Well I’ve always been food obsessed and I naturally gravitated towards food and lifestyle photography – who does’t love a bit of food porn? I originally had dreams of being a photojournalist out on the front line – but the realities of war and the lifestyle that work would bring didn’t fit my reality. I still love photojournalism and documentary photography which is my first love – but I went down the food photography route commercially to pay the rent! When I first started out I assisted for a few years and worked with every type of photographer out there to see which areas of the industry I enjoyed. Working with people who are passionate about food is inspiring and of course the shoot leftovers are a bonus too!
I always prefer to shoot food with natural light if possible – it’s much softer and forgiving. I want my food photography to look natural and of course like you want to eat it. My go-to set up is to find a nice natural light source like a big window and place the light source to one side of the plate. If it’s a bright day then I will use a diffuser in front of the window to soften the light. Using white or black pieces of card on the set to add shadows, contrast and light is a great way to lift an image. A reflector is your best friend to bounce light into your subject too – or if you don’t have one of those then some foil or a shiny takeaway lid or piece of mirror are handy tools. Shooting with natural light has it’s restrictions though – especially if you want consistency – and of course these dark short winter days don’t help.
Not necessarily. In the commercial world a food photographer will often work on a shoot with a food stylist (who makes the food look amazing for the camera) and a prop stylist (who picks out and sources props like crockery, utensils and surfaces), sometimes a chef or home economist too – who do all the cooking – there is often big team behind a food shoot. But other times when you are shooting personal work, testing or working with small budgets you will have to do a lot of this yourself as well – so a passion and skill for cooking, styling and food definitely helps. I love to cook for pleasure and I’ve been on quite a few cooking courses to try and further my skills – but I will happily leave the cooking to the pros when it comes to photography.
This is a question that I’ve been struggling with myself my whole career! My areas of expertise and skills lie in two very different specialisms that don’t really sit together as they are very different – but I feel I have a particular natural, emotive and simple aesthetic across all my work so people can recognise my style – which is really important in such a competitive and saturated industry. You’re always told to specialise in one area of photography so that you can make a name for yourself in that area and people commissioning you will trust you can deliver – but you also need to be versatile. In reality freelancing is really tough and you need to be able to take on all sorts of work – then focus your personal work and portfolio around projects you are interested in. For ages I tried to be someone I’m not and I’m only now just coming back around to shooting what I’m passionate about and it’s reminded me why I want to be a photographer in the first place. I love telling stories and much of my work is about storytelling and documenting life. It’s said a lot but; if you shoot what you love it will come across in your images.
I’ve just finished a big personal project on mental health – I’m really excited to get it out there and share it soon – it’s a very hard hitting project looking at the language and stigmas surrounding mental health issues using portraiture, food/still life and first person stories. I hope to put on an exhibition sometime later in the year.
Inspiring, exhausting, fun, indulgent, rewarding…I loved sharing my love of photography in such amazing locations and getting to explore these places and of course trying the all the local food and tipples. Did someone say snake wine?
I’m really excited about the list of amazing trips in the Frui diary this year – with some fab new destinations – I’m particularly looking forward to visiting Oman as it’s part of the world I’ve never been to, heading to beautiful Myanmar and going back to the crazy streets of Hanoi in Vietnam.
Every stranger I meet and photograph has a story to tell – each and every one is interesting in their own way. I visited South Sudan to shoot an advertising campaign while the country was on the brink of a civil war – that was certainly interesting!
Steve McCurry is probably my ultimate inspiration – beautiful emotive portraits, capturing cultures and stories, beautiful travel shots – his work just makes the perfect coffee table book.
Groundbreaking female documentary photographers like Dorothea Lange inspire me a lot – and modern day heroes include young photojournalist Daniella Zalcman who founded Women Photograph – an organisation to support an elevate female voices in a very male dominate industry. Matt Stuart is my favourite street photographer – his ability to capture everyday moments in such a stunning way is incredible – his work is funny, clever and candid. David Loftus is the king of food photography (he shoots all of Jamie Oliver’s stuff), I spend far too many hours drooling over various food photographer’s work like Jonathan Gregson and Louise Hagger.
