Imagery has the ability to significantly boost a product or brand, and this is no more apparent than in the food industry. A well-crafted photo of a dish can have a mouthwatering effect on viewers and will see them jumping in their car to drive to your nearest outlet.

It’s no secret that New Orleans has a food culture that’s all its own, with an abundance of traditional dishes that are imbued with history. It’s also home to some of the most talented food photographers in the country and we think these are 10 of the best.

GK Photography

A meat-filled burger photographed by GK Photography [GK Photography]

George and Elizabeth Kuchler are the husband and wife team behind GK Photography, which specializes in not only food photography but also weddings, engagements, and portraits. While George takes care of the creative side of the business, Elizabeth handles its administrative and client services. Their commercial work includes product photography and documenting local events, as well as collaborating with New Orleans restaurants to capture their menus and interiors. George’s style is bright and clean and will leave you craving whatever’s on the plate.

The Red M Studio

One of The Red M Studio’s food photographs [The Red M Studio]

Marianne Sabrier is the lead photographer at The Red M Studio, which she operates in collaboration with her assistant/second shooter Steve Sabrier. They regularly document weddings and family portraits, as well as business headshots and food photography. Clients rave about their compassion and dedication to their craft, with photo sessions that are fun yet professional. Marianne and Steve’s work has been featured in numerous publications and they play an active role in making their community a better place.

Davillier Branding

Toffee sauce is drizzled on a cream-topped cake [Davillier Branding]

Davillier Branding was established with two core beliefs: that beautiful images foster brand awareness and brand awareness drives sales. No matter what product you are trying to sell, their talented photographers can be of assistance, particularly in the food industry. They are dedicated to authenticity and understand that with the changing marketing landscape, having clients understand and interact with your brand is essential. We love their food images, which combine rustic backgrounds with minimalist styling for a contemporary result.

Katherine Kimball Photography

An aerial shot of a baked meat dish [Katherine Kimball Photography]

Katherine Kimball is a freelance food, event, and portrait photographer who lives and works in the New Orleans area. After graduating from Emmanuel College in 2015, she worked with Caviar Inc. to create content for their Boston market and has since worked with numerous restaurants and publications that include “Food and Wine Magazine” and “Good Grit Magazine”. Katherine shares some of her favorite recipes via an online blog where you can learn more about her life and work.

Noel Marcantel

A prawn pasta dish and glass of white wine [Noel Marcantel]

With his work published in “Forbes”, “Fortune” and “Entrepreneur” magazines, Noel Marcantel is an editorial and branding photographer with a passion for food. He was ranked as one of the Top 3 Commercial Photographers in New Orleans in 2020 and works with hundreds of clients each year to boost their influence through imagery. For businesses that aren’t sure about the return on investment you get from photography, he’ll carefully walk you through the process of how photos can drive your personal brand.

RKS Photography

A seafood platter on ice [RKS Photography]

Randy Krause Schmidt is the photographer behind RKS Photography - a New Orleans-based company that specializes in portrait and food photography. He strives to create unique and memorable images using bright contrasts and bold colors against minimalist backgrounds. Clients rave about both his photography and videography skills, as well as his prompt turnaround times. When he’s not working with local restaurants and foodies, he’s shooting weddings throughout Louisiana or honing his fashion photography skills.

Greensgirl Nutrition

One of Kimberly Kramer Mimeles’ minimalist food images [Greensgirl Nutrition]

Kimberly Kramer Mimeles is the girl behind Greensgirl Nutrition, which showcases her skills as a holistic health and nutrition coach. The website combines her passions as a food blogger, health professional, and business owner while sharing her experiences from The Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Through her mouthwatering and minimalist images, she aims to make healthy eating accessible to everyone, with quick and enjoyable meals that busy families can create. Not only does she want to make her followers happier and healthier but to affect the lives of others through their transformation.

Zach Smith Photography

Hands dive into a plate of natural oysters [Zach Smith Photography]

With over 20 years of experience under his belt, Zack Smith knows a thing or two about creative, brand-driven photography. He’s worked with both local and national brands and has had his work appear in ad campaigns for Nike, Chase Bank, and New Orleans Tourism. Zack is also heavily involved in the local music scene, working as a staff photographer for the French Quarter Fest, SATCHMO Fest, and Bayou Country Superfest. If you’re looking to get started in food photography, he offers workshops throughout the year and shares many of his top tips via a blog.

Hanna Photo

One of Sam Hanna’s decadent food images [Hanna Photo]

Hanna Photo is the business of Sam Hanna, a New Orleans-based culinary photographer who approaches every project with the passion of a chef. Previously working in the publishing industry, he collaborated with a bevy of food photographers while traveling the country and picked up a thing or two along the way. He’s since worked with an extensive list of local and national clients that range from boutique restaurants to big-name branded food products.

Eye Wander Photo

A contemporary food photo by Aaron Hogan [Eye Wander Photo]

Based in Baton Rouge and with Aaron Hogan at the helm, Eye Wander Photo shoots product photography throughout the New Orleans area and beyond. His team is all about capturing the magic and transforming everyday experiences into works of art. They’ve had their work published in commercial ads and online media sources, with their food photography a particular highlight. Eye Wander Photo draws on more than 15 years of experience in a wide variety of photographic styles to deliver results that clients can’t get enough of.

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