Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Food & Restaurant Photographer .com

Working on a new site which will be housed at www.foodandrestaurantphotographer.com

In the interim, I'm gathering up a few of my favorite food and restaurant shots I've made over the years. Check them out here.

Food & Restaurant  Photography by Shanna Gillette

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Why Professional Food & Restaurant Photography?

In this age of technology, a restaurant must now have a website and it needs to be engaging and appealing to a potential customer making decisions in the blink of an eye. People will make a judgment about your restaurant and whether or not to dine there, within seconds of clicking on your site.

Here's a few examples from a recent shoot I did for a restaurant in Silver Lake, CA: 

Now, compare those with a few images customers took with their cell phones:

And it's easy to see why Presentation is key.

It's true that there's been an explosion of low quality cell phone pics of food on-line and did you know that 69 Percent Of Mobile Users Order Food Via Their Devices? This means that when a potential customer sees high quality professional photography instead of hasty cell phone pix, it captures their attention. It can hold them a minute longer and it's far more likely that they'll make the decision to choose your restaurant over the others. This is why the quality of photography you choose to highlight on your website is so important if you want to differentiate your business from the masses. If you want the perception of your establishment and dishes to shine and stand out from the rest, then you need better photos because guess what? It's been proven that people eat with their eyes first. 

So whether it's with me or someone else, be sure to take the time and budget to hire an experienced professional photographer. The photos will last for years and the increase in sales you'll see will be well worth the investment!

Check out more of my food photography by clicking on the link below:

Also, be sure to check out my blog, the "Local Flavor" which focuses on farm-to-table eats, sustainable living, and all things organic. If your business is sustainable, ask me about getting featured on the LFP facebook page!  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

4th annual Food & Wine Festival in L.A., "Ultimate Bites" - photographed for the LA Weekly

Monday, March 3, 2014

New website in the works!

Hey all!

Just a quick note to let everyone know that I'm currently working with Designer, Preston Vainn at Shark Marketing on a brand spankin new website!

My normal site: shannagillette.com is functioning however we don't have much content there yet.

Unfortunately due to a domain issue with godaddy, my former site: sasharaephoto.com and it's associated email are both down.

That all said, for the time being, I am directing everyone to my facebook business page at:

Photography by Shanna Gillette on Facebook

or my flickr page

Shanna Gillette on Flickr 

...until shannagillette.com is fully functioning.

Do feel free to go there to see a preview of what the site is going to look like. I'm so excited for it. Once we get the content in place, it's going to be amAzing!

Until then...




Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Best of 2013 Wedding Photos (according to the Huffington Post)

Just stumbled upon these GORGEOUS "Best of 2013" wedding photos.  

My personal fave is this one by Janis Ratnieks:

The lighting is stellar!

Check out the rest here:

Huffington Post's best wedding photos of 2013

While you're at it, feel free to check out some more fun wedding photos like this one...

(made by yours truly):
SGPhoto Wedding & Reception Highlights! 

Know someone getting married or throwing a grand event this year?  Tell them about Photography by Shanna Gillette and get a referral fee for yourself!  (See previous blog for details)

Hope everyone is having a great 2014 so far!

Much Love!
Photography by Shanna Gillette

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


Want to make some easy moolah? Of course you do. Why wouldn't you? And when I say easy I do mean easy.

All's ya gotta do is make a simple referral and I will give you a 20% cut of what I make. You can make anywhere from $50 to $1,000 (or even more) for each job I book by way of your referral.

Too good to be true? Nope. I speak the truth, only the truth and, yes, nothing but the truth.

It's quite simple, really.

A typical scenario:
  • Pierre owns a lovely Bistro.
  • Pierre hasn't updated his photos since the Bush Administration (Bush Sr. that is).
  • Pierre is informed by you that Shanna specializes in restaurant/food photography.
  • Pierre and Shanna come to an agreement, Shanna shoots. 

  • Pierre pays Shanna $1,000. Shanna pays YOU $200.
  • Pierre loves his new photos (and the resulting increase in business).
  • After buying $199 worth of Mentos, you still have a dollar left for the meter (don't let those a-holes ticket you). 

