WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN SOMERSET
Documentary Wedding Photography
FIVE EASY "FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY" TIPS
Other than capturing human interaction, photographing food is my next favourite thing to shoot. I knew working with Catherine, at Kitchen Sink Catering was going to be so enjoyable. I had total trust that the food I was going to be shooting would look absolutely stunning and be a joy to capture, and it really was!
Kitchen Sink Catering “Is here to offer your event that personal touch you desire…home cooking with a professional finish from the heart”.
In April I shot Katherine’s “pepper starter” and her beautiful “afternoon tea” set up. Since sharing this shoot, I’ve been asked multiple times, “how do I create these kinds of shots myself, at home?” and I always say… although it takes some practice, it is really fun to try, especially if you are naturally creative! It’s also an essential tool in being able to create content for those “social media gaps” when you may find booking a professional photographer just isn’t an option at that current time.
People are visual and constantly consuming content, so having the option to be able to personally fill your own feed, is an amazing skill set to obtain.
So, I’ve compiled a few quick and easy tips to get you started, things I’ve learnt through practice, consistently learning, and personal experience.
Device - Of course, shooting on equipment that was built for this purpose will always produce higher quality images, if you know what you’re doing that is! But… it really is amazing how far camera phones have come and for the size of the images shared online (I.e. on an Instagram feed) they are more than competent.
Lighting - This really is key. If your creations would normally be seen outside or would fit a more natural aesthetic, work with what nature has to offer, avoiding a very sunny day, which will create harsh shadows. Slightly overcast days are actually preferable for this. If your business works more on clean lines, by all means work with artificial lighting, but you’ll want to focus on just one or two light sources, really concentrating on where the light is being reflected and diffused and what’s in your background. Although the latter technique can take some practice, especially working on those shadows, it can create very white whites and an overall very polished look.
Context – You want to make sure everything fits with your brand. Your images should have a clear purpose, especially when placing potential “background filling objects” into shot. Everything placed within your images needs to make sense for your business, it should be there for a reason, even if it’s not in the foreground.
Consistency - You want your images to all be giving the same vibes. Using a tripod, consistent backgrounds and similar lighting conditions can help with this. This will create a feed that looks authentic and professional.
Audience - Once you’re feeling more confident in shooting what you want/feel your business needs, it’s important to gauge what your audience want to see, they are your ideal client after all! So do your research, ask, listen, learn.
It was a joy to shoot Catherine’s beautiful creations (and sample some of them too!) I’m looking forward to working with her again.