Since I started food blogging, food photography has become my other passion. Now, I equally love food photography as much as I love cooking food. I have really invested in advancing my food photography by buying professional camera equipment and tons of props. I am seriously addicted to buying props and currently have a growing collection. Also now that I post weekly, I am constantly practicing my food photography skills. I now enjoy looking through cookbooks, magazines, and websites at the food photography for inspiration. I decided to put together a post highlighting the top five food photographers who inspire me. These are the people who’s work I look up to and whom I aspire my photography to be like. Here they are:
I am starting off this list with the man who I truly believe is the world’s best food photographer, Matt Armendariz. If you don’t want to take my word for it, then just look at his work for yourself. I mean has Matt ever taken a picture of food that didn’t make you want to jump into it and start eating? All of his photos are perfectly composed, lit to perfection, and just perfectly imperfect. There is always a sprinkle of salt or some scattered crumbs of a cookie that just make his photos looks so natural. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Matt over the past few months and he is as great a person as he is a photographer. I really up look up Matt as my mentor in the food photography world and I hope to meet him, in person, sometime this summer and maybe even intern at his studio.
The thing that I really love about Izy’s food photography is the simplicity in her photos. They are never too complicated. They have just the right amount of props and food styling. Also, she really knows how to use light to make her food look amazing. Above all, my favorite thing about her food photography is that she is able to perfectly capture a movement in a shot, like a drip of syrup falling off a stack of pancakes. I think it really highlights the messiness of food in a beautiful way. I really love it!
This guy has an Instagram page everyone wishes they had. Dennis’s Instagram page, Dennis the Prescott, is definitely my favorite account that I currently follow. I can literally scroll through his page for hours, amazed by the quality and yum factor of his pictures. All you need is one look at his food photography and you will instantly be hungry. He has mastered the art of making the colors of the food in his shots really pop. The veggies always look like they were just picked from the garden and the meat always looks like it was taken straight off the grill.
What I really love about Valentina’s photography is that she has really established her own, unique, style of food photography. She has mastered the making her food look perfectly imperfect. Her photos really highlight the beauty in the messiness of cooking. I also love the super rustic look she gets in her photos. I just love all of those textures! It makes the picture fun to look at. I admire her for embracing her own unique style.
Last, but definitely not least, is Donald Skehan. Donald is a food photographer as well as a food blogger. I have become a big fan of his work recently because I like his style. The rustic look that he gets in all of his shots really speaks to me. I love all the interesting surfaces, dishes, napkins, and utensils that Donald uses in his photos. All of the unique textures adds a lot of character to Donald’s photography. Also, did I mention, that the food always looks out of the world! You can’t look at his photos without saying “Yummmm!”
I hope you guys liked this post! I have to admit, it was really fun to put this together because I got to look through all of these photographer’s pictures to pick my favorite ones. Be sure to check them all out and see more of their work. If you would like to get into food photography, I definitely suggest looking around to see what inspires you and go from there. It is amazing what you can do with a camera, beautiful food, and some practice!