Yearly Archives: 2014

Whistler Magazine – Food Photos

I spend six weeks photographing the food and portrait sections of the Whistler Magazine, the resort magazine put out by Glacier Media, the parent company of the Whistler Question and Pique.


Araxi Whistler.  BC Sable Fish with Miso.




Tech Stuff:

All the food photos were highly technical set ups, using multiple studio strobes.  One of the most interest shots to get was the one of the salt encrusted beet at the Nita Lake Lodge.  I’d been there last year in the winter and noticed that they had some portable fire places on the patio in front of the bar.  I called ahead and asked them if they could set one up for me to use as a back ground.  I did some conventional shots inside the restaurant, and then moved out and shot in front of the fire.

A funny aside, the beet was supposed to be red.  The beets were roasted the night before and then the chef cut them open beside the table.   When he saw it wasn’t red, he went into the kitchen and started yelling at one of the cooks, who guess was in the dog house for a while.  I thought the orange beet really worked well … Read the rest

Whistler FAQ Magazine

Whistler FAQ Magazine. Harrison Stoker
Craft beer aficionado and co-founder of the Whistler Beer Festival, Harrison Stoker at the Whistler Brewery.

Whistler FAQ Magazine. Julia McCabe
Yoga instructor Jula McCabe.

Whistler FAQ Magazine. Tory Martindale
Four Seasons Resort and Sidecut Steak House Executive Chef Tory Martindale.

Whistler FAQ Magazine. Tess Klein
Artist and jewellery designer Tess Klein

This year I got the assignment to photograph the portraits for the insiders feature of the Whistler FAQ Magazine, which is the resort magazine published by the Pique Magazine. I love shooting editorial portraits, and when I get an assignment, I’m all over it.

Shoots like this take a lot of planning and preparation. The first thing I did was get FAQ Editor Alison Taylor to send me the story outlines for each of the subjects so I could get an idea of where to pose them. Tess Klein and Tory Martindale were easy, as they both worked out of venues at the Four Seasons. Harrison Stoker is kind of a guy around town, so I asked him what would would be a good location that summed what he does, and he suggested the Brewery.

I did a lot pre-visualization of what I wanted, but you also have to be able to think on your feet as well. The … Read the rest

Sura Richmond

Sura Richmond.  From Vancouver food photographer David Buzzard
Last February, my buddy, Vancouver graphic designer Jung Shin got me to come down to Richmond, a suburb of Vancouver, to photograph the menu of the new Sura Restaurant.  I had photographed the original Sura in the West End last year, and they had grown so fast that they were opening a brand new restaurant in Richmond.

Sura Richmond.  From Vancouver food photographer David Buzzard
A hot pot in a stone bowl.  The stone bowl holds the heat until the last sizzling bit.

Sura Richmond.  From Vancouver food photographer David Buzzard

Sura Richmond.  From Vancouver food photographer David Buzzard
Beef ready for the BBQ

Sura Richmond.  From Vancouver food photographer David Buzzard
Some tasty looking ribs.

Tech Stuff
Sura Richmond.  From Vancouver food photographer David Buzzard
A behind the scenes view of my lighting set up at Sura. We started 10:00 PM, after the restaurant had closed, and ended up working until 2:00 AM of two nights in a row. It was February when we did the shoot, and it meant a couple of late night drives in driving snow storms.

Camera:  Nikon D3
Lens:  Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8
Lighting:  Alien Bee B-1600 X 3

Sura Richmond – Food Photographer Vancouver – David Buzzard Photo

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Gyudonya Rice Bowls

Gyudonya Japanese Restaurant
A waitress with a rice bowl special. Once the designs are finished, the food photos I did will go in the menu above her head.
I was back in Vancouver this last week to shoot the menu for Gyudonya, a new Vancouver restaurant specializing in Japanese Rice bowls. I’ve photographing a lot of Vancouver restaurants over the last year, and it’s something I really enjoy.

Gyudonya Japanese Restaurant

Gyudonya Japanese Restaurant
Some Japanese hamburgers, with rice cakes for buns.

Gyudonya Japanese Restaurant

Gyudonya Japanese Restaurant
Steaming rice bowls.

Tech Stuff
Gyudonya Japanese Restaurant
Getting a little help in the steam department from a pot of boiling water. To light the steam, I put a light off to camera left with a grid spot turned almost to full power. Some black draping behind the steam gave us a nice clean background for the steam to show up against.

The photo of the waitress was lit with a camera flash mounted in a soft box. The large studio lights would have over powered the ambient light.

BTW – This was the job I was finishing up at midnight when I got the call about the big Blackcomb Fire. I didn’t make it to bed that day until 5:00 AM.

Cameras: Nikon D3
Lenses: Nikon AF-S 17-35mm … Read the rest