contact us

Use the form on the right to contact us.

Please include what services you are looking for and your contact information including a phone number where we can reach you.  Thanks!

407 Central Avenue
Houma, LA, 70364
United States

985-713-6000

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

_MNP2929.jpg

Blog

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.

Filtering by Category: food

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...

Read More

The Pancake Pantry

Matthew Noel

In many resort towns, it's easy to get overwhelmed by the over hyped attractions and restaurants.  Gatlinburg, Tennessee is no different.  I think a fair description of it's close neighbor, Pigeon Forge, is Las Vegas for the Bible Belt.  That being said, I was pleasantly surprised when I visited this haven of pancake deliciousness on my family vacay during Mardi Gras.  Not only was I pleasantly surprised by this 1960 pancake powerhouse, but everyone at my table instantly became converts.  Below are the photographs that convey my experience at this everything from scratch institution.  You can see their menu and get directions at pancakepantry.com .

20140303_20140302_tennesse_361.jpg
20140303_20140302_tennesse_304.jpg
20140303_20140302_tennesse_310.jpg
20140303_20140302_tennesse_319.jpg
20140303_20140302_tennesse_325.jpg
 Banana and pineapple crepes with fresh whipped cream

Banana and pineapple crepes with fresh whipped cream

 Epic blueberry pancakes

Epic blueberry pancakes

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.

untitled-20.jpg
 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

untitled-92.jpg
untitled-129.jpg
 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

FFdrinksplash.jpg

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

Buy Local

Matthew Noel

Fresh produce is always the best way to start off preparing for a delicious meal.  You now hear lots of chefs talking about a "farm to table" approach.   Look around in your neighborhoods and cities to find local farmers and farmers markets where you can meet the person who planted and picked what you will eat. 

 Fresh cucumbers from the Tarc farmers market in Houma, La.

Fresh cucumbers from the Tarc farmers market in Houma, La.

 Beautiful okra from the Tarc farmers market in Houma, La.

Beautiful okra from the Tarc farmers market in Houma, La.

Back to the Future

Matthew Noel

It is a great time to pay homage to those who have come before us in all disciplines of the culinary world.  Below is one of many of the now deceased drive ins that led the way into the culinary future.