Laura Donovan is an experienced food photographer based in the Chicagoland area. Laura graduated with a Bachelor's in Photography from Columbia College Chicago and has been freelancing around Chicago ever since. She has worked with brands like Fooda, The Chopping Block and Pre. Laura is passionate about creating delicious recipe images, social media content, or branding images for your company.
I love the nostalgia food photography brings to people. I am an avid home cook and having family and friends around the dining room table is one of my favorite things. I love connecting people to food whether that be through photography that enhances a cheese brand or recipe images for a blog or website. Learning and finding different lighting and shooting techniques that help convey a company's style is one of my favorite things about my job.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
I have done recipe shoots for brands where we shoot multiple recipes in a day. I make sure to prep the day before to make sure shoot day runs smoothly and include the team in picking out props and style decisions. I think it is important to use mood boards or extra communication during the shoot to make sure you are picking the right colors and styles for the brand. I also always make sure to send a teaser image or blooper from a video before I send the final images to get the client excited about receiving the finished images.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
Featured in the Manifest catalog from Columbia College Chicago in 2014.
A fun fact about this photographer
I grew up on the coast of Massachusetts and could eat a lobster roll for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the rest of my life. Cliché, I know!