Food photographer putting more on his plate with businesses
When we met Jennifer Bui last August, she was just beginning her photographic philanthropy, going to restaurants in Oklahoma hit hard by the pandemic, taking photos of their food for free and posting them on her Facebook page, Okie Dokie. Foodie.
“What I have learned about myself is that I am able to do a lot of things,” said Bui.
And that’s an understatement.
With the help of other volunteer photographers, Jennifer has featured over 100 restaurants in Oklahoma, Texas and Georgia.
His Facebook page has nearly 30,000 subscribers.
“I would say it was an emotional roller coaster. I saw a lot of sadness, a lot of stress, hardship. Happiness after the feature films,” Bui said.
Jennifer is now taking a culinary trip down memory lane, revisiting places a year later to see how they’re doing, like Four J’s in South Oklahoma City.
“It has really helped a lot. We have people who have never eaten this kind of food before, they have heard of us, and they come to try us,” said Alex Panhguay, co-owner of Four J.
This is just a taste of Okie Dokie Foodie’s impact, and Jennifer is just starting to cook.
She contacts restaurants to hire her to help her with advertising and marketing.
“I’m at this point now where a lot of restaurants aren’t necessarily struggling with slow traffic,” Bui said. “I will be helping with professional food photography and helping with how to use social media platforms.
It will soon be selling 300 Okie Dokie Foodie pieces on its website, giving owners access to exclusive offers at participating restaurants.
It is the continuation of a career which, as always, is served with kindness.