Shades of Yellow

For the most part, anyone who knows me, knows that yellow is one of my favorite colors. Things in my office are usually of the yellow variety: sharpies, electrical tape, sticky notes, tissue box, file folders, etc. My cup at the studio is yellow.

I’m sure if I could reasonably incorporate a pop of yellow into every room of my house, I would.

I feel like it is such a fun and versatile color (from mustard to sunshine yellow, to highlighter to school bus yellow), and it’s often underused. The varying shades of it make it perfect for any season of the year (in my humble opinion, haha). Sometimes I will advocate for yellow around the studio as well… the pillows on the client couch or even in our photos. Last week, we had a mac & cheese themed shoot, and we actually got everyone on board with creating some entirely yellow scenes (from the surface to the plateware to the food). Hopefully we’ll be able to share those with y’all soon!

In the meantime though, I decided to go through our archive and pull some “yellow” shots, if you will. Typically one does not think of yellow-colored food as appetizing, but we have some pretty inventive clients and talented food stylists who create wonderful yellow masterpieces sometimes. All of these pictures make me smile. :)

– Erica

grilled fruit

yellow duo

saffron cauliflower

yellow peeps

yellow duo

Food Photographer • Kyle Dreier  |  Food Styling Contributors • Teresa Blackburn, Whitney Kemp

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Food Truck Friday – March

Today is going to be a short, but oh-so-sweet Food Truck Friday… because it’s all about the desserts. Most food trucks provide food to satisfy your savory side, but there are also some four wheeled, sweet shops rolling around to calm that sweet tooth. Dessert trucks are in a class of their own because you don’t have to commit to eating a full meal. It’s easy to talk yourself into a dessert, even if you’re already pretty full. It’s not as easy to talk yourself into trying that cuban sandwich after eating a whole pizza, hah. With dessert trucks, like all food trucks, variety is the name of the game. You can go with a delicious classic like cupcakes or ice cream or you can branch out and get something a little different like a s’more. (Who would have thought that you could eat those without being in the woods around a campfire?) So with warm weather just around the corner get ready to go outside and spoil your dinner.

– John

MOJO – COOKIE DOUGH & CREAMERY

ice-cream-sandwiches

IVEY CAKES – GOURMET CUPCAKE & CAKE BOUTIQUE

ivey-cupcakes

S’MORE LOVE BAKERY – HOMEMADE S’MORES

smores

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Salt & Pepper

Well, the series continues. Not much to say about this other than we got inspired by our ever growing collection of salt and pepper shakers. What we actually used for the photo shows how good we are at exercising restraint…our complete collection of shakers could be construed as hoarding. Guilty as charged.

See our other “& Food” here: blog.dreier.com/tag/ampersand-food/.

– Kyle

salt and pepper

Food Photographer • Kyle Dreier  | Prop Stylist • Emily Pierce

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Fun Dark Days

We’ve been taking a bit of a “dark” path recently with some of our food photography here. We often get requests from clients for bright airy natural light images. We enjoy creating summery scenarios here in the studio, but we also enjoy a dark and moody approach now and then. This would be a now moment. Here are some recent images from an experimental shoot with Atlanta based food stylist Katelyn Hardwick and our own Emily Pierce on prop styling. We certainly were influenced by the short dark days of winter and the Flemish painters from centuries past.

– Kyle

cabbage-quail

flemish-feast-table-pheasant

grapes-pheasant

pomegranate

Food Photographer • Kyle Dreier  |  Food Stylist • Katelyn Hardwick | Prop Stylist • Emily Pierce

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Behind the Scenes

2016 was a fun and productive year at Dreier & Company and our entire crew is geared up, ready and taking aim to make 2017 another year to remember! January has already flown by – so I thought it would be appropriate to take a moment and look back at the past few months and re-live all those behind the scenes moments that make each shoot unique and memorable. Join me as I take a quick stroll down memory lane, haha!

– Emily

P.S. Follow our food filled adventures on Instagram. If Facebook is more your style, rest assured, you can find us there, too. :)

behind-the-scenes-fun

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Food Truck Friday – January

Let’s talk about politics for a minute… actually, lets not, haha! Nobody likes to hear about politics and I don’t want you to lose your appetite because it’s Food Truck Friday! Today I want to continue our series about these delicious wheeled restaurants by talking about two trucks that are extensions of brick and mortar businesses and one that’s well, a choo-choo.

Jeni’s Ice cream and Little Cancun are two trucks that both have parent establishments. They are used as an extension of the restaurant taking their food and desserts to you. What a great way to market while still selling product. Sure you can get all sorts of things delivered these days, but with a food truck you aren’t just getting delivery, you’re getting the restaurant’s kitchen at your feet. The food comes out hot and fresh, or in Jeni’s case, sweet and not melting everywhere, and you get to enjoy it how it’s meant to be enjoyed without having to go to the actual restaurant. This opens up these restaurants to all new customers who may have never heard of or taken the time to eat at these establishments.  Want to try a new place but don’t want to drive all the way across town? Well, on the right, sunny day in Nashville you have your chance. Having these trucks also offers more opportunity for your loyal customers to get your product without them having to keep coming to the actual restaurant. Bottom line, moving restaurants are awesome.

On the other side of the coin you have food trucks that are completely unique to themselves. No parent restaurant as home base. So, how do you stand out if you don’t have a name that’s already established? Truck creativity – that’s how. Lil Choo-Choos BBQ is one of the most unique trucks (it’s actually a trailer) we’ve seen since Kyle and I started shooting these trucks in 2015. It’s a train (duh) and when the grill is hot there is the sweet sweet smell of BBQ pouring out of the smoke stack adding to the illusion. It’s fun to see how the creativity of these chefs extends outside of the kitchen. How they brand themselves and how different they all are has been fun to see.

Much like our brick and mortar friends that have gone “food truck” mobile – we have a home base in our Nashville studio where you can get our product, but we also have the ability to hop in our “truck” and take our photography kitchen anywhere. Whether in the studio or across the county (our metaphorical truck is TSA approved) Dreier & Company is going to deliver you food photography perfection.

– John

JENI’S ICE CREAM – PREMIUM ICE CREAM
jenis

LIL’ CHOO CHOO BBQ – ALL THINGS BBQ
lil-choo-choo

LITTLE CANCUN ON THE GO – TEX-MEX CUISINE
little-cancun

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