18-20,22 Media Mash
FOOD IN FOCUS Behind the scenes with a professional food shutterbug. Plus: a documentary, cookbook and blog that reflect the local food movement. By Elizabeth Limbach
PHOTOGRAPHER: Angela Aurelio Number of years as professional photographer:
What is the most challenging food to photograph?
Two. Although I had worked with photography for a while, I had yet to take the leap of faith to go into business full time until moving to the Bay Area two years ago.
Food in general is challenging to shoot, as fresh ingredients like herbs and salad greens tend to wilt quickly and meats can look a little dry and unappetizing after only a few minutes on set. Sandwiches, for me, are the most challenging, as they like to tilt and almost collapse after a few minutes. It takes a trained eye and, at times, a great stylist to keep ingredients looking their best.
Why food? I am just so passionate about creating an image that literally makes your mouth water. I love high-fashion photography too, but it doesnâ€™t create the same sensory reaction as when you are looking at a slice of cheesecake dripping with lush red cherries and rich whipped cream. While in college studying a course in food photography and styling, I knew immediately I had found my niche.
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What is your favorite thing about working with food? Beyond being surrounded by delicious foods for a living, I really enjoy getting to know the people and the stories behind the scenes. Getting to try the food is an extra bonus.
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