• Food    Photographer

    Food Photographer

    Photographed at the No 9 restaurant in Stratford upon Avon. My background with Food Photography goes back to my days as a student when one day a week I was able to study at the studio of Cadbury's in Bourneville, Birmingham. It was there that I was able to learn my still life and food photography craft from Masters . It was a possible career path as I love food and photographing its preparation and then capturing the creations of great chefs and food stylists,always a pleasure. During my career I have shot editorial food photography as well as advertising with food as part of the brief ,

  • No 9

    No 9

    Restaurant in Stratford upon Avon, Wayne Thomson Chef & Patron is one of the midlands if not the UK's finest - IMHO. In the Kitchen at No 9 the great masterpieces are created in this creative hub.The technique of using mono and colour photography mix is a useful tool to highlight the food and retain the enviroment of a kitchen that are often cluttered and distracting .

  • Service at No 9.

    Service at No 9.

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  • No 9 Stratford upon Avon

    No 9 Stratford upon Avon

    Chef : Wayne Thomson

  • No 9 Church Street, Stratford upon Avon

    No 9 Church Street, Stratford upon Avon

  • Pub Food,Hamburger and chips,

    Pub Food,Hamburger and chips,

  • Uug Foods

    Uug Foods

    Uug Food-PRODUCTS & STILL LIFE

  • FOOD & DRINK

    FOOD & DRINK

  • NADIYA HUSSIAN

    NADIYA HUSSIAN

    Portrait of Nadia Hussian taken at the Stratford Literary Festival -Bake Off Champion ,but so much more with BBC British food adventure - love this lady . such a star

  • Glynn Purnell

    Glynn Purnell

    A young Glynn Purnell ,photographed for my Movers & Shakers project .Glad to see the lad done well !

  • Shaun Hill - Chef & Patron

    Shaun Hill - Chef & Patron

    At the Walnut Tree, Abergavenny .This gentleman was at the forefront of the British Food revival ,here photographed at his restaurant in Wales ,with the landscape that makes this part of the UK such a great place to visit and enjoy world class food .This was a commissioned editorial portrait for the New York magazine 'Sherman's Travel'.

  • Chef Portrait

    Chef Portrait

    Wayne Thomson - Chef / Proprietor

  • Bird on the Rock -Heart of England Tourism

    Bird on the Rock -Heart of England Tourism

    Doug & Annabel Hawkes

  • Pasta Farfalloni

    Pasta Farfalloni

  • Broadfield Court Vineyard Estate

    Broadfield Court Vineyard Estate

    Destination Vineyard -view the vineyards -sample the wine . Herefordshire Vineyard location image was commissioned and images are part of English Tourist Board image bank .

  • Restaurant & Hotel  Photographer

    Restaurant & Hotel Photographer

    Ranging from photography of the Restaurant Interiors & Exteriors to the Food,Chef & team, I cover all aspects of photography for Restaurants and Gastro Pubs across Warwickshire ,Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds.

  • Vino and Garden

    Vino and Garden

    Birmingham Botanical Gardens - image to communicate the unique offer at this venue and suite . To enjoy a business event with such a backdrop certainly has the wow factor . Images such as this can be key images when marketing a venue . The elements of wine and green garden are a stark contrast to interiours of most venues .

  • Prosecco

    Prosecco

    Web intro page for venue -at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens .Commissioned - Ambersand &.

  • Cocktails

    Cocktails

    Generic image for website into page -

  • Finger Food

    Finger Food

    for corporate events - Birmingham Botanical Gardens

  • FOOD & HOSPITALITY

    FOOD & HOSPITALITY

    Birmingham Botanical Gardens - events and function facilities photographed for web site and brochures for the corporate and wedding market ,commissioned by Ambersand .

  • Hibiscus Ludlow

    Hibiscus Ludlow

    Claude Bosi at his Hibiscus Restaurant a signiture dish photographed at his Ludlow location before he moved to London .Commission for the Heart of England tourist Board .

  • Hibiscus

    Hibiscus

    On location shoot with daylight and reflectors -Another of Claude Bosi's great dishes .

  • Champagne

    Champagne

    wine_cellar_champagne_restaurant_hospitality

  • Hilton Head

    Hilton Head

    Editorial

  • Cream Tea in English country garden. Editorial

    Cream Tea in English country garden. Editorial

    Cream scones, tea,clotted cream,

  • No 9 Stratford upon Avon

    No 9 Stratford upon Avon

    Chef : Wayne Thomsom

  • No 9 ,Stratford upon Avon

    No 9 ,Stratford upon Avon

    food photography requires speed as such things as ice cream have seconds looking frozen as the warmth of kitchen or studio take the frost and produce a glaze .

