Food Photography, what can I say… its something I have fallen in love with. Food has now become an experience, something that takes you back to significant moments of freedom, love, passion, ambition, etc… Photography captures those experiences and moments and freezes them. Not necessarily in time, but in a memory to always reflect back to. I have connected my two favorite things and found a way to tell my story.
That’s what I as a Chef, business owner and now food photographer strives for, is the experience. The experience makes everything come to life. The key to a great photo of food, starts with the ingredients. I always try and conceptualize the dish I want to make and figure out a way to photograph it. Just so I can get the essence of what I’m trying to convey across.
Once I have an idea, I cook the dish, and decide how I want to plate. I also decide what I want to plate on. This I find difficult because there are so many vessels for food, but also is good to choose one that’s going to showcase the ingredients well.
I use a Canon for my food photos, as well as my phone. (Android Galaxy Note) it takes wonderful photos. I take pictures from all types of angles. Mostly taken outside for natural light. Something about natural light just gives you that little touch on the dish. Once the photos are done, I decide if any of them need a touch up, a little more clarity, if there were any shadows, etc…
And once that’s done, I’m left with some fabulous photos. (See below) Its the story of the photo. It’s worth a thousand words.
Dish1: Mojito Lime Spiced Turkish Shrimp, Sauteed Corn with Heavy Cream, and Coconut Kashamiri Sauce
Dish2: Seared to Roasted Salmon with Thyme Smashed Potatoes, Ponzu Asparagus, Bbq Roasted Corn Chowder Sauce, with Sauteed Shrimp
Dish3: Lemon Mascarpone Sweet Cream Pound Cake, Lime Honey Berries, and Fruit Sauces
Dish4: Vanilla Puff Pastry with Thyme Pastey Cream, Berries and Pistachio