Judy, the award-winning food photographer, professional chef, and founder of Expression Food, has decades of experience styling and photographing food to make your photos engage the visual taste of the viewer

More importantly, Judy’s process that tells your best story is why you’ll want to hire her. She will discover your story then style and photograph the right look for your product or menu. As a chef, Judy has a more complete picture of what makes food something you want to eat and how to communicate that desire in a photograph. Her relationship to food is real, trained, educated, and professionally inspired.

Your food photos will tell your very best story in a cohesive, professional fashion with a great aesthetic that is totally delicious. And, you can keep everything on budget too! 

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Judy always aspires to be prepared for a shoot that is efficient, artistic, and effective. Food is her focus, specialty, and passion! She has shot photos for hundreds of restaurants in Napa, San Francisco, New York, Seattle, Portland, and Los Angeles. Her clients include Hilton Union Square SF, DoorDash corporate, GrubHub corporate, Red Boat Fish Sauce, Partner's Crackers, Eko Coffee, Rigatoni's, Tarla, Wildflour Bakery and Cafe, Pacific Kosher Grill, University of Arizona, and many more!

Food photography is a unique art that takes the viewer on an imaginative culinary journey. Focus, light, color, and composition impact and engage the viewer's senses and emotions. Images speak a thousand words! Let us make your or your client's project look delicious!

With Expression Food, you buy creative style that is honed from over 2 decades of experience styling and photographing food. This talent, passion, education, and experience will present an exceptional expression of your food story.

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  • Professional food photography
  • Get photos at your location or in our studio in the San Francisco Bay area (after all, we have access to the best food, year round!)
  • Use these photos for menus, websites, catalogs, blogs, social media, print marketing, television, video, apps, signs, billboards, books, editorial projects, and more!
  • Prop and set styling
  • Recipe development for products for media tool kits, social media, print, and web
  • Professional food photo retouching
  • Video and still motion
  • Food art prints and graphic design

Expression Food offers food photography, catalog photography, product photography, beverage photography, staff portraits, restaurant and catering menu photography in studio or on location currently serving California and the US including: San Francisco, East Bay, South Bay, Silicon Valley, Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, and New York City. Will fly worldwide. Products can be shipped to the studio or we can pick them up locally.

Meet the award-winning food photographer, Judy Doherty:


Judy Doherty is both an award-winning chef and an award-winning food photographer. She has an amazing talent and intuition for styling and shooting food. Food and photographs have been her way of life for over 2 decades and she remains passionate about delivering success to any campaign or project. Her culinary knowledge, talent, and artistic styling and photographing skills are the keys 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 the UC Berkeley Extension and the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in New York. Judy is a professional member of the American Photographic Artists and the American Society of Media Photographers. 


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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



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, 20th Annual Something Personal Gallery Exhibition, 1 Piece in Top 100 Printed Show, Juried Show, American Photographic Artists, San Francisco, 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, Top 100, American Photographic Artists, San Francisco, 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