A Little More Food Photography at Canlis

salmon from front-Edit

Yesterday I had the pleasure of photographing (and eating!) the Winter Tasting Menu at Canlis with Brian Canlis.  Again, Chef Jason Franey the team at Canlis are absolutely killing it.   Here’s a look at what they’ve been up to, but the pictures don’t begin to do justice to the experience of dining at Canlis.  I can’t stress this enough: if you haven’t been, go.  If you haven’t been recently, you’re in for a whole new experience.  Big thanks to Brian and the entire Canlis crew.

Click through for photos of the whole menu…

Microgreens Print Now Available for Purchase

Microgreens Collage

I’m very happy to announce my first food photography print available for purchase.  This image is an arrangement of 61 different microgreens, micro vegetables, edible flowers, herbs and mixes. 

The original image is over 60 megapixels – I went to great lengths to capture all of the ingredients in high resolution.  The shot below shows a zoomed-in view of mint apple leaves, found in the bottom center of the poster. 

Closeup of mint

If you’re interested in purchasing a print of this image, I’ve made it available for custom printing through Zazzle.  If you’re interested in licensing the entire collage, or each of the ingredients separately, please contact me at scott@seattlefoodgeek.com.

In case you’re curious, the image includes: borage blossom, california bay leaf, celery, citrus mix, cronses, cucumber, fennel, firestix mix, garlic, herb flowers mix, herb tops mixture, hibiscus leaf, kale red, lavender, micro amaranth red, micro arugula, micro basil italian, micro borage, micro bull’s blood, micro cabbage, micro cress water, micro cucumber, micro flower blend, micro lemon balm, micro lovage, micro majenta orach, micro marigold, micro merlot mix, micro mint lavender, micro mirepoix mix, micro parsley italian, micro sea beans, micro shungiku, micro southwest mix, micro star flower, micro sun daisy, micro thyme, mint apple, mint lime, mustard green frill, mustard red frill, nasturtium, oyster leaf, pansy, pea green, petite basil italian, petite fava leaf, petite lemon balm, petite spinach lilac, radish mix, red kaiware shoots, sage gold, sage purple, snapdragon, sparkler tops, tangerine lace, tiny carrots, turnip red, turnip, and viola.

Food Photography Workshop with Modernist Cuisine Photographer Ryan Matthew Smith


Join Modernist Cuisine photographer, Ryan Matthew Smith, for a hands-on food photography workshop at TASTE in downtown Seattle. Ryan will explain the lighting techniques used during the making of Modernist Cuisine, as well as critical Photoshop steps to make your images pop!

Sunday, September 18th
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
TASTE restaurant at the SAM
1300 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
United States

$125 per person, includes lunch.  Click here to purchase tickets.  Enrollment is limited to 12 students.


  • An introduction to Ryan’s food photography
  • Demos of strobe light techniques used in Modernist Cuisine
  • Lunch provided by TASTE restaurant
  • Hands-on action shooting workshop.  Attendees will learn to shoot food in motion!
  • Photoshop Lesson 1: Curves -  The nearly everything tool
  • Photoshop Lesson 2: Layer masking techniques -  How to localize your adjustments
  • Photoshop Lesson 3: Making a single image from multiple captures
  • Q&A session
  • Student portfolio critique (optional)

A DSLR camera and previous Photoshop experience is recommended, but not required.  If you have a DSLR, please bring it for the hands-on shooting workshop.  If not, there will be a camera available to borrow.  You will have the opportunity to work with high-end Broncolor lighting equipment and also experiment with budget-friendly Alienbees strobes.  However, the lessons you’ll learn will enhance your food photography skills regardless of the equipment you use at home.

Your ticket price includes lunch provided by TASTE restaurant.  Confirmed attendees will be allowed to upload samples of previous work into a Flickr pool for the student portfolio critique at the end of the workshop.

If you have questions, please contact scott@seattlefoodgeek.com