Houlihan's - Gin Cinnamon Cider

Houlihan's - Gin Cinnamon Cider

We've been capturing drinks and food and interiors for Houlihan's restaurants for many years and it's been a fantastic relationship. We regularly capture the new menu items as they are developed and ready to be released to the world. 

This was a delicious recipe for a fall cocktail.

First Lady Cocktail at Drum Room Lounge

First Lady Cocktail at Drum Room Lounge

This was another great magazine assignment for Feast Magazine. This time we went to the Drum Room in the Providence New American restaurant at the Presidents Hotel and photographed a wonderful new cocktail by their master bartender Brock Schulte.

This is a bottled cocktail, made in-house, combining citrusy, juniper-forward Greyling gin, floral St-Germain elderflower liqueur and Malbec-poached strawberry soda.

Houlihan's - Gin Cinnamon Cider Detail-2016

Houlihan's - Gin Cinnamon Cider Detail-2016

Here's another angle of the delicious fall cocktail for Houlihan's. I love the look of real ice and the real condensation we get from it. I know the temptation is to always work with the fake stuff to make the shot easier to work with, but it's just so much fun to actually have real ice and it's always nice to have to move a little quicker too!

Iced Tea Scene

Iced Tea Scene

This iced tea was one of our earliest collaborations with the awesome Hannah Brantley. I love what we created here, this was an image we created as a test shoot to see what we coudl capture with the new Phase One camera and to play with some natural light.

This was one of my first shots where I steered the light up and around subject - I love how we got the deep shadow on the back drop and drew all the light on to the front of the subject.

Sutter Home Cocktail

Sutter Home Cocktail

This is a still from one of our many stop motion videos that we created while shooting for Sutter Home. We would capture three videos a day working on two different angles - the "into" in the morning and the "overhead" in the afternoon. We'd have a mixologist on-set and a great hand model going through all the actions.

Whisky Splash

Whisky Splash

Another whisky splash shot - this one is a little more dynamic than some of the ones on the splash page where we have lots of in-camera lens flares and that deeply toned backdrop.

We captured this as a test shoot for showing some students around the studio and we love the result for it. It's a composite of several frames, so we could capture the perfect splash and the ice cube in motion.

Stella Artois in the Classic Chalice

Stella Artois in the Classic Chalice

This was shot on the same day as our perfect Guinness pint. We did a dark set and then a white set making sure we had the official glassware for each drink.

For this image I was working the lighting to get those black lines on both sides of the chalice and also to get that deep highlight in the center of the glass on the gold rim. 

One of the things we tried was to style it according to official guidelines; where you use a knife to "cut" off the excess head...of course it was right before they started a whole new campaign where they never cut the head off the beer! Ironic, but I still like the look of this shot a lot.

Margarita Cocktail

Margarita Cocktail

Another Shelly Migliazzo test shoot. In this one we were testing out our new Profoto B2's and we could light quickly and easily on a small set. Shelly works as our prop stylist for almost all our major shoots and in this one she did a great job of finding some lovely props and mixing up a couple of delicious salt encrusted margaritas.

Old Fashioned Cocktail

Old Fashioned Cocktail

This was a delicious old fashioned styled by the amazing Shelly Migliazo. For this image we decided to create a scene with some dynamic sunlight which we created using some Profoto B1 strobes. You can see how they rake the light across the table with some dynamic shadows and high-lights while we still have lots of natural fill light and a little bit of reflected light.

Fig Vodka Cocktail with Rosemary

Fig Vodka Cocktail with Rosemary

We captured this on the same day as the beautiful iced-teas in the ball jars. For this shot we again used natural light and the wonderfully talented Hannah Brantley come in and styled up a beautiful scene. I love the tray and the glassware and the linen she picked, the details are wonderful. Oh, and the cocktails look amazing too.

Bloody Mary with a Crab Claw

Bloody Mary with a Crab Claw

At the Genessee Royale Bistro they serve a breathtaking Bloody Mary, and yes it is delicious. If you like this you need to go and check out the other delicious breakfast items.

This was another image we captured for the book "America's Best Breakfasts" in a quick one day shoot touring around the best breakfast restaurant options in Kansas City. This was a wonderful book that literally landed on me one day. We visited a half dozen locations photographing all the food and beverages using natural light and simple reflectors to make a series of wonderful images.

75th Street Brewery

75th Street Brewery

This shot is so old school the restaurant doesn't exist there anymore! The old 75th Street Brewery was an icon for the Waldo neighborhood for years and years before finally shutting it's doors. We captured this photograph in an editorial assignment for the old KC Magazine along with images of the beer being brewed.

The new restaurant Summit Grill is definitely worth a visit! Brunch is very nice and the main menu is tasty too.

Hot Chocolate at the Studio

Hot Chocolate at the Studio

A fun shot with the wonderful Trina Kahl, we captured this in-studio as a beverage test shot for fun one day. I love the frothy hot chocolate!

The hazelnuts and hazelnut spread are lovely, but the gooseberries at the front of the shot and their delicate leaves were a wonderful touch.

