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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
Bar-S Foods March 2017 Bracket Challenge

Bar-S Foods March 2017 Bracket Challenge

Bar-S Foods recently launched a fierce hotdog food challenge: We partnered with their in-house team to assist in the concept, photography, stop-motion and final edit. Loving the energy and playfulness of this piece. We already feel like champions! Jump over to their page, like and participate for a chance at winning $5,000! Thanks to the client and crew for making this such a fun and energetic project. Stay tuned for the announcement of the winning dog!

Bar-S Foods 2017 Bracket Challenge from Patrick Darby on Vimeo.

Mellow Mushroom Photography and Cinemagraphs

Mellow Mushroom Photography and Cinemagraphs

We recently completed a multi-day shoot with Mellow Mushroom – this was our first project with the Atlanta based team that flew out to Phoenix to shoot: 1 day on location shooting lifestyle photography followed by 2 days in studio shooting food stills and cinemagraphs.  It’s always great to be working with new clients that reach out to us from across the country. Stay tuned for more tearsheets, we’re just starting to see the project files going live and in-use. Looking forward to the next round of shooting – thank you to the Mellow Mushroom team, cheers!


Mellow Mushroom
Photography: Food & Beverage, Lifestyle, Social
Motion: Cinemagraphs






Tonic Photo Studios 2016 Summer Happenings and Catch-up

Tonic Photo Studios 2016 Summer Happenings and Catch-up

Summer always seems to fly right by us with then playing catch-up on what’s new with project happenings. So without further ado here’s a great mash-up of projects we’ve throughly enjoyed being a part of – thank you all for a great summer!


PF Changs Global
Photography: Food & Beverage, Food for Global Menu Design, Social
Motion: Cinemagraphs

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Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria 
Photography: Food & Beverage




Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery 

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Interior / Exterior Architecture: Arizona & Illinois Locations




The Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Collection
Portraits, Products and Interiors / Spaces




The Westin Kierland
Photography: Food & Beverage




Grand Canyon University:
Canyon 49 Grill & GCBC (Grand Canyon Beverage Company)
Photography: Food & Beverage