Meals Photographer of the Week: Jesper Rais, Denmark

Denmark has not too long ago seen an explosion of unbelievable eating places and has remodeled itself right into a veritable foodie vacation spot. Copenhagen, particularly, is residence to a few of the finest eating places on the earth and is now being thought-about by some as Europe’s meals capital.

And Denmark’s meals scene is proudly represented by a few of the best meals photographers. Meet Jesper Rais, a brilliant proficient photographer who has labored with prime cooks corresponding to Wassim Hallal, Eric Vildgaard, and Thorsten Schmidt.

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

My title is Jesper Rais. I’m 36 years outdated, a father of 4, and am married to Anna, for 13 years.

I’m dwelling in Denmark and dealing as an unbiased meals photographer. I do pictures for motels, eating places, cookbooks, and so forth. 

My ardour for pictures began at an early age. Capturing the second, displaying individuals issues via my eyes.

2. What do you discover most interesting about meals pictures?

I really like the teamwork between myself and the chef, and the magic of getting an attractive dish trying simply as wonderful in a photograph as in actual life. 

3. Are you a foodie your self?

Sure, I suppose I’m. I really grew up in a resort, however my fascination for meals, eating places, and cooking first got here after I obtained older.

As we speak I really like making an attempt new issues within the kitchen, perhaps issues I noticed or realized when spending time with all of the cooks. We additionally love going out to eat, as a lot as a life with 4 children enable us. 

4. What’s your supply of inspiration?

I have a look at meals photographers’ work from everywhere in the world, to get impressed and sustain. However I suppose my greatest inspiration comes from my purchasers.

Whereas capturing footage at a restaurant for a chef, I attempt to get impressed however the cooks cooking, the restaurant, and the environment to seek out the perfect fashion for my footage to match my consumer.  

5. What are the highest 2-3 meals pictures you’ve taken and what’s particular about them?

A chef isn’t higher than the final dish he simply despatched out within the restaurant. Possibly that’s the identical for meals photographers, so hopefully all my footage preserve my fashion and high quality. I don’t assume I can title a selected image as a best choice. 

6. What’s the most lovely restaurant/setting the place you’ve taken pictures?

Magnificence is many issues. I’ve tried spending a day capturing wonderful and exquisite meals at Michelin eating places in essentially the most stylish environment, and I’ve shot a complete cookbook exterior in a forest, whereas it rained all day. And I discover each issues wonderful.

In addition to meals pictures, I even have a ardour for spending time open air in nature. So it’s at all times a pleasure after I’m capable of mix these two. Possibly capturing footage of the cooks foraging the forest flooring, or touring someplace unique for a consumer.

Most of my jobs are in Denmark after all, however from time to time I get the prospect to journey, and thus far I’ve had assignments in Norway, Sweden, Vietnam, Tanzania, and elsewhere. 

I’ve shot a complete cookbook exterior in a forest, whereas it rained all day.

7. Are you able to please describe a typical photograph session.

It might be capturing a brand new menu at one among my common purchasers. I meet up on the restaurant to undergo the plan with the chef. We speak in regards to the fashion we wish and plan the photographs.

Then I’ll arrange and the chef begins cooking, and we take the dishes one after the other. All the time deciding collectively the perfect mild and angle for each dish. 

8. What are the most typical errors you see cooks and restaurant homeowners making with their meals pictures?

Not hiring a meals photographer 🙂 Haha!

9. How is meals pictures totally different between print and on-line (i.e. Instagram)?

I don’t assume it’s that large a distinction. Footage at all times want a bit further preparation for printing than if it’s “simply” for on-line goal.

It’s at all times an enormous honor getting the prospect to shoot a cookbook. I find it irresistible each time, and it’s at all times an additional thrill to observe your work printed somewhat than simply being on display screen. 

10. What sort of kit do you utilize?

As little as attainable. In my view daylight is wonderful for meals pictures, so usually I’ve all my flash gear for backup, if I can’t discover a good daylight location on the website. 

I take most of my footage on my Canon, with daylight, and a bit reflector. 

11. Can you are taking lovely, professionally trying meals pictures together with your smartphone?

One of the best digital camera is the one you might have with you, so the brief reply is sure.

However when that’s mentioned, after all there’ll at all times be a distinction between a professional digital camera and lens and no matter you will get to suit inside a smartphone. However you get higher and higher, and with a bit follow and understanding of sunshine its attainable to make lovely footage on no matter digital camera you’ve obtained. 

12. Please share a few meals pictures tips helpful for beginner meals photographers.

Lighting is every part. It’s the sunshine that provides the meals colours, depth and tactility

As mentioned earlier, lighting is every part. It’s the sunshine that provides the meals colours, depth and tactility.

Stick to at least one mild supply to make it simpler for your self. I counsel an enormous window with out direct daylight. Flip off mild within the room to keep away from mild with totally different colour temperature. Maintain it easy. 


We’ll invite you to take pleasure in a few of Jesper’s unbelievable work beneath: