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Brussel Sprouts

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Brussel Sprouts topped with bacon, crushed roasted cashews, and sprinkled brown sugar sitting in a cast iron skillet with a wooden spoon. Set on a gray wooden table top, overhead flat lay view.

While at the grocery store last week I saw these big beautiful Brussel sprouts and knew I wanted to photograph them. The week started to slip by and late one night I laid them out to photograph them raw with a flat lay view. Long story short it got to dark in my home studio and they looked terrible! When photographing food I prefer to use natural light only. While I do know how to use studio lighting, and have portable lights on my gear list, I am just never am pleased with the outcome of artificial when it comes to food.

The next day I looked up some brussels sprouts recipes to cook these guys before they went bad and found a delicious sounding one with bacon and brown sugar. Another recipe had the crushed cashews and bourbon, I only had the cashews left over from my mango tofu curry recipe so I added them. Luckily my partner had a cast iron skillet I could use for the photos as well to give the image a nice authentic rustic feel.

 

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I am a Minneapolis food photographer who is also available for commercial photography, product photography, and editorial photography through out Minneapolis and St Paul, aka the Twin Cities, Minnesota, and Midwest! Contact me for more information on availability and pricing for your photography needs.


Mango tofu curry topped with crushed toasted cashews and cilantro on jasmine rice. Minneapolis Food Photographer, product photography, restaurant, commercial photographer, editorial, Minnesota, St Paul

Mango Tofu Curry

Mango Tofu Curry

Mango tofu curry topped with crushed roasted cashews and cilantro on a bed of white jasmine rice. My partner gave me some fresh mangos he had left over from another recipe he was making at home where he bought a few to many for. I took them and put them in my refrigerator and forgot about them for a bit. When I realized they were there I had a craving for some mango curry from one of my favorite local Indian restaurants here in Minneapolis. So I searched google for a comparable mango curry recipe and headed to the grocery store.

When I arrived at the store I started to gather up all of the curries ingredients that I didn't have at home in addition to some roasted candied cashews that I crushed and topped with a cilantro garnish. I was very pleased with the final outcome and photographed it as an overhead flat lay with a dark moody food styling using my indigo plate, navy blue linen napkin, and dark blue backdrop. All of which made the white jasmine rice and curry really pop.

 

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I am a Minneapolis, Minnesota based photographer who specializes in Commercial Food Photography along with editorial and product photography. Please feel free to contact me for more information.


Powdered sugar, chocolate chip muffins, dark moody, food photography, Minneapolis photographer, motion, gif, video, , product photography, restaurant, commercial photographer, editorial, Minnesota, St Paul

Sprinkled Powdered Sugar

Sprinkled Powdered Sugar

 

Sprinkled Powdered Sugar over some double chocolate chip muffins from my local Minneapolis grocery store Lunds & Byerlys. While grocery shopping this past Sunday I saw they had all of their store brand muffins on sale so I splurged and bought some. This week I decided to clean up and organize my home photography studio to get motivated to start shooting more and held off on eating these so I could photograph them. It wasn't easy! I had a busy week working otherwise and didn't get to photographing them until Thursday.

I have also been meaning to practice shooting more commercial or editorial branding photography with video for my food photography portfolio and made some extra time to make the below video gif of my sprinkling the powdered sugar over the front muffin. I did some regular video as well I will post later but I never made a gif before so I spent last night figuring out how to do so with multiple images in photoshop. Thanks to a youtube video it was surprisingly easy!

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and here is the final photo!

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I am very happy with this final result as I am going back to a darker and moody lifestyle product photography.

 

I have been shooting some lighter and airy images recently too but feel I need to practice a little bit more to get the results I am looking for. Those shoots have been tied to cooking and practicing my food photography styling as well, on top of shooting, so I think I just need to plan everything out a little more for the sake of better time management! I digress.....

 

 

Please feel free to contact me for pricing and availability to document your project.

I am available to travel through out Minneapolis - St Paul, Minnesota's Twin Cities and Midwest or beyond!


