Product Photographer, Food Photographer

Bakery food photographer Circkles Photography. Chocolate Mint Cake
Circkles Photography Outdoor lifestyle photo of brats on campfire

Food Photographer

Food photography is all about the power of suggestion: Making the product look so appealing the consumer will rush to the store to buy it. Circkles Photography can make your food product photos look so inviting your viewers will want to eat the page. Like this grilled brat photo showing juicy, plump, perfectly cooked brats right off of an open grill flame. This photo could also be used as a lifestyle image for a magazine or website, for example, camping, outdoor living, RVing etc.

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Product photographer

Circkles photography has shot many different types of products from tech gadgets to jewelry, clothing, cars, you name it. A good product photographer can photograph any product and make it desirable, pleasing and most importantly, to create a reason the consumer needs it. Good product photography does not just depict the product, it creates an experience with the product that the consumer longs for and desires, and therefore, must have. THAT is the difference between a marketing photographer and someone who just takes photos to slap on a website.

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Cosmetics product photography by Circkles

How to Hire A Food Photographer

Food photography prices vary depending on the number of images needed, reproduction rights, and the complexity of the photo session required. Being a food photographer is like being a master chef and master photographer all in one
role. I have to know enough about food to be able to know how to stage it at its best, and I have to know how to photograph food within its limitations. I also have to know what elements of a food shot that I can, and may, have to substitute with something else to get a more desirable and appealing end result.

Food Photography is an art all its own due to all the factors I have mentioned above. It takes a truly skilled craftsman and artist to pull off a successful food photography session. It’s best to discuss your project over the phone since so many variables are involved requiring many questions and much information to convey on both sides that would otherwise require numerous emails resulting in a high degree of misinterpretation as to what you really need. 

Vegetable plate. Photo by Circkles food photographer in Billings, MT

Things to consider when hiring a food photographer: 

Do you want to hold the photo session on location at a restaurant, bar or kitchen, or do you want to have the food photographed at my studio?

This will of course depend a great deal on the type of food being photographed. Some foods cannot be shipped to my studio, and therefore would require being prepared at my studio or shot on location where it is prepped in a commercial kitchen. 

It will also depend on the “look” you are going for. Certain styles of food photography are shot using specific photo studio equipment, backdrops and lighting. This is why it’s imperative that we discuss your project before any plans are made or prices are given.

Will it require a professional chef?

Will your food preparation require a professional chef or can Circkles prepare the dish in our studio for the session? Again, hiring a professional chef may increase the cost of the session and affect the delivery time of the images based on their schedule. Is the food to be photographed a generic type or a specific dish that only a chef or specific restaurant can prepare?

Will your photo session require models/actors? 

The use of models will increase the cost of the session and possibly the lead time depending on the model’s availability.

How many different images do you need? And how soon?

Each different shot requires perhaps changing backgrounds, props, lighting and the food or dish itself. For food photography, I’m typically booked out at least a week, depending on the time of year and holiday season. Christmas and Thanksgiving are busy times for needing food images, so please allow at least 2-3 weeks lead time to schedule your session.


How to Hire a Commercial/Product Photographer

Many of the same considerations apply to hiring a product or commercial photographer as hiring a food photographer.

Will the photo session require being on location or using my studio?

Outdoor photo sessions are considered on location. Is the location local or will it require extensive drive-time? Is the photo session to be held outdoors or indoors? The difference requires different equipment and Circkles monitoring the weather conditions for the session. Circkles can photograph small products in our studio and we have a large 20 acre outdoor location we can use with mountains in the background for certain sessions.

Will it require a company representative attend the session?

Will someone from your company have to demonstrate the product for the photographs? Will someone from your company be necessary to monitor or guide the photo session? Often times it is just easier to have a company representative
present at the photo session to guide us through the shots required rather than trying to explain them over the phone if they are not a cut and dried typical photo or the outcome is not left entirely up to Circkle’s discretion and professional interpretation.

How many different images do you need? And how soon?

Each different shot requires perhaps changing backgrounds, props, lighting and the product itself. I’m typically booked out at least a week, depending on the time of year and holiday season.Christmas and Thanksgiving are busy times for photographers, so please allow at least 2-3 weeks lead time to schedule your session.

Will your photo session require models/actors?

The use of models/actors will increase the cost of the session and possibly the lead time depending on the their availability.