Food Photo Quick Tips: Stylize

Food Photo Quick Tips for your fresh from market finds, whether you are a Small Business, a Blogger or just love sharing your food photos on Social Media, be sure to make it look pretty!. #amonthofdiscovery

It is no secret that I love cooking and I especially adore soup, yummytime:)  I picked up these ingredients from Granville Island and got to work putting a little twist on the traditional Butternut Squash Soup (recipe below).

This week’s Photo QUICK TIP is to make sure to STYLIZE your FOOD PHOTOS. Some food and/or ingredient images can be quite boring, lackluster or just look absolutely unappetizing, so DRESS IT UP, ADD DETAILS, CREATE TEXTURE and  make it shine!

Here I have ADDED THE DETAILS, these are the main ingredients in the soup and once you lay it out, check your frame and adjust, focus, readjust, then you get this:)  I try to leave space between each ingredient and not have anything touching to give is a fresh and free…everything just fell into place look;)  By chopping the veggies, you are ADDING TEXTURE and visual interest.


Here I’ve featured a few of the star ingredients, ADDING DETAILS is so important to telling an exciting story and engaging your audience.


Here is a butternut squash Quick Tip…I always roast my butternut squash and then it is easy to peel and cube, it is the easy peasy no hassle way;)



2 Medium Butternut Squash (roasted)

1 Medium Granny Smith Apple

1/2 an Onion

2 Stalks of Celery

6 Fresh Sage Leaves

1 Sprig of Rosemary

1 Tbsp Curry Power (optional, but soooooo good)

1/2 tsp of Cumin Seeds

3 Cups Chicken Stock

3 Cups of Water

1/2 tsp salt and peper

3Tbsp Sour Cream into finish soup (then tiny dallop on top)

1/2 Cup salted Pumpkin Seeds for garnish

1 cup of Whole Wheat Croutons for garnish

Basically I sling everything into the pot with a bit of butter and sautee until veggies/apple are soft, then add stock, water and roasted butternut squash.  Simmer for about an hour, leave chunky or puree, then add a dab of sour cream and pumpkin seeds to top.  This recipe was taken from and adapted to my love for curry, haha;)  I have to say I have made a similar recipe for years, but I think the one key ingredient that is different is using the Granny Smith apple, really brilliant as it is a little bitter and cuts the sweetness of the soup.  It is perfection:)


Okay, so here it is all DRESSED UP with a few of the beautiful toppings and also the garnish on the side as well to add depth, a dash of complimentary color and balance:)  So pretty!  Add in a spoon, napkin, cutting board, anything that you think will “add” value, take the shot then see if you like it in or out.  Play, shoot and have fun! If you found these tips helpful please share with a friend, if you need Professional Photography for your business let’s chat:)