My mom was an amazing cook. She would read cookbooks like novels and always had a thirst for trying new things. She wasn’t one to “specialize” in any specific kind of cuisine, she tried it all. I am certain that I get my drive to try new things from her. Even though she passed away when I was young, her passion for food lives on through her kids. All of my siblings have a knack for cooking and love doing it. I also think it is why I am so drawn to Food Photography.
Food as a subject is very diverse. It can have many different colors, textures, shapes, sizes, arrangements, meanings, and so much more. We all need to eat after all! So after a great talk from Rooted to Thrive mentor Pat Cori, I decided to make a push to promote and enhance my food photography.
The first step was to get a second Instagram account (@TayloredFood). The goal was anytime I made food, I would take a picture of it and practice my food styling. Here are a few of those photos!
I also try and take pictures of whatever baked goods my wife Steph makes, like those pretzel Christmas trees pictured above! I am hoping to use this Instagram and my website to be creative and gather clients who want to show off their culinary creations!
As if on cue, I checked Craigslist for any extra gigs and found that a company was looking for freelance food photographers. Hey! I’m a freelance food photographer! It turned out to be a gig for Uber Eats! They offer their clients a photo shoot to add on their listing and show off their food. It is a perfect side gig for me. They use my google calendar to schedule shoots and they require a photo called a “hero” which is a styled photo with multiple food items.
This will help me practice my food styling while also getting myself in front of clientele that I hope to cater to in the future. Some of the challenges I have already faced are lighting setups that are meant to look like they are in a big open window. The one above was taken at 7:00 PM in a dim dining room with a comfortable atmosphere.
Here are some of my favorite dishes that I have photographed just in December!
Fiesta Tapatia - Arroz Con Pollo: http://www.fiestatapatiamexicanrestaurant.com/
T&E Catering - Grilled Chicken Spring Salad and Hero Image: http://www.tandecatering.com/
Beer 88 - Mac Attack Burger: https://www.facebook.com/Beer88Va/
Champloo Desserts - S’mores: https://champloodesserts.com/
Duck Donuts - Maple Bacon Donut: https://www.duckdonuts.com/
I am ecstatic about this new freelance gig and I cannot wait to shoot more!
Stay tuned to my Instagram for more culinary adventures!
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