Yum! Ideas for Fun,Flavorful Food Photos

Taking photos of food is a tasty endeavor (especially if you get to stuff your belly afterwards).

But because food photos are so popular, it can sometimes be hard to get a shot that is not only appetizing but original.

So we’ve put together some unique food photo ideas with tips ranging from backdrops to dainty dishware. Whether you’re a foodie-photo pro or a nom-nom-photo novice, the results will be both yum and fun. Bon appétit!

5 Delish Ideas for Food Photography

1. Create Cute Dishes

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Why?

Super scientific foodie photo research has concluded that cute food makes for cute photos.

How? 

Use a ketchup squirt bottle to draw a message or design on your meal. Place banana pieces on top of your waffles to make a smiley face. Or cut a piece of food into triangles and add cat ears to your rounded snacks.

Or…

Get your hands on a Camera Cookie Cutter Set. Set the cookies up on a plate and photograph them from above, or have someone hold one up like they’re about to take a picture with it. Say “cookie!”

2. Ingredients Only

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Why?

You don’t just have to photograph the final product. A shot of the ingredients makes for a neat “before” photo, or just a cool shot all its own.

How? 

Take little pieces of each ingredient and arrange them all on a plate like one happy family (the amount of each ingredient on the plate doesn’t have to represent how much is used in the recipe, but it can if you want!). Arrange them by color. Have fun with it!

Or…

Give each ingredient its own photo by placing the exact amount needed on a plate/in a bowl. Put the ingredient’s package directly behind the plate as a way to promote your brand of choice.

3. Extra Pretty Dishware

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Why?

Decorative dishware is sometimes all you need in order to give ordinary food a fancy lil’ makeover.

How? 

Once you’ve got the prettiest dishware in the all the land (hello, thrift stores!) place your food in or on top of it. Easy! But keep in mind, this works best with little food portions since a huge meal may make the dishware hard to see.

Or…

On the other hand, you don’t want your dishware stealing attention away from your savory snack. So remember your angles! That photo up there was shot from slightly above so the teacup design is visible but those super sweet clementines are still the main focus.

4. A Helping Hand

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Why?

Food photos look extra dynamic once you incorporate some hands. We’re not talking about plopping your digits down into a bowl of pudding, but using hands both naturally and artsyly!

How

For a more natural-looking shot, include a utensil-holding hand as it picks a piece of food up off the plate. You can focus exclusively on the piece of food that’s about to be eaten, or keep the hand a little in the background and focus on the plate instead.

Or…

Do you wanna get a little fine-artsy? Hold the food in your hands and model with it like you would a fashion accessory. This works well with things like small fruit, but use your imagination and try other items of food as well!

5. Put The Mess In The Background

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A busy background may not sound ideal when it comes to food photos, but sometimes a colorful and cluttered backdrop can be jut what the photo-doctor ordered.

How?

Resist the urge to clean as you go and leave your entire process out in the open. Items like half-full blenders, spilled flour, and scattered chocolate chips on the counter make for a lively backdrop to your finished product.

Or…

Keep your backdrop action packed! Have the finished product focused in the foreground while disembodied hands beat eggs or knead flour in the background.

Taking it further

 

  • With these fantastic food photo ideas, now seems like a great time to brush up on the technical side of stuff! Read our Ten Tastiest Food Photography Tips and get ready to shoot drool-worthy photos.
  • Want even more tips? We got ’em! Check out our Guide for Photography in the Kitchen. We give advice ranging from must-have equipment to must-read blogs.
  • There are more ways to have photo-fun in the kitchen, such as making gorgeous abstract art with milk and food coloring. We’ll show you how.
  • Keep your camera looking as tasty as your photos with Snack Cap Lens Caps!