Featured Portland Business: Food and Portrait Photographer Aubrie LeGault
We love working with Portland-area businesses and talent. It is our pleasure to take the opportunity to introduce you to the Aubrie LeGault of Aubrie LeGault Photography and Capturing Grace Photography. Aubrie is a talented Portland Food and Portrait photographer that has been featured in magazines such as 1859 Oregon’s Magazine and The Gorge Magazine. recently took photos for our Speed Networking Meet-Up at Cyril’s at Clay Pigeon Winery. She took all of the event photos and also took time to feature some of the beautiful food for which Cyril’s is known. Take a moment to take a gander at the re-cap post to see some of her amazing work… it’s okay, we’ll wait! Aubrie took the time to answer a few questions about her business and photography. Read on to find out more about her and pick up some great photography tips!
Q: Why did you decide to start working with food/restaurant photography?
A: I was following a few people on Instagram that were posting these beautiful images of their food. So I started to do the same and I thought it was fun. The more I looked into food photography I found that I really enjoyed creating these tasty images and that I could make money with food photographs. I was sold.
Q: What do you enjoy most about working in this area of photography?
A: The food! Actually, I do really enjoy the fact that I get to eat whatever I photograph. My photography answer, however, is that I’ve always enjoyed still life photography and having complete control of everything. I love photographing people because they have emotions but sometimes it’s difficult to instruct them where to go or where to put their arms. Food does exactly what I tell it to.
Q: What do you take into consideration when composing your shots?
A: I think about what I am trying to convey to the viewers, what needs to be the center of attention and in focus. I think about what’s in the photo as far as props or spices and if it makes sense in the photo. Do I need to add or subtract? I think about anything that is “creeping” into my photo- maybe the background or a corner of a glass/knife that doesn’t need to be in the image. And then I think- “Is there any way I can make this more creative or different from the usual photo?” …Sometimes my answer is no, I can’t. And that’s okay- sometimes you just need the image to look great and not reinvent the wheel.
Q: What are your top tips for those of us who would like to make our Instagram food pics more beautiful?
A: Be aware of your surroundings. “Creepers” are what I call things that are coming into the corners of your image that don’t need to be there, they are usually distracting. Think about having a “clean” image. Don’t be afraid to get out of your seat and move your plate or drink somewhere that is more appealing or has better light. Use an editing app- a little contrast and sharpening goes a long way. And last but certainly not least, do not post any photo that is out of focus. (Intentional blur is fine.)
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Q: Do you have a favorite photo shoot that you have done with food?
A: The photo shoot I did with Fireside Restaurant on NW 23rd is probably my favorite. The restaurant has a killer style and food was amazing. It was one of the first restaurant’s I did and it made me feel “official” and that I really could be a food photographer. I remember leaving the restaurant, exhausted, but thinking “that was so much fun!”
Q: What do you look for in a working relationship? Also, what type of photo shoots do you hope to do someday?
A: I enjoy cooking (and eating) but I am not the best in the kitchen. So I really want to work with people that are the opposite— they rock in the kitchen and don’t know much about food photography. I would love to get into more magazines and work for more food publications. My ultimate goal is to one day photograph a cookbook.