Product and Beverage Photography for Oak & Eden Whiskey

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.

 Liquor bottle photography in studio.  Hero image for commercial and advertising photography.

Liquor bottle photography in studio.  Hero image for commercial and advertising photography.

 Above and below: product and cocktail photography for Oak & Eden's website.

Above and below: product and cocktail photography for Oak & Eden's website.

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Freak Shake Promo Photography

Tim and I are working with the folks over at Agency Access to help with our photography studio marketing.  We're putting together email promos and printed mailers, and we wanted some striking images that grab the viewer's attention.  I recently read about food trends taking over Instagram, like decadent milkshakes, over-the-top desserts, things including edible gold, you get the point.  I thought it would be a fun project to show the age of opulence and instant gratification via the theme "freak shake".  We wanted to nod to popular food culture, so we included household names like Little Debbie's and Hostess in the freak shake toppings.

Tim and I planned well for this project, sketching out the layout, angle, color scheme and mood for the food photography.  I went shopping for all the ingredients, and when the time came, we took a half day shooting the shake.  Low and behold, the food styling was highly complicated for this!  Our first couple attempts were a mess.  We had to practice many times getting the caramel to stay in jut the right place, as it cascades over the glass, and discovered that instead of whipped cream, good-old cool whip holds its shape...forever.  We tried to salvage some of the shots from the first shoot, but it just didn't have the impact we wanted.  The angle was boring and the food styling was sloppy, and not in a good way.

Tim and I went back to the drawing board, perfected the food styling with lots of skewers holding up the food items and stand-ins to shoot with.  The next shoot was a success!  We narrowed down the dramatic angle first, then crafted the perfect studio lighting on the "stand-in".  Once we had the hero shake, we shot additional details.  Fortunately the hero was the best shot, and you can the results below.  Many thanks to Tim's masterful retouching skills to give the final "pop" and polish to the image.  We can't wait to send out the mailers!

 Food and beverage photography in Austin, TX.  "Freak shake" photographed here.

Food and beverage photography in Austin, TX.  "Freak shake" photographed here.

 Cherries and sprinkles left over after dessert photography.  Studio Brisko,  Food Photographer

Cherries and sprinkles left over after dessert photography.

Studio Brisko, Food Photographer