SLR Lounge

I recently wrote a guest blog for SLR Lounge, which shares strategies, templates, and workflows for photographers.

In the post, I shared my method for shooting food photography onsite at restaurants. I includ some of the challenges of shooting onsite, and how photographers can overcome those challenges to get great food photography at restaurants & venues.

Tips For Shooting Food Photography Onsite At Restaurants

Demand for quality food photography has exploded in recent years. Restaurant culture is on the rise and visual platforms like Instagram are an essential part of the dining experience.

Commercial food photography has traditionally been shot in a studio. Photographers had access to a high-tech setup and a stylist on-hand. This shift towards food photos for everyone, (no matter the business’ size or budget), has made shooting food onsite much more common.

Read the full post on SLRLounge.com.

OCUS | UberEats

OCUS | UberEats

In 2019 I worked on an exciting project with photography agency OCUS, shooting for UberEats.

I was contracted to shoot onsite at a number of food establishments in Leeds that sell on UberEats.

The images had strict specifications, as they were to be used in advertising the restaurants on the UberEats takeaway app platform.

NOTE: These images were delivered with no post-processing, as that is done in-house by OCUS

Döner Summer

Döner Summer

I’ve worked closely with Döner Summer on a number of marketing projects (I am married to their co-founder, after all), not least of all shooting onsite at events.

In addition to a styled shoot using their vegan kebab product, I frequently attend events to help out and get some great pictures of the product and the atmosphere of the event itself.

The photos have been used to promote Döner Summer on Instagram, as well as their other social channels, on their website and in the marketing materials for their wholesale business The Vegan 3 too.

Pivovar Group

Food Photography for Tapped Brew Co., Pavemant Vaults & The Market Cat

Andy Tordoff, head chef at Tapped Leeds (and, in the interest of full disclosure, my husband) was struggling to post consistently appealing images of the food produced in his kitchen to the business’ social media channels.

He would post a couple of great images when he had a quiet moment, followed either by dark, grainy shots, or complete radio silence.

Tapped hired me for the day to shoot their menu. I shot every item on the menu, including styled long shots that convey the atmosphere of the venue, and flatlays featuring multiple dishes and items.

The team at Tapped now have 70+ high-quality, styled, on-brand images to use on their website, across social media channels, and in print advertising too.

Since that first shoot at Tapped Leeds in 2017, I’ve shot for other venues in the Pivni Group on multiple occasions.

I regularly spend the day onsite at Pivni Group venues in Leeds & York, shooting the menu, with styled flatlays featuring multiple dishes and drinks, as well as compositions showcasing particular deals and ranges.

Pavement Vaults | 2019

Market Cat | 2019

Tapped Leeds | 2018

Pavement Vaults | 2017

Tapped Leeds | 2017

Tilda Rice

Tilda Rice Buddha Bowl

I worked with Tilda Rice in 2016 to develop vegetarian and gluten-free recipes, using their products.

Looking at trends towards unusual breakfast foods, I developed a recipe for Biryani Brunch, which was very well received.

Due to a tight deadline, the project was turned around in less than a week, from initial contact to a tested and proof-read, website-ready recipe and two high quality, edited images.

Tilda was so pleased with the photography for the first recipe that I have since been asked to contribute to their Big Hearted Cook Book:

Georgia at Tilda said:

“Zoe has been a pleasure to work with on every occasion. Her recipe shots are beautiful and the care she takes to craft wholesome dishes, full of flavour, really shows. We look forward to working with her again soon”

EatsLeeds

EatsLeeds

EatsLeeds is my own food blog, where I’ve been sharing plant-based & gluten-free recipes since 2016.

While I’ve always ad a keen interest in photography, starting EatsLeeds is really what took it from a hobby to a job. I learned the art & science of food photography whilst I built the blog, and the difference in quality between my first few posts and the photos I produce now is immense.