Xavier D. Buendia
Food & Portrait Photographer Brighton-London

Hi, I'm Xavier

I'm a photographer based in Brighton, UK and often on the road too. My speciality is food photography for the food and drinks industry and portraiture for lifestyle and fashion brands and editorials. I make beautiful photos with an oompf that help my clients and their businesses connect, engage and inspire. 

My background is a beautiful mix of Mexican and Catalan, My parents and grandparents introduced me to all sorts of wonderful food from an early age and later I learned the importance of food and its heavy influence in both cultures. This led to a career on the catering industry graduating from culinary school, working as a chef for a while and then becoming a sommelier. I worked in fine dining venues for over 10 years in Europe and America until I decided to move on and commit to my photography.

I learned about photography from an early age too, food and photography have been my two life-long passions. My first approach to photography was through my family's collection of old LIFE and Vogue magazines and getting my first camera at the age of 10. Throughout my youth, I attended several art courses learning the basics of history and theory of art which heavily influence the way I photograph combined with my interest in those old magazines.

As soon as I knew I wanted to turn my passion into a business, In 2012 I took a degree on professional photography which taught me the very basics on how to run a successful business as a freelance creative.

Since 2013 I've been taking commercial assignments and building strong relationships not only with my clients but with talented professionals who share my passion for the industry like stylists, copywriters, marketeers, project managers, publishers and videographers. 

If you have a project, I'd love to hear about it and work with you! Get in touch

Awards: 

In 2016 I entered the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year awards out of curiosity. 3 out of 5 photos made it to the second stage and later, 2 made it to the final. One got an award, the other got a commended mention. I still believe it was luck but it's nice to get your work recognised.

Tuition:

I offer 1 to 1 photography lessons in Brighton and London. Currently I'm running 2 workshops: One on the basics of photography and how to use your camera. Another one of food photography. Please get in touch to inquire about these.

In July 2018 I started teaching Food Photography at the CNM in King's Cross in London. Please have a look at their website for future dates.


follow me on Instagram @xdbphotography

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