When I take pictures of food

  • Posted on: 9 June 2017
  • By: jessica

Every morning when I wake up I make myself a hand brewed cup of coffee. I love grinding the beans, waiting on the kettle to warm up, and slowly pouring my cup. This ritual forces me to start my day slowly and intentionally instead of rushed. Slow intentional moments are a great time to take photos. I am able to focus and take it slowly, change angles, add more light, and try several different shots. 

Most evenings we prepare dinner at home. Using fresh fruits and vegetables is a priority for us and gives the bonus of playful textures and colors for photos. Food prep is a good time to take photos because I usually have so many different ingredients and can create a table style setting that is really fun. 

The city of Birmingham, Alabama is the place we call home. And what a great time it is for our city! We like to try new restaurants a few times a month because the food scene in Birmingham has really come to life. Eating out can be a bit of a challenging time to take photos of food, but not impossible. I will usually only get a couple of tries to snap a great shot and the lighting in restaurants is hit or miss. But, when that wonderful photo works out it is well worth the patience and effort. 

If you follow me on Instagram then you know I am absolutely obsessed with farmer's markets. Walking through the crowds of people and running into neighbors, all while breathing in the aromas of peaches, tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, and more. The energy in the crowd is full of excitement and joy! This is one of the most challenging times to take photos of food. It is also one of my favorite times! The hustle and bustle makes me feel like I am part of something truly special. The trick to farmer's markets is engaging the farmers in my photography efforts. When they are willing to take part, the photos become a joint effort and always turn out beautiful and unique.

Join me next week when I share more about what inspires me to take photos of food. Inspiration is a powerful tool!


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