Another plausible course of events:
  • Your cousin Jenny is planning her 21st birthday bash.
  • Aunt Karen learns thru you that Shanna's Photo Booth is #1 in the multiverse (this is factually true).
  • Auntie Karen hires Shanna (mostly in hopes that the photo booth will keep her "little Jenny" away from the beer bong/Jell-O shot station).
  • Hilarity ensues.

  • Aunt Karen pays Shanna $750, Shanna pays YOU $150.
  • You spend $4.99 on Excedrin (after swearing to never do Jell-O shots again. Ever. Never).
  • You still have $145.01 left.
  • You are happy. Very happy.

 One last, and most lucrative, example:
  • Your BFF Tessa is planning her wedding.
  • You connect Tessa and Shanna.
  • Yadda, Yadda, Yadda...

  • Tessa's dad pays Shanna $3,000. YOU SCORE $600 George Washingtons (and no, they won't come in singles, you naughty you).
  • You finally have enough $ to buy that ferret you always wanted...and you name him "Shannito" in gratitude.

So, how 'bout that?  A system of trickle-down economics that actually trickles down. Astounding, I know.  Just thank me with some of those Mentos later.

To see more of Shanna's work, follow these links:

Food & Restaurant photography

Wedding & Event photography 

Photo Booth 

Real Estate/Architectural 

Photos from the Road

P.S. Shanna does, on occasion, photograph people too...all types, including rockstars, actors, artists, etc...even the President.  For more of that, check PEOPLE and MUSIC.

Fine Print: 

You knew there had to be a catch, right?  Well, you knew wrong cuz there's no catch.  Only cash.

However, there are a few points worth clarifying:

1.) You make money when Shanna makes money.  This means that Shanna will pay you as soon as she gets paid and by 'as soon as', we do mean right away. Not before.  Duh.

2.) The examples/prices above are meant to illustrate potential scenarios only. Prices may vary widely depending on a myriad of factors including, but not limited to, shooting and editing time, lighting requirements, and image usage (but you already knew that).

3.) Shanna is based in Los Angeles so, please keep that in mind when referring potential jobs. If there's an airplane and/or a road trip involved, per diem & Cheetos money will need to be factored in. (but you already knew that too). 

Shannito says thanks.



Wednesday, November 27, 2013



Check out my updated profile on Thumbtack!

Also don't forget: Refer me a new client and make 20% of the total sale - for real!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I'm back in L.A.!

Hey All!

Somehow I ended up back in Los Angeles again and my schedule is filling up quick.  If you need head shots, family portraits, food photography, or the like, I will be between here and San Francisco for the next couple weeks only, then back to FL for some August gigs.  Call now to schedule a session while I still have appointments available!

In the meantime, check out some of the work i've been doing over the last few days.

I did some head shots with Gabriela and Lawrence...

And some fun shots downtown with Actor, Barak Hardley!

I've also met some of the most amazing people here and despite the traffic, I'm falling in love with L.A. all over again. ;)  We'll see what the future holds...


I'm in the process of rebranding so bear with me as we make the transition from 'Sasha Rae Photo' to 'Photography by Shanna Gillette.'  Brand new shiny website coming soon!  Thanks for your patience!    

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Under a Blue Sky...

Yes indeed, I have been traveling again.  I will be posting images and written transmissions from the road very soon.  In the meantime, be sure to check out my photography show in St Petersburg, FL at Kahwa South "Under a Blue Sky" featuring photos from my travels throughout the month of July.  Here's a sneak peek...

Happy Trails!


Monday, June 24, 2013

Bonnaroo 2013

Bonnaroo 2013 was amazing!  Creative Loafing Tampa has been so good to me and I feel so fortunate every time they give me the opportunity to photograph something incredible like Bonnaroo.

Check out the rest of my Bonnaroo 2013 journey and photos in cltampa.com.



Billy Idol!


Smiling faces!

David Byrne!


Billy Idol!

Father John Misty!

Jack Johnson!


Of Monsters & Men!

Sir Paul McCartney!

 St Vincent!

The National!

Tom Petty!

Jack Johnson!