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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…(Read More)

Quick and easy dessert recipe photography

  We made this quick and easy desert for a recent test shoot and it was so delicious that we thought we’d share how to make it.   As the title suggests, it’s extremely quick, easy and perfect for impressing without having to spend too much time doing so. Perfect for Vegans too…(Read More)

Martini Bianco with lime and Schweppes by LOndon food and drinks photographer, Michael Michaels

Our drinks photography for Martini and Schweppes of which I am very proud of, is now starting to hit the streets across Europe. Here are just a few of the combinations that we shot which were art directed and created by ad agency, Irish International Working with glass and liquids is pretty, and this brief…(Read More)

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Asian Delights

Michael Michaels 2nd March 2023

While shooting for Madhu's, a high-end Asian caterer, I was keen on capturing the beauty and essence of contemporary Asian cuisine. Working closely with the chefs, I ensure that every dish is meticulously presented and captured in the most visually stunning way possible.

Asian cuisine is full of rich colours, textures, and flavours that are a feast for the senses. As a food photographer, it is my job to showcase these elements and bring the dishes to life through my images. From the fiery reds of a spicy curry to the delicate green hues of fresh herbs, I carefully select the perfect lighting and background to complement the dish and create an image that is both visually striking and true to the food itself.

I take great pride in my work, knowing that my food photography is a vital part of Madhu's brand and marketing efforts. Each image I capture tells a story about the food, the culture, and the people behind it. By showcasing the beauty of each dish, I help Madhu's connect with their customers on a deeper level and convey the authenticity and quality of their cuisine.

Food photography is more than just taking pictures of food. It is an art form that requires a keen eye for detail, a deep understanding of the subject matter, and a passion for creating beautiful and evocative images. Madhu's are committed to delivering the best possible photos of their cuisine, and I am proud to be a part of that effort.

Below are samples of the recent images we shot for them.

Crispy Thai Tilapia single

Crispy Thai Tilapia selection

Passion Fruit Merrangue

It's always a delight to photograph such beautiful food, and this food certainly was. Every dish was a work of art.

Satay chicken

These Thai satay chicken skewers were delicious(perks of the job to sample, of course).

Sea bass tower with tandoori sauce

The lovely colours of the edible flowers and the sauce made this dish really stand out.

Tandoori Lobster tail

Passion fruit meringue dome

For further information, or if you would like to discuss any upcoming food photography projects, you can reach Michael via the contact page.

Saintly Foods(vegan delights)

Michael Michaels 10th October 2019

Those who know me, know I'm a great advocate of vegan and vegetarian foods. despite being a meat eater I do feel we generally eat far too much as a nation and am happy to have meat only on rarer occasions and when it's particularly good.

Consequently, I'm particularly excited when I get the chance to work on a specific vegan or vegetarian ranges. If there's chocolate involved, then so much the better, as in this project for a new startup, Saintly Foods, that I'm sure will prove to be highly successful in the near future.

Saintly foods produce high-quality desserts which are not only delicious but also ethical. Talking to Vanessa, the company CEO and founder, she tells me that she wanted to produce foods that you could just buy without having to read all the small print, to make sure the company isn't using any dodgy ingredients or sourcing anything unethically. What you get is good honest and trustworthy food, that you're happy to eat.  All very reassuring, in my book.

Here are some of the photos we took, for use in general marketing and then lower down the page, for the product packaging.

Vegan Indulgent Chocolate tart shot by London food photographer Michael Michaels

Highly indulgent chocolate tart..You wouldn't know it was vegan, as with any of these fab 5.

Raspberry Franzipan Tart by on pink cloth and napkin with raspberries on background

Raspberry tart with franzipan and coconut yoghurt

Tarte-au-citron surrounded in lemon zest and wedges with fork cutting into tart

Delicious moist tarte au citron

Apple tartlet with apple on branch and small slice cut away

Apple tartlet, with cinnamon

Lemon Meringue-tart on wooden board with 2 half lemons

Lemon meringue made with aquafaba

As the saying goes, "we eat with our eyes first", and there's no denying that a beautifully presented dessert is hard to resist. For vegan dessert company, Saintly Foods, having eye-catching and delicious-looking images of their desserts is crucial to attracting new customers and showcasing their range of delectable treats.

Food photography is an art form, and capturing the essence of a dessert is no easy feat. From the textures and colours to the lighting and composition, each element must be carefully considered to create an image that is not only visually appealing, but also accurately represents the taste and quality of the dessert.

As well as the lifestyle images above we also shot the food photography for the packaging.

Saintly foods pack line up

Pack Shots, pre artwork

Saintly foods pack line up on white wash wooden surface

Final Packs, all ready for listing

If you need any further information or advice on your food photography, please feel free to get in touch, via my contact page

As a London based food photographer, Michael has been shooting food professionally now for over 30 years. His vast knowledge of food and photography will help you get the best for your food photography requirements.

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 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.

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 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.

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