Food Photography Styling for Beginners
Hey Everyone! As a food blogger, I am constantly learning about my craft, and trying new things. Whether it’s related to photography, photo editing, recipe creating or props, I am always finding ways to make each recipe look better, taste better and reach a broader audience. I hope you find some of these Food Blogging Tips helpful. It’s an amazing hobby and career. I just want all of you to succeed, so let’s take this journey together shall we?
Props: I am currently into dark and gloomy food photography. I love finding antique-looking plates, silverware and anything black and modern for my food photography. Old rusty bread pans at second hand stores are literally a dime a dozen, so have fun and search for unique items for your photos. You won’t spend a lot of money doing it!
Textures: I love adding elements to my photos so I’m not left with so much negative space that it looks boring. You could take great negative space food photos though so don’t be discouraged! Find place mats at stores such as Target or Kmart for a little over a dollar each will add dimension to your food photos.
Upcycle: I save things like jars, tins, parchment paper (used or fresh depending on your style) etc. for some of my photos. Get creative you guys! You can take really lovely photos of simple dishes such as a plain cinnamon and sugar donut and turn them into a really interesting photo that stands out. All of this stuff is very budget friendly too, which is important when you are starting a food photography portfolio or diving into food blogging.
Minimalism: Sometimes, less is more. There is no rules to your style of food photography, so don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. To me, it’s sort of similar to the fashion industry. Sure, there is some structured advice on how to compliment your body type, and those same rules apply to food photography in my opinion, but even though I am currently into the gloomy, overly edited and dark food photography, sometimes I like to stick to clean and simple. So if you don’t have fancy props right now, a basic white plate and natural lighting can go a LONG way.
I hope you find this information useful. Remember, at the end of the day, it’s about what you like, not what you think others will. I try to ask myself, “would I check out this photo compared to the others if it weren’t made be me?” These food blogging tips should be used as guidelines. Be intuitive about your style and don’t feel guilty when a year later you look back and cringe at your old work. At the time, it was something that made you happy. Again, it’s a lot like fashion. LOL!
Have fun, be creative, and think outside the light box. Food blogging is insanely fun, and a lot of work. You should be happy with what you produce and have fun during the creative process. Otherwise, there is no point in sharing recipes.