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Karen Thomas

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I’m a London-based Food Photographer and Director and I’ve been shooting professionally for over 20 years. However, I’ve been accompanied by a camera for much longer. In the beginning it was a red, plastic Halina: now it’s a Hasselblad H6D-100.

I love to cook and I love to eat. I also really love to feed people. In the early days of my career I even used to prepare the lunches for the shoots. That was fun but obviously not something I was able to keep up! So you can see that I’m pretty dedicated to the pleasure that is food. I believe that’s why I’ve managed to carve out a successful path for myself in food photography, which has resulted in high-profile clients such as M&S, Costa, McDonalds, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Nestle, Birds Eye, and General Mills, to name a few.

I am very passionate about my work and I derive immense satisfaction in receiving a brief and being able to plan and execute a beautiful project that is shot or filmed with great love. I work with flash, continuous lighting, and also daylight, it’s all about what the project needs. The biggest pleasure is taking a subject and bringing it to life using beautiful lighting in whichever form that may be.

Having had many different studios all over London, I’ve been settled in my 1300 sq ft studio in Elephant & Castle since February 2019. It’s a fantastic space with plenty of room to run a couple of sets, whilst clients can relax on a mezzanine level overlooking the main space.

I love welcoming people to my space and I hope at some point I’ll have the opportunity to show you around and create a truly stunning project for you.

In the meantime, here is a behind-the-scenes so you can see for yourself a little of what we get up to:

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