Director / Still Photographer
At the age of 18, Jonathan Lovekin’s father gave him his first camera, a Voigtlander.
He subsequently embarked upon a photographic course at the Kent Institute of Art and Design, from which he graduated in 1988.
At the age of 22 Jonathan set up as a photographer on his own and began shooting editorial work for ‘World of Interiors’,
and ‘Elle Deco’.
It was this work that first caught the eye of Nigel Slater, and prompted him to ask Jonathan to collaborate for the food pages of
This soon led to him becoming established as a much sought after food photographer.
In the last decade, the relationship with Slater has seen Jonathan’s photography dominate the food pages of both the weekly Observer Magazine and the specialist Food Monthly.
Jonathan’s photograph’s have illustrated many of Slater’s books including ‘Appetite’ and ‘Real Food’ for which he won the prestigious, Glenfiddich award – as well as the bestseller ‘The Kitchen Diaries’.
His latest collaboration with Nigel Slater is the recently published ‘Tender’ and ‘Tender II’.
Jonathan also photographed Angela Hartnett’s new book: ‘My Family and Other Recipes’, and last year he photographed Yotam- Ottolenghi’s much awaited book ‘Plenty’.
Jonathan has worked with Nathalie Hambro for Vogue, and the infamous Martha Stewart on her ‘Baking Handbook’.
He recently won a 2nd Glenfiddich award for his work on ‘Feasts’.
He has also won the much-coveted Association of Photographer’s award.
He has enjoyed success with advertising campaigns for Lurpak (Saatchi + Saatchi) Carnation (Publicis) and Sainsbury’s (AMV),
to name a few.
In 2006 Jonathan teamed up with producer Adam Saward and started directing TV commercials.
He has now established himself as one of the leading tabletop directors in Europe with a showreel to prove it.
He has shot commercials for leading companies such as Sainsbury’s as well as for major international brands such as:
Bertolli, Bird’s Eye, and Tropicana.
Recently Jonathan has added to his list of photographic collaborations with Diana Henry’s- ‘Food From Plenty’ and with two more books due to come out in 2011, one with Angela Hartnett and the other with Valentine Warner, its looking set to be a tasty year!
Jonathan is based in London, and works Internationally.