Carlton Photography

Food and Drink Photographer

Being a food and drink photographer has taken me far and wide across the UK as many of my assignments are on location. The locations for my photography vary from hotels to restaurants as many of my clients are preferring lifestyle photography.

Food and drink photography has become a large part of my portfolio and is in fact one of my most enjoyable. Not just because I get too eat the subject matter , although it does help 😉

An extremely important part for any food photographer is the food stylist because without them and there preparation the shot is only half done. Similar to that of fashion photography its the team that makes the shot I can’t take all the credit … Although I do like too 😉 …

I mentioned how my food photography is indeed a large part of my work and to reflect this I’ve created this section, have a look below. You might also notice a few celebrity chefs along the way.

Taken from many of my assignments over time to give you a good idea of just what goes into creating the final image. 


Food Photography

Food photography has many stages before you see the final image and to quote an age old saying “it’s all in the preparation”. The images above are from two separate commissions. One was for a local Cheshire restaurant chain and the other for a high end cat food company based in Manchester. The reason I’ve mixed the two is that they both required the same style of photography and preparation for the final images. The cat food was pretty much good enough for me to eat.. I didn’t by the way.

With food photography a food stylist is essential to prepare the food and apply all the tricks of the trade to make the food look it’s most appealing along with the cooking too. This can be achieved by certain textures being introduced to compliment the colours such as the slate for the tinned tuna shot. Glycerine is a favourite in food photography as it enhances the textures, with help from my lighting as well of course.

With the stylists job done it’s over to the food photographer, my job. Soft lighting with shallow depth of field is my favoured style, as it really shows off the food products and makes for a more eye pleasing and interesting shot. When shooting cooked food time is of the essence and in some instances it helps to have another on standby as under the lighting it can start to look congealed. Strong vibrant colour is everything in photographing food as you are wanting the person (or cat!) viewing the image to want to virtually reach out and take a bite and the shallow depth of field along with the punchy colours achieves the desired effect.

Both clients on the day were delighted with the images as was I. Now bring on the dog food, lets see what I can do with that…