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ROOT Marketing Teams Up with Rio Grande for Food, Photos, and Fun

Kuvy Ax, Founder of ROOT Marketing, is not new to food photography. But when she started to feel like her pic-snapping skills were plateauing, she thought, why not host a class that she could also take? So, along with writer and photographer Ron Stern of the Global Gumshoe, the Daily Meal, and more, Ax set up shop at the Rio Grande Denver on Feb. 29 to put on an event for all ages and experience levels: an all-inclusive food photography class.

For two hours in the afternoon light of the Rio Grande dining room, photography beginners and experts alike gathered—some equipped with hefty digital cameras, light diffusers, and tripods, others with just their iPhone—around a table filled with colorful cocktails and tasty bites, courtesy The Rio.

Ron Stern led the class, teaching the group about little-known tips and tricks for getting high-quality images out of just an iPhone, which is actually all Stern uses for his current photography projects. He also provided tips to those who brought along their personal DSLRs, people ranging from professional stock photographers to relative amateurs of the art.

A few takeaways from the class (we can’t give you all the good stuff—you’ll just have to sign up for the next one!) include:

  • Using your iPhone flashlight to light up objects, like the bottom of a colorful cocktail;
  • Keeping in mind the Rule of Thirds (don’t set your subject smack-dab in the middle of your photo) and using the “grid” option on your iPhone camera to do so;


  • The “burst” feature of your iPhone camera is great for getting a ton of photos of a moving subject (which you can then select your favorites of after); 
  • Using simple objects, like doorstops, to elevate plates of food so you can get the perfect photo angle!

And while there were plenty of bright, colorful, and perfectly textured plates for photo purposes, the Rio Grande showed everyone their signature hospitality and delectable eats with Blood Orange Margaritas, Steak Quesadillas, and some serious guacamole action.

Catch the next class, this time at Sugarfire Smoke House in Westminster, on Saturday, May 2 from 2-4pm. More information via Facebook can be found here, and tickets via Eventbrite, here.

All in all, a spectacular way to spend a Saturday afternoon. While we wait for the next class to roll around, we’ll be busy practicing our newfound skills.

Recap and Photos by Erica Buehler