With the prevalence of social media apps such as Instagram taking centre stage these days, it’s hard to let a day go by without seeing a photograph of food popping up somehow, somewhere. Without the help of filters, however, taking a photograph of food can present quite the challenge, particularly if you want it to look as appealing underneath a camera lens as it does when it’s under your nose. Non-professional photographers are cursed by unflattering angles, bad lighting and one dimensional images, turning their food from a gourmet meal into an unappetising mess.
Of course, this is why taking photographs of food can be such fun! The internet is awash with ‘secrets of the professionals’ and some of the theories range from the sublime to the ridiculous, including masquerading mashed potato as ice cream! All you’ll see me doing is adding a little oil or hot water to food to give it that authentic, crispy appearance.
I first discovered food photography back in October 2015 and I’ve been hooked ever since. I was lucky enough to work with gourmet chef Helen Nixon and was helping her capture the beauty of her creations for her new website. I relish the challenge of sourcing the freshest food, resisting the reflections of standard kitchen utensils and positioning my props. Since then I have gone on to photograph food for restaurant brochures and for weddings, and it presents an overall very different set of challenges.
For me, food photography is not so much about capturing the moment as it is making that one morsel look delicious and appealing, whether it’s pub grub or rare delicacies from the kitchens of the industry’s most renowned chefs. The end result however is very much the same – making people smile with a well thought out, professionally crafted shot.