Food photography is a new thing for me. I've always loved to eat good food, once in a while I might snap an iphone pic and share to instagram, but that's been the limit of it.
These past weeks, Amy Longard and I have worked on building a gallery for the launch of her nutrition consulting business. Our photography sessions have included head shots, an outing to buy vegetables in the Byward market, and two sessions with lots of food.
I’m used to street-style photography, candid, raw and on the go; my subjects are usually people, not food. Food photography on the other hand takes a lot of planning. Lighting and your background are key, and without an expensive light set-up, you have to be creative.
I’m learning a lot. Our first food shoot, we wasted precious daylight hours, and then we were stuck trying to photograph a kale salad in poor light. The good news? I got the most use out of my tripod than the entire two years I’ve owned it. The shot of truffles, I took on using a 20-second exposure in the dark.
I now have a greater appreciation of why being a ‘food stylist’ is a profession. Lucky for me, Amy has a great eye, her food was colourful, fresh and photographed well. Even better was that it was all healthy, delicious and mostly gluten free. After we did the shoots, we ate all the subjects. That’s sounds a bit like something from a horror movie, but it’s the truth!
A few samples from my work with Amy Longard Nutrition. Check her out her Facebook page and www.amylongard.com coming soon!