FEATURING: MINNOW, CLAPHAM
- Good Lighting
Lighting is key. For food photos we are looking for that shimmery, all amazing natural daylight. So first thing is to look around the restaurant and find a seat next to a window, under a skylight or on a terrace. Trust me, it makes all the difference and turns your food from the weird, orange ugly duckling under indoor lighting into a colourful swan of glowing deliciousness and crumbly textures.
- Clean Background
A nice background can mean anything from a beautiful table (marble, wooden..etc), or a lovely coloured wall. Try go for something simple and not too loud with random patterns that might distract the attention from the food. A backdrop should complement, and not overtake, much like a sweet smelling perfume.
- Order Colourfully
This seems like a given but is is very easy to only order only brown food (toast, croissants, pain au chocolats, bacon, cappuccinos) at breakfast. Which would look great if you’re doing the whole rustic, all taupe mood. But more often than not, an image looks more striking when including a palette of complementing colours. So think about the colours in your location and order with the eyes of a pantone pro. Grapefruits, smoked salmon and avocado are great little pieces that help add some colour in.
- Food Styling
Now for the fun but slightly confusing part, placing all your wonderful dishes in a way that makes it seem candid but decorated, stylish but relaxed, effortless but really was not. My biggest tip is to arrange all the smaller dishes and pieces around your ‘feature’ dish or dishes. So choose your main character in your table play and surround them with the pretty colourful dancers that will help make them shine. Take away napkins and add in flowers, gracefully drape cutlery on the plates and rearrange your plates till everything meshes in an intricate yet natural composition.
- The Flat lay Shot
The flat lay shot, aka the money shot. This requires extremely long arms and or potential chair standing to successfully include all the dishes in image. It is essentially a birds eye view, which for some reason makes a table look so extremely delicious. No wonder the pesky birds are always trying to steal our food with views like these. Key is to photograph directly above the food in as flat an angle as possible so that the dishes are not distorted or at an angle.
- If in doubt, just visit Minnow, Clapham
I mean, this place has everything you need to create that insta-worthy shot. Windows, flowers, terraces, beautiful dishes, you name it, they’ve got it. Oh and did I mention the coffee is creamy and the food is delicious? Eggs benedict and cappuccinos come at me.