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Gabriele Liaudanskaite, a food photographer

Published by Diana Tula · July 26th 2013

To discover more about the living life behind a lens we started portrait interview series featuring 500px photographers. Today we’d like to introduce you to Gabriele Liaudanskaite, a 17 year old food photographer from Lithuania. Photography is her hobby and here’s the story of how it started.

Hello Gabriele, could you tell us about your photographic journey?

My first attempt to make a food photograph was someday back in 2010 or early 2011, if I remember correctly. I just wanted to capture the moment. The result was a simple, amateur photo of a very tasty cake from a very bad angle :) After that time, somehow I realized how beautiful food is (even though my first camera didn't). So many patterns, so many colours and finally — so many tastes!

What I love most about food photography is the moments. They never repeat again.

Do you cook yourself for the photos? Or is there a family member or friend who helps out?

No way, I don’t like cooking myself. My photos would be nothing without the help of my mum. She is the one who deserves a medal.

The colours in your photos are very crisp and the light is natural. Do you do any post-processing adjustments to achieve this effect or is this just intuitive decision when taking a photograph?

I shoot photos in natural light, usually on the kitchen table near the window. Also, I use Photoshop to adjust the photos a bit but I try to never over-use it. People who see Photoshop as a witch from the medieval times that must be burned down should take it easy.

What camera settings do you usually shoot with?

When I shoot something important, I use automatic settings, and when I want to ‘play pretend as a photographer’, I switch to Av mode. Oh, and I like manual focus! Sadly, my shaking hands don’t.

What is your camera and preferred lens that you like to shoot with?

My beloved Canon EOS 1100D has only one lens to be friends with. It’s EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II. (I said I am an amateur!)

You have mentioned that you are an amateur photographer. Is it safe to assume that photography is your hobby only?

I made an agreement with myself — when I start earning money from what I do with my camera (commercial photo sessions or something like that; selling photos on 500px doesn’t count), it will no longer be my hobby, it will be my job.

Have you tried or are you considering to turn this passion into a profession?

There were many times when I thought about that but I believe it is a must to ‘make a name’ first.

Could you share with us any favourite childhood memories tied to food or cooking?

When I was 4 or 5, I had a wonderful dish set made of colourful plastics. Once I decided to ‘make a soup’: I took some fresh peas, a leaf of a cabbage, a raw potato and poured some milk. It was awful.

What’s your favourite food dish?

Sushi. Definitely. (All the Japanese readers out there — arigato for such eatable masterpiece!)

Besides the beautiful and cheerful food photos your portfolio is filled with quaint indoor details, romantic photos of the outdoors and close-ups of life. Do you think there’s a reason why you gravitate towards such subject matter? 

I am still learning how to see objects, how to capture them and how to express the moment that I saw. Many of those ‘other‘ photos deserve a ‘Delete‘ button but somehow they are still there. 

I know you have won a few 500px Monday contests and got featured on 500px Editors’ Choice. How did it make you feel or what are your thoughts? Did you participate in other photo contests outside of 500px? 

Winning a Monday contest together with other 11 people usually makes my day. And when talking about Editors’ Choice… Shall I mention tears or not? :)

I have participated in many different, usually internet-based photo contests and I’ve won in several of them. Nevertheless, my biggest luck was to be among few other laureates of Lithuanian schoolchildren‘s photography contest. It was a blast, really.

Do you feel more encouraged now to promote your work or more confident to enter contests?

No, every time I achieve something, my holy bar of requirements for myself rises.

Who are you favourite food photographers or chefs?

My biggest muses are Katie Quinn Davies, Linda Lomelino and famous 500px‘ists (is it even a word? :D):

Could you share advice that you’d give to any beginner photographer. Be it advice in food photography or just advice on how to get started?

One should not be afraid to begin with ordinary pictures: blooming tulips in grandma’s yard, oh-my-god-how-awesome clouds at sunset, touristic pictures of famous landmarks from a very boring angle, close-ups of friend’s new puppy or kitty or whatever. Only after taking such photos one will start to feel the need to become different.

Thanks Gabriele for the interview and thank you for reading! Feel free to leave a comment or question to the photographer below, we love your feedback.

