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Food photography is a popular and lucrative niche. Everyone loves mouthwatering food photos that appear on social media or in cookbooks.

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!

Delicious shot of eggs, pomegranate and avocado on toast

15.  Dennis Prescott

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.

A 6 photo grid of delicious food dishes

Website | Instagram

14. Caroline Losse

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!

A diptych of delicious fruit smoothie bowls

Website | Instagram

13. Laura Muthesius

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.

Now they shoot for famous clients and have a huge follower base on social media.  Laura and Nora have dreamy food photography that takes you to a foodie wonderland. Their great food photography is inspired by nature. The girls like to shop organic and fresh from the farmer’s market.
They also have a series called Dinner Stories. It highlights the social aspect of eating and making food – even if you have intolerances.
A person pouring a drink on an outdoor picnic table

Website | Instagram

12. Andrew Scrivani

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!

Flat lay of different food dishes

Website | Instagram

11. Skyler Burt

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.

Skyler pays attention to every detail in his food photography. He also mastered drink photography and shoots advertisements for beverages.

He offers food photography courses and has a Youtube channel as well.

Flat lay of different food dishes

Website | Instagram | Youtube

10. Kimberly Espinel

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.

Website | Instagram

9. Bea Lubas

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.

Website | Instagram

8. Rachel Korinek

Rachel is an Australia food photographer based in Vancouver. She is specialising in editorial food and styling.

She has great attention to details and likes to play with the lighting conditions. Her food photography includes lots of texture and close-ups.

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.

Overhead shot of a cheesecake

Website | Instagram

7. Mauro Turatti

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.

burger and meat wrap on a rustic setting

Website | Instagram

6. Julia Sent

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.”

Food still life with melon, a lemon, a scissors and glass of milk

Website

5. Isabella Cassini

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.

Flying food photography of spaghetti and meatballs and a glass of wine

Website | Instagram

4. Carl Warner

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.

A house made of candy with lollipop trees

Website | Instagram

3. Mowie Kay

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.

Triptych of overhead food photography

Website | Instagram

2. Joanie Simon

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”.

Overhead shot of waffles and fruit on a rustic table

Website | Instagram | Youtube

1. Francesco Tonelli

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.

Delicious food photo of slices of meat with tomatoes and avocado

Website | Instagram

Conclusion

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!

If you want to take your food photography to the next level, don’t miss out on our eBook – Edible Images!

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