In many ways, food photography was how I started in photography in the first place. Don’t get me wrong, the photos were definitely not anything to write home about. They were all taken quickly after I had made my tea with no consideration for lighting or composition and just with my old iPhone (see below).

Food and cooking have always been one of my favourite hobbies/interests. I have enjoyed it ever since I can remember, and taken pictures of my food ever since I started on Instagram, all the way back in 2010. However, since owning a DSLR I have focused mainly on landscapes, macro and general outdoorsy style shots.

This meant that food photos have taken a major backseat, and unfortunately over the past 6 months or so, cooking has too. I still cook most of the time, but because of various different things, my attention has been elsewhere. Recently, I have started getting back into food and cooking and after photographing lots of different subjects, it seems to have come full circle and now here I am, back to shooting my dinner.

Pinterest

Pinterest has been a major influencer in this. I use Pinterest quite a lot for inspiration on pretty much anything, whether it’s ideas on how to decorate my house or design and photography tips. At the moment it’s mainly food photography and recipe ideas that are exciting me.

It is, however, a bit of a double-edged sword. The more you look into how the gorgeous food photos are taken, the more you realise it’s not just a simple case of cooking a dish and getting your camera out. It takes a lot of work to get beautiful, professional looking food shots, building a scene and story and using hundreds of props (nice looking plates, dishes, pans, cutlery etc). I tried it over an afternoon recently and I did love doing it. I’m fairly happy with the final shots, but there are a few lessons to be learned. For example, pay more attention to the background, and have a wide variety of props for different foods and styles.  

Early Food Photography

So these few shots below are just a small selection of the food photos I used to take. You can quite literally see that it’s literally just a pretty plain looking photo taken as I’m plating up with very little to no regard for everything around the plate. But I suppose we all have to start somewhere…

These shots were taken in my living room with a bit more of a professional set up, backing boards, props, camera tripod etc. etc. To see some more visit my Food & Drink Gallery