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The 5 Best Food Photographers in Baltimore

Presenting your brand in the best possible light means having skilled photographers work their magic behind the lens. However, this enormous task calls for a special type of creative who’s equipped with industry knowledge and an eye for food styling. Whether your eatery sells crab cakes, berger cookies, or another regional favorite, these Baltimore food photographers have you covered. Check out their work!

1. Becca Shunkwiler

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Goat cheese crostinis👌

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Photographer Becca Shunkwiler has a portfolio well worth diving into. We especially love the matte color profile she often uses, as it’s reminiscent of contemporary wedding photography. Becca’s eye for complementary colors is remarkable. She takes a lifestyle approach to her work; people enjoying fine dining and drinks are as important to the entire story as the products themselves. Whether using directed or natural light as a base, Becca’s talent with food photography is unparalleled.

2. Jennifer Hughes

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1 of 3. Food Service @thestgregoryhotel .

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Several clients have featured Jennifer Hughes’s work in the past, including Hilton Hotels, Sous-Vide Magazine, Art Culinaire, Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, and many more. With over 25 years of experience partnering with designers, developers, restaurants, and creatives, Jennifer uses her collaborative talents to create thoughtful, elegantly crafted culinary images.

Her work covers fine dining establishments and features tabletop spreads and arrangements that showcase fresh ingredients. Jennifer tends to shoot using a subdued color palette, and even monochrome at times, to allow textures and form to speak without the distracting elements of bold colors. Her fine art approach to culinary images makes her one of the best food photographers in Baltimore.

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3. Steve Buchanan

Captivated by photography since age 14, Steve Buchanan has had decades to develop his artistry. Steve’s distinguished clients include Chef Magazine and Potomac Fine Foods, just to name a couple. Looking through his portfolio, it’s clear why they come to him — Steve uses both a distinctive moody style that brings to mind subdued natural light and brightly lit, stock-style photography, easily meeting the needs of various clients. In addition, Steve’s macro photography is especially striking, always covering the most interesting angles on shapes like cinnamon sticks and cardamom pods, inviting us to explore the textures and form of the subject, which invariably invokes smell, taste, and other sensory elements.

4. Daniel McGarrity

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Tablescape- shrimp and grits @thefoodmarket

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Whether you need food or faces photographed in Baltimore, Daniel McGarrity should be the first person you call. His photography has a minimalistic, up-close-and-personal flavor that takes you from viewer to diner in an instant. Daniel tends to focus on a single subject rather than chaotic spreads, allowing you savor each element, from colors and textures to hints of moisture and temperature. Daniel’s backdrops are as diverse as his subjects, ranging from stainless steel countertops that tell a story of the restaurant kitchen to a fine dining establishment’s tabletop.

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5. Michael Pohuski

Michael’s photography roots run deep; as the son of a photographer, he learned his trade sweeping darkrooms and mixing chemicals. After studying fine art and film at the University of Maryland, Michael went on to specialize in food, beverage, and still-life photography. Pohuski Studios has a long list of household name brands as clients, including Nabisco, Goya Foods, Minute Maid, Perdue, and many others.

As a result, Michael is capable of meeting the needs of any client, bringing a wide variety of lighting, composition, color palette, and styling choices to every collaboration he’s a part of. A lifelong culinary artist, Michael is one of the best food photographers in Baltimore!

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