I am starting to call myself a food photographer. I have photographed a number of restaurant menus (The Spoon, ParkStone) but I have cut my teeth on photographing the catering for companies such as Le Croissant Catering. They are always doing something new with their menu.
This year they were a sponsor for Utah Pride and they catered the Grand Marshal Reception. I was spending the day at the Lagoon Amusement Park and I left the park just so I could photograph the food and catering. Sure my family missed me for 2 hours but the food was delicious and it photographed well. This was an open air event so we had a lot more light but I still use my portable lighting setting to make the food look perfect.
They had several food options. The first option was a tri-tip slider station when french fries you could season with Cajun, curry, and garlic herb seasonings. The second option was seafood including crab, shrimp, and oysters. The third option was a Chinese inspired station with Chinese take out boxes for a real New York spirit.
Because the event was outdoors I did have more light and photographing natural light would have been an option. Many food photographers live by natural light alone. I love to mix available/natural light with my own lighting. With some diffusers and strobes we create the best of both worlds and hopefully everyone feels hungry after the food photos hit the internet.
I captured a few of the details of the decoration. I didn’t spend too much time photographing the actual Pride event that day. My job was strictly food and then I was going to head back to Lagoon.
The center station had the salads and seafood.
Last but not least was the Chinese station. The chinese food was cook on the large “wok” and then served in Chinese take out boxes. Nummers.
And for no reason other than he is wearing a rainbow tutu, a Pride English Bulldog. It was a Pride event after all.