  • Gin Cocktail

    Gin Cocktail

    Macro photography of food and drink provides an insight to a new world.

  • GS Delights

    GS Delights

    A new start up with great vegan & gluten free cakes

  • GS delights

    GS delights

    Blue Berry Muffins

  • GS Delights

    GS Delights

    Food photography shot on location -studio backdrop & lights used to supplement daylight

  • Cream Tea

    Cream Tea

    Heart of England Tourism commission - Bird on the Rock -detail for image bank

  • Fresh Carrots

    Fresh Carrots

  • Full of Goodness

    Full of Goodness

  • Full of Goodness

    Full of Goodness

  • Full of Goodness

    Full of Goodness

  • Full of Goodness

    Full of Goodness

  • Detail - Full of Goodness

    Detail - Full of Goodness

  • Full of Goodness

    Full of Goodness

    recipe illistartion for social media

  • Full of Goodness

    Full of Goodness

    Dip recipe

  • Full of Goodness

    Full of Goodness

    Recipe illisratation

  • Full of Goodness - breakfast suggestion recipe

    Full of Goodness - breakfast suggestion recipe

  • Full of Goodness - recipe image

    Full of Goodness - recipe image

  • Dog Friendly

    Dog Friendly

    For a Gastro Pub website its not just Food & Drink, taking the opportunity to capture canine visitors adds to the image bank, adds interest and helps with social media to funnel traffic to the new website. Clarendon Arms -Kenilworth

  • Venice Market - fresh Peperoncino

    Venice Market - fresh Peperoncino

  • Harringtons on the Hill

    Harringtons on the Hill

    detail for website - all part of a days shoot to deliver the image bank for a new website

  • Yes -it did melt and I had to eat it .

    Yes -it did melt and I had to eat it .

  • Instagram material

    Instagram material

    Well executed high res images add to the quality of an Instagram feed - just part of the material delivered when producing an image bank for a new website.

  • Creme Brulee

    Creme Brulee

    Harringtons on the Hill - part of extensive shoot to produce material for the new website & Instagram & Facebook postings

  • Detail for IG

    Detail for IG

  • Fishy Friday

    Fishy Friday

    Harrington's on the Hill - website and promotional social media for Fishy Friday.

  • Harrington's on the Hill

    Harrington's on the Hill

    Website & Instagram image bank

  • Harrington's on the Hill

    Harrington's on the Hill

    Material for the new website & social media,

Food Photographer based in Warwickshire.

My first experience with food photography was when I was studying photography in Birmingham and I negotiated a day a week at the studio at Cadburys in Bournville, it was a great experience and I learned from masters of their craft. My career took me in another direction with many commissions in the travel and hospitality industries, so I often found myself shoot food on location for hotel and destination clients, it is an area that I love and now I am producing food photography for a variety of clients, from food manufacturing to gastro pubs and fine dining restaurants.

I am primarily a location photographer,so I am very used to creating a studio on location and have all the lighting and kit that requires, it's just a space that is near the kitchen that I need.

Ideally with light that can be controlled, a window with a blind or the ability to turn off the lights and work in a darkish room is ideal.

So much beautifully prepared food is sadly represented by photography that is taken by smartphones, the problem is usually due to the light that the food is in, in a kitchen the light is often neon or the equivalent , under the serving hatch or near it is a tungsten or 'hot' infra-red, these light sources are often transmitting on a narrow spectrum and even with a smart smartphone, the colour balance cannot be neutralised as the sensor only sees a limited amount of light, our eyes adapt but a camera has limitations . There are technical ways around this (CC gels and a Colour Temperature meter), but to do justice to food, it has to be photographed in a consistent quality of light and that will be a daylight window, or 'daylight' balanced lighting , that at least replicate most of the spectrum of daylight.

As a photographer it is obvious that you have to provide the studio quality lights on location and combined with the knowledge of where to place the lights is often the difference a food photographer makes, a great food stylist or chef is the one who has created the dish, it's the photographers job to show it in its best light (forgive the Pun).

There are tricks of the trade, often a thing of myths, Ice Cream made from Mashed potato and all sort of substitutes and colouring, most of that comes from the way old school photography worked, you needed long exposures under hot lights, or until recently you required loads of flash to work on a large format camera as you needed lots of light to provide the depth of focus (or depth of field), now with fast (lets in lots of light) lens and a style that often desires limited focus we can get away with a lot less light and so work faster.