Food photography

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


Hello, I’m Eszter, a passionate food and gastro photographer based in Bristol. I specialize in capturing the vibrant essence of culinary delights and the authentic ambience of dining experiences.

My approach focuses on authentic, mouth-watering visuals that showcase the unique flavours, textures, and stories behind each dish and venue. I steer clear of artificial setups to highlight the genuine artistry and passion of the culinary world.

If you’re looking for a photographer who can tell your gastronomic story through beautifully crafted images, let’s work together to create visuals you’ll savour forever. I look forward to capturing your culinary journey!


Exquisite Plates

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Capture the essence of your culinary creations with our timeless food photography sessions. We’ll create elegant, sophisticated images that showcase each dish’s unique personality and style, perfect for restaurant menus, cookbooks, or promotional materials.

Artistic and Creative Culinary Shoots

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Dive into a world of creativity with our themed food photography sessions. Whether you envision a vintage-inspired shoot, a bold and modern presentation, or something entirely unique, we’ll collaborate to bring your artistic culinary vision to life with striking, original photos.

Lifestyle Gastro Photography

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Document your everyday culinary moments in a relaxed and natural setting. Ideal for capturing the essence of your kitchen, dining experiences, or favourite food activities, we’ll create candid, heartfelt images that reflect the beauty and authenticity of your gastronomic journey.

Food photography sessions

We offer a diverse range of food photography sessions tailored to your needs, including plated dish photography, ingredient showcases, cooking process shots, and themed culinary shoots. Each session is designed to highlight the unique aspects of your culinary creations, whether it’s for a menu, cookbook, or marketing campaign.

Preparation is key to a successful shoot. Ensure your dishes are fresh and vibrant. Pay attention to plating and garnishing, as these details can significantly enhance the visual appeal. We’ll provide specific styling tips during our pre-session consultation to help you present your dishes in the best possible light.

Our sessions are flexible and can be conducted at your restaurant, kitchen, or any location that best represents your culinary brand. We also have a fully equipped studio available if you prefer a controlled environment. We’ll discuss the best location during our planning phase to ensure optimal results.

The duration of a session depends on the number of dishes and the complexity of the shoot. On average, sessions last between 2 to 4 hours. We’ll provide a detailed timeline during our initial consultation to ensure a smooth and efficient process.

Absolutely. We specialize in creating visually engaging images optimized for social media platforms. Whether you need Instagram-worthy shots, Facebook posts, or Pinterest pins, we’ll craft images that capture attention and drive engagement with your audience.

Yes, we can style and photograph your dishes to look appealing for delivery and takeaway menus. We focus on making the food look delicious and inviting, even in more casual settings, ensuring that your customers are enticed to order.

Yes, all images go through a meticulous editing process to enhance colors, textures, and overall presentation. We ensure that the final images are high-quality and ready for immediate use. You’ll receive both high-resolution files for print and optimized versions for online use.

The turnaround time typically ranges from 1 to 2 weeks after the session, depending on the number of images and the level of editing required. We’ll provide an estimated delivery date during our consultation and keep you updated throughout the editing process.

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Restaurant and Brand Photography

We offer a comprehensive range of services, including interior and exterior shots, staff portraits, action shots in the kitchen, customer experience photos, and branding images that reflect your restaurant’s unique identity. Our goal is to create a visual narrative that showcases your restaurant’s atmosphere and culinary offerings.

Preparation is crucial for capturing the best images. Ensure that your restaurant is clean and well-organized. Pay attention to details like table settings, lighting, and any decorative elements that reflect your brand. During our pre-session consultation, we’ll discuss specific preparations to help you get ready for the shoot.

Yes, we can capture events, special occasions, and promotions at your restaurant. Whether it’s a themed night, a special menu launch, or a private event, we’ll provide vibrant images that highlight the atmosphere and experience, helping you promote these events effectively.

Absolutely. We create high-quality images tailored for your website, brochures, social media, and other marketing materials. Our photography helps you effectively promote your brand, attract new customers, and showcase what makes your restaurant unique.

Yes, we offer professional staff and chef portraits that showcase the people behind your culinary creations. These images add a personal touch to your branding, allowing your customers to connect with your team and appreciate the faces behind the food.

We work closely with you to understand your brand’s aesthetics, values, and goals. Through detailed discussions and planning, we ensure that the photos reflect your restaurant’s unique personality and appeal to your target audience. We aim to create a cohesive visual identity that enhances your brand.

Yes, we provide branding consultation to help you develop a cohesive visual identity for your restaurant. This service includes discussing themes, color schemes, and stylistic elements that align with your brand. We aim to ensure that all visual content is consistent and reinforces your restaurant’s unique character.


Your Culinary Masterpieces?

Let’s create stunning, authentic food and gastro photography. Whether you’re launching a new menu, updating your restaurant’s visual content, or showcasing your unique culinary creations, I’m here to help you shine. My goal is to produce genuine, mouth-watering images that beautifully and memorably tell the story of your culinary journey.

Reach out today to book your session and plan the perfect food photography experience. I can’t wait to hear all about your vision and help document your incredible culinary moments. Don’t wait—contact me now to start creating something truly spectacular!

Become An Emerald VIP

How about joining our exclusive VIP club? It’s our way of saying thank you for your loyalty and trust. As an Emerald VIP, you’ll get priority bookings, exclusive discounts for seasonal photo sessions, and a lot of tips on getting prepared for your session. Ready to elevate your journey? Let’s do it!