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I love photographing food because every shoot is so different.

One day I’ll be shooting sunny, sugary popsicles, and the next I’ll be arranging chocolate on a black background for a more moody, dark photo. (See the two photos in this post to get an idea of what I’m talking about!) The different colors, textures, and shapes of various foods lend themselves to absolutely gorgeous photos. It’s so fun to tinker around with the items in the shot until you find the arrangement you love.

Just as important as the food you’re photographing, though, is what’s going on around it. Below is a list of the five most important things to have with you when you’re shooting food.

My 5 Food Photography Must-Haves.

1. Marble Slab from Crate + Barrel (or you can just buy a marble tile from Floors & Decor. Easy!).

 2. White and black foam boards from the dollar store (you can also find these at grocery stores or craft stores).

3. A small table to easily move food closer to or away from the light source.

4. Cute measuring cups and tablespoons (World Market, Anthropologie, and Target have great ones).

5. Textures to sprinkle in the background and add more visual interest to the shot. Flour, chocolate chips, sugar, and sea salt are all great options (plus I’m sure you can think of many more!).

My 5 Food Photography Must-Haves.
Pink and yellow popsicles for plus tips on how to shoot food photography

Any other items you love to have nearby when shooting food? Let me know in the comments! – Lauren

My 5 Food Photography Must-Haves.

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