Primitive food photography is on the rise as conscious eating and nutrition become more main stream. With so many skilled chefs and eager foodies, Austin’s culinary scene is exciting, diverse, and fresh. We love food photography and spending time outdoors, so this shoot was a blast.
Meet Chef Preston Andrews of Alchemy Catering. Preston found his love for preparing and sharing food at an early age. His grandmother was always cooking, and the entire neighborhood would gather when they smelled the aroma of her authentic Thai cuisine. Preston went on to work almost every position in the restaurant world before eventually starting his own catering company with his wife, who is also a chef and nutritionist, Kristin. Their combined skill adds a fresh twist to catering. Primitive cooking keeps the dish simple; you can be confident that you’re eating is fresh, healthy, and delicious. The experience is fun, too. There’s just something about cooking in the open air on a beautiful day.
The Primitive Food Photography
Cooking outside makes for a great shoot because we love natural lighting for this style. Preston’s food is vibrant, so we wanted to capture the contrast of color and the glisten of the perfectly prepared dishes. Here’s part of the menu “From the Fire”:
- Roasted Lamb with Lemon”Confit”
- Salt Crusted Prime Rib
- Boiled Crawfish
- Oyster Rescoldo with Champagne Migonette
- Ember Vegetables
- Burnt Tomatoes
- Crispy Potato and Arugula Salad
Hungry yet? Just wait.
Food looks great from different angles. Here, these perfectly charred tomatoes glistened with the right angle to catch the light.
We weren’t the only ones excited for the final product. Preston and Kristin’s daughter helped throughout the entire meal. We can relate to the anticipation and awe.
Preston puts a new twist on steak and potatoes with flavors and colors that compliment perfectly.
The best thing about food is that it brings people together. Great food, good friends, and a beautiful evening; what more could you ask for?