Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Kamile Kaveckaite (Kamile Kave). I came to the Netherlands to study International Business Administration and become a manager in a big international corporation. When I finally reached that, I decided to turn my life upside down and become a food photographer. I started about a year and a half ago and right now I work with small brands and restaurants in the Netherlands and Lithuania. I am loving it, as food photography is my biggest passion.
How do you start with styling? What is your focus with styling?
When styling an image first I choose what my main object is and then build the rest all around it while thinking about the complementary colours, telling a story and adding depth to the image. I always make sure that my main object is a true star of the image and the rest just helps that star to shine.
What backdrops are you using?
I have couple of vinyl backdrops from Capture by Lucy for more modern looks (like concrete) and couple of wood backdrops which I use for more vintage/rustic feel.
What props do you often use?
Flowers, wooden planks, ceramic plates (non-shiny), utensils, napkins (love the cheese cloth material – it’s are cheap and easy to control), and food items that are in the recipe or would complement the recipe.
Witch light do you work (daylight/artificial) ?
Both. Depending on the feel of the image, and the quality of light that day. If I want some sharp action shots, but it is a cloudy day, then I just go for artificial light. If the day light is good, then I use day light as sometimes setting up artificial light in my small apartment can be challenging and time consuming.
What camera and lenses do you use and/or tripod?
When shooting at home, I always use a tripod. This way I can make sure stability, no shake and also manual focus for that perfectly sharp image. In restaurants, I often need speed, especially when I have waitresses modelling for me – then, I prefer shooting handheld.
I have Canon EOS R – the new mirrorless camera from Canon, which I absolutely love. From lenses, I mostly use Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art lens. I also have Canon’s 100mm 2.4 lens, for macro photography.
Which program do you use to edit your photos?
I use both Lightroom and photoshop. Lightroom for all the basic edits, and Photoshop for more complicated edits like removing objects, adding objects, dodge & burn, some more advanced color corrections and sharpening.