I’ve been making tons of new friends through the Blogsgiving Dinner collaboration, which has been awesome, but now it’s even harder to open Instagram without drooling. Which, you know, is totally fine by me. If you’ll remember from my Instagram 101 series over the summer, you’ll know it’s one of my favorite spots for inspiration. I love following food photographers on Instagram because it helps me be a better food photographer.
If you’re looking to up your #foodporn game on Instagram for the upcoming holidays, I suggest you give these people a follow. I firmly believe in following the kinds of people you want to emulate in your posts, and each of these 8 food Instagrams to follow employs different photographic techniques you can learn from. Click through to see which ones I chose, and to get ideas for composing your own great food shots this Thanksgiving.
Who are your favorite foodies to follow on Instagram? Let me know in the comments. // susannah
Click below to see my 8 food Instagrams to follow!
This gorgeous cookie is the work of Sogoal Zolghadri (@sogishoneybakeshop). She paints (yes, PAINTS) edible watercolor designs on top of iced sugar cookies. I love her minimalist compositions, often with just one cookie in the middle of a light gray surface or a few artfully scattered over a plain surface. Sometimes she also shows in process shots, and sometimes her photos are on the cheeky side, but I promise the detail on these will have you wishing you knew how to paint on cookies. If you’re photographing any cookies this holiday season, you can definitely learn some tricks from Sogi. (Side note: You might also want to watch these incredible icing videos from pastry chef Amber Spiegel.)
Seattle photographer Brittany Wright (@wrightkitchen) has a penchant for photographing raw ingredients. Her #foodgradients series shows foods arranged in beautiful ombre order. Her photos always have me thinking about photographing food before I make it into something else. Gourds, apples, green beans — what do they look like before they become pumpkin pie, baked apples and casseroles? Check our Brittany’s feed for ideas to emulate.
Berlin food blogger Marta Greber (@whatforbreakfast) photographs a lot of what she eats for breakfast, among other things. I love her in-progress shots like this one that show the actions behind making food. There are a lot of beautiful idiosyncrasies of baking and cooking that we don’t think to photograph — measuring flour, stirring a pot, cutting shapes into cookie dough. If you’ve got helpers in your kitchen this year, ask them to model for you.
Joann Pai (@sliceofpai — also one of my favorite Instagram names ever) is a food and travel photographer based in Paris and Vancouver. She takes beautiful overhead shots of food arranged on a table, sometimes with hands reaching for food and drinks. To take shots like this, move your subjects closer together than normal and stand on a chair to take the shot. Carefully.
Food photographer and writer Beth Kirby (@local_milk) has a moody, light-filled feed that captures more than just finished foods. You’ll find still life photos of kitchens, tables and picnics as well as in-process shots and finished food products. Your messy kitchen, though, or even your ready-to-go dining room table might have just as much visual interest as your food. Try shooting them during the day when the light is bright. Tap the whitest part of your screen when you’re taking a phone photo so you can expose everything in the shot.
New York City-based photographer Alice Gao (@alice_gao) isn’t just a food photographer, though food often makes an appearance in her feed. I love this shot of doughnuts for its messy, colorful details. The greasy paper is a nice touch here. Put your food in a bright spot, and get up close and personal to show the gritty details. It’ll make someone hungry.
Photographer and blogger Aran Goyoaga (@cannellevanille) is one of my biggest food photography inspirations. I love the attention she pays to the surfaces behind her photos — her gorgeous compositions almost always take place on a lovely tablecloth. Look for textured wooden chopping boards, scratched up cookie sheets or beautiful linens that complement the colors in your food. Attention to detail and texture will elevate your images.
Food stylist Gabriel Coco (@artfuldesperado) often showcases finished food among the ingredients that went into it. Here, a pear cake with pears and a wooden spoon with caramel. I love the way he pairs the in-progress with the finished product to really show off what went into making the food. It evokes the sense of smell and an appreciation for the hard work that went into the dish.