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Feb 23, 2024

When to Hire A Food Photographer for Your Blog

If you're running a food blog, you know how important it is to have high-quality, eye-catching photos to drive traffic. When you hire a food photographer for your blog, it can be a game-changer! There’s nothing better than professional photos to sell your recipes to readers. But the hiring process can also feel overwhelming. 

Which is why I am glad you found this blog post! 

At Pretty Focused, we strive to connect bloggers with highly trained food photographers, eliminating your workload and increasing your profits through food photography.

What Can You Expect When You Hire a Food Photographer Trained by Pretty Focused? 

Our Pretty Focused graduates are incredible! Yes, we might be biased, but we firmly believe they are the best food blog photographers in the business. So, when you hire a food photographer from us, you can expect amazing results.


But what are those results, and what should you keep in mind?

Pretty Focused Food Photographers Are Highly Experienced and Specialized

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Food blog photography is a specialized field, so finding someone who understands the unique challenges of shooting food is essential. At Pretty Focused, we emphasize that yummy-looking food images are the secret ingredient (pun intended) for driving blog traffic. After all, articles with images report 94% more views, and real photos instead of stock photos can increase conversions by 35%!

So, when you hire a food photographer from Pretty Focused, you can rest assured knowing that your blog will have the recipes and images it deserves. 

Our Food Photographers’ Portfolios Represent Their Unique Skill Sets & Aesthetics

Each of our grads has a portfolio that provides you with what you can visually expect when you work with them. This portfolio offers a compelling sample of the skills, aesthetics, and feel of each individual photographer. No two are the same; we promise you that.

That’s why before you hire a food photographer from Pretty Focused, you should always look for photos that match your blog style. Pay attention to every little detail, from the lighting to colors and overall aesthetic, to ensure the photographer aligns with your brand.

And don’t be afraid to reach out to any of our graduates to ask questions or clarify what you see. They want to work with you and be a partner on your blog. 

To see all of our Grads portfolio in one place, use our Grad Directory.

Every Food Photographer Has a Different Cost of Services

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All Pretty Focused graduates are high-quality food photographers. This means they invest in professional equipment, styling items, niched education, and countless hours to become as skilled as they are. 

When you hire a food photographer from us, they are not “just someone with a camera.” Instead, they are trained professionals fully invested in the food photography and blog industry. And exceptional quality has a price commiserate with what you get.

This doesn’t mean that you will not be able to hire a food photographer that fits your budget. Each of our grads is solely responsible for how they run their businesses, including their pricing structure. Depending on their level of experience, niche, and goals, their prices will vary. That’s why we recommend that you have a clear idea of your budget per recipe before you search for the perfect food photographer for your blog. 

Pretty Focused Graduates Offer Multiple Services 

Before you hire a food photographer for your blog, you should also consider what exactly you need. Do you want someone who can take pictures of your exclusive recipes, or do you want someone who can give you both recipes and pictures?

 In our Grad Directory, you can quickly find food photographers who offer both types of services and so much more. Here’s a quick breakdown of the different service types you might run across.

  • Recreations: Photographing an old or new recipe provided by the blogger. 
  • Exclusives: Creating/Testing a new recipe and photographing it.
  • Semi-Exclusive: Creating/Testing a new recipe, photographing it, and selling a set number of completed blogs to multiple bloggers.
  • Recipe Development: Creating/Testing new recipes (no photography)
  • Videography: Step-by-step videos of a recipe being cooked/baked.

No matter what interests you (or if your interests change in the future), we have grads who can work with you in an ongoing partnership. You can also find exclusive and semi-exclusive recipes for sale in our Buyers Club—giving you, as the blogger, the freedom to flex with your business needs.

Paid Trial Runs Are Possible

Before you hire a food photographer, you can be nervous about getting it wrong. It is a big commitment. The good news is that paid trial runs are possible.

Once you've narrowed down your list of potential grads to work with, start your contract with just a few recipes. This will allow you to learn how well you work together and ensure that you're on the same page regarding your vision for your blog. Then, once you have a few recipes completed and feel like you are a great fit, you can expand the contract.

After that, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the benefits of having a professional food photographer helping to take your blog to the next level.

Are You Ready to Hire a Food Photographer Today? We Can Help!

Are you ready to hire a food photographer that is perfect for your blog? Check out our Grad Directory and Buyers Club to get started today. We know there’s a photographer that’s the ideal fit for your needs.

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