I recently wrote a guest blog for SLR Lounge, which shares strategies, templates, and workflows for photographers.
In the post, I shared my method for shooting food photography onsite at restaurants. I includ some of the challenges of shooting onsite, and how photographers can overcome those challenges to get great food photography at restaurants & venues.
Tips For Shooting Food Photography Onsite At Restaurants
Demand for quality food photography has exploded in recent years. Restaurant culture is on the rise and visual platforms like Instagram are an essential part of the dining experience.
Commercial food photography has traditionally been shot in a studio. Photographers had access to a high-tech setup and a stylist on-hand. This shift towards food photos for everyone, (no matter the business’ size or budget), has made shooting food onsite much more common.
Food Photography for Tapped Brew Co., Pavemant Vaults & The Market Cat
Andy Tordoff, head chef at Tapped Leeds (and, in the interest of full disclosure, my husband) was struggling to post consistently appealing images of the food produced in his kitchen to the business’ social media channels.
He would post a couple of great images when he had a quiet moment, followed either by dark, grainy shots, or complete radio silence.
Tapped hired me for the day to shoot their menu. I shot every item on
the menu, including styled long shots that convey the atmosphere of the
venue, and flatlays featuring multiple dishes and items.
The team at Tapped now have 70+ high-quality, styled, on-brand images to use on their website, across social media channels, and in print advertising too.
Since that first shoot at Tapped Leeds in 2017, I’ve shot for other venues in the Pivni Group on multiple occasions.
I regularly spend the day onsite at Pivni Group venues in Leeds & York, shooting the menu, with styled flatlays featuring multiple dishes and drinks, as well as compositions showcasing particular deals and ranges.
I worked with Tilda Rice in 2016 to develop vegetarian and gluten-free recipes, using their products.
Looking at trends towards unusual breakfast foods, I developed a recipe for Biryani Brunch, which was very well received.
Due to a tight deadline, the project was turned around in less than a week, from initial contact to a tested and proof-read, website-ready recipe and two high quality, edited images.
Tilda was so pleased with the photography for the first recipe that I have since been asked to contribute to their Big Hearted Cook Book:
Georgia at Tilda said:
“Zoe has been a pleasure to work with on every
occasion. Her recipe shots are beautiful and the care she takes to craft
wholesome dishes, full of flavour, really shows. We look forward to
working with her again soon”
EatsLeeds is my own food blog, where I’ve been sharing plant-based & gluten-free recipes since 2016.
While I’ve always ad a keen interest in photography, starting EatsLeeds is really what took it from a hobby to a job. I learned the art & science of food photography whilst I built the blog, and the difference in quality between my first few posts and the photos I produce now is immense.