I recently did a collaboration for Inspired Home
where they featured these Mimosa Popsicles and the products used in this post. I won’t talk much about the popsicles here but you can read all about them on their page. What I do want to talk about is how much working with them has helped me as a food photographer. It’s one thing to photograph food for your food blog and a whole other thing to photograph food that involves products & recipes that will be featured somewhere else.
Let me tell you, doing food photography that involves products is very challenging! First off, you may have no control of the product’s model variations (you can’t select the fancy shmancy ones all the time!) and the colors or style may not be exactly what you prefer.
Secondly, you have to photograph them to fit the taste of the general consumer but at the same time, still allow room for some creativity. Sigh!
Lastly, you have to make them look good regardless of what the product is and depict how they will be used. As a portrait photographer I always say, there are no ugly people in this world. There are only bad photographers! I suspect this saying applies to food & product photography as well 😉 Do you agree?
Working on products you didn’t personally choose still has its rewards! Take for instance this Citrus Juicer
. I never would have chosen this green color (I probably would have chosen white) but after finding a photography setting where I could make it shine, I realized how much I liked the color and this product. Now I see this green as a happy color and I tried one of the easiest juicers I have ever used. I’m sure it will be one of my go-to products every weekend when the hubby and I make big breakfasts.
This experience has allowed me to keep an open mind and see things in a new way.
The challenges of combining product & food photography has allowed me to grow as a photographer where otherwise I may have not. I have a new found respect for professional food & product photographers! I know most of them have a team to help during their shoots (food & prop stylist, chefs, dishwashers – I wish! lol) but now I know the biggest challenge: presentation. Make these babies shine and give them life!
I still have a lot to learn as a food photographer and realize what I have to work on. I see lots of practice coming my way!
For this shoot I used an Alien B800 with a medium softbox to the left and a reflector on the right. It was done during the day and I had my office’s window all the way open to combine the strobe light with some natural light.
Lens: 24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8
Focal Length: 70.0 mm
Exposure: 1/160 sec; f/3.5; ISO 100
Manual; Spot metering
For the recipe click on THIS link
Products used: Dash Go Citrus Juicer | Luminarc champagne flutes | Zoku Pop Molds | Mikasa Ice Bucket