Food Photography: Tips From A Pro
Food Photography Pro
I had the fortunate opportunity to meet the fantastic Debbie Murphy at Blog Brûlée (a super fun retreat for foodie nutrition bloggers). She was soft spoken, kind and I totally scared her, I’m sure with my crazy forwardness and excessive admiration. But I had to let her know her food photos take my breath away! She’s got an amazing eye for food and can make anything look beautiful. So of course I had to befriend her!
Picking Debbie’s Food Photography Brain
Debbie willingly (I think) obliged when I asked if I could interview her for this post. Like I said, she’s got amazing skills and I thought it would be fun to share her stuff here.
How did you become interested in food photography?
What is the most common mistake you see food bloggers make in terms of their food photography?
Debbie’s Tips For Better Food Photos
- Keep it simple. I used to try to incorporate lots of props or arrange the ingredients on the table around the plate in the photograph but I could never make it look as good as those I followed on instagram. Not to mention that it takes a ton of time to get it right. Instead, I found that taking simple photos with just the plate, napkin, and maybe one more item works just as well!
- Garnish is your best friend. Whenever I start taking photos of something and feel it is just looking a little boring, I reach for a garnish. Chopped parsley and cilantro are great for savory dishes. For breakfast items, I often sprinkle hemp hearts or crumbled freeze dried fruit for some added interest. It is super simple but can make a big difference!
- Invest in small white dishes. The smaller the dish, the less space you need to style! Food just looks better when it fills up the plate rather than having a lot of empty space. Salad plates have become my best friend over the years as a food blogger.
What About That Blue Napkin?
What Are Her Favorite Creations?
Blood Orange Moroccan Salad – This is currently my favorite salad on the blog. At first, I wasn’t sure how well the curry roasted vegetables would pair with blood oranges, but it was a match made in heaven.
Mexican Tempeh Skillet Casserole – This casserole can be made in just one skillet which means fewer dishes! It’s also a great dish to make if you have never tried out tempeh since it is paired with familiar ingredients like zucchini, black beans, and cheese.
Coconut Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins – I’ve made this vegan muffin recipe on repeat and they always turn out delicious. If you haven’t ventured into vegan baking yet, these muffins are the perfect, yummy introduction!
Great tips! Love learning more about food photography. It has definitely become a new passion and creative outlet for me.
Haha Thank you Sara & Debbie – you answered my burning question about the blue napkin! Love your photos Debbie (as I also professed at Blog Brûlée)!
Fun post! Debbie’s photos are always gorgeous and her Coconut Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins look DELISH!
love this! yes… debbie’s photos are lovely, always! also love another winning blog brulee pairing. 😉 xo