Photography & food -- go together like chocolate cake & ice cold milk

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Recently, I have become quite enamoured with food photography.  Admittedly, my fascination with food photography might be fueled by the fact that I've been on a pretty strict diet over the last couple of weeks; however, I'd like to think that I come by my interest honestly.

Late last year, I decided to post my favourite cheater's recipe for chocolate cake on my blog -- and I found that I had no idea how to shoot an image that would convey exactly how amazingly moist the cake was.  The image that I ended up using finally did the trick...

choco goodness

...but that was after taking an embarrassing number of shots, lighting the cake several different ways, and trying and discarding several lenses.  It turns out that food photography is actually a bit complicated:  done improperly, your stomach could turn; done beautifully, and you find yourself racing to look up the restaurant to make a reservation, or speeding to your nearest grocery store to try to make the recipe.

Since that fateful chocolate cake day, I've made several recipes and posted them on my blog, if only for the opportunity to try different and creative ways to shoot the final results.   I'm getting a bit better at it, but I still have so much to learn.  So this week, I thought I'd share some of my  favourite food photographers out there, who provide me so much information.

First of all, no discussion about stellar food photography would be complete without mentioning Deb of Smitten Kitchen.   She is positively prodigious when it comes to lighting and photographing food, resulting in my running out and buying the ingredients to her recipes on almost a weekly basis.  And, bless her heart, she even shares tips on how she captures her amazing images. You should definitely check out her site -- total food porn.

Secondly, I do love the sweet blog Tea & Cookies, by the wonderfully charming writer, Tea.  I love how her recipes are almost always preceded by a lovely story related to the recipe, and then beautifully illustrated with stunningly styled photographs.  

And finally, a relatively new find:  the vivid food blog, Bring to Boil, beautifully shot and authored by Anne Livingston.  The blog has only been in existence since May, but clearly Anne is an expert when it comes to tantalizing food photography.  I'm so looking forward to exploring the blog more.

Do you know any other food bloggers who use photography to wonderful effect?  If so, please share in the comments!


Karen is a writer and photographer in Houston, Texas.  You can read/see more of her work at Chookooloonks.


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