Someone asked me recently why I love food photography so much? I figured I would tell you why.
Two years ago, I never dreamed I would be doing this. Food photography. Taking pictures of food. And loving it.
I guess I think food photography is pure art. There are so many ways to paint a picture. So many different colors you can create to capture beauty. With natural foods, it’s amazing how much color I see. When you’re at the store again, look at the produce. I mean, really look. There are greens and browns, then oranges and reds. The list goes on. Fruits and vegetables are literally painted in color. It’s absolutely breathtaking.
I realized why I love taking photos. Real food has incredible beauty in it. Maybe before I was diagnosed with Celiac disease, I couldn’t see color in food. Literally, it was just an eat and go kinda thing. Once I began working with fresh ingredients all the time, things changed. I had to start from scratch. I had to see food differently. Once I really cooked and cooked, I noticed so much color. Color that I never saw before. It’s like the food was painting a picture for me. And that’s when I knew I had to start capturing it.
I miss my D3000 Nikon camera. I think about the old setup and equipment daily. You can buy and buy and buy the best of the best when it comes to food photography. But if you can’t ‘feel’ things when you’re using equipment and can’t capture beauty without stressing, then you’re doing it wrong. I really do believe that if you look closely, you can find such beauty in food photography. I think that once you are able to see this, the sky is the limit for you.
Food doesn’t talk. It may crackle or pop or bubble or sizzle at times, but it doesn’t have a mouth full of words to spew out. It listens. And then when it’s in the spotlight and ready to be tested, it makes others silent. Food compels you to take notice of its pure beauty and magnificent colors. Capturing this natural beauty makes me so excited.
I believe food is pure beauty. From a farmers market, to a bean crop sunset, to a three star Michelin restaurant plate, to a poverty stricken village cooking with fire, to a baby tasting fresh puree for the first time, to vendors offering food in the wake of tragedy. It is ALL beautiful. Food photography can capture all of this.
So, I guess that’s why I love food photography so much.