Here’s a new little thing I’m doing. I spend a lot of my life looking at gorgeous food pics, so I’m grabbing a handful every week and giving them a shout out. Looking carefully at others’ work helps me improve my own food photography, and besides that it’s just fun!
This week I decided to focus on pics I saw in Tastespotting. Let the praise commence!
I’m starting with a bang, no? It’s a pic by Nicole Branan, one of my all-time favorite food photographers! She’s a master of dark and light, a real Caravaggio of food (but much nicer and far less likely to kill you after a tennis match). The textures make the chocolate more fudgy, the light makes the cream more dreamy and the whole thing makes me sad that I can’t reach through the screen, grab both these little dudes and stuff them in my face immediately. Like actually sad.
Nicole’s a seriously awesome photographer, _and_ she’s cool enough to share her techniques and processes throughout her blog. Also, if you’re as in love with dark food photography as I am (you know you are!), Nicole’s got an e-book out called Food Photography Behind the Scenes – Bright Food, Dark Shadows. I was in a total rush the day I bought it but was determined to put it to use immediately – new toy syndrome, you know how it is – but got this going in about half an hour:
PS – the fabric is from the sleeve of a very festive shirt dress I literally wore out, and I love it as a prop. Before you pitch old clothes, stop and ask yourself: does my food want to wear this? It might!
Is this fun or what?! I love the styling with the cheerful white on white, and it makes those chocolate stripes pop deliciously. What first caught my eye about this is the totally white milk bottle back there, which I thought looked rad, and then I noticed up at the top – there’s a cookie up there showing off her surprise chocolate center! Cookies and white, done with max creativity. Love it all day.
My first thought when I saw this was awmahgawd, those marshmallows are wearing little leaf hats. I instantly fell in love. Not only are they wearing little leaf hats, but they live in a magical world of perfect proportion, delicacy, negative space and harmonious tones. It’s controlled, it’s fun, and the fun is more fun because it’s controlled. That’s so Japanese! Heather is incredibly skilled and talented, and I bow deeply to her.
I came for the colors, and I stayed for the textures. Brilliant use of both going on here, and Maria’s choice of a shallow depth of field makes this shot absolute magic! I can’t tell if I want to be there or I actually want to be the sambar powder, which is the highest praise I can give.
I hope you enjoyed this rampage of food photography appreciation as much as I did! Thoughts, observations, general good vibes? Leave a comment, yo!