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andy 126 (inactive)  about 1 year ago
Nuostabus darbai, kaip pradedantysis izvelgiau kai ka naujo. Linkiu neprarast ikvepimo ir fantazijos! :)
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Porfirio Solorzano  over 1 year ago
Beautiful work! You do have an amazing talent. May I ask what you use for lighting mostly? I did not see that question being asked in the interview. I can see some reflections of a softbox in some of the pictures. And it is obviously very soft light.
You have a great future in food photography.
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Thanks a lot, Porfirio :)
When talking about the lighting, I use only natural light from kitchen window (I usually shoot there). And nope, I don't have a softbox — I use a simple sheet of white paper to soften the shadows if needed.
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Gustavo Armand Ugon  over 1 year ago
Totalmente de acuerdo con Guillermo. Cuando hay talento, creatividad y buen gusto, no hay nada que hacerle. Mis sinceras felicitaciones a Gabriele además por su honestidad, sencillez y humildad. Tiene un futuro enorme. Bravo!
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
¡Muchas gracias, Gustavo!
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gui c3rpa  over 1 year ago
Pensar que hay gente que usa equipos carísimos con lentes serie L que fácilmente cuestan lo mismo que un automóvil compacto; sets como con 8 flashes para iluminar cada minuscula parte, ... y ni así obtienen la calidad que tiene esta fotógrafa. Mis felicitaciones.
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Awww muchas gracias, Guillermo! :)
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Stevie Beats  over 1 year ago
Great compositions and colours, really creative, well done
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Thanks a lot, Stevie! :)
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Eliel Freitas Jr  over 1 year ago
que lindas fotos
adorei todas elas
nada como fazer com amor
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Muito obrigado, Eliel :)
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Vitaly Shutov  over 1 year ago
Спасибо огромное, Габриела, за чудесные фотографии! Может быть у вас есть фотосеты с традиционной литовской кухней? Пока обнаружил только финские блюда. (((
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Большое спасибо, Виталий!
К сожалению, я не снимаю блюд литовской кухни просто потому, что я не считаю это красивым. Более того, я должна признаться, я люблю Финляндию больше чем Литву :)
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Vitaly Shutov  over 1 year ago
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Todd Strong  over 1 year ago
Absolutely beautiful! I love you compositions and sense of space. Your images really breath. Just stunning and at such a young age to have mastered this media. I have a saying, anyone can learn a certain amount of technical ability and be good, but the truly talented/ gifted can be great. You have that gift.
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Thank you so much, Todd! :)
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Edgaras Vaicikevicius  over 1 year ago
Saunuole!
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Labai ačiū! :)
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Niraj Chourasia  over 1 year ago
Nice man keep it up ..Marvelous :)
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Thanks, Niraj ;)
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Eri Saferi  over 1 year ago
I show it to my wife..she will love this..
I believe there is a great skill behind a great shoot.
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Awww, thanks a lot, Eri :)
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Louis Nel  over 1 year ago
Great talent! Your skills are amazing for the equipment that you use.
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Thank you, Louis :)
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一一 张  over 1 year ago
加油哦~很喜欢你的照片呢~
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
谢谢! :)
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Fasih Doruk ATAY  over 1 year ago
Well done little peas :)
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Hehe, thanks! :)
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Rodrigo Favela  over 1 year ago
Hey, you're amazing. I`m 17 too but I'm have a lot to do to be like you :D
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Be yourself ;)
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Dario Ricardo  over 1 year ago
congrats, you have talent
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Thank you, Dario! :)
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Robic Upadhayay  over 1 year ago
wonderful photos and an inspiring(in a fun way) kind of thing!
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Thanks a lot, Robic :)
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Robin Springer  over 1 year ago
You are wonderful!!! I know you'll keep up the great work that's making us all drool, lol!
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Hehe, thanks for your support, Robin! :)
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Mariela Espinoza  over 1 year ago
Hermosas fotografias, felicidades !
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
¡Muchas gracias, Mariela! :)
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Ircelijn Hermanus  over 1 year ago
Wonderful Gabriele, you're photos has it all.......thanks for sharing........
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Thanks a lot, Ircelijn :)
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Diana Martins  over 1 year ago
maravilhosas fotografais adorei!!
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Muito obrigado, Diana!
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Pierre Siehr  over 1 year ago
