Jonathan Meter’s delicately styled and meticulously prepared food photography will leave you hungry or inspired—but likely both.
Alongside his wife, Jessica, who owns her own catering company and food blog, Meter’s work, as featured on his Dripbook portfolio, is a part of a year-long photo project. His shots are comprised of colorful medleys of vegetables, sandwiches filled with plenty of ingredients and sweet treats, while much of it was captured in his home studio or on location at various restaurants. But most importantly, the project is aimed to highlight food and its role in cultures around the word.
“I’m experimenting with mixing different qualities of light, mostly using punchier, harder sources as my fill,” said Meter. “I am borrowing a mixture of techniques I’ve seen used for fashion and commercial still-life photography and applying them to my food photography.”
At 10 years old, Meter enrolled in a photo and video workshop on the weekends, where he quickly developed a love for the medium. What started off as a Bar Mitzvah gift from his father—a 35mm Canon Rebel G—soon became an infatuation with photography and the process behind it. In college, Meter attended the University of Pennsylvania and went on to minor in photography. But after a serious car accident forced him to withdraw for a semester, he began studying for the LSAT and applying to law school. He quickly realized that law school wasn’t what he really wanted and began reevaluating his life choices.
“It was then that I shifted my focus to photography and started taking my work more seriously. I started assisting a few photographers in Philly while I was finishing school. Eventually, I moved to New York and have been navigating the photo industry since,” he said.
Today, Meter is working as a freelance photographer and plans to remain independent, as he is constantly seeking to apply as many different styles and techniques to his work as possible. “Marketing, getting your work out there, and essentially just hustling has been the most challenging aspect of my career,” he said. “You could be the most gifted artist on earth, but you will never ‘make it’ if you don’t get exposure for your work.”
See more of Meter’s work below and in his Dripbook portfolio.