Professional Food Photographer

about orkun örcan

I was born in Izmir, Turkey in 1975. I am a professional advertising photographer currently based in Dubai, and I thank you for taking the time to visit my website.

Since 2008, I have worked as a professional photographer in the UAE. I have helped many well- respected brands capture the brilliant and beautiful essence of their food, jewellery and hotel products through my vivid and evocative advertising photography.

My work as a professional UAE advertising photographer has increased the engagement and sales of prolific businesses around the world – and I’d love to do the same for your brand!

My Background

I have been fascinated by the world of photography for as long as I can remember, and have worked in the field since becoming an assistant at my father’s advertising photography studio way back in 1993.

I progressed specifically into advertising photography, working with many agencies and brands across Turkey and Middle East.

I studied Photography at the Fine Arts Faculty of Dokuz Eylül University and, upon graduating in 2001, continued to further my experience in the industry. In 2008, I moved to Dubai and – as they say – the rest is history.

Of course, it’s not all photography – when not on assignment or in my post-prod studio, you’ll find me cooking and eating with friends and listening to jazz.

My Areas of Work & Portfolio

I am honoured to be a professional Dubai photographer serving up exquisite images to a range of clients across this beautiful nation.

Based in the vibrant city of Dubai, I specialize in capturing the essence of culinary art in Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. With a passion for celebrating the region’s rich gastronomic heritage, my work aims to convey the intricate flavors, textures, and aromas that define Middle Eastern cuisine. I strive to create visually stunning images that not only entice the palate but also tell a story, highlighting the culture and traditions that shape the culinary experiences of Saudi Arabia. Combining expert technical skills with an artistic eye, I work closely with chefs, restaurateurs, and food enthusiasts, ensuring every project reflects their unique vision and leaves a lasting impression. Allow me to take you on a sensory journey and explore the tantalizing world of food through my lens.

Are you interested in securing my professional UAE photography services for your next project? Read on to discover just some of the clients who have benefited…


My primary output is food photography. To me, this was a natural progression fuelled by an undying love of food and appreciation of the human joys that come from enjoying food together.

Each image must emphasise the mouth-watering quality of the subject, as well as echo the underlying sensations that the brand wishes to bring diners.

I deliver professional food photography to an ever-growing collective of global advertising agencies, restaurants and clients. A great food photograph with balanced lighting and composition can substantially increase public interest, with sales following menu overhauls able to increase by up to 20%!

My food photography clients include McDonald’s, KFC, Pizza Hut, Subway, Applebees, IHOP, La Vaches Quirit, Kiri, Kraft, Puck, Quaker Oats, Nutella and Hershey’s – as well as many well-known local restaurants.

Discover my full portfolio as an UAE food photographer

My Commercial Photography Portfolio


To many, there is nothing more beautiful than an immaculately crafted, lovingly selected piece of jewellery. I love to channel my jewellery photography with these sensations and replicate in them the sheer pleasure that come from wearing such exquisite pieces.

For many years, I have provided as UAE jewellery photography recognised by client and public alike as on par with in-house work by world-famous jewellery brands. Professional jewellery photography significantly raises sales and improves request rates in-store and online alike.

Check out my full portfolio as an acclaimed UAE jewellery photographer.

Hotels & Interior

Whenever we travel, we wish to enjoy a sense of living unlike our daily existence. My professional hotel and interior photography focuses on the notion of a uniquely special experience. My work channels the insights of your hotel marketing team, with whom I plan locations and angles as well as optimal daylight, and represents each hotel in its full majesty.

UAE hotel photography makes up the third significant portion of my professional Dubai photography work. My work celebrates hotel accommodations at their finest, incorporating perfect lighting and, of course, decadent hotel restaurant menu photography.

Discover my full portfolio as a professional Dubai hotel photographer

My Process

What Goes into a Professional Photograph?

