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About Nate


Nate 'TK' Crawford is an award-winning commercial food, product, and lifestyle photographer/videographer. He is known for his deliciously engaging stills and videos that connects the crossroads between food, community, and hospitality. He loves crafting content that invokes senses of joy, nostalgia, and (of course) hunger. In addition to his artistic pursuits, Nate is a dedicated photo educator, learned home baker, and person who stutters.


Drawing from his extensive background in digital marketing, Nate possesses a deep passion and comprehensive understanding of creative content and its strategic implementation across multiple channels. 


You can find him and his partner teaching cooking classes and collaborating around all thing’s food out of their home studio in Chicago, IL. 

What does TK mean?


At the age of 18, Nate fell in love with the art of cooking/baking. At 19, he discovered a passion for photography. Six months later, while working through his undergrad, he started a food blog called TermiNatetor Kitchen, based on a nickname given to him by his first boss at his high school job as a grocery store cashier. In 2018, he had outgrew the blog and wanted to rebrand as a full-fledge photo and video company while keeping the TK motif. 

Soon, Captures By TK Photo & Film was born. Here we are today.


Best Food & Restaurant Photographers in Chicago // UpMenu


Shortlisted // Production Paradise Spotlight Awards 2023

Honorable Mention // International Photography Awards 2023

Shortlisted // International Association of Culinary Professionals Food Photography & Styling Awards

75 Collection Winner // Foodelia International Food Photography Awards

Top 10 Food Photographers in Chicago //

The 13 Best Chicago Food Photographers //

The 11 Best Lifestyle Photographers in Chicago //

Fine Art Photography - Semifinalist //  Adobe Design Achievement Awards


​Top 10 Still Life Photography Sites (#3) //

Top 50 Food Photography Sites (#20) // 

Top 20 Image Class & Member Selection Award //



16 on Center
Alpha Foods
Aspire Drinkware
Aunt Millie's Bread

Bob's Red Mill Flour
Bon Vivant Cakes
Butter of Europe
Colavita Olive Oil
De Buyer
Eggland's Best Eggs
First Hospitality
Fresh Cravings Salsa
Garrett Popcorn

Gioia Chicago
Godiva Chocolate

La Brea Bakery

La Colombe Coffee

Lean Cuisine
Nestle Toll House
Nielsen-Massey Vanillas

Robert Mondavi Private Selection 
Schmidt Brothers Cutlery
St Pierre Bakery US
Tasty Bite
The Spice House
Thrive Market
Victoria Cast Iron
Visit Galena

Weber Grill Restaurants

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