Restaurant Photography | Food Photography Blog

 

I started writing this post – first with the photography how-to part, and found that I kept talking about the business aspect of the shoot, as there is so much that must happen before you step foot into the restaurant.

In this post, I will explain how to photograph a restaurant professionally and what you must do to set up your business for it.  That’s right, I said business.  If you are being paid money to take pictures, guess what?  You are now in business.

Disclaimer:  I am not an attorney nor an accountant.  I have been in business for 21 years.  Any information in this post is not legal advice, but simply suggestions of what you will need to research for yourself to see what is appropriate for your situation.

Before you step foot in that door…

If shooting for restaurants is something that you are interested in, or restaurants are now calling you to shoot for them, it’s best to make sure you have a few things set up ahead of time.

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Behind the Scenes of a Breakfast Food Shoot

by Christina Peters on September 28, 2014

Food Photography Blog

 

It’s been very crazy and busy the last few weeks.  I thought it would be fun to show some recent photo shoots.

I had a very fun shoot with a good friend, chef and budding new food stylist, Sarah Simms Hendrix of La Femme Epicure.  We tested several breakfast dishes.

All the images were shot with natural light on a Canon 5d Mark II with a 24-105mm lens. 

The surface we are shooting on is called chalkboard paper.  Sarah found this for us.  It actually came with chalk as well, but in the shipping, they were pretty damaged.

The set is very simple – I opened the studio door and shot inside so that I was in open shade – no direct sunlight at all.

 

The black card you see on the left is actually a large fill card – to fill in the shadows on that side of the set.  It’s black on one side and white on the other.

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10 Strange Food Photography "Tools" and Tricks

10 Strange Food Photography “Tools” and Tricks

by Christina Peters September 5, 2014

Contained in this post are 10 strange and unusual items that I have in the studio for shooting food.  I’ll also tell you where you can get them as well.  I’ll be mentioning or linking to a few companies here – none of the companies or links are affiliates.  #1.  “Shaved Ice” Looks like shaved […]

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Fabulous Images from the Food Photography Contest

Fabulous Images from the Food Photography Contest

by Christina Peters August 26, 2014

We had so many nice entries for the food photography contest, I just had to share our favorites with you.  As you scroll down you can see several of the entries.  I decided to do a food photography contest to celebrate National Food Photography Day, the holiday I made up a few months ago.  Yes, […]

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Food Styling Tips - How to "Grill" Food without a Grill and make Bacon Ribbons

Food Styling Tips – How to “Grill” Food without a Grill and make Bacon Ribbons

by Christina Peters August 18, 2014

How many recipes do you have that involve grilling food?  It’s summer time, so chances are you’ve got several.  I’m going to show you how easy it is to get the grilled look without busting out the grill for your photo shoots.  Then I’ll show you a super quick and easy trick for making beautifully […]

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How to Make Distressed Wood Backgrounds for Photo Shoots

How to Make Distressed Wood Backgrounds for Photo Shoots

by Christina Peters August 11, 2014

Quite often I am asked where I get my backgrounds.  Many of my surfaces are painted or stained wood.  You don’t have to be a woodworker to do this.  I’ll show you how easy it is.  After I had my materials, this took me about an hour to do both the wood plank surface, and […]

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Easy Refrigerator Pickle Recipes - and How I Photographed Some of Them

Easy Refrigerator Pickle Recipes – and How I Photographed Some of Them

by Christina Peters August 4, 2014

What kind of pickles do you like?  I love the tart, vinegary kind – not the sweet ones.  A good friend of ours gave my boyfriend a great cookbook for his birthday.  It’s called, “This is a Cookbook, Recipes for Real Life”.  That was my inspiration for making pickles.  They have some super easy pickle […]

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Behind the Scenes of the "Location" Shoot of a Little Fig Tree

Behind the Scenes of the “Location” Shoot of a Little Fig Tree

by Christina Peters July 21, 2014

Isn’t he cute?  My little fig tree?  Think it was shot outside?  See the lens flare?  Gotcha!  I shot this in the studio actually. OK, so here’s what happened.  I pulled this whole shoot together in a few hours.  It all started Saturday.  Now this is going to sound like I’m rambling here, but trust […]

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Shooting on Location | Farm Tour California Avocados Direct

Shooting on Location | Farm Tour California Avocados Direct

by Christina Peters July 14, 2014

  Doesn’t this look like an enchanted forest?  I called it the enchanted avocado forest when I was there.  Those are avocado trees – 40 year old ones.  I have never seen avocado trees growing like this, until now. My good friend Mimi Holtz is married to an avocado farmer – a 4th generation avocado […]

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How to Find Amazing Props for Your Food Photos

How to Find Amazing Props for Your Food Photos

by Christina Peters July 7, 2014

Props are just as important as the food in a food photograph.  In this post I’m going to talk about how you need to become a little prop hunter to take your food photos to the next level. The props in the image above belong to my good friend and prop stylist Amy Paliwoda.  Amy […]

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