Two weeks ago we announced an exciting additional category from Marks & Spencer being introduced for 2016, 'Marks & Spencer Food Adventures'. The new category is seeking the most flamboyant and vibrant images of food and eating across the Americas. We want to see richly-coloured pictures of food and food occasions; from traditional family gatherings, to spontaneous street eats with live music- let’s celebrate the melting pot of cultures from the Americas.

What better time than now to talk to Lauren Lear, a 2015 Marks & Spencer Food Portraiture Finalist based in the USA.

This shot of Kumamoto Oysters with Pickled Red Onion Ice by Lauren was shot at Eventide Oyster Co. in Portland, Maine and was her Highly Commended Finalist image in 2015. So we wanted to know a little more!

"I've lived in Portland, Maine for five years and from the first week I was here I knew why they call it the "Foodiest Little Town in America". We have such a broad range of restaurants and food offerings from potato donuts, to food trucks, tapas, and of course amazing sea food. When I hear of a new restaurant in town, I make a point to go for lunch to photograph."

Asked how travel & exploring a different culture influenced her work she said, "working in new situations and cultures has broadened the scope of what I expect from myself and my work."

So where does Lauren plan to explore next?....Top Ten Travel Bucket List!

My top ten places to not only visit but to photograph food are Iceland, Greece, Paris, India, Thailand, South Africa, Bali, Australia, Maldives, and China.

I’m excited to announce I’ve just launched my new food website at Here I am able to display new work, client work, personal projects, and published work both in cookbooks and magazines.

You can also connect with Lauren here:

Twitter: @Lola_Studios


Instagram: @laurenlearfood

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