Hi, I'm Jim Spelman 

Beyond the food and beverage photography, stop motion & video sets I am, along with my Spelman & Co. team, problem solving, art directing, producing & cooking up just the right visual recipes for tasty brand imagery nationally & internationally.  

I Shoot

  • Food, Drinks & Product Seamlessly Remotely
  • Stop Motion, Video, Still Images (Often Simultaneously)
  • In Studio & Location Using Industry Safety Measures
  • In Tandem with Agencies  
  • Directly with Clients
  • With Food Stylists, Producers & Assistants as Needed

So no matter where you are in the world, I can produce, shoot & deliver your juicy food and beverage packaging images, social media content, stop motion files and/or videos on time and on budget.

We delight in all sizes of food and drinks projects big & small. Drop me a line. I'd love to talk with you.


Studio Tour

  • 3 Shooting Bays 
  • Fully Functional Shooting Kitchen
  • Stills, Motion, Stop Motion Shoots
  • Full Props Library
  • Roomy Client Areas

Convenient to the Midwest:

  • Chicago (90 Min.), 
  • Milwaukee (75 Min.)
  • Madison (60 Min.)



We have shooting space and equipment for up to three or more sets and often shoot photography, stop motion and video food, beverage or product within the same shoot saving you time and maximizing budget.


Our fully functional, fully stocked, 'open to the studio' shooting kitchen is roomy enough to cook up everything for an entire cookbook and cozy enough to shoot personal recipe videos.


Due to our slight obsession with everything props (!) we have an ever growing selection of  plates, glassware, flatware and shoot surfaces. Our extensive prop library is yours to use for your food, beverage or product shoot


Spelman & Co. Services

Production,  Retouching and Art Direction Services 

are available in addition to food and drinks photography, stop motion, and video services.


We can produce your food or beverage shoot from start to finish including booking food stylists and talent and prop and ingredient shopping.  We have a full range of camera and lighting equipment to shoot stills, slow motion, stop motion and video. 


Our team can readily retouch your food, beverage or product to match your specific requirements whether it's slight image fixes or complex, super-polished imagery and compositing.


We're experts in lacing splashes together, levitating products and designing composited, super complex images.  We can also help you create the magic of your brand imagery in conjunction with your supplied shoot brief or we can take the lead and design your food or beverage shoot brief(s) from concept to completion.


If you have art direction in place, that's great.  We'll follow your lead!  If not, we're here to help with everything from shoot briefs, to guiding image creation from conception to delivery.


Hey there.

  When I'm not with my family, mountain biking or baking pies (yes, I LOVE to bake especially pies!) I'm here at the studio experimenting, concocting or inventing a new way to shoot recipes, ingredients, splashes or vintage props (ok so I have a slight addiction to prop shopping!). We're always cooking up fun as well as beautiful imagery in the studio.  So, whether we're shooting with you seamlessly remotely or you're here with us, we're serious about creating your powerful brand imagery AND having fun with you while shooting. 

Here's to Creating Together



Lexus / Starbucks / Anderson House

Bobby Parrish / FlavCity / Stay Puft / Campfire

TH Foods / Nellson Foods / Amelia Tea / Diffenbachs

One Potato Two Potato / AAK Foodservice

Terry Lynn / Lucy's Burger Bar / Berner Foods 

“Working with Jim is always a pleasure. Having worked on multiple projects together, he is a true professional and my team and I have come to consider him more of a partner than a vendor. He consistently produces results above everyone's expectations!"

Debra Tucker, VP Creative Director







splashy, levitating, super-clean, story-full, colorful, fun, and/or surreal!




It All Started in London...

I 'grew up' photographically in London having shot for major publications, brands and campaigns.  Family brought me back to the midwest, but I still bring all of my international fashion and beauty knowledge, lighting and flare to every food, drink and product shoot. Here's to a beautiful shoot together!  Jim 


Spelman & Co. Studio, 8014 Commercial Avenue, Loves Park, IL 61111  

+1 (815) 509-0863  spelmanphoto@mac.com


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