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Cooking over an open flame is sacred in the Bluegrass. For generations, Kentuckians have prepared meats both on the grill and low and slow over coals, infusing them with the savory flavor of smoke, creating both a cuisine and a culture unique to our state. It’s more than just eating—it’s a feel, a way of life.

When KY BBQ SUPPLY moved in next door, I was naturally excited. Nathan Antonites, a local police officer and owner of Paducah Meal Prep, has studied BBQ and grilling his whole life. His new store opens a world of possibilities to the backyard chef. I love to grill personally and had to check it out.

We were thrilled to also shoot commercial and advertising photos for Nathan, knowing that with flame, smoke, and great food, there would be plenty of opportunity for creativity. We began in-store, showing the overall interior of the space along with highlighting individual products. One that Nathan especially liked was a grill press where the handle looks like brass knuckles. They also carry products from Weber, Northfire, Pitts & Spitts, Kamado Joe, Ooni, Summerset, Meat Church, Rockwood, Kick Ash, Pig Out BBQ, Code3spices, Pitt Barrell Cooker Co, Cornhusker Kitchen, and more. We also shot portrait photography with Nathan and his retail manager.

To show some of the products in actions, we conducted a location shoot with Nathan manning some grills. We used a red & orange gel to give the images some extra pop, ultimately combining natural light with strobes so that we could still show the flames, letting the lights and angle bring out the smoke. The result was dramatic, product photography that not only displayed the actual products but conveyed the sense of emotion that comes with their use.

The resulting collection of photos are perfect for websites, press releases for events, marketing materials, and social media posts.

While we were welcoming KY BBQ SUPPLY to the neighborhood, we were the ones treated. On location, Nathan shared some of his dry-aged ribeyes, and they were spectacular!

Thanks for reading! View more industry & corporate from our studio here.

KENTUCKY BBQ SUPPLY / WEBSITE & ADVERTISING PHOTOGRAPHY / PORTFOLIO

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Shop Buru is an online fashion retailer—a business where image and imagery is everything. Morgan Hutchinson created the clothing brand for the modern mother. And when it comes to marketing online and via social media, thoughtful, quality photography is crucial. The amount of time needed to grab a customer’s attention is brief. The impact must be immediate.

Shop Buru established an aesthetic that is bright and fun. Our goal was to shoot and deliver photographs that were equally bright and airy, highlighting the overall style as well as some of the product lines carried by the e-store boutique. The assignment, in the end, was to capture the aura, essence, and spirit of the company, balancing documentary storytelling, advertising, and portrait content.

The resulting photos have since represented Shop Buru in online publications such as House of Harper, The Southern Coterie, The EveryGirl, Heymama, Glitter Guide, Mama Glow, and Mother.ly. Such commercial photography is versatile, providing use across multiple platforms, creating cohesive brand awareness.

View more work from this shoot below. Thanks for reading! Check out more of our commercial portrait work here.

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We couldn’t have been more excited about the opportunity to work with the internationally recognized “Empty Bowls” Project. The event is aimed at fighting hunger and is personalized by art organizations on a community level. The regional chapter is graciously hosted by Paducah, Ky based poet & ceramicist Michael Terra, owner of Lowertown’s Terra Cottage Ceramics.

Locally The Empty Bowls Project Paducah helps fund the 70,000 meals that the Paducah Community Kitchen serves each year. On the day of the event guests choose a handmade bowl painted by community members to use that day. They use this bowl to choose from a variety of local food vendors to fill their plates. After the event guests keep their bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.

Across time and many cultures art has been one of the greatest tools in bringing people together. We are so happy to have been able to contribute. Our portrait & documentary photography was used regionally throughout Western Kentucky in print, on the web, and on social media.

This years Empty Bowls Project will be hosted on February 23rd, 2019 starting at 11:00 A.M. at the Paducah Convention & Expo Center. To Learn more call 270.908.0090 or email mudonthewall@gmail.com

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