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 - Cleveland
Claire’s passion for food styling was sparked while studying photography and illustration in college. When she wasn’t drawing and painting, Claire spent her time assisting a food stylist. She found a way to combine her love of food and art, and after school dove into food styling as her career. Her 10 years of experience in the kitchen and on photo sets is enhanced by her creativity as an artist. A few of Claire’s clients include KitchenAid, JM Smucker, Burger King, and Ten Speed Press.
Food Stylist - Cleveland
After earning a science degree, Sharon became interested in agriculture and farm-to-table cuisine, first working on a sheep farm in France and later joining a Hudson Valley produce distribution company that supplied New York City restaurants. Her passion for food led her to a stint in a restaurant kitchen, then a bakery. Shortly after, she moved to Boulder, Colorado, to become the Director of Home Cook Classes at Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. After a decade away, Sharon returned to her hometown, Cleveland, in 2013, and pursued work as a food stylist assistant, a recipe tester for a cookbook, and then sous chef in a test kitchen. Sharon is happy to have found her way back into the BurkleHagen kitchen where she gets to problem-solve and tinker with food and recipes.
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 - Cleveland
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.
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
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.
A Cleveland native, Anna graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a degree in photography and a minor in graphic design. Prior to working at BurkleHagen, she has shot for Cleveland Magazine and other local companies. She has also shown work in many galleries around town, including the Reinberger Gallery, Cain Park, and the Cleveland Print Room. At BurkleHagen, Anna is the studio photographer and assistant, helping on set and keeping everything organized.
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.
Special Effects Designer
Geoff Binns-Calvey is a leading rigger and special effects designer based in Chicago. Born and raised in Lakewood, Ohio, Geoff followed a Cleveland advertising photographer to Chicago in his mid-twenties. After more than thirty years of work experience in Chicago and cities around the country, he's always glad to come home and work with some of the best in the business, at BurkleHagen.
His work has been seen in countless commercials, still photos, films, and theatrical productions. Clients include McDonalds, Coca Cola, Corona... and just a whole bunch of others. (Seriously, all the biggies.)
Geoff has a broad range of skills with liquids, flames, and special props for tabletop shoots, both still and motion. He's also created a range of devices, to make the image pop- like a six channel flame controller for perfect barbeque shots, a "beer can popper" for the perfect mix of spritz and vapor, and a tabletop “cracker fogger “ that provides realistic, adjustable, room temperature “steam” that can run all day long without wilting the food. Whether it's the perfect flip of the burger out of the flames, or catching the shrimp just as it dives into the sauce, Geoff brings years of experience to the set, to get the perfect shot.
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.
Food/Prop Stylist - Ashville
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 - 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.
Food Stylist - Ashville
When she received the Betty Crocker’s Cookbook for Boys and Girls for her 10th birthday, Beth Buzogany’s career path began to emerge. A degree in Home Economics, on-air experience as a Consumer Educator, a stint producing local television commercials, and assisting one of Los Angeles’ top stylists launched her into food styling. She applies problem-solving skills, an understanding of food science, and creativity to each project, while bringing immense patience and a good sense of humor to the set. Clients include Smucker’s, Krispy Kreme, and Olive Garden.
Beth lives on a mini-farm in the mountains of western NC, where she and her husband have chickens and guineas, bees, a dog, and a cat. She tends a large vegetable and flower garden, enjoys painting with both pastels and watercolors, and visiting her adult children and their spouses. Beth still has her decades-old copy of Betty Crocker’s Cookbook for Boys and Girls.
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.
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.
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