Photography has always been a passion of mine, but it wasn’t until I became a food blogger that I actually did something about it. Today the two are my greatest passion, outside of my family.
I’m often asked by newcomers about my equipment, but as many of you know, the equipment only gets you so far. My philosophy on photography is find your voice, your style and the rest are blanks to fill-in, ie. lighting, angles, DOF.
Today, I’m starting out with images of raw ingredients, the first of my 4 installments. For me, there’s so much beauty in the process of food making. It starts with something as simple as the raw food. The ingredients become the cast of characters in a story. They start raw and get deconstructed and reconstructed for a greater story.
The photos you see here are the various expressions in which I use to showcase them, ie, the rinds of the blood oranges, the pomegranate seedlings, the melons smashed by dropping them from a ladder, dragonfruit as a portrait and the heirloom beans at the farmers market.
The images you see in the post are some of my favorites. As you can see, light plays a heavy part in conveying the mood and style. I use it for added drama and to highlight the bright colors and contours of the raw ingredients.
That’s it for this installment of raw. For the next installment, I’ll move to the deconstruction of food.
Naomi Robinson is the creator and publisher behind the popular blog Bakers Royale, a 2013 Saveur nominated blog for Best Baking Blog. You can also find her as a contributor at Better Homes and Garden’s blog Delish Dish and as a contributor at TheKitchn.com.
When she is not in the kitchen, she’s can be found shooting commercially for brands that range from food based products, to consumer products and for magazines.