Alms Soup


“Alms” are traditionally donations given to the poor or needy… Alms Soup is an interesting approach to blending culinary expertise with community investment thru soup. Alms Soup will soon services the public in the Metro Bakersfield area Monday thru Friday with Gourmet Soups, Salads and Breads made from locally sourced fresh ingredients, while providing jobs…

Soup in the Making


Studio test shot using a newly re-built vintage 1970’s Norman® Tri-Lite projecting a gobo that produces a lovely dappled lighting pattern onto the subject. I plan on using this effect more often now that I have seen the results and qualified this test as a success. This image is also a preliminary concept for producing…

Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee


Photographed using my proprietary “Light Painting System” comprised of multiple specially modified LED illumination tools. This method of lighting yields some very desirable results. There is level of control no other lighting technique can achieve. Plus the weight of the complete system is negligible making set-up and load-out so very quick. The down side is…

Tomoshiraga Somen Noodles


JFC Brand Tomoshiraga Somen Noodles of Japan Photographed using my proprietary “Light Painting System” comprised of multiple specially modified LED illumination tools. This method of lighting yields some very desirable results. There is level of control no other lighting technique can achieve. Plus the weight of the complete system is negligible making set-up and load-out…

Venue Décor Photography


Often times a customer will decide to tryout a restaurant based solely on how it appears. People are motivated to dine out, in order to experience something unique. That je ne sais quoi not easily replicated at home. The first impressions of the interior design elements within a venue will influence the expectations of your…

New Head Chef at Krush Wine Bar & Restaurant


The new Executive Chef at Krush Wine Bar & Restaurant is Wendell Graves. A long time Co-head chef at this venue since it’s opening, Wendell has taken the reigns and spurred new life into the classic menu by adding his unique style to the appetizers, entrées and dessert choices. Krush Wine Bar & Restaurant is…

Mi Peru Restauranté


Mi Peru Restauranté For a refreshing change from the same old menus… from all places you have been before… time after time… Try Peruvian! Everyone seems to expect it to be ultra-spicy and over the top hot with Chili peppers, but it is not that, at all. At Mi Peru Restauranté now located at 1310 19th…



Spices can be interesting subject matter all on their own. I used this opportunity to utilizes some new (OLD) props in this shot. The rustic background wood was acquired by Todd Schultz, a fellow photographer and pilot friend of mine from a 150 year old abandoned farm house in North Dakota and the serving tray…

Bakersfield Magazine Cover: Temblor Brewing


Featured on the cover of the Fall 2015 issue of Bakersfield Magazine is Temblor Brewing Company the premiere artisan craft beer pub located at 3200 Buck Owens Blvd. in Bakersfield, CA. (661.489.4855) This image was created using traditional studio lighting styles combined with light-painting techniques and was shot on location in the brewery after hours…

T.L. Maxwell’s Restaurant & Bar


Installed in the early 1920’s this is the Historic Oak Bar T.L. Maxwell’s Restaurant & Bar is one of the finest restaurants in Bakersfield and is location in the oldest building in downtown transporting customers back in time to the magical atmosphere of the 1940s. It was built between 1895 and 1905. The restaurant has…



BBQ There is nothing more satisfying than a juicy steak char broiled on an open fire. This image depicts a classic barbecued thick cut New York steak on the grill. The initial idea for this shot derives from the other night, when I was sitting at a camp fire as the coals burned down to…

Red Stone Pizza & Italian Grill

Redstone oven baked pizza

Red Stone Pizza & Italian Grill Located at 9901 Hageman Rd #100, Bakersfield, CA 93312 Phone:661.587.9090 Italian Combo Pizza: Red sauce, five blended cheeses, black olives, bell peppers, mushrooms, caramelized onions, pepperoni and Italian sausage. Fettucine Alfredo: Fettuccine pasta tossed in Alfredo sauce made with Parmesan and garlic add chicken.   Bruschetta: Tomatoes, red onion,…

Wiki’s Wine Dive & Grill


Wiki’s Wine Dive & Grill is located in the Grand Island Village shopping mall at 11350 Ming Avenue, Suite 260 in Bakersfield, CA 93311 For reservations call: 661.39WIKIS (661.399.4547) Best described as Bakersfield’s only casual gourmet restaurant with a fun atmosphere. Wiki’s features wine pairings, gourmet food at reasonable prices, boutique wines from around the…

A Splash of Whiskey


High-Speed flash of approximately 1/30,000th of a second captures action of an ice cube being dropped into a glass of whiskey. The gradient background was created with velum diffusion material illuminated with a single Paul C. Buff White Lightning model 600 monoflash using a 30º honeycomb grid and rosco 111 diffusion gel and other various…

Pyrenees Café

The new Pyrenees Café & Saloon interior decor.

