WHO WE ARE
Darnell White, the “techy” part of the duo, studied Information Systems and once had a budding career as a Computer Analyst before later realizing that his true passion lied beyond the walls of his career.
Shanika Graham-White, the “designer” part of the duo, studied Psychology in college, but soon realized her real passion for Interior Design, which she now credits for her beautifully staged food styling skills.
TOGETHER, DARNELL AND SHANIKA ARE A DYNAMIC-DUO HUSBAND + WIFE TEAM BASED IN BROOKLYN, NY, SPECIALIZING IN FOOD, DRINK, PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEOGRAPHY
While Darnell originates from Brooklyn, Shanika on the other hand was born and raised in the South——Florida to be exact, where sweet tea is a staple ingredient to great conversation and a good time; hence the compilation of the name: Brooklyn’s Sweet Tea Productions. They first stumbled upon their love for photography and videography after the creation of Shanika’s Food and Lifestyle blog, Orchids + Sweet Tea in late 2016, where Shanika passionately develops every single recipe, food styles each shot, while Darnell wittily captures epic and store-telling moments through the use of their camera lens.
It wasn’t long until their bold, edgy, and thought-provoking style in photography and videography began to get the attention of many colleagues, companies, and brands, which gave Darnell and Shanika the idea to turn their innovative creative ideas into a full production company that fully caters to their clients and educates others on basic lessons in the art of photography and videography.
Together, they both have had the pleasure of working with National and International food and lifestyle brands in campaigns as well as direct creation for their media and marketing channels.
Shanika and Darnell’s work can be found in a number of places, however, some of their most notable personal achievements were not only in the creation of their latest cookbook for Orchids + Sweet Tea, but also having the opportunity to work with dream brands such as Le Creuset, Califia Farms, Bob’s Red Mill, and the list goes on.
Their work has been featured in Food Network Magazine, VEGNews, The Kitchn, Good Morning America, Taste of Home, USA Today’s Southern Kitchen, Birchbox, Inc. and more.