I almost can’t believe that this is my job now. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to photograph food and food stories, for boutique food companies and national brands, restaurants and resorts, chefs and purveyors, farmers and wine makers. I'm most interested in storytelling, in the intersection between people and place and food.
I worked as a sushi chef for over a decade before I traded my knife for a camera. When I’m not photographing food, I’m cooking at home, or traveling for it. I'm a sucker for chorizo tacos, and if brownie-a-la-mode is on a menu, I'm bound by a personal code to order it. A little hobby of mine is maintaining a custom google food map called EATS INTEL of all my favorite spots I’ve eaten and what specifically to order there. My girlfriend calls me a “light dork”, because wherever I find myself, I’m distracted by it and turning over where to find it again or how to recreate it.
As a sushi chef, I became comfortable being publicly under pressure with packed tables, a full bar and a line out the door, or when the restaurant was slow, I was often the entertainment in an intimate setting. I learned how to read a room, to enjoy working with and in front of, a wide variety of people and personalities. It was a wild ride. No night was ever the same and I came to truly value grace under pressure, communication, flexibility and teamwork.
These days, I hope that I’m able to bring some of my dorky love of food and my past experiences with me on set, to see some shots others might miss, to communicate a bit easier with the talented people making it, be they stylists or chefs, and to keep cool if something didn’t quite go according to plan, coming up with an even better way to execute.
I do like to eat along the way.
I truly love what I do.
WORKING LOCALLY IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA AND RENO, NEVADA.
Safe Sets International Covid-19 Certified
Fully Vaccinated Against Covid-19 as of April 2021. Boosted as of December 2021
FOOD STYLISTS:I have had the pleasure of working with some seriously talented food stylists over the years and in many instances my work would not be possible without theirs. Food stylists whose work appears my site include: Christine Wolheim • Lillian Kang • Julie Smith • Erin Quon • Randy Mon • Chelsea Lopker
SUPPORTED BY:I am lucky to have relationships with various organizations that promote my work: Create In Place • Komyoon • Art Makers Market • Palette Gallery (San Francisco, CA)
SHEA EVANS LTD. COVID-19 PROTOCOLS:Maintaining a safe working environment is my top priority. I have completed the Safe Sets International COVID-19 (Level A) for the Film and Video Production Industry course. Adaptability and problem solving has always been a crucial skill in this industry and in the time of Covid, even more so. National, State and Local mandates which can vary geographically will be observed at all times on set as well as providing remote access options where possible to keep our in person contact at more comfortable levels while maintaining creativity and collaboration. At a minimum, masks will be required on set, sanitizer will be readily available and social/physical distancing protocols will be observed. Team members that can participate remotely will be encouraged to do so. Please reach out with questions or thoughts about how to tackle a specific shoot in these uncertain times.
INTERVIEWS:Palette Gallery Video Interview (2020)Phoode Interview (2020)Peerspace Best 12 in SF (2019)
Soura Magazine (Dubai) (2016)
Phoblographer II (2014)
2019 Nevada Press Association - 1st Place - Illustrated Photo - "Peggyanna Parker Praying with Patrons"
2018 ASMP "Taste", Series of Images - Honorable Mention: "Color Shadow Candy"
2016 Nevada Press Association - 1st Place - Multiple Photo Essay - "Thrill of the Hunt"
2015 Nevada Press Association - 1st Place - Multiple Photo Essay - "Plein Air Dining"
2015 Nevada Press Association - 3rd Place - Multiple Photo Essay - "Louis Basque Corner"