How To Stand Out as a Photographer: Interview with Penny De Los Santos

Interview with Penny De Los SantosI got a wonderful opportunity to talk with Saveur magazine’s senior photographer, Nat Geo photographer, Penny De Los Santos. In this interview Penny shares her advice on how to develop an eye for photography, how to stand out as a photographer and much more…

Let Welcome Penny De Los Santos

Penny is a professional photographer and loves shooting food, travel and people. She is a senior contributing photographer at Saveur Magazine, regular contributing photographer to National Geographic, Martha Stewart Living magazine.

Her work has also been featured in Time, News Week, Sports Illustrated, Caribbean Travel and many other national magazines. She has also received numerous grants and awards. Few of these grants are

To learn more about her visit Penny’s about page. Her portfolio is available here, blog can be found here.

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Penny Shares With Us

In this interview Penny shares a lot about her career and photography. She teaches how to improve and develop your food photography.

  • How she started as a photographer
  • How she got her first assignment with Saveur magazine
  • How to develop an eye for photography
  • What are the foundational elements to improving your photography
  • Today everybody is a photographer, how to stand out
  • How to make photos that have soul
  • What is story telling
  • How to tell a story with your photos

Reader Questions

We talked about following questions in this interview

  1. “How do you go about pitching a story?” from Dina Avila.
  2. “What are key elements in a professional portfolio” from Bianca. We have talked about tips on how to create a photography portfolio.
  3. “One lens for a week,  what do you choose?” from Justin Ide Answer: This one.
  4. “What lens do you use for food photography?” form iheartdesserts.
  5. “Where is food photography going? What are the coming trend/requests?” Evi Abeler.
  6. “What was your first paid assignment and how did you get that assignment?” Brycia Kiewlak

Thank You Penny

Thank you Penny for spending this time with us and for teaching us visual story telling.

More Lessons from Penny De Los Santos

In past, we have featured Penny’s workshops and lectures. Here are few more resources where Penny shares her advice on food photography

 

Your Comments

What do you think about this interview? Share your comments and suggestions with us.

  • Beautiful interview, thanks so much for sharing Penny, and thanks so much Neel for making this all happen!

    • Thank you Jenn. Glad you liked the interview.

  • Thank you so much for the beautiful interview Penny. I adore your work. Thanks Neel.

  • Simon

    Wow, another great interview, thanks to you both! I’m a big fan of Penny’s work, her blog is one of my absolute favs. Lovely portrait of her too, didn’t know she is such a cutie.

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