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Four Tips For Pinterest-Worthy Food Photos

Pinterest. This site can either inspire you or depress you. Right now it's making me want to give it all up and start over as a food photographer. Now I know that is not a real option for me because as much as I like to cook, the final result isn't very attractive. That doesn't stop me from drooling over food photos on Pinterest, not only because I'm always hungry but because I wish I took those photos! Here are four tips to become a Pinterest-worthy food photographer.

1. Natural Light

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Flash photography does not work with food (unless you're a pro who can mimic natural light). It's just a fact. Find a window. Set up a shooting station wherever you have the most natural light. It puts the food in its best light ;) Moving on...

2. Shoot From Above

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Most food photography you will see shot from above. You get to see everything without any weird shadows. So don't be afraid to stand up (or climb on a chair) to get the best shot, even if you're at a restaurant. Ignore the stares...

3. Shoot On A Dark Background

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I don't know what it is but food shot on a dark background just looks better. Be it a wooden, rustic table or some metal slab, it doesn't matter. Just find something dark and it makes the food pop (ugh, I can't believe I just said 'pop').

4. Make A Mess

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The blog What Katie Ate is a master of the messy food shot but it is so freaking beautiful. Maybe it says "Hey, I'm not perfect. You can make food this beautiful too." but in reality, your food won't be as lovely but you probably will make a fantastic mess.

If you look thoughout these photos, you'll see a combination of all these tips. I linked all the Pinterest pages which will have recipes for you in case you want to play chef/ food photographer. I will probably make none of these recipes and instead order some Dominos. Delivery can be pretty too!

Photo Story // Intimate Moments

Boudoir photography is such an intimate, private moment that you have to find the right photographer to take those photos for you. Even better is having a stylist pull the right pieces for the occasion. I'm glad that I get to share these photos I've taken of Laura with styling by Olivia Rodrigues.

+/- February 2017

+ I went to my ninth season of New York Fashion Week. I am always grateful for the opportunity to go shows. I think I am going to vlog September's fashion week. Check out my NYFW recaps here and here.

- The weather this fashion was atrocious. Between a snow storm and freezing rain and winds, I got sick. As usual.

+ I got nominated for best photographer in The Providence Journal's Readers' Choice Awards! You can vote for me here!

+ Patsy and I had our second The Insta Edit workshop. We also announced that stock photos will be available for purchase through our site!

+ I've done more branding photo shoots for female business owners. They are becoming some of my favorite to shoot.

+/- Back to weather (I'm becoming one of those people who talks about the weather constantly). I don't know how one month could go from 70 degrees on one day and a blizzard the next. And they say global warming isn't real...

+ I've been brainstorming future projects and ventures. I'm excited to show what is coming up next!

Photo Story // Just Flow With Me

I love shooting in Rachel's neighborhood of Soho. I also love when we can catch an empty street.

White dress is from Stone Cold Fox. Pink dress is from For Love And Lemons.

Share Up To Ten Photos and Videos In One Instagram Post?!

Yesterday Instagram announced that everyone can upload multiple photos and videos in one post. Advertisements on the app had that ability for a while now. Like any new edition to any app, the majority of people were like "OMG NO WHY YOU RUIN EVERYTHING" but I wanted to try it before announcing my opinion. 

My first impression is... I like it! For someone who respects the sanctity of the feed, uploading multiple photos in one post does not disrupt the feed. In The Insta Edit workshop I co-founded, I tell my students to upload other photos they want to share in Instagram Stories or Facebook. Now they can upload them in one post!

Who can benefit from this feature:

1 // The Heavy Poster

I always recommend that people wait at least an hour before posting another photo because you don't want to spam anyone's feed. That's the quickest way to get unfollowed. Now people can post all the photos in one post which saves everyone's feeds. #RespectTheFeed 

This is great for people who are at fashion shows, museums, parties, or want to share a million photos of their kid. Now they can share more on their feed without disrupting everyone else's.

2 // The Influencer

This is perfect for bloggers, influencers, and brands who want to show off more pics from a photo shoot. There have been plenty of times that I wanted to post more photos from a certain shoot but I waited because it didn't look right in the placement of the feed. Now I can share more in one post.

3 // The Creative

I think this feature is great for any artist who wants to show the process of creation. From painters to makeup artists to graphic designers to builders, you can show off more in one post. I like to give the example of a cook sharing a recipe from start to finish on Instagram Stories and sharing the final product on their feed. Now they can take select moments from their Story and share that along with the final product.

Best Practices For This New Feature

  • Still only post good quality photos/ video. This is not an excuse to post multiple sub-par photos in one post. 
  • Post the best photo first. Select the photos in the order you want them to be presented.

What do you think about this new feature? Let me know in the comments!