Meals Photographer of the Week: Nathan Snoddon, London, UK

We’re tremendous excited to announce a brand new sequence showcasing wonderful meals photographers from world wide.

Meals presentation has grow to be a important success issue for cooks and eating places, a lot in order that many contemplate it as necessary as the flavour of the dish.

And nobody actually captures the great thing about a dish higher than knowledgeable meals photographer. What’s extra, meals photographers are capable of flip a menu right into a charming story, and that’s what clients are searching for proper now.

This week’s meals photographer is Nathan Snoddon, the Director of London-based Meals Story Media, a digital model growth company working with some high-profile cooks equivalent to Clare Smyth.

1. Inform us a bit about your self and your ardour for pictures. 

I labored as a cook dinner for over a decade and been lucky sufficient to have had many nice internships with some nice eating places equivalent to Thomas Keller’s French Laundry, Core by Clare Smyth, and Eleven Madison Park. Throughout my cooking profession, I turned obsessive about pictures and the power to seize a second. This lead me again to Core by Clare Smyth, the place I started to shoot often. 

My final place as a cook dinner was as a Sous Chef at Bonhams Restaurant in London earlier than it closed. This was the purpose the place my companion Alla and I made the choice to take Meals Story Media to the subsequent stage as we felt a pull towards storytelling in our trade. Clare Smyth additionally had a big affect on this resolution, as we started speaking concerning the want for one thing genuine. 

Our method stems from a deep understanding of the hospitality trade, it’s craft, and the connection to the folks we work with. I at all times say that nice tales are informed by those that have lived them. 

2. What’s your supply of inspiration? 

Individuals encourage us, therefore our slogan “Telling tales of extraordinary folks.” All of us stand on the shoulders of giants, and our resolution to solely work with nice folks is what drives us ahead. We goal to characterize our trade in its purest type whereas being expressive, intricate, and undeniably uncooked. 

Nathan Snoddon

3. Please describe a typical photograph session.

A typical FSM photograph session begins at 8 am and lasts to about 7 or 8 pm. We cut up the day up into studio work (meals/drinks/portraits) and candid work, which requires being a fly on the wall to authentically seize ‘a day within the life’ of eating places and the folks inside them.

Lots of our fashion focuses on the natural, a lot of the time is spent proper within the warmth of the kitchen, capturing these unbelievable moments of full focus from the staff. Many different photographers would discover kitchens intimidating, however for me, it’s residence. 

4. How does print and on-line (i.e. Instagram) meals pictures differ?

Instagram content material is mostly extra natural and candid. A print would normally be a bit extra polished with what we name ‘pressured spontaneity’, which simply means reenacting a second that will be regular and introducing lights to get the look we wish.

5. Your organization additionally helps eating places with social media. What are a number of the substances behind a profitable Instagram account? 

Consistency and authenticity are the one issues that matter. Too many individuals attempt to submit issues that they suppose others will like as a substitute of who they are surely. It’s important to be integral to your model and be assured in speaking that.

Whether or not visible, copy, or technical…consistency issues. I at all times advocate folks work with one photographer to develop the model story persistently. It’s undoubtedly an funding, but it surely pays for itself once you develop a robust model.

In the case of copy and speaking your model’s core values, constant language, and subjects are an effective way to create a model persona. If you wish to stand out in a concentrated market, this stuff matter. 

6. Can stunning, skilled wanting meals images be taken on a sensible telephone?

Debatable. You’re by no means going to have the ability to print skilled photographs from a telephone or use them on an internet site. Nonetheless, you may undoubtedly create stunning pictures for social media (offering that what you’re taking pictures is gorgeous to start with).

We are literally creating a telephone pictures course to launch later this yr. If anybody is , be at liberty to get in contact.

7. What sort of kit do you employ? 

A Sony a7R IV & Profoto B10 + lights.

8. Please share a few meals pictures tips that may be helpful for newbie meals photographers. 

Spend extra time studying about what you might be taking pictures reasonably than considering easy methods to shoot it. It’s all about understanding the story earlier than starting to inform it.