Two Winning Images at Foodelia

I am please to announce that two of my images have won entry into Collection 25 at Foodelia; the international contest for food photography. Every month, a curated competition is open for submissions to Foodelia members. Of those submissions, less than 3% are selected by the panel of curators as “Foodelia Awarded” images. So it is quite…


Chef Chang’s Little Italy

The owner and Executive Chef of Little Italy (who prefers to be known simply as Chang) said he has learned not to underestimate the people of Bakersfield. “They know good food,” said Chang, He can be found seven days a week at his 85-seat, full bar, white-tablecloth restaurant, tucked away in the South-East corner of…


Tony’s Firehouse Grill & Pizza

Tony’s Firehouse Grill & Pizza located at 10701 Highway 178 in Bakersfield, CA 93306  Phone: (661) 366-0129 Tony’s Pizza was founded in 1979 in the small town of Delano, California. At the time, Tony’s was one of the only pizza parlors in the primarily agricultural town. As time went on and new pizza chains were established in…


GoodNut.com Product Shoot

I recently collaborated with life long friend and fellow photographer Cheryl Mestmaker on a project for GoodNut.com shooting a variety of commercial images for website end use and cataloging of products illustrating locally grown (Kern County) pistachios, almonds and a most delectable gourmet toffee perfected by Cheryl Mestmaker from an old secret family recipe. We…


Video Lighting TEST

Food Photography test video of Rio Bravo Ranch’s; Award Winning Gourmet Extra Virgin Olive Oil using direct natural sun light modulated through the glass brick window here in the studio facility at Food.ArtofEricJames.com. The shadows were cast using Bamboo branches moving just outside of the window. Shot on a Nikon D800 DSLR video camera @1080 30P through a…


Bakersfield Magazine cover

Another cover for Bakersfield Magazine of Raffaele Giovanni Fruguglietti (Ralph Frugatti) owner of Frugatti’s Italian Restaurant. Shot using a Nikon D800 and lit with two Nikon speed lights mixed with ambient light. The background is a painted wall mural behind the “Rat Pack” booth, a prized seating location in the newly renovated restaurant venue. Ralph presents a couple…


Frugatti’s

Frugatti’s – Bakersfield’s Finest Italian Restaurant Frugatti’s Italian Eatery 600 Coffee Road Bakersfield, CA 93309 661-836-2000 Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Fresh asparagus wrapped with our applewood smoked bacon then baked in our wood burning oven Garlic Bread with Mozzarella Ciabatta bread with garlic butter and mozzarella cheese. Raffaele Giovanni Fruguglietti (Just call him Ralph) His desire and…


Coseree’s Deli at Rio Bravo Ranch

Coseree’s Deli has salads, wraps, sandwiches, panini’s and Barbecue on the weekends with steak or hamburgers. Wine and Olive oil tastings too. Located near the mouth of the Kern Canyon at 15701 CA-178, Bakersfield, CA 93306 Phone: 661-871-3764. Open open 11am – 7pm everyday. The olive varieties grown on 50 acres of dedicated land at Rio Bravo Ranch…


The Red Grill Onions Mexican Café & Bar

The Red Grill Onions Mexican Café and Bar 1418 18th St. 322-2138.    The ambiance of The Red Grill Onions Mexican Café and Bar is a warm and comfortable interior of traditional Mexican atmosphere with a Neapolitan edge in its design. The banquet room has ample dinning capacity, while the bar area and lunch room is…


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…


Spice

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

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

Red Stone Pizza & Italian Grill Located at 9901 Hageman Rd #100, Bakersfield, CA 93312 Phone:661.587.9090   ©2015 Eric James Swearingen #ArtofEricJames   Bakersfield Magazine 


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 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 (http://www.krushbar.com/home) 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.

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