Picture Perfect!

“Foodie” photos are a great way to bring attention to your restaurant, store, or recipes.

However, photographing food can be tricky and since many people may judge your food based on these photos, you want to get it just right.

Style Your Food

One way to ensure that your photographs make your food look appetizing and presentable is by preparing an appealing background. A solid or simple patterned background is preferred, so that attention is not taken away from your food. If possible, try to incorporate serving pieces such as napkins, tablecloths, silverware, or candles. Along with serving pieces, simple props including raw ingredients that were used in the recipe can also add to the photograph. However, it is important to remember that these props must not take the focus away from the food. Therefore, use simple props with neutral colors. It is important to choose the best examples of your food and to keep your food looking fresh. If you use vegetables in your photograph, misting them with water can help maintain the fresh look.


When taking pictures of your food, take pictures from many different angels. Shooting on a tripod can help capture these angels and help get a clear shot. Whichever angle you choose, it is important to remember that your food should take up the majority of your picture.


Another important piece to remember when considering the composition of your photographs is the lighting. Natural light is ideal, however, if possible try to soften the light through a diffuser. A diffuser can include just a simple sheet over the window. It is also recommended that you do not use a flash when taking pictures of your food. Even when you use these tricks, you may still have problems with the coloring in your photographs. One way to correct that is to use the white balance setting on your camera. If this doesn’t work, you can always adjust the colors when you upload the pictures onto your computer. A picture with clear and popping colors, can bring great attention to your food and recipe!