Cara is a freelance food photographer who shoots recipes for editorial as well as product shoots for advertising.
After university, Cara worked in kitchens while doing photography and styling part time. She set up a small business selling plant-based cakes around cafes the city of Leeds and at markets around England. She had to photograph the cakes to promote herself and that's how she started getting into food photography professionally, eventually becoming more passionate about that than baking the cakes. Cara has been a commercial food, drink and product photographer for the past 4 years and is based in London. She has produced photography for: Rowse Honey, Octopus Books, Kyle Books, The Spruce Eats, Mamamade, Vegan Food and Living, Spoon Cereals, Walnut Magazine and Soopergood.
Leeds Beckett University, Graphic Arts and Design, with a speciality in Photography and food.
4 Questions With Cara
- One cookbook you couldn’t live without?
I'm currently loving Poppy Cooks’ Food You Need, not only because its shot incredibly by Louise Haggar, but also because the recipes are so delicious!!
- One food trend you love to hate or wish would just go away?
Freakshakes, they’re just insane to me, I feel like two sips and you’d be done. Although, part of me loves just how ridiculous they are, it’s like they’re almost in on the joke too.
- What do you listen to when you’re working?
Music-wise, I’m currently loving Midnight Sister, Cate Le Bon, but I also have a mixed playlist that’s constantly on rotation. I also listen to lots of podcasts, my forever favorite is Let’s get haunted, a paranormal/ comedy podcast.
- Words of advice to new food photographers?
Experiment as much as possible with lighting, composition and color. Be inspired by others but don’t compare yourself as that can be discouraging. Don’t limit your creative process and put yourself in a box based on what you think food photos ‘should look like.’ Do what feels good for you and let your creativity run free!
About The Spruce Eats
The Spruce Eats, a Dotdash brand, is a food and drink website offering more than 15,000 tested recipes, 1,200 how-to videos, informative articles, trustworthy product recommendations, and the inspiration to help you make your best meal. Learn more about us and our editorial process.