I have a full time job as a Photographer/Videographer for an international health food company. Each week and month comes with new assignments and challenges. This week’s assignment: Food photography in natural light. Specifically, we’ve been working on creating some shots that show off some of the main ingredients in our blueberry based flagship product. The shots will be used on an update to our website that my co-worker is designing. When we started this project I didn’t have a ton of experience photographing food, (except for this chocolate cake) but the call of a new challenge is what keeps photography fun and interesting. Below I’ve outlined some things I learned about food photography during this assignment.
A couple of years ago I had the incredible opportunity to work with professional food photography studio Welsh Studios out of Boise Idaho. The client was Idahoan Foods and we were filming a series of behind the scenes videos of the 4 day photo shoot in Teton Springs. I had never shot food before and it was fascinating watching the food stylist prepare, prod, sculpt, scrape, trim, shave, and sprits the various dishes into photogenic masterpieces. Food styling is an art and a science and it was clear we were working with a seasoned professional. [Read more…]