Quay Coffee Latte Art

Quay Coffee Latte Art

Quay Coffee is so damn popular! We photographed this delicious latte in a quick photoshoot. I managed to persuade the barista to provide some delicious context.

This was another image we captured for the book "America's Best Breakfasts" in a quick one day shoot touring around the best breakfast restaurant options in Kansas City. This was a wonderful book that literally landed on me one day. We visited a half dozen locations photographing all the food and beverages using natural light and simple reflectors to make a series of wonderful images.

Lemonade Ice Cream Floats

Lemonade Ice Cream Floats

This is a Trina Kahl classic, a deliciously styled table scape filled with two yummy lemonade ice cream floats. I love the loose ice she included on the tray. 

Somerset Ridge Wine Bottle

Somerset Ridge Wine Bottle

Somerset Ridge Vineyard and Winery is a classic vineyard from the heart of America with a history dating back to pre-Prohibition. Completely unassuming, family owned and surprisingly fun tasting. This was a lovely shoot as part of a feature article for the Kansas Official Travel Guide we were invited to the Vineyard for one of their wine tasting dinners. It was a beautiful night and we had a ton of fun hanging out with the vineyard folk and the customers.

We got to have some lovely shoots throughout Kansas from Somerset Ridge Vineyard in Paola, to Pichler’s Chicken Annie’s and Chicken Mary’s in Pittsburg and finally Augustine’s Bakery with their delicious German bierocks and kolaches and spitzbuben in Hays.

Somerset Ridge White Wine Glass

Somerset Ridge White Wine Glass

After the wine bottle image we captured this beautiful soft wine glass image. There are definitely some trendy vineyards out West, but it was so lovely to capture some wine images here in the Midwest.

This whole article for Kansas Official Travel Guide was a wonderful journey. We got to have some lovely shoots throughout Kansas from Somerset Ridge Vineyard in Paola, to Pichler’s Chicken Annie’s and Chicken Mary’s in Pittsburg and finally Augustine’s Bakery with their delicious German bierocks and kolaches and spitzbuben in Hays.

Champagne Cocktail at the Drum Room

Champagne Cocktail at the Drum Room

A delicious mimosa cocktail for a perfect start to your day. This was captured in the bar area where they have some beautiful red walls with lovely textures.

We built a lighting scheme with a cucoloris for the backdrop and some dramatic side lighting on the product, all using our Profoto Lights. 

After my shoot for  assignment for Feast Magazine at the Drum Room I got to go back and shoot a whole new series of web images for the Providence New American restaurant at the Presidents Hotel and including more cocktails by their master bartender Brock Schulte and food items.

Silhouette Wine Glass

Silhouette Wine Glass

This silhouette image was created in studio as a test shot in studio. For this image we backlit the glass with a softbox but flagged the overlap with the subject. That's what gives the perfect rim lighting. Then added a little fill to bring the red color in the glass. It's a super simple one light set-up with a little work on the modifiers to bring in the color.

Cocktails at the Drum Room

Cocktails at the Drum Room

More cocktails at the drum room. For this shoot we used our Profoto lights and surfaces and textures that were at the restaurant.

After my shoot for  assignment for Feast Magazine at the Drum Room I got to go back and shoot a whole new series of web images for the Providence New American restaurant at the Presidents Hotel and including more cocktails by their master bartender Brock Schulte and food items.

Beers in the Studio

Beers in the Studio

Another image with Hannah Brantley. In this photo we found some beautiful old beer bottles and some lovely old glasses. I love the look of the slate and it's reflections from the glass.

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

I love this composite, working with that same lighting by backlighting the glass with a softbox but flagging the overlap with the subject. That's what gives the perfect rim lighting. Then added a little fill to show off the swirl of the espresso shot in the glass. It's a super simple one light set-up with a little work on the modifiers to bring in the color and texture. Thanks to Trina for the wonderful styling on this shot.

Our other trick on this is making the perfect reflection, all captured in camera, with a sheet of black plexi under the glass.

Despite Starbucks’ popularization of the term Macchiato as a brand name, this is a very simple drink devoid of the flavored caramel and chocolate treatment better suited to an ice-cream parlor. It is simply a shot of espresso with a layer of foamed milk

Johnnie Walker Hero Bottle

Johnnie Walker Hero Bottle

This was a test image in one of our favorite lighting set-up's. We use a backlight with a softbox but flagged the overlap with the subject. That's what gives the perfect rim lighting. Then added a little softbox to bring the front highlights. It's a super simple two light set-up with a little work on the modifiers to bring in the color, we did a lot of composites to add in highlights in each of the labels on the bottle.

Coca-Cola Mini Bottle

Coca-Cola Mini Bottle

I love this quick image we set up in the studio. I must admit I can't remember who we worked with to style the scene but it was that perfect freshly poured coke in the right sized glass with the mini coke bottle that blends with that wrap around light and the blue toned board and the dark background that make me so happy when it comes up in the portfolio.