New York Times Food Photography: Whiskey Startups are Rolling Out a Smaller Barrel Sooner

 (Kathryn Wagner)

As a food photographer, making images of whiskey and the new processes surrounding the aging of Whiskey was fascinating. It was a joy to once again be a photographer for The New York Times Food section. Terressentia’s process of aging and flavoring whiskey in a fraction of the time typically needed was interesting to observe and photograph. Through an ultrasonic process they influence the character and flavor of whiskeys and bourbons for private label enterprise, where the product is sold in restaurants around the East Coast. The article for the food section of the New York Times covered these processes and compared them to traditional methods of aging spirits.

Professional food photography by Kathryn Wagner for Ali Baba Restaurant

 (Kathryn Wagner)
I am happy to show you professional food photography and the full website redesign and rebranding of Ali Baba Restaurant. It was a pleasure collaborating with Karl of Three Plumes on showcasing the fast fresh and healthy aspects of this eatery’s authentic Mediterranean cuisine with vibrant colorful photographs of the food. The images are to appear on the site, in store, and as part of the businesses branding. Another example of the effectiveness of photography positively impacting another’s business – love it!

Kathryn Wagner Photography Published in Travel+Leisure Magazine, The Food Issue

Geechie Boy Market and Mill sits on South Carolina highway 174 in Edisto Island. (Kathryn Wagner)
Published in the May 2012 issue of Travel+Leisure magazine. ©2012 Kathryn Wagner Photography.

     It was wonderful working with Deputy Photo Editor Alex Arnold on the May 2012 issue of Travel+Leisure. The photograph above is included in an article detailing Chef Sean Brock’s favorite sources for local goods in the Charleston area. Photography published in Travel and Leisure was of  Gechee Boy Market and Mill, a lovely country store and historic mill on Edisto Island, thirty minutes outside of Charleston. Greg Johnsman produces authentic, locally sourced and milled corn grits; available from their store or website. Travel and Leisure dubbed this issue “The Food Issue” and featured recommendations from award wining chef’s favorite places to eat and source their ingredients. Photographing food (and it’s related sources) to appear in Travel + Leisure’s Food issue was great, as it helped bring light onto a great local grain producer in the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Professional chef portraits of McCrady’s Restaurant: Chef Sean Brock and his team

 (Kathryn Wagner)

I had a great time shooting professional chef portraits with McCrady’s Restaurant’s team; including Chef Sean Brock and Chef de Cuisine Jeremiah Langehorne (plus a live chicken) recently. We named the hen “Bo” short for Bojangles, and she did a wonderful job of livening up the set. McCrady’s did have local chicken on the menu that evening, though Bo was safely returned to her city coop that afternoon. The image is used on McCrady’s Restaurant’s website  to promote this James Beard award winning restaurant’s amazing team of chefs and gourmands.

Foodie Truck branding images

I recently worked with the guys of Foodie Truck a new mobile eatery in Charleston, South Carolina. The Steam Buns with Duck BBQ above is my favorite shot from the edit, with the outtake above and the formal branding shot below. We had a great time creating a set of food imagery from the menu to be used in Foodie Truck’s web and social media branding; including the Facebook page. This client is a great example of how a business can use professional photography to show a customer their value; and by communicating that value differentiate themselves from the rest of the market. I have a few more sessions booked with Foodie Truck, and I must say it has been a pleasure working with them to develop the visual branding.

Be sure to check out Foodie Truck in Charleston starting in mid-May. In the meantime, you can visit Foodie Truck’s website or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

2012 Charleston Wine and Food Festival

 (Kathryn Wagner)

Words by Jessica Raymond

Considering that residents and visitors alike, adorned in rainboots and rain jackets, were eager to get out of the downpour, the weather did not affect the energetic crowd that gathered at the 2012 Food and Wine Festival culinary village in Marion Square on Saturday, March 3rd. Although nationally recognized products and brands were present, the focus remained on the talent located in Charleston, with local chefs and restaurants providing tastes of some of their best dishes in the tasting tents located in the village.

Middleton Place served a catfish stew, comprised of fingerling potatoes, fennel, leeks, and herbed tomatoes, providing a bit of a “pick me up” for the nasty weather. Grill 225, Charleston’s prime steak restaurant, provided sliders, featuring their famous prime beef, along with dressed arugula. Mercato, a destination to savour authentic italian dishes, dished out servings of chickpeas served in a savory sauce, with bacon. Graze provided an updated version of a classic dish, combining decadent macaroni and cheese with crispy lobster.

For those wanting to drink their dinner, plenty of local drink specialists were there to quench the palate. Cocktail Club, a part of the renowned Indigo Group, served tastes of their antipasto martini, containing their house infused roasted rep pepper and black peppercorn vodka, olive juice, muddled basil, lemon, white baslamic and lillet rouge. This spicy delight was garnished with an olive and a smoked salt and flower-pepper rim.  A southern favorite, Palmetto Brewery, was also present to let fans and newcomers, with Chris Winn serving up tastes of some of their favorite beers. Palmetto Brewing Company is a landmark in the South Carolina brewing industry, according to Winn.

“The first batch was created in 1994, and it was the first production brewery in South Carolina since prohibition began in 1933.”

With 42,000 cases of beer sold and business growing by 17% last year, Palmetto Brewing Company is truly providing competition for other craft brewers, and is quickly becoming a staple beer provider in Charleston, South Carolina.

This year’s festival brought together some of the most promising culinary talent, not only in Charleston, but from around the country. Guests were able to sample and taste new food, beers, and wines, along with meeting and chatting with some of culinary cuisine’s most famous faces. The only thing missing from this delicious extravaganza was Charleston’s typically beautiful weather, which is just another reason to come back next year.

Lowcountry Local First Portraits

I had a blast photographing portraits for Lowcountry Local First recently. We photographed near some of the former officer’s homes in North Charleston’s beautiful Riverfront Park, part of the Navy Yard development. Lowcountry Local First’s stellar staff does a wonderful job of advocating for Charleston, South Carolina based businesses and farmers. Are you a Lowcountry based business? Consider joining.

Restaurant re-branding

 (Kathryn Wagner)

I am pleased to share with you an image from a recent production of a Charleston restaurant that features Mediterranean cuisine on it’s menu. Truly a pleasure to photograph. The shoot was dedicated to showing potential diners the virtues of eating cuisine such as this salad above: fast, fresh, and healthy. Photographs are licensed to appear in-store, on the eatery’s website and as a part of their social media branding. As a professional food photographer I was impressed by the use of color in this genre of casual fare, with many red, oranges and purple hues found on the plates. I will soon be posting the full details of the restaurant’s  branding identity redesign and the images in action on the restaurant’s website / social media – stay tuned!


Home Sweet Garden Home in the City of Charleston


 (Kathryn Wagner)A cottage overlooks a grassy courtyard in the heart of the Downtown Charleston Peninsula.

Every city has it’s strengths and gardening is definitely one of Charleston’s. The Lowcountry weather is conducive to cultivation year round and winter provides enough moisture to enliven a lawn to a lush shade of green. It is impressive how much of the city is given over to nature lending one to feel as though they are towing the line between old world and new. Options for natural surroundings in the “Holy City”range from parks that have great water features to viewing a garden from a sailboat. As you the walk lush streets south of Calhoun or meander through historic Hampton Park it is easy to have a reverence for those that vigorously work to preserve the streetscapes which have seen hundreds of years of history.