Your food photos can create a narrative, a beautiful story for you and your followers. In that way, your photo becomes so powerful.
What is a food narrative? A food narrative is just a fancy way to say a story about you and your food. In each photo, you put a piece of yourself in the story you say. It means creating a photo or a series of photos that shows in a simple dish or a product in a literal way.
Creating a narrative means creating an atmosphere that suggests intriguing and appealing stories in the mind of the viewer and enhances the appeal of the subject. You will use props, lighting angles, and location.
We want to see amazing photos about food that will make you think about it, order it, or made it just because it looks so appealing, glamorous, or exotic.
The narrative is very important when you shooting a series. Shooting a series of dishes in an identical background, lighting, and angle is a valid creative choice in many situations.
A food photography narrative depends on your imagination. The limit is the sky. You need to show more than a dish or a product. You need to show an idea, a feeling, make them feel that they can touch it and eat it right there.
My first example is a summer morning, my garden, and my bench. Everything is about lighting, fresh, fruits red and pink, and summer feeling. You feel relaxed in the garden enjoying a smoothie, fresh fruits, or a light dessert. I got also close-ups and shots from every angle. The bench and petals are in the story set the mood and the décor.
Another example is donuts. I need my food to look fresh and ready to eat. I don’t want a perfect product. I love crumbles, shells, dripping, and spill. Here are some donuts. The same background, light but with different donuts.
49 thoughts on “Food photography narrative”
Beautiful. I know exactly how those scrumptious donuts are going to taste!
It’s a story in images, and that resonates with me. It reminds me of Maya Angelou’s “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” People may forget how many calories were in the donut, or if it was sprinkled with coconut flakes, but not how it made them feel 🙂
Hmph, why weren’t we invited over for the donuts? 😒
Those fresh strawberries remind me of summer delicious.😋
I love how your garden looks in the summer beautifully.
Beautiful photos. I love taking photos of food. It drives my friends crazy but I do it anyway. haha!
I appreciate this advice. I’ve been cooking, baking, and bbq’ing , hesitant to share the “goods” because they don’t look like the magazine or video recipe…even if they turned out very tasty.
You are welcome
I wish I could have a gear that could get amazing food photos just like how you did!
I find food photos incredibly appealing. The natural colors and textures are like art. 👀🍃
Makes me want to bake and take photos! Beautiful post and photos!
Great pictures. They look appealing and appetizing
I got this very same advice several months ago and it changed the way I approached food photography and my youtube videos — very good advice. ❤️
So important post!
WONDERFUL POST, FRIEND!
This is really insightful!
Great post! I am glad I cannot gain weight just by looking 🙂
Color combination is superb.. and nice article..❤️🧡💛💚
Great tips! It looks very nice and appealing! Thanks for sharing! 😊 😊
Yum yum 😋
I love the way your pictures tell us the story 🥰 i learn about food photography too…nice sharing
I love buying the food you make & eat it there & as I was reading your post of food photography, I wonder if I could get food to turn out like that! It’s snowing & would need a few cooking appliances that help in making some food like donuts that I don’t have. Thanks for the inspiring post!
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Very good advise. Thank you!
Thanks for sharing. I got some work to do. LOL
I learned a lot from this post, thank you!!
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I tried to do a little bit of tabletop photography, but I struggle with the styling. For example, you have a napkin there… when I place something like that, it always looks awful. I think it’s because something about the proportions or angles is always wrong.
I have sometimes the same problem. It depends on the napkin, color, angle. You need to reposition, change the napkin or the background
I gave it another try, with books this time instead of food. It seems easier for me!