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Foodtography: Part One

If you were to type in #foodporn on Instagram 54,081,378 posts pop up.  People love taking pictures of their food to especially share on social media networks such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. I am guilty of being one of these people. Many of the images we see posted on these networks are usually taken with a smartphone without much thought or planning. The foods we eat often at restaurants are presented in a creative and artistic manner that it can be difficult to resist capturing an image before it disappears into our stomaches.

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David Luftus

I remember a few years back I was in McDonald’s on a roadtrip and the two unnamed people I was with ordered lunch. As they set it down on the table all the colors of the packaging and the food itself looked like an image I could not resist taking. I posted it on Facebook after and I swear to you I have never had so many likes on an image or comments in all my years using it. It goes to show that food images create a strong impact among viewers and invokes one’s senses. Continue reading Foodtography: Part One

The Beautiful Greek Model Maya Vulgaropulos

The right model makes or breaks a photo. As I have mentioned before, I believe 75% of the final image comes from the model, 20% from the concept/lighting/makeup (and post processing), and 5% is actually from the photographer. It’s our job as the photographer to not screw up that last 5%. Our responsibility is especially important when shooting a stunning model. I like the way Jonathan Kos-Read puts it when he was shooting a beautiful Ukrainian actress, he said:

I’d had a bit of trouble photographing her – she’s so pretty that it’s difficult to find your place as a photographer, anything you shoot looks great because she looks great, not because you did anything special.

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Maya Vulgaropulos is an Aston model, an extra on AMC’s Mad Men and pursuing a career in film/television production.  I had the pleasure of working with her a few weeks ago in continuation for our Annie Leibovitz series. We shot in a beautiful studio in downtown LA, she wore a gorgeous red dress, and I’m very happy with the results. iLHP had a chance to sit down and talk with her.

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