I’m Derek a professional food and drink photographer based in Auckland but available to shoot nationwide. I’ve worked with some amazing clients such as Countdown, NZ Herald, Burgerfuel, Airbnb, Waitoa free range chicken, Jack Links beef jerky and Huon salmon to name a few. 
In a former life I used to be based in London shooting for a range of local, regional, national and International clients. I still often fly back to London for assignments with my UK clients.
I love shooting food and drink – in fact it’s the only thing I commercially photograph – I’m not a general photographer who does a bit of everything and calls themselves a food photographer,  photographing food and drink is a highly specialised genre of photography -most normal photography rules don’t apply! 
I shoot exclusively with high end Swiss studio strobe lighting and modifiers which enable me to shape the light and shoot in all conditions – it really is an art.. Natural daylight photography doesn’t cut it especially for commercial advertising, beware food photographers trying to sell you natural light photography they just don’t understand how to use strobe lighting!
I also provide food photography training workshops, one on one and group sessions and am Canon UK & Ireland's preferred trainer for their food photography workshop needs for Canon CPS members. 
My background has always been food and I was a chef for over 25 years including 16 as a Group Executive Chef in London. 
As well as providing great images, I can style your food saving you the expense of hiring a food stylist. I can also if required provide a prep service negating the need for a kitchen team. 
Right on to the techy stuff what will you get on a shoot?
Normally I shoot RAW with the mighty 50MP Canon 5DSR, Canon full frame back up, a selection of prime, macro and L series glass, Elinchrom ELC Pro HD 1000 watt lighting, all tethered via Capture One Pro 11 to a Kaby Lake Retina MacBook Pro along with around 100kg of various back drops, blow torches, scalpels, tweezers & food styling bits.....  
All images are delivered in Hi Res Jpeg or on request 300mb 16 bit TIFF following inclusive retouching within 24 hours via digital delivery. 
Please drop me a line derek@chef.photography or give me a call on 020 4130 7231
Look forward to speaking to you soon.
Derek Smith - Food Photographer
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