Judy, the award winning artist and photographer behind Expression Food, has decades of experience photographing food to make it appear evocative and inspirational. But more importantly, her process used to find and tell your best story is why you want to hire her. She will ask questions to discover your story, develop a choice of "looks" for your menu, then shoot innovative images to set you ahead of the pack. She can style and shoot a creative look that sets you apart. Your photos will be nothing short of fantastic and they will tell your very best story in a cohesive, professional fashion with a great aesthetic and attention to detail.

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Food photography is a unique art. Focus, light, color, and composition impact and engage the viewer's senses and emotions. Images speak a thousand words; let us make you or your client's project look delicious!

With Expression Food you buy the clean style and amazing shots that are honed from over 4 decades of experience with food. This talent, passion, education and experience with food will present an exceptional expression of your story.

ExpressionFood is located in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

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  • Food, restaurant, product, and hospitality photography in studio or on location
  • Food photo retouching
  • Video, motion stills
  • Fine art prints

About our food photographer:


Judy Doherty is an award winning chef and award-winning food photographer. Judy has an amazing talent and intuition for shooting food. Food and photographs have been her way of life for over 4 decades and she remains passionate in delivering success to any campaign or project. Her culinary knowledge, talent, and skill is the key to having creative food and beverage photos that are clean, crisp, modern, and dramatic. Her ideas come from her experience, research on top chefs, the SF Bay area, and a formal art education at UC Berkeley Extension. Judy is a professional member of the American Photographic Artists and the American Society of Media Photographers. 

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2018, A Local Feast, UC Berkeley Extension, 20-Piece Solo Show, San Francisco, CA

2017, Spring, Eko Cafe, 6-Piece Solo Show, Hayward, CA

2016, Visual Feast, Avenue 25 Gallery, 25-Piece Solo Show, San Mateo, CA



2018, Earth Action Initiative Climate Juried Art Show, UC Berkeley, Organiscape #2

2018, Eighth Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit by Berkeley Arts Council, Martinsburg, West Virginia, Fruitscape

2018, Top 100 Exhibit, Off the Clock, American Photographic Artists LA (APALA), Juried Show, Top 100 Print Exhibit, Two Trees That See

2018, Works on Paper, juried show at Pacific Art League, Palo Alro, CA, 4 photos selected, Honorable Mention for Winter Fruit Tableaux

2018, January Member Exhibit, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA (image used on postcard and poster for show), gouache paintings: Magenta Fire and Fall Gala

2017, Holiday Show, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA

2017, 20th Annual Something Personal Gallery Exhibition, 2 Pieces in Top 100 Printed Show, Juried Show, American Photographic Artists, San Francisco, CA

2017, Luminous, Arc Gallery, National Juried Show, San Francisco, CA

2017, Slice of Life, Juried Show, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA

2017, Real and Unreal Revealed, UC Berkeley Extension, San Francisco, CA

2017, Pleasing to the Palate , Juried Show, Village Theatre, Danville, CA, Spring #5 (image on show poster)

2017, Images, Places, Memory , Juried Show, Avenue 25 Gallery, San Mateo, CA

2017, Fremont Art League Annual Juried Photography Exhibit , Fremont, CA, Figs

2016, Winter , Pacific Art League Juried Show, Palo Alto, CA,

2016, A New View,  Pacific Art League Juried Show, Palo Alto, CA.



2018, 2nd Place Overall, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA, Homage to Cezanne

2018, Top 100,  American Photographic Artists, Los Angeles, CA

2017, Top 100, American Photographic Artists, San Francisco, CA

2017, Merit Award, Fremont Art League Annual Exhibit, Fremont, CA, Figs

2017, Merit Award, Fremont Art League Annual Exhibit, Fremont, CA, 9 Oranges of Fresno

2016, 2nd Place Overall, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA, Dancing Hotties



2017, Post-Baccalaureate Visual Art Certificate, University of California Berkeley Extension, San Francisco, CA, 3.82 GPA

 2016, BS Culinary Art and Foodservice Management, Johnson & Wales University, Summa Cum Laude, 3.95 GPA

1982, AOS, Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY, Honors, Deans Award, 2nd in Class





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