The City of Trees is smack dab in the middle of meat-and-potatoes country. Ribs, steaks, and burgers paired with gravy, mushrooms, and taters are what come to mind when we think of Idaho. But as the following photographers will show, there’s more to B-town than that! If you’re looking to collaborate with creatives who cover everything from plant-based food to crockpot, you should get in touch with one of these talented folks below, who are listed in no particular order. With that said, check out the most noteworthy Boise food photographers of 2020!
1. Alex and Kate of Masamba Boise
Sisters Alex and Kate are Boise food photographers who run Masamba Boise, an Idaho photography agency centered around plant-based cuisine. Plant-based cooking is a contentious topic for the meat-loving populace.
However, after realizing the immense potential that the plant-based lifestyle has for our bodies, the environment, and animals, the two sisters decided to start sharing recipes, enthusiasm, and stunning images that show how scrumptious plant-based cuisine can really be. We appreciate not only their attention to artistry and composition but how clean each of their savory images are.
Fashion, weddings, engagements, and families are a large portion of Kimberlee Miller’s portfolio. However, she is also an accomplished food photographer who’s based in both Boise and Southern California. Her food images use the same slightly pastel color profile as her wedding photos, giving her photography a contemporary flavor that blends well across her entire portfolio.
Kimberlee’s eye for placement of point of interest within the frame is very deliberate. She often uses off-center compositions that bring us back for another glance because it’s so rare in the sometimes formal world of food photography. Rather than being content to simply document a pretty dish, Kimberlee brings art and her own personal aesthetic to each photoshoot she’s a part of.
Spending her time in both Boise and Los Angeles, Leslie Rodriguez has worked with a myriad of local and national brands, including Tombstone Pizza, Starbucks Refreshers, Lean Cuisine, and Pepsi — brands that have the inclination and budgets to hire only the best in the food photography world.
Leslie’s passionate drive complements her degree in photography with an emphasis in advertising from Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. Her formal knowledge of advertising informs her compositions, color choices, and storytelling capacity in ways that give her images immense impact.
Boise food photographer Bruce Redman is a native to the area and has been producing high-quality video and images of cuisine, people, and products for clients across the Northwest for over 30 years. Having graduated from the Brooks Institute of Photography in the ’80s, Bruce combines an innate creative awareness with formal training from one of the premier art schools in the country.
When collaborating with clients on food shoots, Bruce operates out of a downtown Boise studio equipped with a full kitchen, abundant natural light, and a wide array of props to convey precisely the message you want for your brand. He also works on location as needed, providing views of the venue for prospective clients wondering what sort of dining experience they can expect.
5. Justine of The Typical Mom
Justine is a recent Boise transplant but a longtime travel, family, and food blogger. Her blog, The Typical Mom, has offered guidance for parents since 2012. Justine’s images have led to opportunities for work with several local, national, and international brands, including the Hershey Company, Country Living, and All You Magazine. Her food photography covers most every angle, but we especially enjoyed seeing crock and instant pot recipes take center stage.
The earth tone color palette and close-up coverage adds to the classic flavor of the dishes. And if crock pots aren’t your style, Justine has food images for smokers and mugs, as well as standard pots and pans! If you’re a fan of home cooking or need a creative who knows how to arrange elements from both sides of the camera, Justine is your go-to photographer.
Paige Winn covers product, editorial, and lifestyle photography for Boise businesses and residents. Her work has seen publication in several national magazines and blogs. In fact, some of her most distinguished clients include Pottery Barn and Diet Coke — big brands who look for only the best commercial photographers.
Her food photography has strong lifestyle elements to it, making many of her images an appreciation not only of food but of people, places, and events. Her work uses pure, monochromatic backgrounds — white and pink help the main item stand out in an isolated way. Paige prefers highly organized arrangements that reflect her attention to detail as well.
7. Love Keil of Munchkin Time
Crafts, DIY projects, and yummy images are what the blog Munchkin Time is serving up! If you’re in the mood for some local Boise food photography to go along with recipes like garlic butter Dungeness crab or Italian chicken gnocchi soup, then have a look at Love Keil’s work.
Love’s photography is the culmination of years of finding the best presentations for her recipes, and she employs a highly consistent style: ample natural light, deep shadow, bright highlights, and a high-contrast color profile that brings out suggestions of moisture and flavor. Her images are the epitome of contemporary food photography, often displaying influences from lifestyle to still-life art. From overhead to up close, steaks to cakes, Munchkin Time offers something for even the pickiest palates!