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





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

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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




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Spaghetti & Meatballs

Here we go again… another “&” food for our ampersand series. You know…Fish & Chips, Peaches & Cream, Spaghetti & Meatballs.

We often get asked how we do these. Photoshop? Elaborate cutout templates? Nope, this is all done in-camera, and with very patient food stylists. We use live view on our camera system and work the food into the shape we want. Nashville based food stylist Whitney Kemp was our stylist victim on this one. (So. Much. Spaghetti. Haha!) We think she did an excellent job, but we’ll let you judge by the images below.

See some of the rest of this ampersand series here: & Food.

– Kyle

making beatballs

spaghetti and meatballs

spaghetti & meatball ampersand

Food Photographer • Kyle Dreier  |  Food Stylist • Whitney Kemp  |  Prop Stylist • Emily Pierce

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Handmade Tortilla Chips

La Fiesta is a small artisan tortilla chip company with a history involving Michigan, a restaurant and a family. Today you can find these fantastic chips at some (lucky) grocery stores and via their website for the power-chip consumer. That would be me. We where fortunate enough to connect with this small company. Anytime there’s Mexican food involved we’re up for whatever the assignment. Here are a few images from our shoot with them.

– Kyle



Food Photographer • Kyle Dreier  |  Food Stylist • Callie Blount | Prop Stylist • Emily Pierce

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New Years Resolutions

With the passing of the holiday season and all the food/face-stuffing that accompanies it, haha, inevitably it’s time for New Year’s Resolutions… and particularly those that relate to diets.

I know some regular gym-goers that get all up-in-arms about the new year and the influx of people it brings to the gym… whether it be for a couple days, couple weeks, or even months perhaps; but I say, let people have their resolutions for however long they want to keep them! Good for them for trying something different, maybe even out of their comfort zone and aspiring to change an aspect of their life. While my own resolutions tend to revolve around other goals (such as reading more or purging my closets of knick-knacks), I have no qualms with people setting fitness goals for the new year. Eating better, sleeping more, working out—go for it, if you feel like that’s the fresh start you need in January!

So while we’re talking about eating better and being healthier… you can’t ignore the presence of salads in this equation. It’s that default health food that everyone references at the mention of a diet plan. Personally, I love a good salad and could eat them multiple times a week; but the key is variety (to keep it from becoming too repetitive and boring), and I feel this is somewhat of a universal sentiment.

As timing would have it, we recently shot with the team at Ruby Tuesday for both their new Garden Bar and its multitude of ingredients/house made dressings, as well as, their off-the menu salads. For now, I’ll share from the menu-based salad offerings. Typically whenever I think of salads, I just think about making them at home since a lot of restaurant’s salads seem bland and leave my stomach growling; but they have some great options that are making me rethink the possibility of getting a good salad while out and about! Ruby Tuesday is really changing the salad game and it was fun getting to see what their creative chefs came up with. Also, it’s really refreshing to see how restaurants are taking into consideration the desires of those who want to eat healthier, all the while not sacrificing the fun and variety of a good, filling meal.

Take a gander at these photos to see some of the many possibilities available at Ruby Tuesday. We had a lot of fun shooting these, playing with the ingredients, anddddd maybe munching in-between shots. 😉

– Erica



Italian Salad


Food Photographer • Kyle Dreier  |  Food Stylist • Whitney Kemp

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