Billy Goat Chip Product Photography

Roland Studios Photography recently had the honor of working with a great local small business. The Billy Goat Chip Company hand produces artisan potato chips here in St. Louis, and we must say are the best potato chips we have ever tasted! They are a family favorite treat at our house and any family coming into town has to pick some up. If you have never had the opportunity to try Billy Goat Chips yet, make sure to treat yourself and pick up a bag as soon as possible!

The Billy Goat Chip company started in 2002 as a side for sandwiches at Lyons and Roth’s restaurant, The Billy Goat Restaurant & Bar. The owners sold the restaurant in 2008 to make potato chips full time. When Roland Studios Photography was contacted to work with such a great local small business, we jumped at the opportunity.

We started with the idea of a back-to-school themed product photography shoot to help inform current and potential customers of the small sized bags of Billy Goat Chips and their ease of use in school lunches. From there, we had to flesh it out into a full product photography shoot idea. We started by trying to research the genre online through Google and Pinterest, but apparently this idea had not been done before. This meant we were on our own and had to come up with the product photography shoot from scratch, so we did some research on Pinterest for back-to-school ideas. With a few ideas in hand that we could insert chips into the scene, we started shooting.

The product photography shoot began with a brown-paper lunch bag and two of the small bags of chips on a dark wood table with a black background. It was decided at that point that everything looked fine except the dark table. It just made things blend in more and not stand out like we wanted. So the decision was made to move to a lighter shooting table.












This looked a lot better, and the lighter tabletop made everything stand out like we had intended. With the base shot in hand, we moved on to the ideas we had come up with from the research we had done on Pinterest. This moved us to our first “keeper” shot of the session inserting an apple into the base shot. This was interesting and simple, but just did not scream back to school to us. This is when we came up with the idea of a school supply type of shot, so we added school supplies we had laying around to the scene. After playing around and moving a few things here and there, we had a shot that we thought looked pretty good! So we sent it over for approval…












From here we got some feedback that sent us in a slightly different direction. It was thought that the brown-paper lunch bag blended in too much with the small brown bags of the Billy Goat Chips, so we decided to move to a lunchbox instead. So we moved a few things around again to keep a similar look, but incorporate a metal lunchbox that would help the chips stand out. We felt at this point we had a pretty good product photography shot, but something was missing. That was when we thought a blackboard would MAKE this the perfect product photography shot! We then grabbed some chalkboard spray paint and made our own chalkboard. This got us to our final version of the shot that was approved and used by The Billy Goat Chip Company.

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For an added look into the product photography shoot, here is a shot of the setup from the product photography shoot!

Product Photography


Singleton’s St. Louis Wedding Photography by Roland Studios Photography

St. Louis wedding photographers Anna and Matt Roland of Roland Studios Photography recently shot the St. Louis wedding photography for Brett and Jen Singleton. Roland Studios Photography built a strong relationship with Brett and Jen from the initial consultation all the way through the wedding and it still continues today!

Roland Studios Photography worked closely with Jen throughout her planning process to help mold her special day and ensure it turned out perfectly when it came to her St. Louis wedding photography. Jen wanted assistance with her exit from the church, so we helped her brainstorm all kinds of ideas for her exit that would look amazing in her pictures. Jen really wanted to have a balloon release for her exit, but was too afraid of the implications on the environment it would have for so many balloons to be released. She instead went with bubbles, but the balloons gave Anna an idea. Jen had also put a lot of balloon pictures on her Pinterest page, so Anna wanted to create some stunning images using balloons for Jen’s St. Louis wedding photography.

Anna then decided to get the largest balloons on the face of the Earth!!! She went to Party City and got balloons so large that we could only fit four in our minivan, but that turned out perfectly for the small wedding party. Jen was so surprised when Anna opened the door and showed her the balloons.

Roland Studios Photography started our St. Louis wedding photography day at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel with the bride and groom to get their getting ready pictures and some quick group shots. Then we made our way to the Messiah Lutheran Church for some before pictures there and then shot the ceremony.

Then the fun began after the ceremony heading over to the fountain area of Tower Grove Park to play with the balloons. We started the St. Louis wedding photography with bridal shots, then the bride and groom before finishing with shots of the bridal party. They turned out just how we wanted them too for Jen and Brett!!!

