NYTimes Photographer Andrew Scrivani Shares Tips for Food Photography

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“If the images that come out of your camera don’t come out like you see them in your head, you have to work harder.”

– Andrew Scrivani

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New York Times photographer Andrew Scrivani came to Seattle to lead two four-hour long workshops. The events were hosted by my dear friend and Seattle Bon Vivant, Myra. I walked into the class with only my Canon Rebel, one hell of a gnarly cowlick, and a fuzzy understanding of what makes food pictures evocative.

Andrew’s got a background in teaching and, really,

it showed.

His presence was commanding. He spoke about taking photographs like I might talk about eating teeny tiny cupcakes while watching Leonardo DiCaprio in [any] film: blissfully.

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Andrew is one of those people with such passion for what he does that you can’t help but feel injected with inspiration. You’re immediately unsure of your own career path, your hobbies, and what exactly it is that you’ve been doing with that camera for the past, oh I don’t know, five months?

He’s genuine. He’s true to his own artistic intuition and style. He takes the kind of food photographs I’d like to make


Here are just 15 of the valuable tips he taught me.

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22 thoughts on “NYTimes Photographer Andrew Scrivani Shares Tips for Food Photography

  1. Johnny

    I think you payed attention! You have the heart and soul for this! Your pics have always captivated me! :)

    1. stephanie

      Haha… was about to write the exact same thing! Gorgeous picture!!! Makes me want to run to the store A.S.A.P!!!!!!
      Can’t wait to move to my new house with much more lighting, and buy some nice crops for picture taking…. yum!

  2. Andrew Scrivani


    Your comments are the best kind of thanks and a powerful motivation for me to continue to do things like workshops. Your photos here are exactly why it’s so worth it for me. They are beautiful. So well done. Thanks, Andie. Speak with you soon.


  3. Gina

    How FUN! Your photos are always beautiful! I would love to sign up for a few photography workshops! Any suggestions on where to look for stuff like this?!

  4. Brittany

    I love these tips..my pictures come out mediocre most of the time. I love to look at pictures of food BECAUSE they look so good from the photograph. I must practice some of this advice!

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