Photographing food is a unique subset of commercial photography, with food photographers often hailing from culinary backgrounds. Many food photographers also do double duty as food stylists and even recipe developers, working on cookbooks, collaborating with chefs, and generally getting immersed in the world of food.
Something else that sets food photography apart from many other photographic genres is that images of beautiful food are pretty much always appealing to look at. Even if you don’t know the story behind the ingredients, the chef who made it, the restaurant that served it, there’s a certain intrinsic delight to be found in images of gorgeous cakes, crumbly cookies, steaming-hot stews, and well-roasted chickens (well, maybe not if you’re vegetarian).
We rounded up these 20 talented food photographers to prove this point. Just try to get through this list without your stomach grumbling. From perfectly styled tables to messy kitchens in full prep mode, there’s something here for every kind of food lover. These photographers, from Portugal to Sydney, all have websites that add flavor to their food shots, emphasizing their style with playful fonts or contrasting bold photos with lots of white space.
Nikole Herriott became a photographer after working as a pastry chef, and her work demonstrates an obvious love and respect for food of all kinds. Working often with creative partner Michael Graydon, she shoots subjects focused on travel, lifestyle, and food for a variety of editorial and commercial clients. Herriott divides her website into season-inspired galleries that offer a creative look at her work.
Specializing in food photography as well as travel work, Sydney-based photographer Nic Gossage gives personality to his online portfolio with a bold logo. Gossage displays his photography in a full-screen format that offers a close look at the detail of each shot.
Hailing from Los Angeles, Madelene Farin has worked with a range of clients in California and beyond. Her work has been featured by the BBC and The Guardian, and she’s been recognized by APA and PDN, and it’s not hard to see why. Farin’s food photography has a distinct creative slant, with creative compositions that put it a cut above the usual.
Barry & Kirn
Toronto-based creative duo Barry & Kirn have been working together for over ten years. Creating still and moving images, their work always has a playful feel and attention to detail. The two have worked with clients like BMW, Aldo, Universal Music, Ikea, and many others.
UK photographer Ant Duncan uses a unique logo to help his online portfolio stand out. Duncan also showcases his latest work by using a gallery of new shoots as his homepage. Whether capturing tacos or pies, Duncan’s food photography is full of rich textures and variety.
Based in the Netherlands, Sarah Distel does food styling as well as photography. She is also the co-founder of The White Door Studio, an initiative that combines yoga with creative production. Just like her food photography, Distel’s online portfolio is minimalist and neatly arranged.
Fudbiro consists of Katja and Miha, two former architects who teamed up to create “culinary constructions on plates.” Healthy and sustainable food are a focus for them. “Together we believe that we can make a difference to people’s lives through food,” their website bio explains. Fudbiro divides their work into mood-inspired categories, like “Bright” and “Moody,” for easy navigation.
Canadian photographer Sarah Pflug specializes in food photography, dividing her portfolio into galleries focused on sweet, savory, and restaurant shots. Pflug adds personality to her website with a pastel-hued logo that matches the tone of much of her work.
Sam Folan’s food photography is always carefully focused and sharply detailed, whether the photographer is capturing snow-white macarons or messy hotdogs. The London photographer displays his work in a grid-based layout without any text, keeping the focus on his portfolio.
Specializing in shooting food and interiors, London photographer David Charbit has worked for such clients as Tesco and Waitrose. Charbit’s editorial photography has also appeared in publications like The Sunday Times Magazine and The Guardian . Charbit’s food photography portfolio is simple and clean, with separate galleries for food, interiors, and lifestyle work.
Based in Lisbon, Sanda Paigamo photographs food and lifestyle work. Paigamo has worked with publications like Elle Decor Italia, Elle Decor Sweden, and Monocle Travel Guides. Her food and still life galleries show well-composed shots of delectable meals arranged in equally appealing settings.
Food photographer Hélène Dujardin has been shooting for almost two decades, working on dozens of cookbooks as well as with a plethora of major brands. Originally from Provence, Dujardin now resides in Charleston, South Carolina. Her online portfolio showcases her food photography in a large-format size that fills the entire screen for an easy look at her work.
A food and interiors photographer working in New England and Boston, Tamara Flanagan’s website showcases a series of supplement product shots and restaurant images in addition to more classic food photo work. Flanagan’s site is classic and clean, with a simple serif font accenting her horizontally scrolling galleries.
Swedish photographer Björn Tesch specializes in food photography, with cookbooks and pizza shots making up a major part of his online portfolio. Tesch keeps things simple with a minimal logo and small font sizes that keep the focus on his images.
Mackenzie Anne Smith
On her food photography website, Mackenzie Anne Smith grabs the viewer not only with her punny URL but also with a bold splash page featuring her work. Smith adds captions to her images to make sure viewers know the backstory behind each shoot.
Working on food styling and recipe development in addition to food photography, Gabriel Cabrera sees food in a unique way. His portfolio includes personal food-inspired work that’s full of vivid colors and textures. The Vancouver-based photographer counts brands like Air Canada, West Elm, and Urban Outfitters among his clients.
Toronto photographer Dan Robb has worked for such clients as Food Network Canada and the Toronto International Film Festival. Robb uses a grid-based layout to display his colorful food photography in a way that instantly catches the eye.
Bangalore-based food photographer and stylist Radhika Penagonda worked in financial software for years before discovering her love for food photography. Penagonda now runs a blog, Just Homemade, celebrating homemade recipes. Her food photography focuses on simple dishes and natural light.
On Our Plate
This team of a creative director, stylist, and photographer works together to make food look its best. Their simple yet eye-catching logo gives a branded touch to their portfolio, which is just brief enough to leave visitors wanting to see more.
Fred + Elliott
Fred + Elliott was formed when the eponymous American couple decided to combine their shared love of food and photography. With Fred as the photographer and Elliott the stylist and chef, their work has attracted clients like Coca Cola, Red Bull, Hamilton Beach, Walmart, and many others. Their extensive food portfolio showcases a wide variety of past shoots and tearsheets in a grid layout.
Cover photo via Barry & Kirn.