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Finding the “Natural Luxury” | Food Photography BTS

By Luca on August 24th 2013

Food photography is by far the most delicious type of photography and also happens to be one of my favorites. I love food, I love cooking, I love eating, I love everything about it! So it should come as no surprise that my favorite jobs to get hired for are food shoots.



I’m always looking for new inspiration and this video by William Brinson hits the mark. I’ve been a fan of his work for some time and this video really gives a great look into his process.

Food Photography Video Tutorial

In the video William talks about what he calls a natural luxury, “It’s taking a very simple thing and finding what’s beautiful about it,” he says. Once he figures out what that beauty is he uses plexiglass and strategically placed reflectors and black cards to direct his light exactly where he wants it to recreate natural light. “I wanted to recreate these beautiful suns that were coming up or a rainy day sitting on the porch in front of my grandparents house on the beach,” William says.

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He uses his lighting to set a mood and tell a story. His images become more than just about the food and they take on this strong sense of place and atmosphere. You can tell how passionate he is about his work from listening to him speak and isn’t that why we all became photographers in the first place, to do what we’re passionate about for a living. To see more of his work head over to his website or his blog that he runs with his wife Susan Brinson.

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Oh and I almost forgot to mention my favorite part about food photography, you usually get to eat the food after your finished with it :)

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A New York based still life and editorial photographer interested in all things photography. You can see some of my work on my website

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  1. Kurk Rouse

    Nice post Luca

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