Liz Gardner

Food + Color // Test Shoot

I have always believed in test shoots. They are a way to collaborate and try our ideas, new ways of shooting and if we're lucky, a little portfolio building. I've been shooting a lot of food the last couple of years and they are some of my favorite assignments. I seem to connect with food and the culture around it so naturally, but I wanted to create a little something out of the box and new. I've had the idea of mono-chromatic food in my head for a while now. Like, what if we made food poster art? What if we photographed food in a modern, minimalist, graphic way?

I gathered some of my most talented friends and colleagues, Chef Jon Wipfli of The Minnesota Spoon, Creative Director Liz Gardner and my Editor Liz Hardt to join me and we simply had an afternoon of creating. It was fun, it was chill and I love the way these images turned out! Everyone gave their time and talents to this idea, and I am very grateful for that! Personally, test shoots like this fuel my creativity and make my work stronger and I think shoots like this are so necessary as artists. Check out the little series of Food + Color below, along with the behind-the-scene photos! 


Urban Bean Coffee //

I have really enjoyed the continued work of creating imagery for Urban Bean Coffee. The content spreads across their website, blog, facebook, tumblr, pinterest, instagram and twitter accounts! Here are some of my favorite shots from the past few months. UrbanBean_EliesaJohnson_0001 UrbanBean_EliesaJohnson_0002 UrbanBean_EliesaJohnson_0003 UrbanBean_EliesaJohnson_0004 UrbanBean_EliesaJohnson_0005 UrbanBean_EliesaJohnson_0006 UrbanBean_EliesaJohnson_0007 UrbanBean_EliesaJohnson_0008 UrbanBean_EliesaJohnson_0009 UrbanBean_EliesaJohnson_0010 UrbanBean_EliesaJohnson_0011 UrbanBean_EliesaJohnson_0012 UrbanBean_EliesaJohnson_0013


Client // Urban Bean Coffee

Art Direction // Liz Gardner

Photographer // Eliesa Johnson

Talent // Lily Harris

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