You already know that there are thousands of amazing food blogs where you can find great recipes.
But there are also a lot of beautiful blogs that emphasize food photography and offer a magazine look and high-level production values.
Read on to find out more about the top 15 food photography blogs you should follow this year.
Why Follow a Food Photography Blog?
Food blogs initially were a type of personal journal of recipes and short essays about food. Neither the blog design nor photography was very polished.
Most bloggers took images with their point-and-shoot cameras to give their readers an idea of what the dish should look like. But the results were sometimes less than appetizing.
A lot has changed since then.
Somewhere around 2007-2008, food blogs began to evolve into the stylish and beautiful media that we see today.
Since then, we have rapidly developed as a visual culture.
The evolution of the Internet, the advent of social media and the proliferation of blogs have made visual collateral more important than ever.
People are visual beings.
Online consumers can only retain 10-20 percent of the information they read. When you add imagery or other visual content, that number goes up to 65%.
Bloggers now need to spend just as much time creating the images that will “sell” their recipes to their viewers as they do on developing the recipes themselves.
It doesn’t matter how great your recipe for dark chocolate cake is. If the image doesn’t pull the viewer in, you will have a hard time standing out in a medium that has literally changed the way food photography is seen.
Blogs Featuring Stunning Food Photography
There are so many blogs with amazingly beautiful food photography out there. Here are some of my top picks to peruse, in no particular order.
Just make sure you’re not hungry when you do so!
15. Bea’s Cookbook
Originally from Poland, Bea now resides in the UK. She teaches photography workshops and writes her visually stunning blog Bea’s Cookbook .
Bright, full of vivid colour and texture, Bea’s images are some of the most popular across Pinterest.
Several of her images were highly commended in the 2017 Pink Lady Food Photography Awards. This is the biggest and most prestigious food photography contest in the world.
You can find Bea’s recipes organized by season as well as by latest posts.
In addition to recipes, Bea shares her food styling and photography tips, such as this tutorial on how to create your own photography backgrounds.
Winner of Saveur magazine’s “Best Photography” award, The Little Plantation is a plant-based food photography blog. It’s produced by Kimberly Espinel, a nutritional therapist based in London.
In addition to her qualifications to write expertly about a plant-based diet, Kimberley works as a professional food photographer, prop and food stylist, food photography teacher, and a podcaster.
Oh and she’s also an Instagram growth coach, too!
With almost 65,000 followers, she is a popular resource in the plant-based food space.
With almost a quarter of a million followers on Instagram, Portland-based Eva Kosmas Flores has become an authority on slow food and seasonal cooking. And she’s also noted for her gorgeous photography.
She regularly teaches photography and branding workshops. She also sells Lightroom presets of her signature photography style on her website.
On her blog, Eva shares her homesteading journey and the transformation of 29-acres of land to her new home and garden.
Her posts include everything from how to forage for mushrooms, to features on how she remodelled the various rooms in her home.
Eva’s recipes are categorized by season as well as meal type.
Not only does Eva cover a wide variety of topics ranging from cooking to gardening, she also offers several courses on food photography and styling, as well as one-on-one mentoring sessions.
Eva has written two cookbooks and also offers a course on cookbook writing.
12. Pearls of East
Based in Sydney, Australia, Shibani Mishra is a food blogger, food stylist, and professional food photographer.
She is a native of India and has lived all over Asia. This has informed her style of cooking and the recipes on her blog.
Shibani began her blogging journey in 2008, with the intention of documenting the dishes of her homeland. But her love of baking soon took over.
Fast forward ten years, Shibani is now a freelance food photographer and stylist with a stunning portfolio of work. Her blog is still going strong, and offers a wide variety of scrumptious recipes, from Chicken Tikka to Rose Water Pavlova.
Shibani offers a free book on how to decorate cupcakes on her blog, which you can download here.
With the popularity of plant-based blogs on the rise, Evergreen Kitchen is a popular online destination for vegetarians and vegans. Or just for those who simply want to live a healthier lifestyle.
Husband and wife duo Anguel and Bri are the creators behind this visually sumptuous blog.
Bri is a Certified Nutritionist and takes care of the recipe side of the site, while photographer Anguel captures the stunning images.
