Food Photographer


Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.

Dorothea Lange 
Food Photographer

In A Nutshell

I work with a food stylist to set up photo shoots to make the food look really yummy.

I decide on the location of a shoot, and arrange the lighting and camera in the position that I think will produce the best pictures.

I run the behind-the-scenes of the business, including talking with customers, handling money, and networking to find more businesses that want to use my skills.


Potential Salary Range

$12.00- 30.00 Hourly

Which provinces would this job be in?

Alberta AB
British Columbia BC
British Columbia
Manitoba MB
New Brunswick NB
New Brunswick
Newfoundland & Labrador NL
Newfoundland & Labrador
Nova Scotia NS
Nova Scotia
Ontario ON
Prince Edward Island PEI
Prince Edward Island
Quebec QC
Saskwatchewan SK

Working at photo shoots is very exciting and fast paced. The editing process gets done at my office which is a much calmer and lower-energy environment 



Job Requirements & Duties

  • Help stylists set up a shot in a way that makes food look good in a photo
  • Take artistic photos of food
  • Go through photos with customers and understand what features they like in each shot
  • Edit shots for final production
  • Keep records of time use and expenses
  • Network with potential customers to get future jobs 

Education & Training

  • No specific education is absolutely required, but a university degree in visual arts or a college diploma focusing on photography is helpful. Having lots of on-the-job training is what most employers are interested in.

Job Outlook

    Food photography is a very specialized part of the job market, so there might be some tough competition to make a name in this career. 

Related School Subjects

Arts Education
Ed. Prof. et Tech.
Career Education

What words come to mind when thinking about this career?

Food Photography

Important Skills

Computer & Technological icon

Computer & Technological

I know the ins and outs of working with a digital camera, and I’m also very comfortable working with photo editing software. 

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When taking pictures of food, every single part of the photo is important. When I’m editing, I make sure I fix every single tiny imperfection so that the final product is beautiful!   



Not only do I work closely with a food stylist, I spend a lot of time talking with my customers to make sure my photos are exactly what they’re looking for so they’ll hire me for future shoots.

Money Management

Most food photographers work freelance, so I’m responsible for organizing the money that comes in and making sure expenses are all taken care of.   


The Best Things About This Job Are…

Creative Work
Own Boss
Work Changes Daily
Using Technology