Director James has personal contacts that live in this great city, giving us unfettered access and unique queue jumping abilities. We are also planning to have a talk with Skynews camera-man and war zone correspondent Jake Britton on how to take meaningful images in challenging situations.
On this five day trip, we ‘ll start at the coastal town of Jaffa, explore the world-famous and the less well known among Jerusalem’s sights, and journey into the desert to see the Mar Saba monastery. There’s Mahane Yehuda and Etz Chayim street markets, Temple Mount, Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western Wall. The images you bring home will ring with church bells, the refrain of the call to prayer and the strain of the shofar.
Because we have limited spots on this trip …and it’s so close, we are giving the chance to our regular customers to hold their place in advance before it goes on live on our site. You can do this through the link below for a deposit of £150. If you have any other questions please email email@example.com
Make sure your picture fits the brief or title of the category. If it’s in the wrong category otherwise it doesn’t matter how good it is as an image.
Most competitions have a certain ‘house style’. By looking at the winners from the previous years you can get an idea for the kind of thing the judges will be looking for. Do they require all the photos to be technically perfect? Do they want classically ‘pretty’ images or more gritty, thought provoking ones?
It’s hard to see your own work objectively. Ultimately it’s your art and you should trust your own judgement, but sometimes when selecting images it’s helpful to get an outside perspective.
Only joking. Frui’s judges are of the utmost integrity.
Entries for the Frui Awards 2017 close on 1st November. See the previous blog post for more details.
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It’s awards season and we’re going to be giving away bumper prizes to the best photographs and paintings that you’ve made on our 2016 or 2017 holidays!
As always this is going to be a fun afternoon- it’s a chance to have a glass of wine (on us) and catch up with other past guests and tutors. We’ll also be showing off your wonderful works of art and fabulous photos throughout, and of course announcing the winners of the competition!
The overall winner of the night will win 50% off their next Frui holiday!
The winners of each category will receive either a framed print of their winning photograph or a bottle of bubbly for the painters.
Saturday 11 November from 3 – 6pm
London, E1 7JF
Art Camp in Spain, 5 – 12 August 2017
£1799 per person.
Join Frui on the Art Camp in Spain where you can have a go at painting, drawing, photography and even try your hand at a bit of traditional Spanish cooking, all in one week. There will also be lots of opportunities to relax in the summer sunshine.
Based in an ‘eco-chic’ hideaway surrounded by spectacular 360 degree views of the Alto Planos, one thousand meters above sea level, Cortijada Los Gázquez is an ‘off-grid’ destination for creatively minded travellers high in the mountains of Andalucia.
In the heart of the Parque Natural Sierra Maria-Los Velez, Europe’s most dramatic alpine desert, this guesthouse is surrounded by areas of extreme natural beauty, profound peace and tranquillity and awe inspiring wilderness. But ‘remote’ and ‘eco’ doesn’t mean basic. Quite the opposite, in fact. Here every en-suite bedroom has been exquisitely designed and furnished, blending the traditional and modern.
Here is an outline of the itinerary:
Day 1 Sat 5th August
Arrive at Alicante airport etc. Easyjet do Granada these days. arrive at Los Gázquez. Home made traditional paella.
Day 2 Sun 6th August
AM. Tapas workshop and simultaneous food photography workshop.
PM. Photography assessment from the morning workshop and recipe giving.
Day 3 Mon 7th August
AM. Photography field trip to El Altiplano, Spain’s high altitude desert landscape. Asador lunch in local restaurant, local provenance food.(€15 per head).
PM. Photography criticism from the mornings field trip before supper.
Day 4 Tue 8th August
AM. Studio workshop, ‘Confidence in Drawing’ overcoming the main obstacle in art making, confidence. Lunch.
PM. Tagine workshop, ‘cooking with wood fire’ and simultaneous photography workshop. (learning exposures using the fire!?!?!).
Day 5 Wed 9th August
AM. Photography field trip to the historic town of Vélez Blanco. Visit Spain’s first Renaissance castle and the ‘pueblo blanco’ of Vélez Blanco and it’s market day. Lunch at a local restaurant (€15 per head).