The blog features a variety of plant-based recipes, such as Chipotle Bean Burgers and Harissa Spiced Cauliflower Steaks.
Sign up for the Evergreen Kitchen newsletter and get their free ebook on how to eat vegan for $10.00 a day, with recipes and a step-by-step meal guide.
“Seasonal recipes from a recovering pastry chef” is the tagline for this popular alternative baking site.
Alanna Taylor-Tobin is the food stylist, photographer and chef behind The Bojon Gourmet.
She studied baking and pastry in her native San Francisco. She worked as a pastry chef, caterer, and personal chef for many years before turning her attention to her blog full-time.
Noted as a food photographer as well as a chef, Alanna is a contributor to The Picture Pantry. This is one of the most respected food stock agencies in the world.
In addition, her gluten-free cookbook The Alternative Baker won the IACP Cookbook Award and was featured in GOOP’s Gift Guide.
Based in Berlin, Laura Muthesius and Nora Eiserman make up the dynamic duo behind the blog Our Food Stories.
A staggering one million followers follow their Instagram feed. They post inspirational food and lifestyle photography with a cool and moody Nordic palette.
As a food stylist and food photographer, the two make a perfect pair. But food blogs are still about recipes and those you find on Our Food Stories are just as noteworthy as the sumptuous visuals.
The blog is a collection of gluten-free, vegetarian recipes as well as “Dinner Stories”. This series is all about gathering to eat with others.
With 780,00+ followers on Instagram, Linda Lomelino of Call Me Cupcake has forged an amazing career out of a hobby that took root when cupcakes were all the rage in her native Sweden.
When she first began her blog back in 2009, she had no particular intention for it but found how fun baking can be.
Almost ten years later, she has written four cookbooks and has a side business of selling props and prints of her rustic and moody style of photography through her site.
Linda’s books are available in English on Amazon.
Born in Canada to Greek immigrant parents, Joanne Rappos now lives on the Caribbean island of Trinidad with her Trinidadian husband.
With a recipe bank of what would be best described as healthy comfort food, Olive & Mango offers inspiring ideas for authentic and delicious home cooking.
The exquisite photography in itself will inspire you to get into the kitchen.
Interested in learning more about food photography? Joanne will soon be launching her introduction to food photography workshops in Trinidad and Canada. Sign up for her newsletter to receive updates.
Another popular site for real, wholesome home-based cooking is Half Baked Harvest by Tieghan Gerard. The site was borne out of her experiences of cooking for her large family of nine.
Tiegan lives in a converted horse barn in Colorado where she spends her days creating and photographing new recipes.
Since starting her blog in 2012, she has gone on to win several awards, including the “Readers’ Choice Favorite Food Blog” by Better Homes and Gardens in 2014 and 2016.
Her cookbook Half Baked Harvest is available through various book sellers, including, of course, Amazon.
Little Upside Down Cake is the journal of Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo. She’s a food and lifestyle photographer based in Lisbon, Portugal.
With education and years of experience of working in Information Technology, Sanda left a stable career to explore her passion for food photography.
After taking photography courses and workshops and teaching herself about food photography, Sanda now works with photographers and stylists that she has long admired.
To see her gorgeous photography portfolio, go here.
The Curious Pear is actually a curious pair–comprised of Meg, a writer, and Issy, a photographer.
The two are best friends that have been travelling and eating together for more than eleven years.
Their blog is not a traditional one. Rather it is a collection of travel guides and their published works, which are numerous.
From interviews with the most inspirational people in the food world to features on prominent culinary figures such as Yotam Ottolenghi, and Magnus Nilsson, The Curious Pear offers something different from the typical food blog.
They are also the creators of Food 52’s “At Home With” series, which you can also find on their site
Marta Gerber loves breakfast.
However, What Should I Eat for Breakfast Today is more than a collection of breakfast recipes–though there is that, too.
The blog also offers travel guides to some of the world’s greatest cities that Marta has traveled to, from Barcelona to Berlin.
The unique recipes range from Millet Waffles with Bleu cheese to Passata Beans on Toast.
Plenty of sweet things are thrown into the mix, as well as Marta’s gorgeous photography and impressions from her travels.
Susann and Yannic are a couple from Berlin who live in the city but are drawn to nature. They share a passion for cooking and photography, and it shows.
