Looking at Shelby Bella's food photography will guarantee an unexpected drool attack. Shelby has a gift for making any dish look like a $100 meal. Her eye for colors and layout makes for the most aesthetically pleasing photos.
She's had a passion for photography ever since she could hold a camera and this adamantly shines through her work. She has an appreciation for dishes of all cultures and exceeds in making it look like something you'd devour in a moments notice. Shelby beautifully captures the artistry of cooking or baking from scratch and all the ingredients that go into each dish.
We took notice of her work when she came to us for the build of her custom portfolio book. Shelby customized her photography portfolio book with our marble acrylic material and a UV Print & Cure treatment.
We caught up with her to ask her about her favorite projects, tips she has for photographers starting out, and the importance of having a physical portfolio book.
What is your favorite project you've worked on?
In food photography there is a lot of fake productions that goes into making food look beautiful. One of my favorite projects was making “ice cream” out of mashed potatoes. Due to ice cream melting quickly, my food stylist, Isabel Castro, and I carved mashed potatoes, dyed them, and then melted real ice cream underneath the mashed potatoes to give the effect of melting ice cream. The production was fun; creative, and challenging which is why it was my favorite project.
What tips do you have for aspiring photographers?
My tips for aspiring photographers would be to always stay sharp, constantly be marketing yourself, and draw inspiration on a daily basis. You need to know what trends are coming out and by staying updated with the photography world will only make yourself better. As far as marketing goes, I always go back to what my instructors would tell me, “You can be an okay photographer, but if you know how to market yourself, you will be the one to book the jobs.”
Marketing is a full time job in itself and can move mountains for your business. And finally, drawing inspiration is the fun part, I like to study cookbooks, magazines, other photographer’s websites, etc. Inspiration makes my heart beat and keeps my passion flowing within my photography.
Has having a physical body of work helped you?
Having a portfolio book to show clients has helped me greatly. Most of my clients are very hands on people. When I show chefs my work, they like to see the physical copies of my photographs because of the style, the feel of the paper, and the personal connection we make when we layout my book and go over my photos. My book is sturdy, has good weight to it, and feels luxurious. It complements my work and meets a professional standard.
We love hearing the stories that make up the contents of our customer’s portfolio books. Often years of hard work are made tangible and shared with others and we couldn’t be any happier to be apart of it.
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