Today I’m starting a new segment on this blog called Tablescapes! It’s like landscapes, except tables. Basically, I’m going to being posting some photos of food (obviously), styling, and just some photography in general that I find really inspiring.
I consider myself an amateur when it comes to photography. When I started blogging during my sophomore year of college, I though, Yeah! I’m doing this for fun! And while I still do it for fun, I realized shortly after starting that I wanted my pictures to look better. Maybe a couple props and backgrounds. Maybe just a little more professional. I think I’ve come a long way, but I’m still trying to improve and learn everything I can about photography. I often find myself frustrated because I’ll have an idea in mind, and then my pictures will look nothing like it in the end. Sometimes they’re still good; sometimes they’re not. Personally, I try to keep my pictures simple just because I don’t have a lot of experience with styling, props, backgrounds, and all that. But I’m constantly looking at these things in blog posts, magazines, and on Pinterest. There are so many talented and inspiring photographers/bakers/foodies out there. I even made a board on Pinterest just to keep up with all of them!
I decided to start this series just to share some of my current favorite photos, but I hope you’ll enjoy them too. Also, if you have any favorite photos/photographers/bloggers, let me know in the comments!
*I know these pictures are pretty awesome, but if you’d like to Pin them, please go to the photo’s original website and Pin it from there. There are a lot of links and all the photos are clickable, so it’s pretty easy!*
1. PINK PEPPERCORN CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM FROM HELENALJUGGREN.COM
I think this website is in Swedish, but you don’t need to speak the language to appreciate the photos. What I love about this photo is the dark background. The prop is about the same color and I really like how it all blends together. I’m not sure what the prop is exactly, but it works really well here. The background is dark, but the ice cream cones aren’t. There’s still plenty of light. I’ve seen some cute ways to prop up ice cream cones around the foodblogisphere since summer began. They’re mostly bottles, cups, jars, and those kinds of things. But I like the uniqueness of this.
2. BERRY CAKE FROM MAGNOLIA ROUGE
First of all, can we talk about this cake stand? Um, I want it. But the thing I like the most about this photo the messy quality of it. The cake is messy, but very colorful. I love that berry juice running down the sides. The blurring also seems to have some motion in it, which adds to the messiness. I love pictures like this – someone holding a cake, but you can’t really see the person; just their hands and the cake. Gorgeous.
3. CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER TRIFLE PIE BY HOW SWEET IT IS
I’ve followed this blog for awhile now (same with the next two posts), and I really admire the simplicity of some of her photos. Like with this pie. It doesn’t have extremely fancy props; just a plate I could probably find in my own kitchen. But I like the angles, the crumbs, and the melting whipped cream. I also love action shots. I love the fork cutting into the pie in the first photo, and the bite on the fork in the second. I will take a million pictures of a cake, and then realize afterward that I could have also taken pictures of the cake being cut, the cake on plates, the cake on a fork and on it’s way into a mouth (preferably mine ;D). But awesome photos like this remind me of all the possibilities.
4. LAVENDER AND HONEY CUPCAKES BY BAKERS ROYALE
Naomi from Bakers Royal takes fantastic photos. I’m always admiring them on her blog and on Instagram. I’m repeatedly surprised by how creative her photos are, but I really shouldn’t be because they’re always incredible. She takes a lot of shots from above, which I try to do, but I’d like some more practice. Naomi uses a lot of colorful backgrounds. I’ve been wanting to make some of my own because hers always look so good! Actually, I had a hard time deciding which picture to show off here. You really should go look at all of them. I especially love the one towards the bottom with the unwrapped cupcakes. In the picture above, I love all the different plates. They have different patterns and textures, but I like them all together. I think this is a great example of a simple background and mix-and-match props.
5. BUTTERSCOTCH CUPCAKES SUPREME BY SWEETAPOLITA
Sweetapolita is one of my favorite blogs! Her photos are so adorable and full of color. Because I started with a photo that had a dark color/theme, I’m going to end with a bright photo that’s full of light. Usually when I take pictures, I have the light behind me, so it lands directly on my subject. Here, the light is behind the subject. I’ve tried this a couple times with some success, but my camera is an old, digital point-and-shoot. Whatever is in the shadow always ends up grainy and off-color, no matter how I adjust the settings or attempt to doctor it up in Photoshop. I probably just need a new camera. But it looks wonderful in this photo. I also love the prop styling here – with the cupcake and the jar of butterscotch on the plate. Super cute!
That’s all I’ve got today! As of right now, I’m hoping this will be a weekly series and on the same day every week. So keep your eye out for the next one!