The Team Leaders

Stephen

Stephen

Steve is the owner, photographer, director, and sometimes janitor at Stephen Hamilton Productions. You’ll usually find him juggling multiple balls in the air and directing large crews, but his favorite work days are quiet, creative days shooting samples in the studio. He loves simple, well-prepared meals that create memories of the people you’re sharing them with. In the summer, he tries to spend as much time as he can on his boat enjoying food and wine with friends and family.
Deirdre

Deirdre

Deirdre is the executive producer and director of operations at SHP, but you can just call her the cat wrangler.” She knows better than anyone that no day at the studio is the same, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Outside of work, Deirdre loves spending time with her family and going for bike rides. If you need recommendations on where to find the best tacos in town — from carnitas to carne asada to fish — Deirdre is your gal.
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Amy

Amy is the Director of Sales and Marketing. Her natural ease of listening is a true gift. It never feels like a job, she loves being surrounded by the amazing people at the studio. Outside of work you can find her sitting outside with her family, enjoying a special bottle of wine and loving the energy of the city. Or savoring her favorite Pasta Yia Yia at Lulu Cafe, a tried and true place!
Kate

Kate

Kate is a photographer at SHP, where she enjoys getting creative and meeting challenges with the rest of the team. If she’s not working, you might find Kate kayaking or relaxing on the beach — or day-dreaming about her favorite food: mussels, served with crusty bread and an oaky Chardonnay. Her favorite Chicago restaurant is Piccolo Sogno, where she orders the spaghetti nero with clams, shrimp, calamari, and yep, mussels.
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Sandy

Sandy

Sandy is a photographer at SHP, where she loves interacting with coworkers and clients who visit the studio. When the weather’s warm, she’s an avid gardener (especially tomatoes!) and bee keeper, and has a rabbit named Kevin. Her favorite Chicago food was the beef curry udon at Momotaro.
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Ben

Ben

Ben is the studio’s motion camera operator, occasional director of photography, video editor, digital tech, photo assistant, and chief jack-of-all-trades. His favorite part of work is collaborating with such a talent team… and getting to eat amazing food. When it comes to restaurants, there’s no place he’d rather be than staring down the massive seafood tower at GT Fish & Oyster with a dirty martini in hand.
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Full Circle Capabilities

Stephen Hamilton Productions offers full-circle capabilities encompassing still photography; animated stills; cinemagraphs; stop-motion builds; how-to videos; and tight, textured delicious moments” videos and broadcast/commercials. The studio is fully integrated to serve clients’ print, digital, and video needs. Our production team offers these capabilities with client direction, alongside industry-leading client services, in our Chicago studio. We’re also proud to deliver seamless remote shoots to better serve our North American and international clients.

Stephen Hamilton

Director, Photographer, Publisher

Stephen Hamilton is a food and beverage director and photographer whose work has appeared almost everywhere you see images of food—on television, in national magazines and cookbooks, on packaging, and across seven seasons of Bravo TV’s Top Chef (as well as appeared as a guest judge on Top Chef Masters). Stephen built his career showcasing ingredients in all their organic, beautiful reality. His natural lighting style and tight taste appeal let food’s honest, fresh allure speak for itself.

Drips, pours, crumbs, bites — flaws aren’t necessarily flaws. Less is more in terms of styling; more is more in terms of exploration. Stephen brings a visual feast to life by taking an integrated, sensory approach to his subjects. This holistic perspective has garnered the attention of numerous agencies, international food companies, and restaurants. His work has won numerous awards over the years, including top honors for his food porn” series at Graphis International, with seven images featured.

In recent years, Stephen has grown his photography business into a full-service production company. Stephen Hamilton combines his talents with those of an on-staff producer and editor as well as a roster of skilled photographers. Flexible, generous studio space accommodates multiple simultaneous shoots, offering clients start-to-finish capabilities from pre-production to in-house retouching.

Who's Hungry

Who's Hungry?

Website Launching May 2021.

.25

Stephen Hamilton

.25 is a hardbound book celebrating 25 years of Stephen Hamilton’s groundbreaking explorations of the art of food photography. Designed by Bob Faust, .25 contains more than 300 pages of photographs; a foreword from renowned photographer, critic, and professor Alan Cohen; and portraits of some of the country’s premier chefs including Stephanie Izard, Rick Bayless, Art Smith, and Fabio Viviani.