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New Orleans and south Louisiana commercial food photographer, Matthew Noel, shares his journeys finding flavors using HD video, food photography, and hdslr cinematography.

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Matthew Noel blogs about food, food photography, photography, and the food scenes and culture across south Louisiana including Houma, New Orleans, the surrounding areas, and travel across the world.

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How to Take Better Photos of Your Cocktails

Matthew Noel

 West Coast Vesper - Photographed for Anchor Distilling in San Francisco

West Coast Vesper - Photographed for Anchor Distilling in San Francisco

I was recently interviewed about beverage photography by Maggie Badore from Tales of the Cocktail.  You can catch the article full of tips and tricks by clicking HERE.

The New Chef John Folse Culinary Institute

Matthew Noel

As you may or may not know, I am a graduate of the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University.  I received my Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts in 2007.  Life as a food photographer in Louisiana and around the world has been crazy ever since.

Today marks a very special day.  The new Lanny D. Ledet Culinary Arts Building is officially open.  While important, I don't want to focus on the new building.  Yes, it brings the CJFCI campus  to the technological forefront of the culinary industry.  Yes, it will draw in new students from around the country.  But the thing that I am most excited for is that it provides an exceptional staff of chefs and professors the tools to teach at their highest potential.

Most of my teachers are still there and many of the images hanging on the wall were photos I took during one class or another.  Walking through for the first time was such a surreal experience.  Echos of praise for the new facility was heard every time I ran into a fellow alumnus.  One day the old small kitchens of Geaux Hall will be just a faint memory, but with people like the late instructor Chef George Kaslow, the soul of a chef will be passed on to many generations to come.  Photos follow...

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Thanksgiving, Same but Different

Matthew Noel

This year my family's paths have strayed from the usual sit down feast of thanks.  We won't be holding hands and praying over a turkey feast, but the appreciation for life and each other will remain.  My parents,  my brother and his wife, my grandmother and Mr. Jimmy, and my wife and kid will be out in different parts of the globe for various reasons.  Knowing this was in the cards, my mother rounded up the troops and created an early Thanksgiving gathering culminating in a delightful non-traditional Alabama sunset dinner.  It's a blessing to have those who love you close, but even more important is to have them close in your heart.

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 Mr. Jimmy, GiGi, and Becky

Mr. Jimmy, GiGi, and Becky

 Cobalt restaurant on the Alabama coast

Cobalt restaurant on the Alabama coast

 The crew

The crew

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 My tired boy from a long day in the sun

My tired boy from a long day in the sun

 A beautiful way to end the day

A beautiful way to end the day

Sharing Knowledge

Matthew Noel

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Tomorrow night I will be giving a lecture on Food Photography and Adobe Lightroom 5 Work Flow.  If you have a love food and photography, (let's face it, if you are from South Louisiana, we love our food to taste and look good), come visit me tomorrow night at the Jefferson Parish Regional Library from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  I will talk about Food is Art- Creating Great Food Photography, 5 Tips for better Food Photography, Lightroom Work Flow, and much more. BE THERE!

Oct 1, 2013 (Tue), 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Jefferson Parish Regional Library

2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, LA 70058

NOLA Brewing Opens Tap Room

Matthew Noel

Kicking off with a bang, the New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company pop the top on their new Tap Room.  This isn't just a tasting room for their current line-up of delicious libations, but the beginning of one-off brews like the "Girl Stout Cookie".  That is their Irish Channel Stout rum barrel aged with cacao nibs and peppermint.  They are also bringing in food trucks every night of the week from 6 pm - till.  Pair that with great bands on the weekends and this will surely be a destination not to miss.  Find out more at www.nolabrewing.com or www.facebook.com/nolabrewing

 Girl Stout Cookie.

Girl Stout Cookie.

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 NOLA Brewing Tap Room.

NOLA Brewing Tap Room.

 Barrel aged beer.

Barrel aged beer.

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 Where the brewing magic happens.

Where the brewing magic happens.

 Great outside space that screams New Orleans.

Great outside space that screams New Orleans.

 The food and friends line up.

The food and friends line up.

 Locals celebrate.

Locals celebrate.

 Cheers!

Cheers!

Spahr's American Craft Beer Dinner

Matthew Noel

Spahr's Seafood in Houma, La just held their third craft beer dinner.  Lead by Chef Minh Lee and craft beer expert Ron Swoboda, a very delicious and informative time was had by all whom attended.  Chef Lee paired a wide variety of flavors with an exceptional beer selection.  The dinner was an excellent value coming in at $65 for Hors D'oeuvres, a five course dinner, and six craft beers.  Below are photos and descriptions of the food and beverage.  Finding out more about Spahr's Seafood at www.spahrsseafood.com .

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Find Us, Get a Button!

Matthew Noel

These past few weeks Becky and I have been so busy prepping for "The Best Chefs of Louisiana 2013".  Besides the photography, video, and slideshow, we took on managing the ACFNO's social media and became a GOLD level sponsor for the event.  This left me with little time to write.  So in honor of all those food photography fans, come up to Becky or myself and mention FINDING FLAVORS and we will give you a custom button for you to sport.  I just have a hand full, so get them early! We hope to see you at the event!