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Pop, Crunch and Shoot!

by Allie on December 12, 2011 · 50 comments

in Fun Stuff,Photography

Behind the scenes at my first ever real photo shoot…



Background Story: A couple weeks ago, Dan started tweeting me and commenting on/liking my posts on Facebook after stumbling upon my blog. Then one day, he made this comment…

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I clicked over and realized he lived only about an hour away from me—small world! After a few emails, we had a photo shoot scheduled. We met up yesterday to photograph his gourmet (and oh so delicious) popcorn for his soon-to-be-completed website, other social media pages and marketing materials. Dan is launching his business, CrunchDaddy Popcorn, at the stroke of midnight on 1/1/2012! Talk about time crunch :) .

Talking to him about his business reminded me of the days when I thought about starting my own business making AllieBars. Remember?!?


Between munching handfuls of popcorn, I took a few photos :) .


I shot 10 different flavors of popcorn, which will be revealed on the website soon! Here’s a peak at some of them…

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Do some of these placemats look familiar?

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Close up!

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Needless to say, I left with a belly full of popcorn. Dan also sent me home with 5+ gallons of popcorn, all wrapped up beautifully to giveaway…or eat myself! Muahaha.

3 1/2 hours zoomed by in the blink of an eye. I had a wonderful time using my food photography skills for something other than my blog! Thank you, Dan for the opportunity to photograph your products. I had a blast.


Now it’s time to EDIT all those photos!

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{ 50 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cait @ Beyond Bananas December 12, 2011 at 9:30 am

HOW COOL that you found this opportunity! Also .. this popcorn looks delicious! Now he gets to have ltos of people know about his product through your blog.. andYOU got a photography gig. Win-win!


2 Colleen @ Jimmy Choos on the Treadmill December 12, 2011 at 9:35 am

This sounds like such a cool opportunity! I met a wedding photographer while I was on vacation in Curacao last month and he had the coolest job description, ever! He was able to relax on a beautiful island during the day then attend elegant weddings at night while snapping pictures!


3 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes December 12, 2011 at 9:58 am

How cool! Haha I would’ve eaten so much popcorn too! Looks amazing :)


4 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 12, 2011 at 10:03 am

very cool! And damn, that popcorn looks delicious! I hope you do some giveaways instead of eating it all. Although, I’d probably eat it if it were me ;)


5 Allie December 12, 2011 at 11:05 am

Oh I meant giveaway to friends and family! Shipping would get complicated and expensive. BUT we are talking about doing a giveaway once the business is launched in a couple weeks.


6 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 12, 2011 at 11:07 am

Oh, haha! Can you tell I was too busy drooling over popcorn to think that one through?! Shipping popcorn canisters would definitely be annoying! Don’t mind me…


7 Dan Bazis December 12, 2011 at 4:22 pm

We will most definitely provide popcorn for some giveaways once CrunchDaddy Popcorn is open for business. I’ll take care of the shipping!


8 Libby December 12, 2011 at 10:20 am

That popcorn looks amazing. You’re a great photographer, I’m glad you’re getting to put it to even more use!


9 HRCK December 12, 2011 at 10:21 am

How cool! You look so profesh :) And I haven’t had any very creatively flavored popcorns before, so those look especially intriguing and delicious! Enjoy them!


10 sarah (sarah learns) December 12, 2011 at 10:49 am

congrats on this opportunity, allie! that popcorn looks great! :)


11 Lena @Fit on the Rocks December 12, 2011 at 10:49 am

Woohoo for getting to professionally use your food photography skills! Hopefully some more great opportunities come your way :)


12 Meg @ My Chocolate Covered Life December 12, 2011 at 10:56 am

They look gorgeous!!! I love how the “garnish” shows the flavor of the popcorn without any text/labels. Wonderful job.


13 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles December 12, 2011 at 11:27 am

How great! Not that I’m surprised that someone would seek you out to take photos of their food- yours are always AMAZING!!!
Good job, Allie! —-ps- it’s the season for sharing ;) HA! Kidding, I’d eat it all myself, I can’t even lie.


14 Halley (Blunder Construction) December 12, 2011 at 11:33 am

Very cool! It’s so awesome how relationships can form just by sending a few messages on Facebook/Twitter!


15 Casey @ Insatiably Healthy December 12, 2011 at 11:38 am

Whatever that peanut flavor is I want on it!
Congrats on your first shoot, looks like you did a great job :)


16 Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 12, 2011 at 12:03 pm

That’s so cool! Funny how you can find opportunities like that. Who knows, maybe one day you’ll have a food photography business! :)

By the way, one of your adds on the left side of the screen is coming into your post body from the sidebar. I might be the only one seeing it which is cool. no worries..but just a heads up.


17 Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous December 12, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Beautiful photos! You could make any food look great!


18 Clare @ Fitting It All In December 12, 2011 at 12:25 pm

awesome!! you should totally try to do more freelance photography!


19 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh December 12, 2011 at 1:51 pm

What a wonderful opportunity for you both! Now I want popcorn! YUM!


