Below is a list of some of my favorite food bloggers + photographers that I love to follow and get inspiration from.
I decided to compile a list of some of my favorite food bloggers who I look towards for inspiration when it comes to food, photography + styling. I love seeing how bloggers create different styles through their photography. There are so many different ways to capture a dish or ingredient.
Some of the things I look at when studying food photography:
Lighting. A well lit photo makes all the difference. I am a huge fan of utilizing natural light, especially from a kitchen window.
Props and background. Different props and background can completely change the composition of the photograph, and adds character to the image.
Unique aesthetic. While versatility + adaptability is so impressive, overall I just love when you can look at a photo and tell what account it is coming from before you take a peek. Branding 101.
BAKED is a collaborative project by several Canadian recipe developers, food photographers, and food stylists. They are well known for their rustic and easily accessible recipes such as their Asparagus and Goat Cheese Frittata or these Cheese Tea Biscuits. I love how they utilize vintage products and hints of color throughout their photography, as well as their use of natural light.
Find their website here.
The Little Plantation
This vegan blog based out of the United Kingdom, celebrates the idea of less is more when it comes to food styling. Kimberly, the creator, always stresses the importance of the inter-relationship between light, shadow, and the food you are trying to capture. One of my favorite photos (and recipe) of hers is her Maple and Miso Grain and Radish Salad.
Find Kimberly’s website here.
Christiann Koepke beautifully captures the creative process of making your own food with her photos. Her table designs set the tone for the recipes she creates, such as the muted pinks and reds she incorporated in her Summer Berry Pavlova. I also love her use of florals as props.
Find Christiann’s website here.
Heartbeet Kitchen’s creator Amanda captures recipes based around what’s in season. Many of her featured recipes are vegetarian, and all are gluten-free with a specialty in baking with alternative flours. With the use of natural light and an uncomplicated marbled background, the focus of Heartbeet Kitchen’s photos remain on the food.
Find Hearbeet Kitchen’s website here.
With her motto being “eat what makes you feel good,” dietician Kaleigh captures the simplicity of delicious and nutritional recipes such as this Watermelon Feta and Arugula Grain Salad. I love how Kaleigh utilizes an all white background in her photos, as well as close up shots. Her photography style adds to her emphasis on healthy, fresh ingredients.
Find Kaleigh’s website here.
Vanilla and Bean
Photographer and recipe developer Traci incorporates both savory and sweet elements into her vegetarian food blog. As I mentioned earlier, I am a huge fan of natural light which Traci utilizes beautifully. I also love her use of props, such as these glass ramekins and mason jars, and the accoutrements and utensils she incorporated in her shot of this Italian Pressed Sandwich.
Find Vanilla and Bean’s website here.
The Wood and Spoon
Kate Clova is a self-taught baker and photographer living in Alabama. Her food photography style is described as “pretty and approachable” and I would have to agree. Just look at these adorable rhubarb pop tarts. I love her attention to detail, and how her desserts aren’t precise and perfect. I must warn you, her account will tug at your sweet tooth.
Find Kate’s website here.
Bella runs her blog from a tiny Greek island in the Aegean Sea. Her food photography is beautiful and rustic, often featuring aged wood, distressed metals, and vintage-inspired cookware. I also love how she incorporates natural elements such as pine needles, fruit, and olive branches. I am dying to make her Harissa Roasted Red Pepper Feta Spread.
Find ful-filled’s website here.
Adventures in Cooking
Eva celebrates seasonal ingredients with her stunning photography. Her style is more moody, often using a reflector disk with a black side for her background if she wants an image to be especially dark. She also uses natural light, letting the shadows do the work. This recipe for lilac syrup is something I will be trying in my next cocktail.
Find Eva’s website here.
Sarah is a free-lance food photographer in the Bay Area. She specializes in gluten-free recipes. She effortlessly utilizes bright, natural light and pops of color in her photos, such as this one of her Gluten-Free Baja Fish Tacos. She also has an eye for detail, which is apparent in her work.
Find Sarah’s website here
I hope you found some new accounts to follow for recipes and inspiration. I’d love to know who your favorite accounts are to follow. Let me know in the comments below!
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