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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Freshly baked chocolate chip banana bread loaf topped with walnuts sitting in a 9x5 non stick pan. Minneapolis Food Photographer, Twin Cities Best food photographers, Minnesota Photographer, best food photographer Twin Cities, Minneapolis commercial photographer, lifestyle product photography
Freshly baked chocolate chip banana bread loaf topped with walnuts sitting in a 9x5 non stick pan.

 

I saw this New York Times Cooking recipe for chocolate chip banana bread and decided to make it since I had some extra ripe bananas I needed to do something with soon. My maternal grandmother used to make banana bread all the time and I have not really had it since she passed away so definitely some nostalgia with this recipe too. I also dug out some of my families silverware my mother gave me years ago to use to style this image for more of a lifestyle food photography vintage feel.

I used natural window light with a golden reflector to balance light and fill in shadows and styled this food image in a simple and classic lifestyle scene framed from an over head flat lay.

INGREDIENTS

  •  Nonstick spray, as needed
  • 4 very ripe medium bananas, peeled
  • 6 tablespoons/85 grams unsalted butter, melted
  •  cup/80 milliliters plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup/220 grams light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups/255 grams all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup/135 grams finely chopped chocolate or mini chocolate chips (see Tip)
  • ¾ cup/130 grams coarsely chopped toasted nuts, such as almonds, walnuts or pecans (optional)

 

I am a Minneapolis food photographer specializing in the best commercial and lifestyle editorial photography. Please feel free to contact me for my food photography pricing information and availability though email or phone.

 


Chicken Marengo plated with napkin knife and fork on a granite countertop. Rice, squash, and lobster with sprigs of Thyme as garnish. Minneapolis food photographer, Minnesota commercial photography, product, St Paul photographer, Twin Cities, editorial photographers

Chicken Marengo

Chicken Marengo! This dish is named after Napoleon's battle with the Austrian army at Marengo south of Alessandria, Italy if you were interested in the history of this dish. This dish is custom adding in lobster tail over the original recipes crayfish with also the addition of green olives and a spicy tomato sauce. Sides include a fried egg, a toasted yellow squash, and a cup of white or jasmine rice.

Check out the basic recipe below!

 

Chicken Marengo plated with napkin knife and fork on a granite countertop. Rice, squash, and lobster with sprigs of Thyme as garnish. Minneapolis Food Photographer, commercial photography, product photography, Minnesota

 

Spicy Chicken Marengo Recipe list as follows:

  • 4 (4 ounces) chicken breast filets (boneless and skinless)
  • 2 Lobster tails
  • 2 tbsp. virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. salted butter
  • 1 medium onion (peeled and sliced)
  • 2 Cans of a spiced tomato sauce
  • cup grape tomatoes
  • 1 cup of sliced mushrooms
  • cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup olives
  • 1/4 cup fresh thyme leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh ground black pepper to taste

 

Minneapolis food photographer Theresa is available for editorial and commercial photography assignments through out Minneapolis - St Paul, or the Twin Cities, of Minnesota and Midwest. I also have a home studio based in Minneapolis centrally located Uptown neighborhood where I also do product photography and food styling.

Please feel free to contact me for availability for your project or for image licensing information. 


Japanese Souffle Pancakes cut with custard cream and caramel sauce, knife and fork, Minnesota Food Photographer

Japanese Souffle Pancakes with Custard Cream

Japanese Soufflé Pancakes with Custard Cream

The beginning of 2020 I saw a news report about upcoming or current trends for the new year and one of them was the growing popularity of the Japanese Souffle Pancakes, a fluffy small pancake typically served with fruit. I told my partner that I wanted to try and make them to photograph and he was skeptical saying it sounded "hard". A couple of weekends ago we finally had some down time and I was able to convince him to try making them! We searched Youtube to see how to make them and found a video to make the Japanese souffle pancakes that also included how to make a custard cream, almost like a creme brûlée, and decided to attempt it.

It took some figuring out since the video gave all of the measurements in grams but it ended up being the perfect amount only making a couple of the pancakes for us to test try the recipe out and for my food photography shoot. Also a little bit of a side note that the video only gave subtitles and seemed to focus on the ASMR sounds which was a nice touch!

