline, and then another ten minutes to capture a couple of their signature dishes. Here are a few samples of what and who we’ve shot so far. Many more food trucks, owners and their food to come later. – Kyle

Nashville Food Truck - Black Birds

Nashville Food Truck - King Tuts

Nashville Food Truck - Little Italian

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