What made you interested in food photography? My interest grew from my love of both food writing and recipe development. I started my blog Harvest and Honey a few years ago as a way to grow my freelance writing career and focus a bit more on a subject about which I am truly passionate. Food has always been such an interest of mine and I started my blog as a way to explore it from a writer's perspective. But what I didn't expect was how much I would fall in love with the aesthetic side of the project. I quickly realized that people like to look at the food that they're reading about, and I felt like I needed to put more effort in my photography and styling to cater to that. I got my first DSLR and just really took to the whole process - both the actual styling of the food as well as the photography and editing. I've found that food photography can be many things, and for me, it is a way to support the narrative of my blog. So, it's not really about "food porn" so much as it is a way for me to create a feeling and to maybe make people feel what it might be like if we were cooking and sharing the meal together. That goal - of storytelling and creating a sense of memory and mood - is what keeps me constantly interested and inspired in food photography.
Does your photography include professional projects? Personal blogging? Please elaborate. Yes. My photography is almost exclusively used for my blog, but that extends to posts and work I shoot for clients as well. And my book (Smoke, Roots, Mountain, Harvest - to be published). That's a huge photography step for me, and the biggest project I've tackled yet.
There is so much diversity in lighting and styling for food photogs these days. What is your style? What are you shooting with? My style is decidedly moody. And rustic. And I think kind of romantic. I genuinely love food and cooking, and I think I tend to romanticize my shoots as a way to convey that. They're not supposed to look like my actual kitchen - they're intentionally very styled to portray a feeling. I tend to gravitate toward darker, more brooding setups with low lighting and shadows, as I think darkness can highlight a subject just as well as bright light can, sometimes more. I also think the shadows play well into my vintage style and help to suggest the notion of a memory ... a time that once was, leaving a bit to the imagination. I focus more on lighting and composition than anything else - even more than making the actual food look good - because again, I think those are the most important elements in any photo. As for my styling go-tos, I love me some negative space and I tend to adhere to the rule of three (groups of things look better in threes or in odd numbers). Also, I think perfection is overrated and that there is real beauty in the imperfect ... it's just more interesting.
I shoot with a Canon 6D and my favorite lenses are a 35mm 1.4, 50mm 1.2, and 100mm 2.8 macro.