Rose flavoured chocolate by london food photographer, Michael Michaels

Moroccan Delights. Food Photography London

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Rose flavoured chocolate by london food photographer, Michael Michaels
Rose flavoured chocolate

It’s always great to be working with start ups. They are often quite innovative with their foods and full of enthusiasm, which I love.

Also, they are generally more open to suggestions and more open minded about their photography. What is there not to like about that.

So shooting some food photography recently at my studio in London for Raphia foods was a lot of fun and also enlightened me to some delicious Moroccan/French foods Which I hadn’t come across before, like these rose flavoured chocolate delights filled with rose fondant and coated in a crispy aromatic dry rose petal outer. They tasted like no other chocolate I’ve ever tasted before. Superb!

 

 

 

Mixed chocolate selection box _by_London_Food_Photographer_Michael Michaels
Mixed chocolate selection box by London Food Photographer Michael Michaels

Of course, we couldn’t just have one sole lonely chocolate all by itself, so here’s the beautiful box it came from with other beauties to keep it company.

 

 

Dark chocolate selection. Photography by London Food Photographer
Dark chocolate selection. Photography by London Food Photographer, Michael Michaels

For the dark chocolate lovers out there, was this stunning selection.

 

 

Coated chocolate slab by London Food Photographer
Coated chocolate slab by London Food Photographer

Last but not least, was this gorgeous slab, coated in nuts and candied cherries.

 

 

Calissous by London Food Photographer
Calissous by London Food Photographer, Michael Michaels

Calissous are another new addition to my repertoire.  These petal shaped sweets are made of a fine mix of almond and candied fruit with a fruity royal icing top.

 

 

Cinnamon honey by London Food Photographer, Michael Michaels
Cinnamon honey by London Food Photographer, Michael Michaels

Fortunately, this cinnamon honey was one of the lovely treats left at my studio and works wonders with my porridge in the mornings.

 

 

Orange Honey by London Food Photographer, Michael Michaels
Orange Honey by London Food Photographer, Michael Michaels

Sliced seeded oranges are layered in a jar with the best honey and then left to soften, almost like a marmalade and has a similar bitter sweet flavour.

Another favorite when chopped on my morning porridge or yoghurt.

 

 

Seeded almonds by London Food Photographer, Michael Michaels
Seeded almonds by London Food Photographer, Michael Michaels

Last but not least, these fabulous almonds have a sweet crust which is then tossed in various seeds.

Not easy to just eat the one.

 

Until next time..Happy feasting

 

Don’t forget, if you’re in the process of looking for a food photographer to add value to your food products, please give me a call or get in touch via my contact page here.

 

Michael Michaels is a specialist food photographer in London.

For food photography in London and the surrounding areas please contact Michael using the details above.

We shoot food photography for advertising, packaging and marketing purposes and are conveniently located in West Central London.

 

 

 

 

 

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Chef’s Special

Michael Michaels 10th April 2019

Smoked Halibut by London Food Photographer Michael Michaels
Smoked Halibut by London Food Photographer Michael Michaels

When working with chefs instead of a food stylist, I sometimes get a little nervous. While chefs create some delicious food, they often don't quite get the level of detail needed with the food when it is being photographed. Having worked with these guys for several years now, they totally do get it. These guys being top London catering company, Jackson Gilmour, who produce some beautiful food, art on a plate in fact, and I love working with them.

Needless to say, lunch is always amazing!

We shot a series of images for website and general marketing use. Using beautiful props, and simple lighting, in fact, I was testing some new LED lights in this case, I wanted the food to be the centre of attention.

So here are a few of the images we shot for them

Roast Lamb with vegetables on white plate
Roast Lamb with vegetables, chef style.

This fabulous dish features pistachio crusted roast lamb,  apricot rosemary jus, romanesco and butternut squash purée, dauphinoise potatoes, courgette, carrot and asparagus.

On a side note, it tasted amazing, I should know, it was my lunch.

Seared_tuna_fish_Photograph_by_London_food_photographer_Michael_Michaels
Seared tuna with chilli avocado and spiralled vegetables.

The best way, in my opinion, to eat tuna. Seared on the outside, and rare in the middle. That way, you get the best of both.

Falafel-scotch-egg_by-London-food-photographer
Falafel scotch egg.

The vegetarians don't get left out, and with Jackson Gilmour, they definitely don't. That applies to vegans too, so watch this space.

This twist on Falafel Scotch egg was the first I've ever seen. A very clever change from the traditional meat scotch egg which in my humble opinion, tasted just as good.

Stunning Tapioca and Squid Ink Cracker topped with fresh crab, lemon and lime zest, yuzu pearls and yuzu mayonnaise is delicious and gluten-free
Stunning Tapioca and Squid Ink Cracker topped with fresh crab, lemon and lime zest, yuzu pearls and yuzu mayonnaise.