After the shots at Tower Grove Park, we did a few more bride and groom shots at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel before heading up for the reception. During the reception, we were able to sneak the bride and groom out on the terrace for some more amazing shots overlooking Forest Park, before finishing the St. Louis wedding photography with shots of them leaving in the elevator.

Here are some shots from their day for you to enjoy!


Happy Thanksgiving from a St. Louis Wedding Photography studio

Roland Studios Photography, a St. Louis wedding photography studio, wants to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. We hope you have a safe and enjoyable day with all of your loved ones! Anna and Matt Roland of Roland Studios wanted to share a special Thanksgiving Holiday picture from a shoot we did in Lafayette Square over the summer…












Thank You,

Anna & Matt Roland

St. Louis wedding photographers

Roland Studios Photography

P.S. Don’t forget that this Saturday is Small Business Saturday! Please support all of your local small businesses!!!


Nikki’s St. Louis Senior Photography by Roland Studios Photography

Nikki is a fun-loving high school senior at Gateway STEM High School, and St. Louis high school senior photographers Anna and Matt Roland of Roland Studios Photography strove to capture that. She was a blast to be around during the shoot and made for a very entertaining session that included two outfit changes and two different locations.

St. Louis high school senior photographers Anna and Matt Roland of Roland Studios Photography suggested that we head downtown for this particular session and Nikki and her family agreed. So we met and began our session at the City Gardens downtown.

In addition to having individual pictures of Nikki, she also wanted shots with her two sisters and her mom. Their family is really close as Nikki’s two sisters are also seniors and twins, so they tend to spend a lot of time together. Nikki and her mom are especially close and it meant a lot to both of them to have their photo taken together.

Anna and Matt Roland St. Louis high school senior photographers from Roland Studios Photography utilized some of the sculptures and water features around the City Gardens. Once we finished up the session at the City Gardens, we moved the session on to the Graffiti Wall downtown along the waterfront.

At the Graffiti Wall, St. Louis high school senior photographers Anna and Matt Roland of Roland Studios Photography utilized some off-camera flash to create some really unique and amazing images of Nikki and then some of Nikki with her sisters. Nikki picked this particular section of the wall based on the colors the graffiti artists used to make their art. It included some of her favorite colors, was very vivid and had a lot of character! There were definitely some of St. Louis high school senior photographers Anna and Matt Roland of Roland Studios Photography favorite images of the session! Hopefully you enjoy viewing all of these images!

Anna and Matt Roland

Roland Studios Photography

St. Louis High School Senior Photographers



Fitzpatrick’s St. Louis Family Photography by Roland Studios Photography

St. Louis family photography can be a challenge when faced with a large extended family like Anna and Matt Roland of Roland Studios Photography recently handled. The main issue you want to avoid is for everything to end up looking the same with each photograph you take of the separate parts of the family.

Anna and Matt Roland of Roland Studios Photography, St. Louis family photographers, accomplish this by varying the poses of each of the families and then also varying the locations for the different parts of the family. We utilized some land of a family member where the Fitzpatrick’s were holding their family gathering. Anna and Matt Roland spent a portion of the morning scouting the surroundings for appropriate places for the sessions.

We had ten sessions in total to get in and had to find enough locations for variation and then utilize different poses to vary the sessions that used the same locations. Anna and Matt Roland of Roland Studios Photography met the challenge head on and accomplished all ten sessions with variation so each had their own unique feel to them.

There was also variations when it came to each family. We had full families to photograph, parents separately, each child separately and multigenerational shots. The St. Louis family photography shoot started with a grandmother and her grandchildren, then moved on to a traditional family shoot. With those two down, we moved on to another traditional family portrait followed by pictures of the parents separately and both of the children separately. Then it was back to another traditional family portrait followed by a multigenerational shoot that included ten people! Then we hit a quick senior session followed by the final traditional family portrait of the day.

It was challenging, but rewarding at the same time to see it all come together when seeing the finished product. We hope you enjoy this St. Louis family photography as much as the Fitzpatrick family did!

Anna and Matt Roland

Roland Studios Photography

St. Louis Family Photographers