Bonjour, mais qu'elle si belle fraicheur et intelligence. I am an old man and so glad having seen your photos . Spirit , colors, all the juice of youth??? Ha, ha, ha. Just try to continue like that .
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Merci beaucoup, Pierre :)
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Myrian Edith Poggi  over 1 year ago
Bellisima....
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Gracias :)
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Maria Eli Martins Soares  over 1 year ago
FINÍSSIMO!!!!!
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Muito obrigado!
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Deeba Rajpal  over 1 year ago
Gorgeous work. How inspiring the young lady is!! Bravo!!!
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Hehe, thanks a lot, Deeba :)
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Ayan Villafuerte  over 1 year ago
inspiring =)
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Glad to hear!
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Saimir Kumi  over 1 year ago
Very nice work.
Congratulation.
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Thank you, Saimir :)
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Amit Roy  over 1 year ago
Nice photos..keep it up..
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Thanks! :)
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Amanda Leer  over 1 year ago
Beautiful pictures and very interesting interview!
Good luck!
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Thank you, Amanda!
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William Bernal  over 1 year ago
I think this interview is inspiring, and thats wonderful! thanks
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Thank you very much, William :)
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Claudia Himmelreich  over 1 year ago
You've got great talent - fabulous work!!!
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Thanks a lot, Claudia :)
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Dunia Osorio  over 1 year ago
A great photographer, congratulations!!
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Thanks! :)
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Terry Stanton  over 1 year ago
Great work. We have Lithuanian friends over and I love their food.
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Thanks a lot, Terry! Great to hear you love Lithuanian cuisine :)
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Emiko Hall  over 1 year ago
You are a natural! I love your work. You should be getting paid as a professional soon if you don't already by now.
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Thank you for your kind words, Emiko :)
And when talking about getting paid... I tried to register on iStockphoto. My account did not last 3 days :D I guess that makes sense.
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Miroslav Jakab  over 1 year ago
Great pictures! Greetings from Slovakia.
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Thank you very much, Miroslav :)
Warm greetings from Lithuania!
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Igoris Binkis  over 1 year ago
Nuostabus darbai, kaip pradedantysis izvelgiau kai ka naujo. Linkiu neprarast ikvepimo ir fantazijos! :)
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Labai ačiū už palaikymą! :)
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Agnieszka Piątkowska  over 1 year ago
Oh my God, thank you so much for mentioning me! Lovely pics and great ideas, keep up the good work! :)
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
No problem, Agnieszka, thank you for inspiration! :)
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Lilya Nevostrueva  over 1 year ago
Very beautiful work Gabriele ! :)
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Thank you very much, Lilya :)
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Patricia S. Paton  over 1 year ago
Brilliant work! Well done!
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Thanks, Patricia!
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Svetlin Nikolov  over 1 year ago
Fantastic work!
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Thank you!
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Raquel S.  over 1 year ago
fantastic work
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Thanks a lot!
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Eric Charles  over 1 year ago
Excellent,thanks !
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Thanks for reading, Eric ;)
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Russ Hawker  over 1 year ago
Superb article and even better photos....great job
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Thank you!
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Frank Unger  over 1 year ago
This is a wonderful and fantastic work!
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Thanks a lot!
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Olay Alvarez  over 1 year ago
just wonderful & simple !! thanks a lot for sharing your work and passion, greetings from Colombia!
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Thank you very much!
Greetings from Lithuania :)
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Carlos Vila  over 1 year ago
Excelente trabajo, enhorabuena!!!
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
¡Muchas gracias, Carlos!
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Renata Pauliukaityte  over 1 year ago
Šaunuolė. Taip ir toliau :)
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Ačiū už palaikymą! :)
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Annie Japaud  over 1 year ago
fantastic work! well done
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Thanks!
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Eugenia Myskina  over 1 year ago
Класс! Чувство композиции потрясающее! =)
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Gabriele Liaudanskaite  over 1 year ago
Большое спасибо! :)

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