To be truthful, I don’t do much entertaining anymore – and my normal fare is grabbing yoghurt and a banana – or whipping up an omelet. My food photography has been on the commercial level working with Jack Daniels, The World BBQ Association out of Switzerland, the Epicurean Society in Ireland along with the Clare Food Circle on the west coast, SABA the South African BBQ Association and the food industry in Estonia.
I have worked for a dear friend that was a former White House staffer – that now has his own popcorn and chocolate business. Those have been some of my most memorable shots – we had time to discuss and come up with solutions for the products he wanted as advertisements for his company.
I love Mira’s preparations and the way she has presented her creations. My food photography is more still life studio shots and of course shots “on the run” with the BBQ and Grillfest Associations. Many were OJT [on-the-job training] and “flying by the seat of my pants” as actions seemed to be on rollercoaster type agendas and never let up with any breaks for days on end.
I also do many market “mercato” photographs here in Italy that are used on Venetian tourist websites.
Remember when you are dealing with still life – to keep it simple – the more items you have in a setting – the more the eye of the viewer wanders and will be unable to settle on the theme you have created.
Lighting is truly one of the most important aspects of any photography – but more when displaying food. It can make or break the success of your shot. I never travel with lights – so 99% of those photographs you will see have been taken in direct sunlight. When dealing with produce – you want the freshest – best looking piece of fruit, meat or vegetable in the market.
Also when dealing with drinks in your photos – look for bottles with elegant labels or simple writing such as the bottle you see in the first photograph. Most labels are bulky – and not really photogenic – they detract from the simplicity of your design and will take the viewers eye away from the intent. I shop for bottles by the label.
Also note that the crystal you use makes a major difference – it can create the design in your work and successfully be the main focal point. For that one simple shot – I tried five different crystal goblets before I hit the most elegant one for the photograph, and it won a competition.
Remember as Robert Capa, the war correspondent and photojournalist, always said – “if your photos aren’t good enough you’re not close enough.” With that said – let me thank you letting me share some of my creations with you.
Now, we would love to see your food shots!
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1. Make your photograph about food or beverages.
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