While I’m not a food photographer, I do love to photograph my food, if for no other reason than to honour and appreciate what I’m eating, whether at home or in a restaurant.
Food is a huge part of family memories – from favourite recipes growing up, to daily meals, to special occasions and travel.
It should be part of our photographic repertoire.
The preparing and eating of food is a sensory experience and can bring us right into the moment.
By opening our senses, we see the visual delight, smell the aromas, hear the slicing and dicing, touch the skins, and taste what we’ve prepared (or has been prepared for us).
We can photograph food in grocery stores, outdoor markets, events, at restaurants, on our travels, or at home.
I was delighted to find these bins of Turkish Delight at a local orchard store. While I’m avoiding sugar these days, the colourful bins drew me in. I bought four different pieces, and they were delicious.
See the colours, shapes, and textures as well as the beauty of food on your plate when it’s all together. I especially love photographing my food in a restaurant before I eat.
Pay attention to the smells as you’re cooking. Soup is a great place to start, or smell the spices as you add them to whatever you’re making.
Listen to the sounds as you slice and dice and the sizzles and boils and pops as you cook.
Or, the sounds of glasses clinking, forks clicking, knives slicing, people talking at an event, restaurant, or coffee shop.
The image to your right was taken at the Niagara Icewine Festival outdoors last January.
Even your snacks are fair game. Doesn’t this image of caramel corn make you want to reach out and touch (and eat)?
Feel the textures as you prepare (or eat) your food – from the smoothness of the apple to the fuzziness of the peach to the jagged edges of the pineapple.
The variety of textures is amazing.
Also, feel the way the food lands in your mouth.
Besides the taste, you can feel the texture of a piece of meat or the refreshing lightness of a cool drink, or the softness of a piece of chocolate.
And, finally when our food is ready, it’s time to photograph, and then taste and enjoy. After all, that’s what it’s there for.
Resources on Food and Photography
Marie Robledo – food portfolio. She is one of my favourites because of her emphasis on design.
Top Ten Food Photographers from Flavour
11 Great Camera Angles for Food Photography from Digital Photography School
Eat Your Way to Gorgeous (a class I’m taking now) from Sue Ann Gleason of Conscious Bites NutritionRead More