Food Photographers

Food Photographer at a Shoot

Have you ever seen a photo of a steak, salad, or slice of strawberry shortcake that made your mouth water? Images like these are the creations of skilled food photographers. These artists work hard to make their viewers crave a dish without the help of the food's appealing presence, taste, aroma, and texture. Food photographers work to create and capture these beautiful and enticing images of food for magazines, cookbooks, restaurant promotional materials, and Web sites. They work with food stylists to make the food look as appetizing and aesthetically beautiful as possible. Approximately 50,070 photographers are employed in the United States; only a small percentage of these professionals specialize in food photography.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Take and digitally edit photographs of food and related subjects using cameras and other photographic equipment
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions, but are best in New York and other large cities
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Business
  • Family and Consumer Science
Experience Experience as an assistant to a food photographer or other type of photographer
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Organized
  • Digital Media
  • Drawing/Design
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Food Photography Firm Owner or Food Stylist
  • Food Photographer
  • Assistant to Food Photographer