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Food Photography with The Spoon’s 2019 Menu

by dav.d

Get ready for a big blog post with about 41 photographs of food photography! I photographed The Spoon Café’s new 2019 menu two weeks ago. This menu will go live the first week of January 2019. They will feature quite a few new menu items.

Apple Pecan Oatmeal

Apple Pecan Oatmeal

All of these food photos were shot with the same lighting setup. I bought a table top from IKEA a few years ago, and we have used this for the same background for each menu shoot. We had a two light setup for this shoot. And we photographed everything in about two and a half hours. The staff made the meals and depending on the dish, I would be the food stylist and rearrange the items so it looked it’s best.

Apricot Glazed Salmon

Apricot Glazed Salmon

Ideally, we would food style each dish from the ground up, but with a limited budget and limited time, we do just enough to make things look great. With more time we would be using tweezers, filler, pins, and needles to get everything in the perfect location. We would be using vegetable oil and glycerin spray to make things look more shiny. There are so many tricks.

Artichoke Pesto Griller

Artichoke Pesto Griller

These food photos will be used in a touch screen kiosk for the ordering system. Customers will be able to identify menu items using the photo and a title. So the photo is crucial to sell the menu items.

Bacon Wrapped Turkey Meatloaf

Bacon Wrapped Turkey Meatloaf

All of these photos are very commercial. Yes, food photography can be artsy and editorial, but often we need good simple photos to sell the menu.

Bali Blessings

Bali Blessings

For the photo shoot, I shot tethered to a laptop computer so the head chef could review the items in the square format and see if things looked perfect. Commercial photography loves tethered shooting!

BBQ Brisket Wrap

BBQ Brisket Wrap

Better Bolognese

Better Bolognese

Biskies N Gravy

Biskies N Gravy

Breakfast Bagel

Breakfast Bagel

Bruschetta Bites

Bruschetta Bites

Here is a behind the scenes photo of the photo shoot!

Behind the scenes of a food photo shoot

Behind the scenes of a food photo shoot

And here I am as a food stylist!

dav.d plays the role of food stylist

dav.d plays the role of food stylist

Bruschetta Style Burger

Bruschetta Style Burger

Burrito Bliss Rice Bowl

Burrito Bliss Rice Bowl

Chicken BLT Flatbread

Chicken BLT Flatbread

Chicken Curry Flatbread

Chicken Curry Flatbread

Cod Provencale

Cod Provencale

Country Mash

Country Mash

Fusion Bowl

Fusion Bowl

Garden Combo Flatbread

Garden Combo Flatbread

Go Green Flatbread

Go Green Flatbread

Goddess Salad

Goddess Salad

Green Chile Cheddar Brisket Sandwich

Green Chile Cheddar Brisket Sandwich

Green Goddess Wrap

Green Goddess Wrap

Hawaiian Style Burge

Hawaiian Style Burge

Hero Hash with brisket and eggs

Hero Hash with brisket and eggs

Mediterranean Bowl

Mediterranean Bowl

Napa Valley Chicken Salad Wrap

Napa Valley Chicken Salad Wrap

New 1970 Salad

New 1970 Salad

Peach Streusel French Toast

Peach Streusel French Toast

Portobello Patty Melt

Portobello Patty Melt

South of the Border Flatbread

South of the Border Flatbread

Southwest Black Bean Hummus

Southwest Black Bean Hummus

Sweet Chipotle Turkey

Sweet Chipotle Turkey

Sweet Spicy Sloppy Salmon Sandwich

Sweet Spicy Sloppy Salmon Sandwich

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

TexMex Burger

TexMex Burger

Tomato Basil Soup

Tomato Basil Soup

Turkey Cordon Bleu

Turkey Cordon Bleu

Turkey Dip

Turkey Dip

Tuscan Salad

Tuscan Salad

Tutti Frutti Salad

Tutti Frutti Salad

Two Egg Breakfast with Handmade Turkey Sausage

Two Egg Breakfast with Handmade Turkey Sausage

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