Sure, BurkleHagen is a catchy name for a food photography studio, but the name also symbolizes the shared vision and passion of its two creative founders: Andrew Burkle and David Hagen. Together, with their talented team, they bring a refreshingly unconventional approach, decades of experience, and a lot of humor to producing exceptional images of food.
Located in the heart of midtown Cleveland, BurkleHagen’s 6,000 sq/ft studio warehouse loft can satisfy appetites of all sizes—including local and national brands, restaurants, chefs and more. The studio features state-of-the-art kitchens, plenty of client workspace, and of course, the all-important mini bar.
For Andrew, food is not only a passion—it’s a lifestyle. Nearly a decade ago, Andrew got his start as a photo assistant and digital tech in Chicago, where he quickly discovered his love for culinary arts. That love can be seen in images he captures as Burklehagen’s Co-owner and Lead Photographer, as well as in the food he prepares in his very own kitchen. As for Andrew’s food photography, he strives to provide unique approach and a collaborative mindset to every project. Not to mention providing a healthy mix of curiosity, hard work, humor, and hunger to every shot.
Throughout David’s 26 plus years in the field of commercial photography, he has always been authentic, passionately loyal, and committed to good causes, both personally and professionally. And as Burklehagen’s Co-Owner and Studio Director, he brings these qualities to the studio every single day—in addition to years of experience in photography, production, marketing and sales. David’s been all over the country producing campaigns and has even won photography awards for national brands. So where does his passion for food and entertainment come from? Well…Mom, of course.
Food Stylist - Chicago
Before Kim was food styling for national clients like Johnsonville, McCain, and Kelloggs, she was “baking” mud pie cupcakes at her childhood home. Now with more than 20 years of mud-free culinary experience under her belt, Kim has developed an extensive knowledge of food and cooking, patience, a positive spirit, and a keen sense of style—which can be seen in commercials, print ads, packaging and more. She enters every project with complete respect for the client’s vision, the dish, and the photographer. And this respect, as well as her enthusiasm for her craft can be seen in every single photo.
Food Stylist - Cleveland
Is there a better passion combination than art and food? We don’t think so. And neither does Melissa. Her firm background as a food stylist is rooted in her employment in restaurants and as a recipe tester and developer for test kitchens like Eating Well Magazine. It was during that time she received her food stylist certification by the Culinary Institute of America. And immediately honed her innate eye for composition and color. In addition to providing beautiful dishes to a variety of commercial clients, she continues to develop recipes and styling for her regular column in Edible Cleveland.
Charlotte Autry is a food and prop stylist with a background in recipe testing and styling from the magazine world - where she learned the best style happens naturally. Her thoughtful, casual approach and collaborative spirit has led her through the industry for over 10 years. Her attention to detail often brings her to the weekend farmers’ markets and estate sales in search of those extra special items for a shoot. She has worked with a wide variety of both advertising and editorial clients, including Boar’s Head, Coca Cola, Whole Foods, Time Inc., and Clarkson Potter.
Food Stylist - Cleveland
Betty’s mission is to “accentuate the intrinsic beauty and the wholesomeness of food.” And for over 20 years, she’s been doing just that for both national and regional clients alike —including Hungry Jack, Pillsbury, Stouffer’s and more. With a BFA from Alfred University, this Cleveland mom prides herself on avoiding synthetic products or chemicals to get the perfect look. Instead, she uses skill. Patience. And a whole lot of knowledge. And the result can be seen in countless print ads, videos, and TV commercials. Because whether she’s dealing with organic heirloom tomatoes or fast food —the result is a visual feast.
Food Stylist - Milwaukee / Chicago
Kathy calls the Midwest her home—and those values are reflected in her work ethic and professionalism. With over 25 years of experience, this distinguished, dedicated, and accomplished food stylist has developed many creative collaborations with clients around the world. She brings her skilled and artistic vision to all types of food, but her specialty and true passion lies in baking cakes and other desserts. Kathy’s career was independently built through hard work, highly regarded referrals from peers, and a top-notch portfolio—which features work in editorials, packaging, film, and video. Though she’s worked for a variety of studios, one thing has remained true: she loves her craft.
Studio Producer - Cleveland
An East Coast native, Laura graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia with a degree in graphic design. After college she moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, spending two years working as a graphic designer before transitioning to the production side of the creative industry. For three years she worked as a producer at a marketing agency in Fort Wayne, producing photo and video shoots for many national clients. A Thursday night ritual of cooking dinner with her best friend turned her into an accidental foodie, and she loves discovering new restaurants, recipes, and ingredients. Her passion for beautiful and delicious food shines through in her role producing food photography. Laura's dog Riley holds first place in her heart... but food comes in a close second.