PM. Studio workshop. ‘Fundamentals of colour’ how to paint using subtle and beautiful colour. Criticism of the mornings photography field trip. Supper.
Day 6 Thurs 10th August
AM. Traditional food of Almería workshop. Cheese making. Lunch.
PM. Studio workshop. Composition, how to grab attention with strong principles of composition. Photography and painting/drawing. Supper.
NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY. In southern Spain at this period we have the ‘Lagrimas de San Lorezo’, a spectacular meteor shower…
Day 7 Friday 11th August
AM. Studio Painting still life/portraiture or landscape or photo excursion on foot with your host Simon back through sedimentary time in the cool recesses of local canyons.
PM. Assessment of the mornings photography / painting Spectacular final supper.
Day 8 Saturday 12th August
Leave for Alicante.
As it’s hot this is based on a 9am breakfast, 10.00 start til lunch at 14.00 siestas then start again around 14.30 until drinks at the spectacular sunset followed by supper around 21.30 under the stars.]]>
Barcelona trip, 17 – 20 August 2017
£650 per person.
Join Frui lead photography tutor Simon and his partner, Barcelona native Alba, on this summer escape to one of Europe’s best loved cities. On this four day tour we’ll take in some of the Catalan capital’s most iconic architecture, it’s vibrant backstreets and even it’s best and most colourful street festival. Along the way, Simon will be on hand to teach and inspire you to capture all of this with your camera, while Alba’s local knowledge will take us away from the tourist traps and into the backstreets, cafés and restaurants that serve the best of the region’s delicious food and drink.
Day 1 Thursday 17th
Arriving around lunchtime, we transfer to our hotel in the city centre to check in and freshen up, before heading to El Born in Barcelona’s old town.
We’ll take a seat on a terrace for a cold glass of locally produced vermut, an introduction to the holiday and a brief photography lesson. Then it’s off to wander the beautiful alleyways of El Born and the Gothic Quarter, finishing with a pre- dinner drink in Els Quatre Gats tavern, a bohemian hangout frequented by artists such as Picasso at the end of the nineteenth century.
Day 2 Friday 18th
After breakfast and a quick photography lesson, we head to Park Guell to practice our photography skills amongst of the crazy creations of Barcelona’s most famous architect, Antoni Gaudi.
Lunch of tasty local tapas and back to the hotel for a rest.
After a lesson on how to photograph in changing light, we head to the Gracia neighbourhood to take in the festival by day. Festa de Gracia is considered to be Barcelona’s best and most welcoming festival. The streets and plazas of the neighbourhood are a riot of colour as the residents of each street try to outdo each other with handmade decorations.
We’ll head for an early dinner nearby before walking back to the festival for dusk. This is when the streets really come alive as the decorations are lit up and visitors flock from all over the city to soak up the atmosphere. It’s also when we’ll get the best photos!
Day 3 Saturday 19th
This morning is all about street photography, and our inspiration will be the eclectic neighbourhood of Raval. This vibrant district is known for its street art and multiculturalism which, together with its enormous indoor market La Boqueria, will provide plenty of characterful subject matter.
After a delicious local lunch in another of Alba’s favourite café’s, we’ll take taxis to Montjuic Cemetery. Occupying a hillside overlooking the city, this atmospheric area consists of alleyways of tombs built into the walls.
Back in the city we’ll sit down for a look at the day’s images and another mouthwatering Spanish meal.
Depending on availability, there may be an opportunity to watch a rooftop concert.
Day 4 Sunday 20th
Saving Barcelona’s most iconic and spectacular sight for last, this morning we visit Guadi’s masterpiece, the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia. This towering, psychedelic cathedral is mind- blowing to look at and the multi-coloured light and twisting shapes of the interior make great subjects for photography.
We’ll have plenty of time for a final leisurely lunch and some shopping or more street photography, before transferring back to the airport for the flight home.
Hotel: Hotel Praktik Bakery.
