Wellness coach's guide to: food photography props
The internet is saturated with advice on the subject of food photography. Want to learn how to take a picture of cereal using elmer's glue? There's a youtube video for that. Want to learn how to snap of photo with all the ingredients of a hamburger flying through the air like on a commercial? There's a video for that. But, my guess is that if you've landed on the Spiffy Eats page, that's not your goal.
If your goals are more along the lines of taking a stunning photo of that green smoothie recipe you just created or that vegan quinoa burger you can't wait to share with your readers, then you're in the right place! And today's lesson is all about food photography props. So let's dive in!
White linens are important in food photography because they ensure proper white balance in your photos. Have you ever taken a photo and noticed a blue or green cast? A white linen can help prevent that from happening. They also add in a natural element with their soft textures. Natural elements are especially important when you're sharing a holistic, natural recipe. It can tie in the photo to the larger concept of natural living and eating.
This is one that separates the amateurs from the pros, in my opinion. A neutral backdrop can be anything you like! But, a few of my favorites are marble or tile pieces purchased from Home Depot or Lowe's, cooler or deeper toned wooden boards (try to stay away from red or orange colored wood as it can make your photos look strange), burlap or natural cloth fabrics in neutral colors, metal or concrete slabs, THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS! I reccommend trying several options and choosing what looks best for your brand.
I know what you're thinking- why imperfect? This one is specifically geared towards my clients who work one on one with people aiming to improve their health through holistic lifestyle changes. These types of changes happen over time and there's always going to be bumps along the way. The path to better health is never perfect. I believe it's really important to reflect that fact in wellness food photography. Choosing a plate with a small chip, a handmade mug instead of a factory made mug, or a handmade wooden spoon, give a subtle nod to your audience that you understand & appreciate the imperfections life gives to each one of us. It's a beautiful way to allow your brand to show compassion in a purely visual way.
I hope these tips have helped you in your food photography! Want my VIP training on editing bright & vibrant food photos? Get it here!