South West Food and Lifestyle Photographer
David Griffen loves food almost as much as he loves photography. He is also pretty keen on a well appointed interior. He relocated from Australia to Cornwall eight years ago after completing an Associate Diploma of Commercial Photography in Adelaide, South Australia. Living with his young family in the South West, David is happy to be surrounded by the food of top class chefs, delicious local produce and a hunter gather lifestyle.
Offering a flexible and affordable approach to a broad range of assignments, David works on location using both available light and professional studio lighting. He regularly shoots for the top echelon of chefs in the region, including Nathan Outlaw, Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth, and Rick Stein's Seafood School to name but a few. Whilst specialising in restaurant and hotel photography across the South West UK, and lifestyle photography for hotels and tourism, David regularly ventures further afield and often shoots in London.
David Griffen has a large collection of beautiful props for food photography styling. He works closely with chefs and home economists to create beautiful imagery featured everywhere from websites and social media to magazines and iPad apps.
David actively engages with a steadily growing audience through various Social Media channels, and is a leading expert in the fields of 'photography for food blogs' and 'food photography for social media promotion'. Last year David was a featured speaker for Social Media week in London, and this year he will be presenting at Blogger Connect (Europe's largest Food Blogging conference) and again at Social Media Week.
David runs two food photography blogs, one about his love for Food Phototgraphy, and the other about Food Photography with a Mobile Phone. He can often be found in a commercial kitchen at the end of a photoshoot training the chefs on how and where to shoot their dishes for twitter.
Please feel free to phone David on 01208 269 813 and request a pricelist or further examples from his folio.
Happy Clients Include:
Nathan Outlaw Owner, Chef - Nathan Outlaw Restaurants “David Griffen has been my food photographer for over 7 years. The results are fantastic and I regularly use the pictures in national magazines and publications. I would happily recommend David Griffen to any chef who would like their dishes to look the business in print or online.”
Jo Smith Marketing Manager, Fifteen Cornwall “We have been working with David Griffen since we first launched in May 2006. As a high profile restaurant, we work with the best produce Cornwall has to offer and we often commission David to photograph our changing menu of seasonal and local produce. He always delivers beautiful and useful imagery that showcases perfectly what we do, which can be seen on much of our marketing literature on and offline, as well as the restaurant walls. David is always good fun to work with, and we look forwards to his next shoot.”
David is well respected by the the top chefs of the region as a photographer who is able to deliver excellent images under the time constraints of an impending lunch service.
David Loves food almost as much as he loves photography
In 2011 David Griffen was amongst a handfull of photographers invited from across the globe to exhibit in the International Food Photography Exhibition in Tarragonna, Spain.
Working regularly with the top chefs, producers and manufacturers in the region has given David experience in producing tasty images of restaurant cuisine and delicious promotional shots of local produce and products.
His photography is used regularly in press, online, in Apps for mobile devices and for packaging on a regional and national level. Whether a Michelin Starred chef or a local baker, David has the ability to listen, understand and interpret your vision; providing you with a set of images to suit your needs.
Recent Food Photography
David's had a tasty 2012 so far with recent shoots for Chefs including Tom Aikens, Tanner Brothers, Michael Caines and Alan Murchison. David often shoots for producers such as County Confectionary and Bart Spices.
Food and Product Lifestyle Photography
Stuck on how to present your beautiful cheese?
No worries - David Griffen has a large collection of beautiful props for food photography styling and plenty of experience: from antique wooden backgrounds and beautiful handmade plates to rusty knives and chipped french enamel utensils - David has boxes and crates full of vintage kichenalia. He can often be seen taken Edwardian wooden floorboards out of the boot of his car! If your shoot calls for a specific food style, David has the experience to collaborate with chefs on the style of the food coming out of the kitchen to ensure the best shots. The look and feel of images produced is delicious, with very contemporary styling.
Wondering where you are going to put that tasty cheese?
David is able to help you source the right location for your shoot from a list of contacts, farm house kitchen.
Lifestyle photography for the food and drink sector: click here to find out more
Lifestyle Photography for Hotels, Restaurants and Tourism
Have a website that needs updating or brochure in the pipeline?
It's amazing the difference a day makes. David is often commisioned to re-shoot images for websites that need freshening up, or new marketing material. A one day shoot can be a very cost effective way of bringing the look and feel of your website up to date with out a full re-build.
Hotels, Self Catering interiors and lifestyle photography: click here to find out more
Drop us a line
David Griffen is based in the South West of UK;
however, David likes to drive and is happy to travel!
All enquires are welcome.
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David Griffen runs two blogs - one about his work as a food photographer, the other is about food photography with a mobile phone.
General Food Photography Blog: click here
Food Photography with a Mobile Phone Blog: click here
Food Photography BlogThis blog is about Davids job as a food photographer, living in Cornwall (and his travels out of Cornwall), beautiful produce, cooking, many bbqs and his three chickens.
I love cheese. If I ever give-up photography, I think I will become a Cheesemaker. It is better than chocolate. I have been shooting a bit of cheese lately for a new project – in our fridge at one point (…)
Great British Chefs have been at it again – and I have been flat out shooting food for them. This time it is another beautiful app for the iPad all about the Summertime – with 21 chefs each contributing five recipes (…)
I can’t BBQ in this!
So I knew work would would go a bit quiet during the Olympics this year – I saw it happen during the Sydney Games in 2000 when I was working for Kodak (R.I.P.). Gold Medal tally aside, I have been (…)
Mobile Phone Food Photography Blog
David believes that you can make a beautiful photograph with any camera. As he always has his phone on him, David has spent time researching and experimenting with the best ways to shoot food with a mobile phone.
Feel free to post comments on either blog.