We had the good fortune of connecting with Rebecca Peloquin and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Rebecca, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
It was really simple- I wanted to be using my skills to create myself a legacy vs a corporation. Throughout the years I have worked for a ton of companies in photography, some big names and some small- some more fulfilling than others but at the end of the day no matter what workplace culture or team building the company promised to do, I was committing my energy to building up someone else’s product and creating value for them without directly benefiting from that value. Working for myself I benefit directly from my work, for better or worse and it allows me to have a greater positive impact on my community.

What should our readers know about your business?
I’m a commercial and editorial food and beverage photographer based in Los Angeles specializing in “real” food. When food photography gets brought up the first question I always get asked is “wow what tricks do you use?” and my answer is, whenever possible- nothing harmful. Food is a really important part of all of our lives and there are way too many people living in our city, even down the street from us who could use a snack so it feels wasteful to me to augment the food inedibly if I can help it. Sometimes I don’t always get a say, and sometimes you just can’t pull off a shot naturally but I always try to if possible so the food can be used, donated, shared or composted. From what I’ve heard in the food photo industry that’s not really a common approach so I’m happy to stand out that way even if it makes life a little more complicated sometimes. One of the bigger challenges for me with photography has always been getting my name out there and my work seen. I’ve only been working on the food photography concentration for the last 3 years or so but niching down has been an incredible success for my business. Concentrating on a specialty lets brands know best at a glance what they can use you for and clients to remember you easier for projects! I think if I’d want folks to know anything about my business I’d want them to know I really care about every project I get to do- whether it’s shooting a big household name food brand or a local restaurant getting to be a part of people’s food story is so exciting to me. I am so happy when I just get to showcase how cool a thing someone makes is so they can attract a bigger audience! I love the power of photography!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well since I am all about the snacks I would start us off with breakfast- if it’s a non-pandemic time I’d vote we swing by one of my favorite spots for a leisurely start- grab a breakfast burrito from Tamales Alberto, cozy up to the eons old countertop at Nicks Cafe in Chinatown, slide into a booth at Rae’s in Santa Monica or people watch from the sidewalk at Millies in Silverlake. For lunch we could hit the beach in Venice, say hello to the ocean and the boardwalk, grab a coffee from Groundworks and then some egg rolls and spicy mustard from Mao’s Kitchen while we decide on what to order- everything on their menu is amazing. Or if you are still westside, snag a legendary sandwich from Bay Cities Deli- you can order online and pick up in the back like a pro or wait in line at the deli and order everything you see when they call your #. Be sure to be patient and nice while you wait- you’re often rewarded for it and called early! If you’re having an afternoon near LACMA and the La Brea Tar Pits which are must visits, swing by Little Ethiopia and sit down for a big plate of injera topped with stewed lentils and cabbage! Yum! For dinner I love taking people to Kura revolving sushi for the novelty of winning prizes for snacking, Woon for epic homestyle noodles and beautiful bao, Jjukku Jjukku KBBQ, Canters for a mile high sandwich (and their bar next door to check out hair band history) or maybe we just take home some Zankous Chicken if the day has been long! On the weekend sampling your way through Grand Central Market is a great activity- you can snag a squash blossom pupusa, a surreal lox on a bagel or some legit OG Chinese food all within a few steps. Don’t snooze on the candy and nuts guy either- he’s always got that great Mexican candied yam and pumpkins and theres a mole guy in the back if you feel like cooking later! LA is such an incredible place for people and food and intermingling cultures all stacked up against each other- I’d always suggest doing a solid wander and checking out some neighborhoods outside of the main drag spots- there is beautiful food all around! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The shoutout that comes to mind are the female food photographers that have been willing to share their knowledge to advance others. While they do teach courses and some of the info is gleaned from paid resources- Christina Peters and Rachel from Two Loves Studio always offer so much information and support to photographers of all levels. When I was starting out with food photography I had already been shooting for a really long time so transitioning into food was complicated not being a beginner photographer- both of these women helped a ton in getting me up to speed!

Website: https://www.rebeccapeloquin.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rebeccapeloquin
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccapeloquin/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RebeccaPeloquin
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RebeccaPeloquinPhotography
Other: I also have a food and photography blog called: Rebecca Can’t Cook: https://www.rebeccacantcook.com/

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