20 Alison @ Hospitality Haven December 12, 2011 at 2:02 pm

What a cool (and delicious!) experience!!


21 brandy December 12, 2011 at 2:28 pm

great pics! and I”m sure he’s happy about the advertising on your blog ;-) everyone wins!


22 Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats December 12, 2011 at 4:01 pm

I spy peanut butter chocolate popcorn. Get in my belly! ;)


23 Casi December 12, 2011 at 4:12 pm

That’s awesome! I cannot wait to get a nice camera to get into photography. And take pictures of popcorn, then eating it. Now I want those big bins of xmas popcorn, yummmy.


24 Dan Bazis December 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Working with Allie yesterday was a complete pleasure! As you can see, her talents shine through in her work and I’m so thankful to call her MY photographer! She’s every bit as wonderful in-person as you see on this blog and she’s a true hard-working professional with a stellar attitude. I hope that many more people will consider employing Allie’s talents for their food products.

Thanks for all of the kind remarks about the popcorn! I’m tremendously excited to be opening the business soon and being able to share what my friends and family have been enjoying for years. Having Allie shoot these products takes care of a big part of what the website (under construction) is lacking. I’m chipping away at the remaining details, so it’s a busy time!

I have been using the CrunchDaddy Popcorn Facebook page to share my story of building the business from the ground up. I would love to have you join me so I can keep you informed of the latest news and progress! Find us at

Once again, many thanks for all of the compliments on my popcorn!


25 Sarah December 12, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Awesome!! What a great connection to make, and his popcorn looks awesome!


26 chelcie @ chelcie's food files December 12, 2011 at 4:59 pm

the pictures look AWESOME!


27 Kori December 12, 2011 at 5:24 pm

I’m not a huge popcorn lover, but that popcorn is so unique and looks like such a quality product that I’m drooling! Your photography is absolutely ah-may-zing!! :-) Congrats on obtaining such a wonderful opportunity!


28 Lindsay December 12, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Congrats!!! So cool!


29 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 12, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Congrats Allie! What an amazing opportunity for you. And all that free popcorn can’t hurt either. ;)


30 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate December 12, 2011 at 8:34 pm



31 Anna @ Food Fitness Frolicking December 12, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Congratulations! The photos look great!


32 Ellie@fitforthesoul December 12, 2011 at 9:15 pm

oOOoo this is so very exciting!~ I didn’t know you actually wanted to launch an Alliebar business!! Although…I still want one and haven’t tried it! hehe. Giveaway? :P jk! kind of. Have a beautiful day.


33 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! December 12, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Stunning photos girl! And the popcorn looks yummy tooo!


34 Khushboo December 13, 2011 at 12:27 am

Congrats and the photos look fab!


35 Mai December 13, 2011 at 1:08 am

How awesome! Congrats on the gig.
I love popcorn and this looks delicious!


36 Hayley @ Oat Couture December 13, 2011 at 7:06 am

Wow the pictures (and popcorn!) look awesome!! Congrats on your first of what I’m sure will be many photography jobs!! :)


37 Sarah December 13, 2011 at 7:32 am

What a cool opportunity. I love popcorn so I might have to check out his website!


38 kenya December 13, 2011 at 8:37 am

May I just say as a “secret” taste tester of the majority of all of CrunchDaddy’s popcorn flavors, that you all are in for a treat. They are all spectacular!!! And I truly mean, SPECTACULAR!!!!!


39 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning December 13, 2011 at 9:32 am

That is so awesome, Allie- a story I should share with my students, who would all love the chance to be paid photographers. You are seriously talented, though, and it’s great that you got paid to do something that you love!
And yeah- the popcorn looks pretty delicious also!


40 jennifer @ peanut butter and Peppers December 13, 2011 at 11:29 am

How cool! What a great opportunity! You never know where this may take you!


41 Thao @ Snapshots of Happiness December 13, 2011 at 1:06 pm

That’s really awesome Allie that you got to experience such wonderful opportunity! =D


42 Annette @EnjoyYOURHealthyLife December 13, 2011 at 1:52 pm

okay that is freakin’ cool!! NICE job! You’re good at what you do!


43 Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie December 13, 2011 at 6:20 pm

That popcorn looks awesome! Now I’m craving some!


44 CrazyCookingCouple December 13, 2011 at 7:33 pm

We met up with Mr Crunch Daddy a while back. His stuff is SO awesome!! PB was our fav. What was your favorite?!


45 Dan Bazis December 13, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Ha!! @Jen (CrazyCookingCouple), Allie has sworn to secrecy regarding some of what she saw and tasted on Sunday, so she may have trouble answering that!! We’re going to let some of these flavors be a secret until the site opens!


46 Nikki December 13, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Popcorn looks yummy! I love your sweater…where did you get it?


47 Allie December 13, 2011 at 11:14 pm

I got it at Hechts several years ago…when Hechts was still Hechts :)


48 Julie (A Case of the Runs) December 14, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks! Those are some very convincing shots!


49 Krista December 14, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Great photos, Allie!!!


50 suki @ [Super Duper Fantastic] December 20, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Mmmmm… popcorn.


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