Food photographer bristol

Based in Bristol- Available in Somerset 

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Bringing Your Culinary Stories to Life with Authentic Lifestyle Photography


I’m Eszter, a lifestyle food photographer based in Bristol, but happy to travel within Somerset.

In the vibrant culinary landscape of Bristol, every dish tells a story, and every brand has a unique flavor to share. When you choose me as your lifestyle food photographer, you’re not just getting a photographer; you’re gaining a partner who understands the pulse of Bristol’s food scene and the soul of its culture.

My expertise is in capturing the intimate moments between ingredients, the love behind each recipe, and the essence of the meal in a way that resonates with your target audience. My photos are not just images; they are narratives.

The world of food is ever-evolving, and to truly stand out, brands need more than just generic visuals. They need a vision that speaks, that connects, and that resonates. Leveraging a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of the city’s unique gastronomic identity, I provide a bespoke photographic experience tailored to showcase your brand’s authenticity. 

Eszter Szalai, documentary-style photographer, the owner of Emerald Photo UK

Unique lifestyle food photography in Bristol

As a food photographer, I love capturing delicious dishes naturally and authentically. I’m all about telling a story with my photos and creating images that make people hungry just by looking at them! I also love combining this process with artistic elements in the lights, layout, or composition.

At first, we would think that gastro photography is about the food and how we serve it on the plate. For me, it is an exceptional experience, which includes the specifics of the place, the atmosphere, and the unique expertise of the chef. Usually, these images can be used in magazines, advertisements, menus, or cookbooks.     

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Why choose a food photographer?

Well, I’ve got a lot of experience in the food industry. From small cafes to big restaurants, I’ve worked with all sorts of clients and know how to make your food look amazing. I’ll ensure your dishes are showcased in the best possible light, whether you need photos for a menu, website, or social media.

But it’s not just about taking pretty pictures – it’s about telling a story. I love learning about the people and the inspiration behind each dish. By taking a documentary-style approach, I can capture the essence of the food and create beautiful and authentic images.

When we work together, I want it to be a collaborative process. I want to get to know your brand and your vision so we can create something that truly represents you. We’ll work together to develop ideas and ensure we’re on the same page every step of the way.

How it works!

After sending your enquiry form, the next step is for us to arrange a meeting and a consultation, which is a perfect opportunity to ask any questions you already have and to get to know what you want from your food photography session.

I always prefer to meet in person, but a video call/zoom meeting is also a great option. If you decide to proceed, we will secure the photo session with a deposit.

We will constantly communicate with the whole organising until implementation and ensure you will be satisfied with your final photos.

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It’s time to plan the photoshoot.

This involves deciding on a date, time, and location for the shoot. Discuss the number of dishes to be photographed, the type of lighting required, and any styling or props that may be needed.


Confirm the booking.

Require a deposit and a signed contract. Once everything is confirmed, you can relax, knowing that your food photography needs are in good hands!


Receive your full-resolution, refined, high-quality retouched pictures.

Depending on my workload, you can usually expect to receive your pictures within 1-2 weeks.

Food and Product Photography Packages

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Gold package

Up to 2-3 hours onsite photoshoot with studio equipment
  • approx. 10-15 dishes/drinks/products
  • 30 professionally edited high resolution digital images
  • A secure online private gallery

premium package

Up to 6 hours onsite photoshoot with studio equipment
  • approx. 20-25 dishes/drinks/products and also interior photos
  • 50-60 professionally edited high resolution digital images
  • A secure online private gallery
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Frequently asked questions

What is your experience in food photography?

My food photography experience has been exciting and challenging, as it requires technical skills, creativity, and a keen eye for detail.

I’m fascinated by the beauty and complexity of the culinary world. Each dish is a work of art, and I always wanted to capture its essence and convey its story through my lens. I learned to use natural, studio, and reflective surfaces to create a visually appealing image.

Food photography has been a fulfilling journey, where I learned to combine my technical skills with my creative instincts to capture food’s beauty and essence. It is a field that requires a lot of patience, attention to detail, and collaboration, but the results can be truly stunning and inspiring.

What is your approach to food photography?

As a food photographer, I like to work closely with chefs and food stylists to understand the concept and theme of the food. By doing this, I can create a narrative around the food, its origin, and its journey from the farm to the plate. This helps me to capture the food’s essence and tell its story through my lens.

I also pay close attention to lighting and composition. I use natural light as much as possible and experiment with different lighting techniques and angles to showcase the food’s texture, colour, and shape. I like to use reflective surfaces, such as mirrors and shiny plates, to add depth and dimension to the image.

When styling the food as a food photographer, I prefer to keep it simple and authentic. I use real ingredients and props to enhance the food’s natural look rather than artificial additives and styling tricks. I believe this approach creates a more authentic and flavorful image that reflects the true essence of the food.

How do you handle food styling and preparation?

As a food photographer, I prefer to use real ingredients and props to enhance the food’s natural look when styling the food. I like to work with fresh herbs, spices, and sauces to add texture and depth to the image. I also enjoy incorporating elements of the food’s environment, such as rustic wooden platters or vintage cutlery, to create a more authentic and engaging idea.

One of the challenges of food photography is making the food look fresh and delicious. To overcome this challenge, I learned to work quickly and efficiently. I set up my shots in advance and have all my props and lighting ready. I also use natural light as much as possible, which helps to create a warm and inviting image.

What is your process for post-processing and editing?

After taking the food photos, the first step in my post-processing and editing process as a food photographer is to cull the images and select the best shots.

I’m first adjusting the exposure, contrast, and white balance to ensure the image looks natural and well-balanced. I also adjust the shadows and highlights to bring out the details in the food. From there, I change the colour, saturation, and hue to ensure the food looks as delicious as possible while maintaining a natural look.

As a documentary-style food photographer, I aim to keep the food natural and warm. I also crop and adjust the composition to tell the food’s story.

Are you ready for your food photos?

Take your first step by clicking here!

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