Your People | Rebecca Peloquin of Rebecca Peloquin Photography
Hailing from Echo Park + DTLA, Rebecca Peloquin is a food + beverage photographer with a passion for illuminating womxn-owned businesses. Combining her knack for snacks and love of photography, Rebecca is a perfect example of doing what you love and carving out a space for your own creative career.
Hey, babe! You don’t hear of too many photogs that do what you do! Tell us all about yourself and how you got started as a food + beverage photog?
I’m a photographer specializing in food + beverage, product, and everything beauty. Originally from a super small town in Massachusetts, I have been shooting in Los Angeles for over 10 years and adore elevating my subject whatever it happens to be. I firmly think it’s my responsibility as a photographer to make my subject look their best no matter what! I especially love working with female business owners to help them really claim their space in their market!
Over the years I’ve shot a lot of subjects but was drawn to food after working on a personal book project about food and memory. As an avid snacker and eternal taste adventurer, combining my two biggest loves: food and photography was a no brainer. I always strive to use “real” food in my shots and avoid any food tricks that might render the food inedible, because food waste and scarcity are serious issues that are very important to me and besides how else will I be able to snack on it later?
Snacks are always a v high priority around here. Switching topics a bit, any particular goals or aspirations for yourself?
My biggest goal right now is to connect with new clients that inspire me and encourage me to be my best while I help them attract new customers. It sounds simple but I just want to use my skills to help rad people succeed! I strive to really be the best photographer and person I can be and my biggest goal surrounding food photography is to utilize my skills to give back to my community and contribute to causes that help alleviate hunger.
V cool. What would you say is your specialty?
Food and beverage photography! I pride myself on making your snacks look like the best versions of themselves possible while still looking real. I make some tasty looking shots!
I also do love working with people and over the years have gotten pretty great at getting people to relax, have a laugh and get into some poses that work! There’s never any reason to be nervous on my set!
Love that. Any challenges you’ve encountered as a food + beverage photog? Any advice you might have for other womxn on a similar career path?
Wow, there have been a few! I’ve run into plenty of “quiet” times in business or times when I didn’t feel confident enough. Currently, my biggest challenge is finding the right clients. I can work with just about anyone, but I want to really work with those who will benefit a lot from my photos. I know we all are on budgets but finding the people who really value your work is priceless. My biggest advice to freelancers is to have a support system. You are definitely good enough and smart enough, sometimes it’s just hard to remember that in the face of an empty inbox or a phone that’s not ringing. Having some pals around that you can check in with, even online, helps a ton!
I feel that. Got to have a good support system, sis. So what’s it like for womxn in your field?
Commercial photography is pretty challenging for female photographers to break into and as a result, most advertising photographers are male. I certainly hope that is changing but haven’t found the most luck getting my foot in the door yet for big campaigns. There is some hope though for sure. One photo rep I know started a campaign called #diversifythelens to help raise awareness of female photographers and another amazing photographer started a list of female ad photographers to give folks no excuses about where to turn to find some great female talent. Now I just need to get on that list!
That’s so cool. We’ll def have to check out #diversifythelens. Sounds awesome. What female or female-identifying media or artist (film/music/tv/etc) or women-centric business are you totally obsessed with rn?
Most of my favorite food shooters and inspirations are women actually. Christina Peters is a brilliant LA photographer who gives back to help newer photographers, Rachel Korinek is another, Deborah Jones and my favorite photo podcast “Pro Photographer Journey” is hosted by Chamira Young!