Four Professional Food Photographers Tell us How to Get the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey Photos

Photo by Lou Manna. Used with permission.

Photo by Lou Manna. Used with permission.

With America’s Thanksgiving almost upon us, it’s ony obvious that you’ll be getting photos of someone’s turkey in your social media streams. Creating the photo that stands out amongst the herd though has to do with, well, literally creating it. Simply capturing the moment sometimes isn’t enough. And for that, we turned to four well known professional food photographers that we’ve interviewed previously.

Here’s what four professional food photographers have to say about how to get the perfect Thanksgiving turkey photos.

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12 Weekend Photo Projects You Can Do With Food


When it comes to food, we can create images that people are sick of seeing or create images that elicit an emotion. A good food photograph should get you hungry or should make you smell what’s in the image. Making it trigger feelings of nostalgia in the viewer isn’t too terrible either. In our years of shooting, we’ve come across lots of cool tips and tricks.

Here are a bunch of little projects that you can do this weekend involving food. But if you want more, check out our interviews and tutorials with Howard Shooter, Lou Manna, Shea Evans, Cara Livermore, Andrew Scrivani, Radu Dumitrescu and Peter Augustus. Oh yeah, and here’s our own list of tips and tricks.

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Food Photographer Andrew Scrivani Shares the Secrets to Better Food Photos

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All photos by Andrew Scrivani

The secret behind getting the perfect food photo has to do with loads more than just lighting–it also has to do with getting the moment just right. Andrew Scrivani is based right here in New York and is a freelance commercial and editorial photographer, food stylist & writer. His work has graced magazines and newspapers worldwide including The New York Times, Eating Well Magazine, La Cucina Italiana, The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek.

We found a couple of minutes in between enjoying some epic noms to chat with Andrew about his work.

BY THE WAY: Right now on creativeLIVE, Andrew is teaching a free online food photography course. All weekend long (12 -7PM EST), Andrew will be going through the basics of recipe selection, food prep, and prop styling. Plus, food blogger Shauna Ahern (of Gluten Free Girl blog and book fame) will join Andrew to chat about food blogging, recipe writing, and how you can use photography to make a beautiful blog that will grow your audience.

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