Food Stylist Assistant
Simply put, she’s just a kid from Cleveland. Born and raised on the city’s eastside suburbs, Ramat loved spending time in the kitchen with her mom, and cooking for her younger siblings. She then went off to her undergraduate studies in Michigan and loved spending Sundays in the kitchen creating elaborate dinners for her friends and roommates. This was the beginning of her growing passion for food. Some time later, leaving her career as a 911 police dispatcher, she decided it was time to follow her dream and attend culinary school to become a chef. During this journey, she discovered a different career path that began pulling on her heartstrings: food styling. Since completing her culinary degree from Cuyahoga Community College, Ramat has continued to build a wealth of knowledge in the food styling world by working with several stylist and clients from all over the country. If she’s not in the kitchen at BurkleHagen, you can find her in the kitchen with her mother in law, or around Cleveland enjoying some local eats or amazing local art. Make sure you get a morning hug from her; it will make your day! Her love for food and her cool, calm, and collected spirit is great to have in the kitchen and on set.
Digital Retoucher - Cleveland
Jocelyn has a degree of Associate of Applied Business for Visual Communication and Design. She also graduated with Cum Laude honors in photography at Cuyahoga Community College. Not to mention she has over 8 years of experience as a freelance Digital Retoucher working for top clients with multiple studios in Cleveland. It’s these achievements that have equipped Jocelyn with amazing problem solving skills and a dedication to quality, as well as the client’s vision—all of which enhance her unique visual perspective. In layman’s terms: she makes magic out of everything she touches… err, retouches.
Studio Assistant - Cleveland
What's better than waking up every morning excited to go to work? Being around food, art, and a great number of creative people gives Megann a purpose and passion to life. Megann received a degree in Photojournalism from Kent State University. She found her passion for food photography when she relocated to Cleveland. She spent a few years around the city freelancing for various studios, but has finally made BurkleHagen her home. Her love for travel, photography, food, and art drive her to take each new creative collaboration and make it memorable. Megann has many of the same goals and qualities that BurkleHagen possesses, but striving to create a lasting impression and welcoming experience to anyone who walks through the studio doors is the most important.
Food Stylist - Milwaukee
Over two decades ago, Jim was an aspiring chef fresh out of culinary school with a love for presentation. Now he creates mouthwatering masterpieces with confidence, passion, and a really easy-going attitude. Throughout his career, he has developed packaging, brochures, cooking shows, commercials and more for national clients like Oscar Mayer, Hillshire Farm, Breyers, and Jack Daniels. And with every project, Jim provides the skills that only a seasoned food stylist can—knowledge, talent, and timing. Plus, he simply loves the sight of food. Who can blame him?
Food Stylist - Pittsburgh
Ana was born in Brazil with a dual citizenship in the U.S. and France. But she proudly refers to herself as a “Pittsburgher.” This worldly-wise food stylist speaks 5 languages and has a broad and extensive knowledge in cultures, traditions, and of course…food. After Culinary School and a two-year apprenticeship, Ana competed with The Pittsburgh Hot Foods Team—giving her the refinement she needed to cook, plate, and present with the best of them. Now she offers her always-fashionable food knowledge and talent to clients like Vitamix, Smucker’s, Brueggers, Fazoli’s, and many more.
Food Stylist - Cleveland
When we say Heidi can travel anywhere, we’re referring to more than just geographically. For years, this Cleveland-based food designer and stylist has transcended through a wide variety of clients — such as Nestle, Bed Bath & Beyond, Martha Stewart/Hallmark, and TLC Network Productions. Specializing in commercial, editorial, and motion, Heidi always applies a versatile range of style that includes elegant, disheveled, bold, tight and graphic, and more. And it’s her eye for design detail, innate sense of authenticity, and collaborative attitude that continues to bring every client’s vision to life.
Food Stylist - Chicago
For the past 10 years, Breana has brought her classic style and ingenuity to life in contemporary, editorial, and commercial forms. Before graduating with both Advertising and Culinary degrees, learning diverse techniques as a line cook and chef, and spending more than a decade creating works of culinary art—Breana was the daughter of a food stylist. And it’s that deep-rooted experience that allows her to apply such creative and classic styling to every food she touches. Always calm. Always joyful. And always smiling.
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