Food Photographers

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, and restaurant promotional materials. They work with food stylists to make the food look as appetizing and aesthetically beautiful as possible. Approximately 54,830 photographers are employed in the United States; only a small percentage of these professionals specialize in food photography.

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

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