This shot was used to promote the clients wedding range. Not often I use black perspex and this was something that was used many years ago.

What goes around, comes around. This could be the beginning of a new fad...and works particularly well with the reflections of the bright colourful food.

Moroccan chicken canapes on black perspex, by London food photographer
Moroccan chicken canapes-by London food photographer Michael Michaels

While still on our black perspex theme, we have some great reflections with these canapes. This was a bit of a balancing act for sure, with the canapes staying lined up and garnish leaves still looking perky, but we got there in the end.

Peanut-butter-desert_by-London-food-photographer
Peanut butter dessert by London food photographer

Of course, we had to finish with a delicious dessert. this one's a peanut caramel shortcake with honeycomb ice cream and pear compote.

Can you guess how the chocolate was shaped that way. Please email me for the answer.

Just desserts

Michael Michaels 15th February 2019

Chocolate Muffin photo by London food photographer Michael Michaels
Chocolate Muffin

While most of my work is for design and advertising agencies, I do occasionally get the opportunity to work for the odd restaurant, cafe or food startup, which I absolutely love.

Unlike working to a tight brief from an agency, the smaller businesses are often far more flexible on their requirement which gives us a greater opportunity for freedom in how we shoot the food.

Don't get me wrong, working to a tight brief with a full-on creative team is fabulous too and I also love the technical nitty-gritty of getting every little detail spot on.

Here's a case in point. I was recommended to shoot for a new Cafe in Baker Street, central London, called "Sweet Liberty" It's a fabulous location very close to the Sherlock Holmes museum and as it's on a corner plot, it has a lovely light feel to it.

Being new, and with plenty of wall space, the owner was keen to get some framed images of their beautiful food up on the wall and to use for their own marketing purposes. There's a little history to the owner of his place too, it's owned by the brother of none other, than the legendary boxer, John Conteh. Someone I clearly remember from my childhood and who was recently knighted.

If you need a reminder of what he looks like, here he is, sporting a fabulous tan, receiving his MBE.

The Legendary, John Conteh receiving an OBE from the queen
The Legendary, John Conteh

So here's a selection of some of the shots we took.

Photo of Ice cream Sundae on dark background by Food Photographer Michael Michaels
Ice cream Sundae

This beautiful Sundae was extremely tricky to shoot. There wasn't quite enough product supplied but thanks to the skills of my food stylist, Trish Hurel, we got there in the end with this super colourful shot. Normally we would have dry ice for a shot like this but unfortunately, the delivery was delayed and we had to manage without. Just to be clear, no mashed potato was used in the making of this dish. It's all real.

 

Photo of Raspberry Sorbet on dark stainless steel background
Raspberry Sorbet

While still in the cold, we thought we would push our luck and go for this raspberry sorbet too. again, very little product was supplied and this was our last attempt to get this to work before we run out. I particularly like the minimal number of colours in the shot, just 3 really, and that's if you include the grey.

 

Photo of Tarte au Citron by London food photographer Michael Michaels
Tarte Au Citron

One of the tastiest I have tried. If you get a chance, pop in and try one for yourself.

Photo of Raspberry Tart, overhead, with white chocolate shavings by London food photographer, Michael Michaels
Raspberry Tart

Another tasty treat, tart and sweet at the same time. Delicious!

 

Photo of Ciabatta grilled vegetarian sandwich by London food photographer, Michael Michaels
Ciabatta grilled vegetarian sandwich

We finish off with a savoury, a delicious grilled sandwich, all vege too.

 

If you are in the process of needing some food photography, please drop me a line or give me a call.

My studio is in Central London, very easy to get to by both public transport or car so easy access to all clients. Plus you have a vast choice of props and backgrounds to make your life easier, and not to mention, over 30 years of experience, specialising in making your food look delicious.

You can reach me via my contact page

or call 020 8964 5555

For more information about me. click here

And to see more of my studio, you can look here

 

Michael Michaels is a specialist food photographer in London.

For food photography in London and the surrounding areas please contact Michael using the details above.

We shoot food photography for advertising, packaging and marketing purposes and are conveniently located in West Central London.

 

 

 

 

Moroccan Delights. Food Photography London

Michael Michaels 10th December 2018

Rose flavoured chocolate by london food photographer, Michael Michaels
Rose flavoured chocolate

It's always great to be working with start ups. They are often quite innovative with their foods and full of enthusiasm, which I love.

Also, they are generally more open to suggestions and more open minded about their photography. What is there not to like about that.

So shooting some food photography recently at my studio in London for Raphia foods was a lot of fun and also enlightened me to some delicious Moroccan/French foods Which I hadn't come across before, like these rose flavoured chocolate delights filled with rose fondant and coated in a crispy aromatic dry rose petal outer. They tasted like no other chocolate I've ever tasted before. Superb!

