S2 Bonus Episode: It All Began with a Blog for Brian Samuels


After Brian Samuels launched the blog A Thought For Food in 2009, it didn’t take long for his inspired recipes, personal anecdotes, and stunning photography to gain a following. Within two years, the Emerson College grad was photographing professionally for restaurants, food brands, and magazines; since 2016, he has also been taking photos for The Food Lens, where he is now director of photography. His work has been featured in a range of local and national publications, including Bon Appétit, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Tasting Table, and Saveur.

How do you turn a passion project into a full-time career? Just ask Brian Samuels, The Food Lens’ very own director of photography. We sat down with the photographer to learn how his side project, the blog A Thought for Food, propelled him into a career as one of Boston’s most well-known and beloved (yes, we’re biased!) food photographers. Don’t worry, we made sure to get some advice for upping your Instagram game in the process.

Since we’re all doing our part and staying home during the current Covid-19 pandemic, we also asked Brian to share one of his best pantry-staple meals from his blog: Pasta Puttanesca. Head to Brian’s blog for the recipe.

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Thank you to our season two sponsors, Winestyr and Image Unlimited Communications.

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