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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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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 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.

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

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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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