Great Food Photos

Pigamitha Dimar

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I’ve been admiring Pigamitha Dimar’s photos on Tumblr for a while now. It’s too bad that I don’t spend enough time on Tumblr because there are so many great photographers on there. For Pigamitha’s photos, I really love the dark shadows and especially the step by step photos for her recipes. And then when I found out that she takes most of her photos in a small area of her room, I was completely intrigued. This is still something I’m learning. Go where the good natural light is instead of trying to recreate it with lamps and stuff, even if it’s just a small corner in your room.

Pigamitha Marhadisony

Q. Can you tell me what you’re trying to capture when you take your food photos?
A. I’m trying to demystify food. Some people get so intimidated by the idea of cooking that they don’t even bother to try. I take photographic breakdowns of each dish by ingredients and method, and then photograph the finished product in its simplest state with minimal props. I’m trying to show that plain white plates and pieces of parchment paper can look just as good as fancy Chinas, providing that you’ve prepared the food with effort and give it dignity. And I’m not going to apologize for burnt edges, uneven frosting or cracked surfaces. What you see is what you get. It’s all part of the learning process.

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Andrea Gentl

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I know I’m not alone when I say that Andrea Gentl of Gentl and Hyers is one of the people that I look up to as a photographer. Her ability to take photos with amazing light and shadows is just truly breathtaking. Reading what she has to say about photography and her inspirations really REALLY encourages me to be better with my work.

Andrea Gentl

Q. Can you tell me what you’re trying to capture when you take your food photos?
A. When I am photographing food I am trying to capture something that is beautiful, evocative and tasty. Sometimes that comes through in the smallest of details… a drip or a crumb, a bit of spilled salt or a ghostly wafting steam.

In a larger sense I am always keeping light and composition in mind. I am drawn to the light of the Dutch Masters and have spent a lot of time looking at light and paintings from that time period. I am also very influenced by memory and personal experience. I draw a lot of inspiration from the experiences of my childhood in Western Mass. I was a bit of a free-range child, running wild in the woods and on a small family farm. I lived in very old houses all my life. My father is an antique dealer, so objects and interiors and have always had a certain reverence for me. The idea of beauty in the normal or mundane has always appealed to me. I spent a lot of time as a kid really looking at things. I was kind of shy and in my head a lot. The things that informed my thoughts then, still appeal to me now, a tangled bramble of berries, a loaf of bread on the counter, a spill or a stain, these bits of everyday un-styled life have always caught me eye and support and sustain my work today. They are where I find my inspiration.

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Stephanie Shih

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Back in June I randomly stumbled onto a link, on Twitter, where someone had wrote an incredible post about the different styles of food photography that are currently popular among food photographers. It had such a plethora of information and tips. So of course I had to meet the photographer behind this post. Looking through Stephanie Shih’s food photos is quite awesome. Just the different contrast of colors in each photo is so beautiful and wonderfully matched. Be sure to check out her blog “Desserts for Breakfast” where you can make this delicious looking coconut chocolate cake with raspberries and have it for breakfast!

Stephanie Shih

Q. Can you tell me what you’re trying to capture when you take your food photos?
A. When I’m taking pictures of food, it’s as with any other subject—travel, landscape, people: I’m trying to capture the personality and character of that particular food subject, its innate quality that makes it unique and interesting.

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Anna Williams

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This is getting crazy. Why crazy? Well how often do you get to interview photographers that you look up to? I actually get nervous emailing photographers that I admire. A lot of “what ifs” come to my mind. So you know how excited I was when Anna Williams said yes to letting me interview her. Her use of light and shadows is so amazing. Also be sure to check out her personal photography project, “The Voracity” where she explores hunger, consumption and beauty.

Anna Williams

Q. Can you tell me what you’re trying to capture when you take your food photos?
A. When I photograph food I always think about how best to express the lusciousness of food. Good food wants to be eaten – I feel you can always find beauty in that idea. There is a real beauty in all food. Instead of just taking a picture of what is there on the plate I try to capture something luminous in the whole scene. You have to really feel into it, it isn’t something that comes from the technical side of things.

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Greg DuPree

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We’re excited to introduce everyone to a very talented photographer residing in Atlanta, Georgia, Greg DuPree. Going through his website, you’re instantly strike by how vibrant his photos are (also instantly want to munch on those waffle fries and dim sum). Check out our interview with Greg after the jump. Find out what made him decide to become a photographer and what inspires him as an artist.

Greg DuPree

Q. Can you tell me what you’re trying to capture when you take your photos?
I just want to create images that speak to SOMEONE. Just like any art-form not everyone is going to like your style, subject matter ect, but I am always trying to convey a sense of place and emote a response weather it be a portrait of a chef or farmer or still life of ingredients. It could be the symmetrical simplicity or the controlled chaos that draws you in…the emotional expression in a portrait or the imperfections in the food styling that make it feel real and inviting….the emptiness of the negative space or the deepness of the shadows that bring up memories of a particular time in the season. If I can make someone stare at my images in a gallery or stop on a page in a magazine then I think I’ve accomplished what I’ve intended to.

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Julie Marie Craig

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Julie Marie Craig

It’s always exciting for me to read blogs by chefs or bakers. I get a glimpse of their lives working in restaurants, kitchens, and bakeries. And that’s one of the reason why I do what I do as a photographer. The food may be important but what’s more important and interesting are the people behind the food. Please meet Julie Marie Craig, a professional baker and photographer from Northern California. Not only do you get to see amazing photos but also recipes and stories from her life.

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