: Chicago: Stephen Hamilton

Chicago-based commercial culinary photographer, Stephen Hamilton, specialises in food and beverages. He has been refining his "real" photographic style for 16 years, becoming known for his determination to change the prevailing aesthetic of food as unmoved, staged perfection. Stephen's images are known as a celebration of real food: in other words, he brings food to life.

His clients include Arby's, Barilla, Cheez It, ConAgra brands - Hunts, Fresh Mixers, Healthy Choice, Marie Callendars and Fleischmann's, Smuckers, McDonald's, Pillsbury, Red Lobster, Sargento, Splenda, Stacy's and Starbucks.

The photographer recently moved to a new 7,000 sq ft studio with many amenities, including two high-end commercial kitchens and state-of-the-art digital systems. The studio has a sweeping view of the Chicago skyline and is designed specifically for photographing food and beverage with the help of available light.

Stephen has won many awards, including a Gold Graphis, two PDN awards, a HOW magazine award and an Altpick People's Choice award in 2008. He is represented by Patti Schumann.

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