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tonic photo studios... the cure for the common photography image. tonic photo studios is a commercial photography studio specializing in Food, Product, Architecture and Conceptual photography with an unprecedented blend of natural talent and powerful technology. Our creative team includes an award-winning photographer, Patrick Darby (Founder and Photographer), a food stylist, merchandise coordinator and set stylist. tonic is an 6,500 square foot facility brimming with all the right ingredients to accommodate your project. Here’s a list of some of the more noteworthy: -several camera systems including the Phase One IQ180 (80mp capture) -a vast array of props, sets and backgrounds -6000 square feet of open shooting space -roll up bay door access -full kitchen and high capacity cold storage -2 miles from Sky Harbor International Airport -Near the heart of downtown Tempe nightlife
Pieology Part.2

Pieology Part.2

We recently shared Pieology tearsheets back in February from our multi-day shoot in Orange County, California.  Part 2 of that large project was still photography food asset creation and b-roll video capture for various promotional pre-roll videos. Check out these fun spots that came out of our shoot back in Feb. They make us hungry for Pieology all over again!




What is a cinemagraph? By comparison to still images, cinemagraphs are a much more effective way to draw attention and get a message across quickly and creatively – and after all – isn’t that what today’s advertising and marketing communities are after? Patrick Darby Photography has been exploring and building his cinemagraph portfolio since late 2015. Take a longer look at these compelling visuals on our PDP site and blog…

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Project Updates and Happy Thanksgiving

Project Updates and Happy Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving tomorrow, today allows us to catch up on our studio blog and share some of our most recent projects we are thankful for. From all three of our dedicated brands: Patrick Darby Photography, Aperture Architectural Images and Zone 6 Productions, Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


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Steak 1DLR

The Westin © Patrick Darby Photography





Product Client © Zone 6 Productions

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FallFest Menu Design (Lunch)_LR

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Z’Tejas © Patrick Darby Photography

Kona Houston 01

Kona Houston 02

Kona Houston 03

Kona Grill – Houston / Woodlands Texas © Aperture Architectural Images



AZ – Home Builder © Aperture Architectural Images

PDP Doc 1

PDP Doc 2

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RUI Seattle © Patrick Darby Photography