This boutique hotel, situated above a bakery, makes a perfect base for our activities in the city. Rooms are comfortable and airy with air conditioning and windows looking over the city.
LGW 09:45- 12:55 BCN
BCN 18:55- 20:15 LGW
Frui Director James is heading down to sunny Cabris again this June, a place very close to his heart and where some of his family live.
We invite all Frusters, new and old, to join James on his Summer jolly!
Here are the details…
22-26 June 2017, Cabris, France.
Total price: £950.
Day 1 – Thursday
Arrive from London to Nice airport
AM Lunch and a walk around the Artist town of Mougins
Check into hotel or private villa
Walk around our Picturesque town of Cabirs (amazing views over the Mediterranean!)
Dinner at the L’atelier
Day 2 – Friday
A walk about the old port of Antibes
Lunch on the beach
A walk around the historic perfume making town of Grasse
Back to Cabirs for a relax, swim and tutorials
Dinner in the de la Chevre d’Or
Day 3 – Saturday
Morning walk around the food market in Saint Vallier
A dive down the most picturesque town of Gordon
Photographing the Gorges Du Loop, a river canyon that is often considered to be one of Europe’s most beautiful!
A look around the beautiful medieval hill-top town of Torretts
Dinner in the L’Auberge du Vieux Chateau
Day 4 – Sunday
Relaxing morning swim
Explore old town Cannes
Lunch in the market
Drawing lesson on the beach, underwater photography lesson?
Dinner in the hotel.
Day 5 – Monday
Relaxing morning breakfast
Drive down to the lakes
Lunch somewhere nice, Iʼve not work it out yet!
Transfer to airport
4 nights en suite accommodation in your own room
Expert tutors for the duration of the trip (kind of…)
The amazing company of James
All transfers in planned itinerary (excluding flights)
What’s not included
Meals and Alcohol
Personal travel insurance
To book, please contact us at Frui HQ on 0208 1234 559, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.]]>
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The winner will receive a free place on a Frui photography course of their choice!
His exhibition of oil paintings of toys & action figures at The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London.
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Frui is very excited about our new holiday to Japan!
Japan is a land of contrasts from the nerd central of to the bustling fish markets in Tokyo, there is no better location for a photography holiday.
On this 10 day trip we plan to cover all the exciting locations in Tokyo, the beautiful landscape around the Ryokan lakes (where will have a chance to go to a traditional Sake a factory), followed by the beautiful and picturesque city of Kyoto.
It promises to be an unforgettable trip, led by chief photography tutor Simon Tupper and our tutor Louis Young who lived in Tokyo for two years and knows all the secret spots.
As this trip is proving to be so popular that we are asking for a £200 deposit to reserve your place. We will then require the rest of the deposit in two months time.
Hope you can make it on this unforgettable trip.
Day 1 - Arrive and check into Hotel Daikanyama, traditional dinner and intro.
Day 2 - Morning in Yanaka old city to see the traditional wooden houses, old grave yard and Askakusa temple.
Evening shoot of the famous Shibuya evening lights. Bar crawl in the Nonbei are in Yokocho.
Day 3 – Shoot the Shinjuku gaming area. Afternoon in the Harajuku district famous for the counter culture and cos play. Tour of Yoyogi Par.
Day 4 – Early morning shoot at the fish market Tsukiji. Afternoon at Akihabara, the nerd centre of the world!
Day 5 – Train to Hakone, Stay in Ryokan, a traditional guests house. Walk tour of the area.
Day 6 – Shooting Mount Fuji landscapes and afternoon Hakoneyama sake brewery.
Day 7 – Bullet train to Kyoto, check into hotel. Tour of the Minshuku area, see the Kurama-dera temple.
Day 8 - Shoot in the Fushimi Inari-Taisha, endless arcades of vermilion torii (shrine gates) Afternoon at Nishiki Market to see the weird and wonderful foods.
Day 9 – Early morning shoot of the endless and amazing Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. Afternoon Bullet train back to Tokyo for last dinner in Michelin stared restaurant.
Day 10 – Morning relax and then transfer to the airport.
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