 

 

 

Mixed chocolate selection box _by_London_Food_Photographer_Michael Michaels
Mixed chocolate selection box by London Food Photographer Michael Michaels

Of course, we couldn't just have one sole lonely chocolate all by itself, so here's the beautiful box it came from with other beauties to keep it company.

 

 

Dark chocolate selection. Photography by London Food Photographer
Dark chocolate selection. Photography by London Food Photographer, Michael Michaels

For the dark chocolate lovers out there, was this stunning selection.

 

 

Coated chocolate slab by London Food Photographer
Coated chocolate slab by London Food Photographer

Last but not least, was this gorgeous slab, coated in nuts and candied cherries.

 

 

Calissous by London Food Photographer
Calissous by London Food Photographer, Michael Michaels

Calissous are another new addition to my repertoire.  These petal shaped sweets are made of a fine mix of almond and candied fruit with a fruity royal icing top.

 

 

Cinnamon honey by London Food Photographer, Michael Michaels
Cinnamon honey by London Food Photographer, Michael Michaels

Fortunately, this cinnamon honey was one of the lovely treats left at my studio and works wonders with my porridge in the mornings.

 

 

Orange Honey by London Food Photographer, Michael Michaels
Orange Honey by London Food Photographer, Michael Michaels

Sliced seeded oranges are layered in a jar with the best honey and then left to soften, almost like a marmalade and has a similar bitter sweet flavour.

Another favorite when chopped on my morning porridge or yoghurt.

 

 

Seeded almonds by London Food Photographer, Michael Michaels
Seeded almonds by London Food Photographer, Michael Michaels

Last but not least, these fabulous almonds have a sweet crust which is then tossed in various seeds.

Not easy to just eat the one.

 

Until next time..Happy feasting

 

Don't forget, if you're in the process of looking for a food photographer to add value to your food products, please give me a call or get in touch via my contact page here.

 

Michael Michaels is a specialist food photographer in London.

For food photography in London and the surrounding areas please contact Michael using the details above.

We shoot food photography for advertising, packaging and marketing purposes and are conveniently located in West Central London.

 

 

 

 

 

An Indian with a difference

Michael Michaels 9th October 2018

Photograph of rack of lamb by London food photographer, Michael Michaels
Photograph of rack of lamb by London food photographer, Michael Michaels

Shooting some more editorial style food photography at my London studio recently  made for a great photo session and working with an upmarket Indian restaurant was a great joy. With some delicious food photography to be had, I couldn't wait for the Team from Viceroy Indian restaurant to arrive with their talented chef, all the way from Staffordshire.

 

Photograph of Indian Biryani, by London food photographer Michael Michaels
Photograph of Indian Biryani, by London food photographer Michael Michaels

 

Photograph of Traditional tandoori salmon fillet
Photograph of Traditional tandoori salmon fillet by London food photographer, Michael Michaels

One of the best things about working on modern food is that there is so much competition, with many chefs trying to get their food to stand out form the crowd. This is particularly evident with new restaurants and event caterers where the end customer is always looking to be wowed. Hence the chefs going the extra mile in the preparation and final appearance of the food. For a food photographer, that is music to our ears.

Mixed Indian starter by London food photographer Michael Michaels
Photograph of mixed Indian starter by London food photographer Michael Michaels

 

Photograph of Indian style scallops by London food photographer, Michael Michaels
Photograph of Indian style scallops by London food photographer, Michael Michaels

 

Photograph of Indian style Vegan option, tandoori tofu by London food photographer, Michael Michaels
Photograph of Indian style Vegan option, tandoori tofu by London food photographer, Michael Michaels

 

Venison curry by London food photographer, Michael Michaels
Photograph of venison curry by London food photographer, Michael Michaels

Simple Scallop Recipe

Michael Michaels 1st August 2018

Pan fried Scallops with orange sauce on plate. Food photography by Food Photographer London, Michael Michaels
Pan seared Scallops with burnt orange sauce

If you like scallops, this is a great simple, delicious and quick recipe.

Make the sauce first

  1. Zest one orange and keep zest to one side
  2. Cut the skin and pith off this plus 1 or 2 more oranges then slice them about 7-8mm think
  3. Place slices in a hot cast iron or non stick pan and give them a good charring on both sides
  4. Allow to cool slightly then place in metal sieve and with the back of a ladle, squeeze all the juice out into the pan, then add the zest.
  5. On a low heat, with the juice just steaming, allow the juice to reduce. You can add a little sugar to help caramelise and thicken.
  6. Leave to one side, once ready.

The scallops.

