If you asked me five years ago, “Would you ever take pictures of your food?” I would’ve probably said no. Boy how things have changed. Food has always been my passion…I enjoy learning new cooking techniques, being creative through baking, writing about food and of course now, photographing yummy meals I make for my family and friends to eat.
Over Memorial Day weekend (thank you to all our service men and women), I took a photography class from the talented Jessica Downey. I originally discovered her work through a website of lovely goodies and from there, was lucky enough to attend a blogging event where I just so happened to win a free mini session from her. Lucky me! So the hubby, pups and I finally had our family portraits taken and today, we proudly hang that pretty picture on our wall.
Anyways, I learned so much and was even given some pointers on how to photograph food. All this came just in time too because I was struggling to find my photography style. I’ve tried just about everything I could think of: “styled” settings, backdrops, light boxes and more. Everything was just okay but not really me (although some photos were decent).
Finally, I figured it out during the photography class. I don’t enjoy staging my food (I kind of wish I did because it can be so pretty). I like taking my photos like I’m sitting down for dinner with family and friends. If it’s served family style, even better! Food can be beautiful the way it is without all the extra fluff because when do you really go all out for a table setting unless you’re hosting something a tad more formal? For me, it’s about enjoying a meal with good company in a casual, fun setting and I think my photos should reflect that. Real and organic – I dig it.
Thanks Jessica for helping me find my food photography style!
Now here are just a few more photos I took from class (unedited).