Category: Food


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Maddie & Bella Coffee Roaster is a local coffee shop located in downtown Toledo and downtown Perrysburg. I recently created some images for a few new food items they are going to be putting on the menu for customers to be able to purchase.

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Downtown Toledo opening a new coffee shop called Rustbelt Coffee located at 119 N. Ontario Street. I was introduced to the owner of the coffee shop Grant several months ago by Lance Roper of Actual Coffee who provides all the coffee for Rustbelt.

Grant reached out to me about a week ago about shooting some stylized photos for their new fall drink menu they would be launching soon.

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A few weeks ago, I was hired by Oasis Restaurants to photograph a few items on their menu for some marketing material. Photography is one of the interesting type of photography I have ever done. It’s very fun to play around with food all day, but it’s also very challenging to get the food to look fresh.

Below are a few behind the scenes photos and some of my favorite items.

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2016 is off to an awesome year even though its only 6 days in. But when I work on 3 pretty fun projects right out of the gate it makes for a great start. As I have said in the past, I do a lot of work for the Toledo Musuem of Art. This is actually my 9th year doing work for them. Crazy how time passes. Any way I was to photography the new food menu for the cafeteria which will be launching in March of 2016. Shoot food is fun yet challenging. the lighting has to be just right and the stylist has to prep and arrange the food to make it look appetizing for viewings to want to eat.

Here are my sample of some of my photos.

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Actual Coffee

Back in February of 2012, I was introduced to Lance Roper, owner of Actual Coffee. Since meeting Lance I have had a unique opportunity to learn way more then I should ever know about coffee and been able to experience the process of roasting a coffee bean.

When I first met Lance, he was running a Kickstarter Campaign to raise $15,000 to purchase a new coffee roaster to be able to roast more beans with a quicker roasting time. Lance was 100% successful at raising the funds getting $16,000 to purchase the new roaster.

So over the last year or so Lance has taught me that Starbucks is the worst coffee ever, and I will have to agree with him. It tastes very burnt! Also when you hold coffee beans in your hand they should never leave an oily residue and the most important part of roasting the perfect cup of coffee it should take 2 minutes at 45 seconds for a 12oz cup. There has been alot of other things I have learned along the way but you will have to reach out to Lance (lance@actualcoffee.com) for further information.

So I shot some product photos to be used for some new marketing and social media in 2014 to help consumers become more aware of coffee consumption.

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