Creative Minds Spotlight: Photographer Liz Clayman

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Liz Clayman is a Brooklyn-based freelance photographer, specializing in culinary, lifestyle and portraiture. She is currently the Photo Editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan and spent the two years prior as the in-house photographer for Union Square Hospitality Group. She shoots some editorial (New York Magazine), some stills for television (Beat Bobby Flay, Seasons 1-12); mostly though, she shoots work for restaurants (fun ones! like: Shake Shack, Soho House, Mercado Little Spain, Marea, The NoMad, etc). She tells us she still gets nervous before almost every shoot, which means she's certainly on the right track.

If you weren’t a photographer, what would you choose to do?

Probably something with animals!

When feeling uninspired, what do you do to spark creativity?

Get off of all social media and take out old photo books: Parr, Eggleston, Maier, Shore, Arbus, Tilman, Winograd, Meyerowitz

The most memorable person you have met/specific moment in your career?

I shot Drew Barrymores portrait and of course, shes a pro in that she knows her good sides, but what was most memorable was the firm hug and the bottle of (Barrymore) rosé she gave me afterwards.

What do you love most about living in Brooklyn?

The diversity - the people, the food, the fashion. It’s so full of life! I’m just creeping up on 15 years here and I can’t imagine living anywhere else.