Food Photography: Yea or Nea?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 | Stamp in My Passport| |

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Hi, my name is Jess and I take pictures of food. You have probably seen the stereotypical photos of a group out to eat and they are all snapping pictures of their meal and trying to get the best angle. Well, that is me. And I know it probably annoys friends and family to no end, but all I have to say to them (in the words of Miley): can't stop, won't stop. 

I wish I could say that I am trying to remember the dish so I can recreate it at home. Or that the plating was artistic and spoke to me in a creative way and it would be inspiration for a project later on. But that's not the case. 

What can I say, there is something about a pastry, coffee cup or homestyle meal that screams "photograph me!" 

In all seriousness, nine time out of ten there is a story behind each meal. A friend who haven't seen in a long time, great conversation, or a moment you don't want to forget. As someone who frequently hashtags "foodcation" I know that if the food (and weather) on a trip were good, then you are going to have fond memories of it. So yes, there may be a method to the madness after all. 

Which brings me to my question: For those of you who aren't avid food photographers, are you annoyed when those around you make you wait to eat your meal so they can take a photo of it first?  

This was thrown in to the mix 1) to show my excitement for the early release of the red cups and 2) to let baristas everywhere know that my name is NOT Jen. It's happened at least three times at the one on campus and other random ones I've gone to when traveling. 


Sammy Dorn said...

I would say I am a half/half food photographer. Depends how hungry I am. Sometimes, I realise I am halfway through my meal and didn't take a pic because my mind was on one thing - eating. Food is one of the best things in the world, photograph away I say!!

Megan C. Stroup said...

I am definitely not a food photographer (unless it's In-N-Out - yum!), but I am a drink photographer. And even though I don't photograph my food, it doesn't bother me if my friends at the table want to do it. More power to them!

Amy Hayes said...

If someone I am with wants to take a photo of my meal, I usually end up annoying them playing creative director! Setting up a shot… let's try this, sorry, I'm borrowing your drink… don't eat yet, hold your fork there… lol. I can't help but get into it, especially is whomever I am with is a much better food photographers than I (which is usually the case)!

Kayli Schattner said...

I really shouldn't have looked at this post because now I just want to eat EVERYTHING!

Mrs. Pedersen said...

I love food photography! I find it artistic and just plain fun. :)

LittleMissConfused said...

I take photos only if meal has a background story - new place, a friend I didn't see in a while, something I'm proud of making, something that's reeeally good... Otherwise not. And I never wait for my friends to take photos of my meal, I just eat and annoy them :D