As I’m sure you can imagine, there is an incredible difference between one of your staff taking photos for a new product using a supermarket camera (even if it is a DSLR!) and investing in the services of a professional advertising photographer like myself. Behind the good images is not having a good camera it is knowledge and years of experience.

Photographs that may be suitable for your personal social media accounts are by no means refined enough for global brand campaigns, menu overhauls and catalogues published worldwide.

As a Dubai based photographer, I channel decades of carefully developed talent, diligent work, passion and talent into my craft – and the results speak for themselves.

To begin actively elevating your brand reputation, and stop wasting time and money, you simply must enlist the services of a professional photographer.

My Approach

As a professional advertising photographer, I thrive off the variability of my line of work and love nothing more than tackling new challenges. I live to discover paths where none can be found, and capture images that ring true with the feelings with which a product seeks to fill consumers.

Thanks to my uniquely comprehensive, unanimously acclaimed end-to-end process, I continue to exceed the expectations of the many highly regarded global brands with which I work.

On Trend

I channel current social themes into my work to ensure maximum engagement with your relevant audiences.

Industry Experience

My deep understanding enables me to provide more than powerful photos. My end-to-end photography service includes advice on design, marketing, communications and more.


Each of my clients enjoys a personable and precise service and I am not content unless I exceed your expectations.

Areas of Focus

In addition to the above criteria, which feature in all of my work as a UAE based professional photographer, I focus on the following key areas to ensure every image I produce stands out from the crowd – for all the right reasons.

Leading Equipment

An incredible amount of work goes into photographing food to look its best. From styling and props to lighting and post-production, my full equipment range brings out the best in every project.

An Eye for Lighting

The foundation of fantastic advertising photography is in the natural eye, experience and equipment. I believe 70% is defined by an understanding of lighting.

I focus on using light and shape to bring out the true beauty of the image. Whether a food item, piece of jewellery or hotel photography, proper lighting is the key to accentuating the essence of the subject at its best.

With proper lighting, the images we produce together will turn heads, attract buyers and significantly increase your sales.

Attuned Editing

Another invaluable factor in professional advertising photography is editing. One must understand colour separations when photographing for printing press – and one must consider the huge difference in editing a photo destined for a website design or a 10×100 meter advert along Sheikh Zayed Road!

While a lot of work goes into taking great advertising photos, just as much (if not more) goes into post-production. Beware photographers who do not continually celebrate a powerful, precise editing studio. This should be the sanctuary of any self-respecting advertising photographer – and is where I spend many hours perfecting your projects.

This is where the precise calibration, deep colour understanding and editing knowledge occurs, all of which are key elements in transforming a good photograph into a timeless great.

Partnered Styling

Taking a great photo is one thing – the composition that goes into preparing the subject is another altogether. I am proud to partner with one of the UAE’s best food stylists, and bring you every benefit of their input when we collaborate.

We can help you to create a mood-board and storyline that matches your brand. With composition, lighting and props, we guarantee the best pre-shoot composition of your subject. The results speak for themselves, with significant social media account boosts and 20-25% sales as a conservative estimate!

Before we begin the shoot, we will already have spent hours planning – enhancing both the resultant images and the smoothness of the shoot itself. When it comes to the products of the shoot, quantity should not outweigh quality. Some may promise 40-60 images from a 3-4 hour shoot, though it is better to achieve the best quality shots in the same time.

It is for this reason that guarantee my clients the best possible images, not the greatest number!

Let’s Discuss Your Project

Thank you for taking the time to visit my website. I truly hope you enjoy the content of my advertising photography portfolios and would be delighted to discuss any projects you have in mind.

Whether you want to fill your new menu with beautiful and delicious images, ensure your new jewellery range shines to its utmost potential or inspire new and existing guests to relax and rejuvenate at your hotel, I am confident my professional UAE photography can make it a reality.

My work is renowned for increasing worldwide engagement, significantly elevating sales and supporting huge advances in brand awareness and development.

Produce photos that are truly a feast for the eyes and get in touch now –