Many professional food photographers started as chefs or food bloggers. While pursuing their passion, they discovered their talent and interest in food photography.
Some of them now work in commercial photography, shooting food advertisements for famous clients.
Need some inspiration from the best food photographers? Check out our list and browse through these iconic food photos!
Dennis is one of the most famous food photographers in the industry. The Canadian is also a chef and cookbook author.
Once he was a struggling musician, but then he found his passion for food. He became famous and successful in no time.
Dennis is one of the hosts on the Netflix show ‘Restaurants on the Edge’. The hosts help struggling restaurants and cafés to start over and find their path.
Caroline is a food photographer and a food blogger who runs the blog ‘Sugarberry’. She has almost 71 thousand followers on social media.
Caroline focuses on plant-based food and smoothie bowls. They look so decorative and delicious that you won’t be able to stop scrolling through her feed. Her Instagram feed is highly recommended!
Laura is a food photographer who works with her food stylist partner, Nora. The girls are based in Berlin and started off as food bloggers to help people with intolerances.
Andrew is a New York Times photographer who also wrote a book called ‘That Photo Makes Me Hungry’. He is also a director and producer and worked on several projects.
He has a fantastic eye for details, and his food photography will make you hungry!
Burt won several awards and is based in Los Angeles now. He travelled around the world for 12 years while he was shooting and directing for world-famous clients.
His clients include Lonely Planet, Forbes Traveler, Ritz Carlton and Hallmark.
He offers food photography courses and has a Youtube channel as well.
Kimberly is a photographer, stylist, blogger and educator. Her blog is called The Little Plantation. She shares vegan recipes besides her delicious food photos.
She offers courses and workshops too. She also works for restaurants, cafés and cookbooks as a photographer. Kimberly takes iconic food photos and overhead shots.
Bea won several awards and worked with clients such as Waitrose, Quaker and Vitamix.
She claims that she takes food photographs not because she has a passion for cameras or lenses. But because she has a passion for food. Bea thinks food is much more than ingredients put together.
“It’s the taste of our childhood memories. It’s cosy breakfasts in bed. It’s the precious moments spend around the table with our family and friends. I photograph because I am passionate about the world. The details that often pass by unseen.”
She likes to experiment with light and has fantastic drink photography as well.
Rachel is an Australia food photographer based in Vancouver. She is specialising in editorial food and styling.
She travelled a lot in her early 20s. This was when she met her husband, who introduced her to her second love: photography. Rachel claims if she was an emoji, she would be a fist bump.
Mauro owns an award-winning photography studio based in Milan. He has a post-producer partner, Mattia Giani. The two combined their professional experience and skills to create the Hyperactive studio.
Their clients include McDonald’s Italia, Olitalia and Barilla.
Julia won several awards and focuses on still life and food photography. Her food photos are moody, dark and remind us of the renaissance paintings. She likes to find the hidden beauty in her surroundings.
“I believe it is possible to show the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent. The beauty of things conventional and unconventional. Simple things can be reflections of human desires, abilities, hidden feelings, stories.”
Isabella is an award-winning still life and food photographer. Her food photography is very dynamic and has a lot of going on.
She has a series of splashes and smashes that include awesome food action shots. Isabella worked with clients like Baileys, Galileo Foods and Goodwolf.
Carl Warner went to art school to become an illustrator but found his passion in photography.
He has a unique style which includes foodscapes. These are delicious landscapes built form food. Lands made of pizza, gingerbread, salami or pasta. Everyone’s dream!
His still life photos are also very descriptive and creative. Carl works in the advertisement industry as well and directed several food commercials.
Mowie is a London-based professional food photographer. He has been working in the industry for more than ten years. His food photography includes various topics. Mowie’s work encompasses books, editorials, packaging and advertisements.
Among his clients, we can find Harrods, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, KFC and Caffe Nero. His work appeared in Food & Travel Magazine and in Martha Stuart Living too.
Mowie’s food photographs often feature natural light. He uses black or grey backdrops to create contrast with the vivid colours of the food subjects. His food photography kind of reminds us of Great Britain: they resemble the grey sky and the green fields.
Joanie is a professional food photographer and blogger from Arizona. Besides taking photos, she teaches food styling as well. Joanie also has a Youtube channel called The Bite Shot.
She worked with several food clients, including Ocean’s Halo and Shamrock Farms. Joanie shared on her blog that she was an alcoholic for years, and finding her passion helped her to get sober.
You can see this passion in her food photography and her Youtube videos.
“Food is my therapy and the creative outlet that brings intense happiness to my daily life”.
Francesco is an Italian food photographer, food stylist and chef. His portfolio includes cookbooks, magazine photography, restaurant photography and food projects.
Tonelli worked with clients such as Chipotle, Coca-Cola and Pure Leaf. His work and style are very diverse. He has a very good ability to adapt to his clients’ style.
His food photographs are mouthwatering and can turn simple dishes into fabulous creations.
The list is not complete but contains some of the best food photographers in the world. As you notice, they have various backgrounds and took different paths to get to food photography.
Some focus on their social media presence. Others publish their iconic food photos in advertisements and cookbooks.
But all these food photographers share one thing: they have a huge passion for food!
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