Japanese Souffle Pancakes cut with custard cream and caramel sauce, knife and fork, Minnesota Food Photographer

A stylized photo of the pancakes cut with the custard creme and caramel sauce poured over the top.

Japanese Souffle Pancakes with custard cream being poured over the top, Minneapolis Food Photographer

I love the new low lip plates I found recently, this is the first food photography shoot where I was able to use them. I kept with a white monotone theme with my white granite backdrop and gray wall of my home photography studio. I used a wide coffee mug to pour the custard cream over the top of the pancakes for this image to keep with the color scheme.

 

I am a Minneapolis Food Photographer based in Minnesota's Twin Cities just outside of downtown Minneapolis.

Please feel free to contact me for more information about availability and pricing.


Blood Oranges Minneapolis Food Photographer, commercial photography Minnesota, product photographer, St Paul, MN, editorial photographers

Blood Oranges

Blood Oranges on a vintage cement background

Blood Oranges on a vintage cement background with leaf accents. I am challenging myself to do a shoot a week in my home studio and am starting with simple things like ingredients or highlighting an item like these oranges.

When I was doing my weekly grocery shopping I was looking for a bright fruit or vegetable to use for this shoot. I wanted to photograph something that was a more unique food item so when I saw these oranges I decided to give them a try. When started to stylize the shoot I loved the bright red juicy color so I went with a darker background with the rustic cement backdrop to get a dark and moody feel. Using only natural window light I photographed overhead top down for a flat lay image.

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The production and food photography styling of this shoot was fun, though I had a little bit of a hard time slicing the ends of the oranges even with a professionally sharpened kitchen knife!

 

 

 

Minneapolis food photographer based just outside of downtown Minneapolis. Please feel free to contact me for more information on availability and pricing for your commercial or editorial food photography needs. I also have a home studio for product photography too!


Morning Frost Minneapolis Landscape Photographer, beautiful nature, frost

Morning Frost

Morning Frost

Morning Frost. A few years ago I took this image in the early morning while visiting at my parents house in rural Northern Wisconsin's Northwoods near the state line border of  Michigan's Upper Peninsula. It was a chilly start to the day and while drinking my coffee I saw the frost on the trees outside and decided to go out to see if there were any photography opportunities.

When I came upon this vine I noticed how the frost was adding a nice highlight outline along each leafs edges and even the skeletal lines pattern through the entire leaf. The rising sun light coming through the forests trees was the perfect light filter for this natural light image. It highlighted the top of the vine bush peaking up from the ground that was darker giving it a natural vignetting to the image.

Nature photography is more of a hobby for me, though I have licensed some of my travel landscape images (internationally and nationally) to online and print publications along with selling fine art prints.

 

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I am a Minneapolis Editorial Photographer who specializes in commercial food photography and editorial photography.

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Lake Society Magazine Minneapolis Artist Portrait, Editorial Portrait Photographer, Commercial Portrait Photography, Minnesota Photographer, Twin Cities Photographers

Lake Society Magazine Minneapolis Artist Portrait

Lake Society Magazine Minneapolis Artist Portrait

Lake Society Magazine Fall 2019 issue Minneapolis Artist Portrait. I had the pleasure of working with Lake Society Magazine as a referral from another Minneapolis based food photography client. They hired me to do a portrait for their fall 2019 issues feature of Twin Cities local artist Bennett Bossert.

I met up with Bennett and the editor for the magazine at the artists work place and architecture firm in the Uptown neighborhood. His daytime employer has displayed some of his artwork which I incorporated into his artists portrait below where it was hanging in the offices stairway, along with some smaller framed pieces he brought with for the shoot. According to the magazines article some of his architecture clients have even requested custom pieces to compliment the final project.

 

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Theresa has been an editorial photographer since 2005 after graduating with her bachelors degree in photography with a concentration in journalism from Columbia College Chicago.  She began her photography career as a photojournalist, working on the southern border in Texas before starting to freelance full time in 2008. Since moving to Minnesota's Twin Cities she has been focusing on commercial editorial portraits, branding photography, and food photography.

Please feel free to contact her for more information for commissioned editorial photography shoots.