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The Art of Culinary Style and Photography

Bryan Baquiran of @OrlandoFoodSpots shares his journey as a creative in the culinary world

Bryan Baquiran was a student at the University of Florida studying Telecommunications with a track in Productions when his love and skill for photography and food merged. Bryan was cooking on a budget and found the beauty in carefully crafted dishes when he had the opportunity to eat out at restaurants. This led him to begin taking photos of his food not only to enjoy while he was out but also to savor and remember the plating and style of the dish. His personal social media pages began to grow with followers interested in the food photography that he was sharing, and after growing to 1,000 followers, he decided to create a dedicated social media platform to showcase his love of food as an art form, @OrlandoFoodSpots was born.

Over time, @OrlandoFoodSpots has continued to blossom, and with new growth has come new opportunities. Bryan's skill set in both photography and videography, as well as food styling, has opened doors to paid work for restaurants, bars, and brands. "When brands started reaching out to me, I started to think this might be bigger than what I expected," said Bryan. "I want to spotlight the art and creativity behind food and not focus on indulgence. Culinary is an art, and I want to highlight the chefs behind it." 

When it comes to styling food and beverage for a photo or video shoot, Bryan focuses on the most visually interesting part of the subject. "As a creative, I like to focus on the colors that the subject gives off," said Bryan. About forty percent of the work is done behind the camera, with sixty percent in post-production. 

When asked about his greatest accomplishment from @OrlandoFoodSpots, Bryan said there was not one single moment that he could recollect, but rather that when he is out in the field at a luxury restaurant or hotel for a collaboration, he will often have a "ratatouille flashback" to the college days of eating ramen.

You can find more about Bryan at TrendingFoodSpots.com, BryanBaquiran.org, and on social media @OrlandoFoodSpots.

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