Food Photography Reflections

I thought it would be fun to take a look at my food photos from a year ago and see the differences in then, and now.  Photography has always been a passion of mine but food photography is quite a challenge for me.  I don’t really like to gussy up photos much and I’m not at all about decorating the setting for the dish so I needed a  style of photographing my meals.  I chose the more close up look I guess, trying to focus only on the main food item and not really anything around it, and taking the photo at eye level.

I have to say, I clearly didn’t know anything about my camera or how to take food photos so I owe  Jaden from Steamy Kitchen a big ol’ thank you for her tips in helping me improve my photos.  Thank you so much Jaden!  MWAH!

By the way, her number one tip is LIGHTING!  MUST.HAVE.IT.

I still have soooo much to learn which is why I like reflecting on the past. It makes me realize how far I’ve come and appreciate what I’ve learned so much more.

Clearly these are before pics.  Ummmm, yeah…… I really need to say anything?

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Now let’s see where I am in my food photo taking skills a year later!





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  1. 1

    Amen sister! Meredith from Merchant Ships sent me a few tips and its made a WORLD of difference! No flash and natural lighting. Angles and using the Macro setting. Amazing, really!

    Photos are looking great girl!!!

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    Rachel says

    Well done! That is quite the improvement – I really like your newer photos. I’m impressed!

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    You know I love your photos :) You have improved a lot, I love these newer pictures. I think food photography is one of the most difficult ones. I’ve been wanting to share some of my recipes for a long time in my blog, but most of the time my photos have ended up being so bad about the food, that I haven’t even published the recipes… But thanks to your example I finally published some of my recipes last Christmas.

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    Hannah B. says

    You’ve come a long way, bay-bee! Very, very nice.

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    Rita J says

    You have come a long way, baby! The latest photos are very professional, you could put them in a magazine. Big pat on the back.

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    A Cowboy's Wife says

    Thanks y’all! I appreciate the nice words:)

    And Rita, a magazine eh?? I don’t know about that but I’d sure be happy if I got that pitch in one of my 500 daily emails! hehehee

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    ugh, I gave up on my food photos. I could never get them right, and they just looked gross. Oh well. Yours look totally amazing though!

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    ugh, I gave up on my food photos. I could never get them right, and they just looked gross. Oh well. Yours look totally amazing though!

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    corrin says

    Nice job. Big improvement. You can see what I do every day at I can answer any food styling tips and give you a few tricks!

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    jules p says

    wow! you have come a long way baby! ;)

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    Diana says

    Great Job with the lighting. I’ve seen directions on how to build light boxes online and I’ve thought of making one of them.

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    Andrea says

    Thw pictures look great!

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    Lori – I think your photos look great! So great, in fact, that I may even gain a pound by looking at them!

    Now, you just need to work on a head shot for me – make me look skinny and edible too :-)

  15. 15

    you’re pictures are awesome! Keep up the good work.

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    Megan says

    It’s amazing how much better we get with these things over time. My first months of pictures are terrible! But I like to think the ones I have now aren’t half bad. I also have a little help because my boyfriend takes a lot of my pictures, and he has a much better eye for lighting, etc.

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    I’m right there with you! My first umpy-leven photos or so were horrendous! Better lighting and a lot of practice have gotten me about halfway where I want to be, but one day I need to go back and re-shoot my first year or-so worth, just so I’m not embarrassed any more.

    your shots look wonderful!

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    Monik says

    I like the food in here it looks so good…..

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    Moriah says

    I like to eat eat eat apples and bananas…..