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Food photographer on a mission to save local restaurants during coronavirus pandemic

Many restaurants have been forced to close their doors because of health concerns. A local photographer is offering free pictures to help keep businesses afloat

WASHINGTON — Laura Chase de Formigny is an editorial food photographer. Her work has been seen in both local and national publications. She knows how important it is for restaurants to have good food, as well as good pictures of their food.

"When you look at a photo that looks delicious, and one that does not look like you want to eat it, that's the difference between making a sale and not making a sale," she said. 

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The coronavirus pandemic has negatively impacted the industry de Formigny works so hard to capture. Many restaurants have had to reinvent their menus for carry-out offerings, leaving them without any appealing pictures of their food. De Formigny is now offering free food photography to those restaurants who are in dire need. 

Ordering take-out is one of the best ways to support local restaurants right now and de Formigny said she wants to make sure businesses have a fighting chance to survive. 

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To promote her mission, she is using #TakeOutToStayIn to share her work. The longtime photographer was inspired by others doing good in their communities. 

"I want businesses to have more sales, and if I can help them by giving them beautiful food photography, which is what I specialize in, then I feel like I'm doing something good to help during a really difficult time," de Formigny said.

Restaurants who are interested in her services are encouraged to reach out to her via Instagram or e-mail.

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