Happy thinking out loud Thursday!
Friends, we are going to have some fun here on the blog today 🙂
So as a food blogger I feel as though there are tons of misconceptions when it comes to food photography. Yes, we do take pictures of nearly everything we eat. Yes, we sit next to the window at restaurants to ensure we have the best lighting. But there’s so much more to it, behind the scenes, that no one ever sees.
So today we are breaking down the facts and revealing the truh behind food photography. You ready?
Food Photography Fact #1 : Chocolate chips are only used in photos so that we can eat them afterwards
Seriously ya’ll, did you think we strategically placed those chocolate chips there on purpose? Ok so maybe we did, but only so we could eat them straight off the photoshoot board afterward.
And don’t you dare tell me you put every single chocolate chip back into the bag afterwards. I know you don’t! Or maybe I’m just hoping you don’t that way I don’t feel like a sugar addict at the fact that I can’t put chocolate chips away without eating a handful…
Food Photography Fact #2: The “bite” picture is a result of a lack of self control
Does every photoshoot really need a bite picture? Of course not, but I can’t make it through a photoshoot without giving in to a bite of my subject. Apparently neither can a lot of other food bloggers by the looks of their photoshoots.
Carrot Walnut Muffins
Side note – these muffins ya’ll. Holy freaking yum. I’m sharing them with my gym friends tomorrow to get their opinion, but I swear these suckers are award winning.
Most days, especially on days when I have multiple photoshoots, I walk away from the shoot completely stuffed. While this probably isn’t the best thing, I don’t mind it one bit. I mean, my food is dang delicious. If I don’t eat it how can I expect anyone else too?
Food Photography Fact #3: “Drizzles” exist so we can lick the spoon
There’s nothing I love more in a photoshoot than a good drizzle shot. Whether it be sauce, icing, or whatever else, I love the drizzle shot. I also know why food bloggers use it.
See that spoon in the background? Yeah, that sauce never makes it back into its container. Nope! It goes straight into my mouth. Or straight into the subject of my photoshoot, which then goes into my mouth.
Food Photography Fact #4: Not every recipe makes the cut
I’ve done a lot of photoshoots of different recipes and foods over the past year or so that have never made it to the blog. Whether it be my indifference to the photos or my forgetful brain, I have plenty of recipes “saved” that will probably never see the light of day.
Chocolate Chip Coconut Bites – Tilapia Fish Taco Bowls with Avocado “Cream”
Sometimes the inspiration just isn’t there, you know? Even though I do like both of the above recipes, I wasn’t pleased with the photoshoots. I’ve always told myself to go back and remake them so that I can re-do the photos, but it’s never happened.
I’m sure I’m not alone here either. Just ask any food blogger – I bet their archives are stuffed with recipes that never made the cut.
Food Photography Fact #5: Some of our favorite recipes never get the recognition they deserve
Food bloggers work hard. I don’t even have a successful food blog [in terms of money] and I struggle sometimes to keep up the pace with posting, comments, photos, recipes, edits, etc. All that to say, some of our favorite recipes never get the recognition we think they deserve.
These two recipes are both recipes that I have made several times and in all sorts of different variations. I’m a huge fan of quinoa so I always have some made up in my fridge, which means these recipes are my go-to for when I need a quick meal.
Unfortunetly neither of these recipes got the recognition that I felt they deserved. Both were rejected by FoodGawker for reasons I clearly don’t understand, but that doesn’t make me love them any less. It puts a bit of a damper on a food blogger’s spirits when our recipes don’t get recognized as we think they should, but you know what they say. Fall seven times, get up eight!
So there you have it – the truth behind food photography! 😉
Ok so this was mostly for fun, but I am secretly hoping that other food bloggers do all of the above things too. Otherwise I am going to be just a tad bit embarassed…
Please tell me that you do some of the above!