Derek Smith

I'm an Auckland based Food & Drink photographer creating stunning images for advertising, hospitality & editorial.

A former London based Executive Chef in a life long ago, now a dedicated NZ Food & Drink Photographer. Working with a range of National & International clients such as Fonterra, Villa Maria, Countdown, NZ Herald, Goodman Fielder, Jack Links and various UK & European based clients.

I’m also lucky to work with a great team who I’ll introduce below.

Our Team

The magicians who are responsible for all the magic that happens in our company

Kaelin
Kaelin

Assistant / Videographer

Kaelin currently fills the role as my studio assistant and has a keen eye for detail and lighting. Since having completed his diploma in Commercial photography in 2019, he has quickly gained skills and techniques beyond his own experience and continues to push himself with each shoot. Having trained Kaelin full time for over six months I am confident his assistance is coherent with my quality and style.

Monica
Monica

Image Retoucher & Graphic Designer

Monica has a conjoint degree - Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) – Elam Art School – Major in Design, and Bachelor of Art – Auckland University - Major Art History. She is a creative image retoucher and an award-winning designer. Monica’s career as Senior Creative in the branding industry has made her a multi-talented designer. She has overseen many successful campaigns and her images have successfully re-branded the face of many well-known NZ products.

Daniele
Daniele

NZ Food Stylist

Daniele is an Auckland food stylist and chef. Graduating in his hometown Imperia, on the Italian Riviera, Dan honed his culinary skills working in Italy at the famous Hotel Savoy. He has also worked in senior positions in Melbourne, London & Sydney. In Auckland Daniele worked with celebrity chef Sean Connolly. After taking a break from day to day kitchen work, he is now able to pursue his passion for food styling. Daniele has been working alongside me for many of my clients. He feels fortunate to have turned his passion into a career. Also a recipe and menu developer. He has been working with the team at The People’s Pasta creating a range of authentic Italian sauces and pasta meal kits.

Johnny
Johnny

UK Food Stylist

Johnny has worked closely with me for over 15 years, our passion for food has led us to collaborate on some great projects and create mouth-watering food photography. He started his culinary journey assisting his parents in boutique hotels in Birmingham and caught their passion for food. After studying at Birmingham University College, Johnny worked for 7 years in Jersey where he specialised in classic French cuisine which inspired him to cook with only the freshest ingredients, which has stayed with him throughout his 30 year career. He also develops and prepares exclusive menus for private clients.