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Photography Contest Winner: Food Bloggers Conference

The Burger by Skillet in Seattle, served from it's popular food cart

If you’ve visited this blog before, you know it’s a video blog. I am a videographer. I don’t usually take still photographs, preferring to tell stories through the imagery and sound that can be captured with HD video.

Then I met Matt Armendariz. And Penny De Los Santos. Now I’m humbled to say I won a photography contest at the 2010 International Food Bloggers Conference in Seattle (see below burger picture). My path crossed with two of America’s greatest food photographers (both in less than two weeks!) and their advice helped me improve my photo and video composition skills. The connections made with these artists definitely opened my eyes to new possibilities to explore: best shot angles, lighting conditions, how to compose better shots, how to “edit” a dish before shooting it and more. Their techniques will be invaluable to Laura Petersen and I, as we work each week to continue improving the quality of our videos.

I’ve included a photo gallery of several images taken with our Canon 5D during the food cart lunch at IFBC and highlighted the winning photo. (Laura’s hand modeling skills are revealed in the Tom Kha Gai soup photos.) Contest judges were Penny De Los Santos, author Kathleen Flinn, and Bon Appetit columnist, author and blogger Molly Wizenberg. The grand prize was a $500 gift certificate to The Herbfarm, so it looks like we’ll be flying back to Seattle soon.

A post on the work of Matt Armendariz, who visited Jordan in mid-August, will follow soon. Another great resource for food photography tips is Photoble. Here’s its Top 10 Food Photography Tips.

And Penny: From here on, we’ll be making pictures–not taking pictures–when we aren’t making videos.

The Burger by Skillet in Seattle, served from its popular food cart.

Our collection of Seattle street food photographs:

The Burger by Skillet, Food Bloggers Conference 2010



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I didn’t have the opportunity to congratulate you Lisa! Love your picture and couldn’t agree more with how it was described by Penny. And again, enjoyed both Jordan Wines poured at IFBC.

Look forward to hooking up with you at the winery very soon 🙂

Lisa Mattson

Hi Lynn,
Thank you! My husband was very proud too. He is the photographer in the family–not me!
Hope to see you at the winery someday.


Thanks for posting Penny’s presentation. I was really looking forward to hearing her speak. Felt especially proud with her shout out to India.

Lisa Mattson

You’re welcome. It was an amazing presentation. She is very inspiring. Thanks for commenting. It’s great to discover your blog and shared passion.

Lisa Mattson

For those interested in trying the burger, we sourced the recipe from Skillet street food:

-7.5oz grass fed beef (preferably chuck 25% fat), formed into a small burger patty
-1 3 oz brioche style roll
-1.5 oz cambozola cheese
-2 oz skillet bacon jam
-1/4 cup wild arugula

grill the burger and put the cheese on the burger
toast the bun
bacon jam both buns
and place the arugula on the bottom bun
put the burger on the the arugula, and place the top of the bun on the burger …
and there you have the skillet burger

If you want to purchase the bacon jam, you can buy it online from Skillet: http://skilletstreetfood.com/baconjam.htm. Skillet uses a flat grill, by the way.

Winners from the Sunday lunch contests « Kathleen Flinn

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Just noticed your photo made the Photograzing section on seriouseats.com. Congrats!
Great meeting you at IFBC.

Lisa Mattson

Thanks, Sonja. I discovered photograzing a few weeks ago and thought I’d give it a try. Hope you enjoyed the wine. 🙂

Denver Food Photographer

Is it weird that I like the contact sheet as much as the actual shots? Totally rad stuff.


Hi Dave,
Thank you. I am honored to receive such a compliment from a professional like yourself. When I get better at our in-house food photo shoots, I’ll post some pictures for you to check out.


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Lisa Mattson

Videographer, photographer, writer and publicist. Find me on weekends trying to capture footage of the elusive Jordan Estate jack rabbits and turkeys.

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