documentary food photography of street food galettes
Olivia Brabbs

Olivia Brabbs

Documentary Food Photography – Krep

This documentary food photography shoot was a gem of a commission!   Krep are a street food business who create artisan Crêpes and Galettes using traditional techniques and exciting fresh flavours.  My brief for the shoot was to build a strong set of images to be used for website and for engaging social media content.

The first section of the shoot was spent in the prep kitchens photographing ingredients and the chefs at work getting ready for service.  This was an opportunity to capture process including meat prep and vegetable pickling.  The batter making process was particularly brilliant to capture with the drill mixer set up!   

The quality of ingredients is really important to the chefs and so I focused in on lots of details showcasing some of the local producers they use.  It was particularly fascinating to photograph the pickled vegetables used throughout their dishes and the traditional Slovac recipes used.

I then tracked the team to their kiosk location at the ‘Shambles Market Food Court’.  Food was photographed in the moment as it was prepared for customers.  It is always my preference to photograph people actually working rather than relying on staging.  The result is much more natural and it gives rise to so many more opportunities.  For me a documentary approach is all about carefully observing and predicting moments before they happen so I can be in the best possible location for composition and light.

It was such a privilege to work with the team.  Their passion for their food is so evident and the number of return customers visiting on the day was testament to their friendly service.

I received some amazing words from the team after sending over the initial proofs which really made me smile:

“All of the pictures are AMAZING!!! Just perfect! We love them so so much!  The results are beyond our expectations.  You managed to capture our everyday work exactly how it is – there is nothing fake, nothing that we wouldn’t normally do and this is amazing!”

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