This is a photograph of the delicious bread at Anton’s at the Swan in Lambertville, New Jersey. Chef Connors has made a study of baking bread and it really shows when you taste it. So good. Coming in October is the a cookbook where he shares his recipe and approach to bread as well as 12 other recipes that you’re going to love. I had the opportunity to create the Food Photography for this project and I couldn’t be happier with how it is coming along. I think you’re going to love it.
One of the best compliments a Food Photographer can get is to hear that a photograph invoked other senses for someone. I recently received that when someone said that when they looked at this they could smell the cookies. Our senses are very often intertwined. Sight invokes smell, which can invoke taste which can then invoke memories, which is really remembering how you experienced something with all your senses at some time in the past. So if you ever dig someone’s food photographs and your other senses kick in. Let them know, you’ll make their day and put a smile on their face. If you want your food or beverages to invoke that same experience, find yourself a food photographer or a beverage photographer who can create images for you to do just that. Cheers!
One of the best ways to entice people to visit your restaurant or purchase your product is to make them hungry or thirsty. Professional food photography can do that in a way that a quick photograph with your phone cannot do.
I had a restaurant owner tell me that customers told him they were instantly hungry for his food when they visited his website and saw his dishes featured in photographs. They had never visited before but they came right in that evening.
About 3 months before he had reached out to me and we worked together to create great looking food photography for his place. We got together and talked about what food he wanted to feature, the mood he likes to convey for his restaurant. We then planned a day to come in to his restaurant when we could shoot. We found the right spots to photograph each plate. We talked about how the food should be plated and how I would photograph the food. He made and plated the dishes one at a time. Using a mixture of natural light and artificial light, props from around his restaurant and my sense of composition, we created food photographs that made people hungry.
It doesn’t happen in an instance. It takes a little bit of planning and work but creating food photography that will make people hungry or thirsty and want to get those desires satisfied with your food or drinks can be done when you hire a professional food photographer.
This week I had the honor to be a guest on The Picturing Success Podcast with Rick Sammon and Larry Becker.
Rick and I talked about my top Food Photography and Beverage Photography tips. it was a great conversation. You can check out this show and all there others here. If you want to learn more about Food Photography, Beverage Photography or lighting that you can apply to other types of photography you should give it a listen. Plus their other podcasts are great too. Cheers!
Why I’m a Food Photographer? I spent time as a wedding photographer. I’ve photographed people, landscapes, cityscapes and street photography, so what was it about food and beverages that really took hold of me?
Looking back on my days so far, almost every great moment with family and friends involved either food or drink or both. Going back to when I was a kid, I remember the holidays when the family would come over and we’d gather around the dinning room table and spend the entire day there. The food would come out in waves, dishes would be cleared, another wave of food, coffee would follow with desert. We’d be laughing or arguing but no matter what the memories are good.
Later on in life, keg parties or getting together with friends for at a bar. Friends having a good Meeting someone new over coffee or a dinner.
See the thread here. Food and drink is always involved. When we gather as people we do so over a meal or in a place to sit with a drink and socialize. That’s where real connections are made. That’s where life really happens. The important parts of life for me anyway.
So it’s not surprising that Food Photography and Beverage Photography is my “chosen” type of photography. Sure I photograph other things and I find that fun and fulfilling as well. But photographing food and beverages is what I really love to do. I do it for clients and I do it for myself just for the fun and challenge of it. That is where my passion is.
I’ve been a food photographer for years now. I love it. Being a beverage photographer can be a lighting challenge some times, but you can usually enjoy a drink after you’ve gotten the shot. In short, I am a Food and Beverage Photographer simply because I love it.