The Pyrenees Café was originally opened in 1899 and has been an iconic Bakersfield establishment serving old-world Basque dishes from the very beginning. Recently (September of 2014) The Pyrenees Café has been rescued from decades of slow decay by its new owners Julie and Rod Crawford who have revitalized the venerable business into an invigorating…

Morning Espresso


Taking the advice of Scott Libolt (a colleague photographer/Art Director and dear friend), I decided to experiment today using available light to produce food photography with the intent to give my images the appearance of occurring more naturally in the true “Still Life” style. By carefully crafting the set in front of the glass brick…

Food Photography Portfolio (click to see)


Appetizers Beverages Entree Salads Desserts Other Items Venue Decor

Delicious Pastry from Westridge Market, Ojai


Westridge Market: Fruit Tart Fruit Tart from Westridge Market Ojai, CA. The China is Hutschenreuther of Selb Bavaria and is the 1955 Alice pattern. The Sterling silver pastry fork with mother of pearl handle is an original early 20th century Shreve’s of San Fransisco. Nikon D800 Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8 Macro, Nikon CLS light control. ©2015…

Blue: MOMO KAWA Sake


I have been concentrating lately on my Food Photography and Culinary Arts portfolio. This image is of a MOMO KAWA Rice Wine (Sake) bottle photographed in studio using my new “Strip Light” soft boxes and shot with a Nikon D800 through Nikkor AF 180mm F/2.8 prime lens. Each soft box (one on either side) housed…

Krush Wine Bar & Fine Dining


Krush Wine, Bar and Restaurant, located at 10500 Hageman Rd in Bakersfield, California ( Call them to make reservations at: (661) 695-8018 One of the finest dining experiences in the greater Bakersfield area.  Executive Chef Bruce Tisler has created an amazingly scrumptious menu based loosely on classic French cuisine of “old School” Julia Child recipes…

Kern River Brewing Company


Gravity Check is Locally brewed IPA from the Kern River Brewing Company.


Get a Handle on your Asparagus


Editorial image depicting Asparagus as a paint brush for an article describing various methods of preparing this perplexing vegetable. Published in The Dinning Divas online magazine using the tag line of “Get a Handle on your Asparagus”. Shot in studio using all practical effects (no Photoshop needed) I found an old paintbrush out in the…

Food Photography Thoughts


Here at the Art of Eric James Studios we take great pride in crafting the highest quality images to faithfully reproduce your culinary creations to a hungry audience. Food photography and video production is a specialization of commercial photography, aimed at producing attractive images and video of food for use in advertisements, packaging, restaurants publications…

The Mark Restaurant


The Mark Restaurant 1623 19th Street Bakersfield, CA 93301 Phone: (661) 322-7665 ©2014 Eric James Swearingen #ArtofEricJames  

Bakersfield Magazine Cover: Moo Creamery


Moo Creamery is located at 4885 Truxtun Ave. in Bakersfield, CA 93309 (Phone: 661.861.1130) The shop is quite difficult to find but well worth seeking out. The resent reconstruction by the Bakersfield City planners (Oxymoron) has left Moo creamery without a proper off avenue access. So if you have never been there before, it is…

Doritos® Crash the Superbowl Commercial


Doritos® Curiosity: Mars Landing was entered in the 2012 Doritos® Crash the Superbowl commercial competition under the title of “Planet Doritos”. We did not place, but had a great time with this production. (Guess we were ahead of our time) Many thanks to the crew and cast: Director/Writer: Eric James Swearingen Producer/Audio: Dave Pracy Cinematographer:…

TV for Commercial for La Mina Cantina 2004


Broadcast Television commercial produced back in 2004 for La Mina Cantina in Bakersfield, CA. Shot entirely on a Panasonic HMC-150 camera and edited in Adobe Premiere 5 with motion graphic produced in Adobe After Effects 5.5