What fun it is to work with a smart entrepreneur—even more fun working with a smart entrepreneur with fantastic burger skills. That’s Dallas Shaw and he’s behing Hoss Loaded Burgers here in Nashville. We spent a fun day with Dallas and his burger making skills to capture a few of his featured creations. Here are some of the results from out shoot.

The Brick House

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The Jackalope

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The Hoss itself!

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Did I mention that Hoss Loaded Burgers is a food truck? Yep, you can find these tasty works around town here in Nashville. Go find ‘em at www.hossburgers.com and test your burger eatin’ skills!

-Kyle

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Some fun work we got to do for Diabetes Forecast Magazine recently.

food photography for diabetes forecast magazine

food photography for diabetes forecast magazine

Is February almost over already? What?…March is almost over? Where is 2013 going? What?…it’s 2014!!? Time is flying.

-Kyle

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I’m not really sure how my brain works, and I’m not sure I’d be up for getting a professional diagnosis either—I’m content being nuts. I’ve been having fun with my boys as we play with words. At least I’m having fun…my boys probably consider it abuse…or dare I say, pun-ishment. I enjoy pointing out the contrast between what we hear and what we mean.

I was struck with this idea of “tie” food a while back and below is how it finally manifested itself.

Thai Food Portrait

Thai Food Portrait

Thai Food Portrait

Thai Food Portrait

A big thanks to my crew for being talent for these Thai Food portraits and for putting up with my crazy ideas—you know you’re enablers.

-Kyle

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There’s an old drug store on Main Street in Franklin that has been converted to a wonderful restaurant. That’s Chef Keith West’s domain. He came to the studio for a short visit to allow us to shoot (and taste…but don’t tell anyone) his Bao Bun Pulled Pork Sliders.

chef keith west from grays on main in franklin tn

Thanks Keith! I’ll see ya soon…I always love an excuse to visit downtown Franklin.

- Kyle

FYI:
Gray’s on Main
332 Main St
Franklin, TN 37064
(615) 435-3603
www.graysonmain.com

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It’s fun to be able to exercise my passion for typography…such was the case on a recent shoot. Thanks to the adventurous team over at Planet Smoothie we were able to do some neat typographic ideas with fruit. Yes, playing with food always makes me happy.

Planet Smoothie Fruit Art Poster

Planet Smoothie Hashtag Fruit Poster

Planet Smoothie Question Mark Fruit Poster

Now I’m ready for doing headlines with fruit. Hmm…serif or sans serif…what shall it be?

- Kyle

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From time to time I get to teach a small food photography lighting workshop here in Nashville. Sometimes I partner with a local restaurant and other times we just meet at the studio. Last night’s class was through The Skillery and we did the skillering (if I might take some liberty with making The Skillery a verb) at my studio.

I enjoy hearing from each participant why they came and how they plan to use their fresh new lighting skilleries. (Stop me.) Seems that “bloggers with day jobs” is a recurring theme. One of the challenges they face is shooting after the sun is long gone for the evening. We can fix that.

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So, with a few cheap items from Home Depot and $18.53 later we work to produce images with the appearance of natural light coming in from a window…not an on-camera flash. Pop quiz…what’s the ugliest light?

food photography workshop photo

Thanks to everyone who attended. You all were a great group…I know this because you tolerated my Dr. Pepper induced chattiness. And, a special thanks to Nancy for the wonderful cookies she made and brought to share with everyone. How many did I eat? I’m afraid I lost count. :)

- Kyle

How about some wonderful Deviled Eggs? Chef Brandon Frohne from Mason’s in Nashville whipped up these fine creations for us to shoot for Nashville Lifestyles Magazine recently.

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Thanks Brandon for sharing your artistry with us. We enjoyed working with you.

- Kyle

FYI:
Mason’s
2100 West End Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
(615) 321-1990
masons-nashville.com

We recently did a few shots for Nashville Lifestyle’s local food issue here at the studio. More from that shoot to come later.

Chef Matt Farley from The Southern put together a great Saffire Steak Biscuit duo for us and was kind enough to let us do a quick portrait, too.
matt farley, the southern, nashville

Thanks Matt! We enjoyed working with ya.

- Kyle

FYI:
The Southern of Nashville
150 3rd Ave S #110
Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 724-1762
thesouthernnashville.com

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Breakfast is a little unusual for Ruby Tuesday, at least here in Tennessee. But at Ruby Tuesday in New York City you can enjoy Eggs Benedict and other breakfast goodness. We did the food photography for a special breakfast menu for their Times Square location.

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Anyone else as ready as me for a big stack of pancakes?

-Kyle

Like many people I kinda use my phone’s camera as a journal of sorts. So this morning as I sit down and scroll through my iPhone to see what September’s Highs and Lows may have been and I realize why I’m a little worn out today. What a month!

These days “normal” life around the house creates the order for PJs by 8 pm…not just for my boys but me, too! Add in normal work plus a few back to back productions, a shoot in LA (Los Angeles, not Louisiana in case you were wondering) and it’s no wonder I’m making petitions for multiple naps on the weekends.

This month’s highs?
A new place to get enchiladas, walking distance from the studio (thanks Ian). A great Umami Burger (thanks Zac and Vail). My first In-n-Out Burger (thanks Rory). Fantastic crews here in Nashville and Los Angeles (many more thanks in a later post). Further experimenting with dark and hard light. Being welcomed home by one of my photos at Nashville Airport (see Cheekwood Nightlife).

Kyle Dreier Highs and Lows

My biggest high this month? Amy and I celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary. My only regret is that I didn’t ask her to marry me sooner. We met 21 years ago. “How did we celebrate?” you may ask. Dinner and ice cream of course…at Lockeland Table and Jeni’s Ice Cream in East Nashville.

Lows? There’s too much to be thankful for to dwell on any lows…but if you must know, call me and we’ll go have a Mocha. That’ll be a high.

- Kyle

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I trust you’re staying somewhat cool this summer. Here’s a little something to help ya stay refreshed. Grapefruit anyone?

August 2013 desktop calendar / wallpaper image for you to use on your own computer. (download here)


2013 August Calendar - Grapefruit

Happy 4th of July!

- Kyle

Directions:
1. Download Here.
2. (on Mac) go to  > System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver
3. Click the ” + ” button
4. Find the downloaded image on your computer and “Choose
5. Close Preferences by clicking on the red dot in the upper left corner.

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My apologies for skipping June. Apparently my schedule got the best of me last month. For now, I promise to get a July calendar to you. Here’s the July 2013 desktop calendar / wallpaper image for you to use on your own computer. (download here)

The whisk with hard shadow is an image from a recent in-house test we were doing with shadow and color.

July Calendar Desktop Wallpaper / Screen Saver

Happy 4th of July!

- Kyle

Directions:
1. Download Here.
2. (on Mac) go to  > System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver
3. Click the ” + ” button
4. Find the downloaded image on your computer and “Choose
5. Close Preferences by clicking on the red dot in the upper left corner.

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