Scott Grummett

Food Photographer
London, UK
scottgrummett.com/

Scott Grummett is a Photographer & Director specialising in Food & Drink. His team has been at the forefront of the modern revolution in commercial food presentation, creating graphic and most importantly, delicious-looking stills & films for clients in the UK and internationally. Most recently Scott has been commended for his directing work as part of Weight Watchers’ Superbowl campaign in the USA, featuring Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul. At home he is best known for his work establishing the look of London’s recent hamburger revolution with Honest Burgers. A specialist in gluttony Scott has been called in to work with kings of chicken KFC and Nando’s for creative advertising and PR work in the UK.

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What do you love most about photography?
Variety, I do something different pretty much every day and that keeps me on my toes. There is always a new challenge with requests ranging from a very specific type of ice being frozen onto a window, sourcing rare ingredients out of season or blowing things up with fireworks. The unpredictable nature means I never get bored.
How would you describe your style and how did you find it?
I always think of myself as shooting quite graphic images. I spent my youth drawing cartoons with big bold edges in 'Berol Broad' felt tip pens. That bright, high contrast almost cartoony popeye feel I think still resonates in my work and comes from an education I created using felt tips. My food is indulgent and gluttonous for the most part. Food images have to make you hungry and when I was forming the portfolio I found much more satisfaction in images of chocolate or drippy oozy burgers than salads, hence the niche I have now found.
Who are some clients you work for now?
Warburton's & Lurpak were regulars last year making bread & butter my bread and butter. I also shoot for Tesco, Hellmann's, Nando's, Marks & Spencer, Esquire, Diageo, Bacardi, Sainsbury's, Honest Burgers & KFC to name a few.
Have you had a mentor or an advisor in your career? What did they teach you?
I have had a few in my time, I assisted three people regularly (amongst others more sporadically) and I think I got something different from each of them. I learnt to hone my skills in lighting from one. I got my work ethic and view into the world of directing from another. & The world of working with clients from another. That is a simplified version but I feel thats where I have taken on a lot of my skills from. Also working with my agents in both stills and motion has led me to take on a lot in terms of what I should be doing with my work to get work and make myself commercially viable.
What would you recommend to someone just starting their career?
Take more pictures! It really is that simple. I see students all the time who in a month have taken a few pictures. If you are hungry to do this the best way to get work and to learn is to take pictures, there is no better way. Assist is the other key message. If you want to learn then learn from the best. Getting assisting work isn't easy and sending two or three emails won't come close to cutting it. It is a full time job and you are up against people doing it for years so be aggressive in trying to get your foot in the door.
What has been the best piece of advice you have ever received in regards to photography or business and from whom?
"If you don't do what everyone else is doing, then you won't have to compete." I can't remember where I read this or in what context (It may have been the late great Paul Arden) but it has always resonated with me. Basically if you see what other photographers are doing and copy it or match their style then you are never going to be that successful. The other photographer(s) will get the job ahead of you as they will be more established and better known for that style. If you create something thats yours it's much more ownable and people will come to you specifically for it. It made me realise that I need to take pictures the way that I take pictures and not to fight my eye to match other peoples way of doing things. Trusting yourself is quite a big step but it's the only route to success in my opinion.