Food Photographer

Contract / Freelance United States

About the Role:

Dotdash Meredith is looking for freelance food photographers with a strong culinary background to remotely cook, style, and shoot recipes to support Spruce Eats, Simply Recipes, and Serious Eats.  Recipe photography includes method/process as well as the finished recipe. We are looking for a wide variety of diverse cuisines to be photographed and are open to photographers who are experts in specialized cuisine. You will be working out of your own home/studio.

About Your Contributions:

  • Photograph/style finished recipe, as well as various stages of the cooking process for each recipe from start to finished product in accordance with style guide

  • Determine and use appropriate lighting, composition, background, and equipment (as well as any additional specifications) to ensure quality shooting in accordance with the style guide

  • Gather fresh, photogenic ingredients and cook using appropriate props, technique, and equipment as provided in the photo brief.

  • Follow direction from and collaborate with Photo Director to work efficiently and meet project deadlines

  • Edit and retouch photos

About You:

  • 3+ years of professional experience with food photography, food styling, and retouching

  • Extensive knowledge of lighting food, both naturally and artificially

  • Intermediate/advanced home cooking experience preferred

  • Access to, and proficiency with Photoshop, Lightroom

  • A portfolio of food photography that demonstrates the above knowledge

  • Ability to work well independently

  • Interest in photographing a wide variety of different foods preferred 


Payment for the test is a fixed price of $200. The rate of work thereafter is determined by the recipe complexity. Any freelancer fees incurred by the Upwork platform will be covered.

Terms and Conditions:  

You acknowledge and agree that should you accept the engagement outlined above, your work for Dotdash Meredith will be subject to the Optional Service Contract Terms found at Please review such terms prior to your acceptance of the engagement.

About Us:

Dotdash Meredith is the largest digital and print publisher in America. From mobile to magazines, nearly 200 million people trust us to help them make decisions, take action, and find inspiration. Dotdash Meredith’s over 40 iconic brands include PEOPLE, Better Homes & Gardens, Verywell, Food & Wine, The Spruce, Allrecipes, Byrdie, REAL SIMPLE, Investopedia, and Southern Living.

Dotdash Meredith embraces inclusivity and values our diverse community. We are committed to building a team based on qualifications, merit, and business needs. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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