I love food photography because it combines the precision of still life with an organic subject that changes from minute to minute. I work to perfect lighting and composition, yet have to accept that the food will look a little different each time it is plated.

Jim Scherer

Collaborative process

In many shoots I depend on the help of food stylists, assistants, and others to work as a team.  I try to keep the food real, and not let it get over-worked.  We also make sure clients have a great and stress-free experience in the process!

New subject matter

It intrigues me to explore the simplest kinds of subject matter. If for example my still life of silverware sitting in soapy water can make others stop and look, I’m happy. Lately I’ve also been spending time on personal projects of a documentary nature. Black & white photography, hand held, on the street, the kind of picture-making that drew me into photography years ago.


After I graduated from Yale with a BA in studio art, I moved to Boston and assisted in a number of commercial studios. I had the opportunity to shoot a cookbook with Julia Child, and that experience had a big influence on me. Over the years my career has led to satisfying relationships, with success both commercially and artistically as well as a number of industry awards. I speak and do demonstrations at various industry events.

More recently, I’ve been outfitting a studio in Falmouth, Maine, about 20 minutes from Portland. The studio sits on land belonging to a 200-year old farm, and provides an inspirational setting in which to work. Clients can shoot with me in Boston or Falmouth.

When not working, I enjoy bicycling, reading science and technology subjects, cooking, and traveling with my wife who’s a botanical artist. We’re blessed with three adult children that live in the area.

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Clients we’ve worked with…

Whole Foods Lindt Dunkin' Donuts Hood Boston Globe Magazine
Au Bon Pain Sam Adams Beer Stop & Shop Yankee Magazine Dancing Deer Baking Co.
  • Arnold Worldwide
  • Artisan Publishers
  • Au Bon Pain
  • Bertucci’s
  • BJ’s Wholesale
  • Boston Globe Magazine
  • Boston Magazine
  • Clarkson Potter Publishers
  • Dancing Deer Baking Company
  • D’Angelo Sandwich Shops
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Friendly’s
  • Harper Collins Publishers
  • Hood
  • Houghton Mifflin
  • Lindt Chocolate
  • Longhorn Steak House
  • McDonald’s
  • Moosewood Restaurant
  • Quarterly Review of Wines
  • Random House
  • Sam Adams Brewery
  • 7-Eleven
  • Sonesta International Hotels
  • Stop & Shop
  • Veryfine
  • Welch’s
  • Whole Foods
  • Yankee Publishing