  1. Trim if necessary then pat dry the scallops with kitchen towel and season with salt an pepper.
  2. Heat up a pan with some olive oil or butter in it.
  3. When hot, swiftly add the scallops, one at a time, forming a circle. They should sizzle, when the first one goes in otherwise the pan is not hot enough.
  4. Once the last scallop is in, cook for about 2-3 minutes(should be golden), then flip them one at a time, going round the circle and starting with the first one that went in.
  5. After a further 2 minutes, when golden on second side, remove from pan and serve
  6. Drizzle on the sauce, add garnish and serve.

Tip 1- No need to move the scallops around in the pan while cooking.

Tip 2- If scallops are stuck, then let them cook a little longer.

Tip 3- The scallops should be opaque and not translucent on the sides.

 

Michael Michaels is a specialist food photographer in London.

For food photography in London and the surrounding areas please contact Michael using the details above.

We shoot food photography for advertising, packaging and marketing purposes and are conveniently located in West Central London.

Ingredients Food Photography

Michael Michaels 28th June 2018

It's a great time of year for fresh fruit and veg and so we took advantage of it for a recent shoot, photographing some lovely ingredients.

Just simple lighting and simple background.

First up, is this lovely purple chicory, shot on stone with some directional yet softened lighting. Very simple but some good detail on parts of the leaf.

The background kept a little soft to avoid blending with the chicory itself.

Photo of purple chicory
Purple Chicory

 

Followed by some multi coloured carrots, each colour having it's own nutritional benefits.

food photography of a bunch of multi coloured carrots, shots on a distressed mauve painted surface.
Multi coloured carrots

 

You may have just missed the season for British asparagus as they are harvested for the last time on the summer solstice, the 21st of June, so here's a reminder of how great they were.

British asparagus

 

 

Savoury Food Photography

Sweet Food Photography

Published Food Photography

 

Michael Michaels is a specialist food photographer in London.

For food photography in London and the surrounding areas please contact Michael using the details above.

We shoot food photography for advertising, packaging and marketing purposes and are conveniently located in West Central London.

Tis the season for delicious plums(food photography)

Michael Michaels 2nd May 2018

Baked Plums in tray by London food photographer Michael Michaels
Baked Plums in tray by London food photographer Michael Michaels

While shooting some desserts in the studio recently, these gorgeous plums were pulled out the oven and looked too good to ignore. This often happens when there is an opportunity of shooting a lovely shot  but it was never planned. It could just be when the food stylist is unpacking her food props for the food photography session and there are some beautiful beetroots or radishes, fresh from the market, lovingly tied with a little string and the opportuinity to photograph them is just too good to ignore.

So as the plum season has just started, these roasted plums were being part baked for a crumble, see below.

If you're a plum fan, get out there and enjoy. Simply cut the plums in half and roast in a medium hot oven for about 20 minutes, with a light sprinkling of muscovado or demerara sugar. They are then ready for dropping into something else, in this case, a delicious crumble, or cook for a little longer and enjoy with a spoon of cream, creme fraiche or in our case, good old fashioned custard, a good quality home made one of course.

Plum Crumble by London food photographer, Michael Michaels
Plum Crumble by London food photographer, Michael Michaels

 

If you're looking to make your crumble a little more interesting, try mixing a nut muesli into the mix, for extra crunch and nutty flavour.

The best desserts are always the comfort, and in my case, take me back to the days of proper school dinners, when schools had dinner ladies trained to cook and make real food.

Something Fishy Going On

Michael Michaels 5th March 2018

Clams in shell by Food Photographer London

So out of the blue I receive an email from a Swiss Chef and food stylist, Thiery Fuchs, who was in the UK and wondering if I would like to do a test shoot with him.

Why not, I thought; nothing ventured, nothing gained. We booked a day in, had a couple of conversations to discuss some ideas and that was pretty much it. Nothing like a last minute inpromptu food photography shoot to push out the creativity boat.

Not only was it a great days shoot but it was also fascinating to hear about the food photography business in Switzerland.

We shot mostly on a fishy theme with some beef and a pizza thrown in for good measure.

 

Food photographer London_Fish-shot_Mackerel, Clamp, Samphire, Sprouts

As a London food photographer, it's always good to work with a variety of food stylists to broaden ones experience and this made a great change for me as the images had a lovely moody editorial feel, rather than clean commerical.

 

Food PhotographerLondon_Black tortoleni with beef in consomme
Black tortoleni with beef and morrells in consomme

 

Arty Chicken with vegetables Cauliflower. Food photography by Food Photographer London, Michael Michaels
Roasted chicken breast with kale, cauliflower, apple and peas

 

With only minutes to spare, we managed to squeeze in a quick pizza...

Which was good as you can't hang around shooting pizzas anyway

 

Food Photographer London-
Rustic ham and rocket pizza

Many thanks for Thiery of Fuchs and Corrà for all his hard work and getting in touch with me in the first place. I thoroughly enjoyed the shoot and look forward to the next one.

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