One of Tim's and my favorite things to do is play around with beverage photography in the studio. We love trying out special effects for frozen drinks, condensation, different types of ices, drink splashes, you name it. So when we were approached by craft whiskey Oak & Eden to shoot their product photography and cocktail recipes for their website, we were excited to put our drink styling skills to the test.
It's always a pleasure to work with the amazingly talented graphic artist and designer Wes Wooddell who worked on the branding, artwork, and website for Oak & Eden. Wes introduced us to Joe Giildenzopf, one of the founding brothers of Oak & Eden. Joe and his brother developed a patented process for finishing their whiskey and rye products with a charred oak spire, which gives their whiskey a unique, rich profile. We incorporated their signature wooden spire in some of the drink shots and created a complex studio lighting set-up to ensure that the wooden spire features prominently in the bottle shots.
Shooting a good number of beverages in one day was an especially fun challenge. We really got to put our skills with precision and styling to the test (as well as balance carrying drinks to the set and pouring without spilling a drop; nobody breathe!) The client was thrilled with the results, and so were we. Of course we celebrated by sampling some of the product. Oak & Eden will be commercially available in early 2018. Check out their website for more info.