They were chosen as one of the six finalists for Saveur’s Best Food Blog Awards in 2017 in the Photography category.
As vegetarians, they focus on wholesome, seasonal plant-based ingredients.
In addition to sharing what’s on their table, they take their readers on the road with them on their travels, as well as share their kitchen and garden stories.
The couple also teaches food styling and photography workshops in Berlin. They share their knowledge and experience as food bloggers and professional photographers.
Margaret Pahos started her blog Create.Cook.Share when her 2-year old daughter began exhibiting the symptoms of celiac disease.
The switch to a gluten-free diet was swift. Margaret made it her mission to create healthy and fresh food for her family that was anything but boring.
With her ethnic Greek background, Margaret was no stranger to the importance of home cooking and the emotional link to cultural ancestry that food provides.
Her recipes are cleverly organized according to various Greek gods and goddesses. For example, Artemis is the Goddess of Sweet Desires and where you’ll find Margaret’s dessert recipes.
Although Margaret insists she is not a photographer, we beg to differ. She makes even the simplest ear of corn look delectable.
Blogs About Making Stunning Food Photography
In the last ten to fifteen years, food blogging has gone from a hobby of avid home cooks to an important source of mainstream media. As thousands of new blogs are launched every year, bloggers struggle to stand out.
Some bloggers are satisfied to keep blogging as a hobby or as a way of documenting their recipes. Many want to make a living or extra income through sponsored content or other opportunities.
Great photography is the foundation to creating a blog that stands out.
Here are some of the best blogs to go to as a learning hub for all things food photography.
Rachel Korinek is an Aussie food photographer now based in Vancouver.
Her blog Two Loves Studio is an aesthetically beautiful space and is a premier destination for budding food photographers wanting to learn all about the art of food photography.
Rachel is a master in Lightroom editing and natural light food photography. She offers online Masterclasses in food photography post-processing and composition, as well as in-person workshops around the world where she takes you through her food photography and styling process.
Subscribers to her site receive a free 7-Day course about improving your food photography.
You can find her at @twolovesstudio.com.
You can check out the following articles she’s written on our website, Product Photography Checklist for More Professional Photos, 10 Delicious Food Photography Tips for Food Bloggers, 10 Tips for Shooting With Macro Lenses in Still Life Photography, and Should You Use a DSLR or Smartphone For Social Media Photography.
If you’re looking for information from a seasoned pro, this is the photography blog to go to.
Christina Peters is a long-time food photography veteran based in Los Angeles. She began shooting in the days of film. And she has worked for all the big name brands like Burger King and Taco Bell.
She still shoots advertising and cookbooks. But she has turned her focus (pun intended!) to her online food photography learning hub The Food Photography Club.
This private membership site features instructional videos, a forum, as well as live webinars.
Whether you are looking for a live critique of your images or want to talk shop with other food bloggers or photographers, The Food Photography Club is the place to go if you’re serious about professional food photography.
Skyler Burt is a professional food photographer working out of his studio in California.
His blog We Eat Together offers a blend of recipes and food photography tips. But his real claim to fame is his Youtube channel and the online Masterclasses , where he teaches you everything you need to know about shooting and editing professional level food photography.
Whether you are a beginner or a pro venturing into the world of food photography, you will learn a lot through his blog and videos.
Skyler shares his gear recommendations and gently brings you into the world of working with artificial light in a way that is accessible, rather than intimidating.
You can spend weeks researching strobe lighting or food photography lighting on the Internet to try to figure out how it applies to still life and food photography, or you can simply get Skyler’s courses.
It’s a small investment that will pay huge dividends.
2. That’s Sage
Swiss-based Lauren Caris began her career as a vegan food blogger but soon discovered that her passion was really taking pictures of food.
That’s Sage was created to teach others the technical side of food photography.
Lauren shares her inside knowledge honed through several years working as a pro food photographer through her Manual Mode Master course.
She also offers a masterclass of composition and a free “Manual Mode Essentials” course for signing up to her mailing list.
Her blog covers a variety of topics on food photography and styling.
1. Brooke Lark
Brooke Lark has been cooking and shooting food since 2006. Her client list includes high profile brands such as General Mills and Disney.
A professional food photographer and videographer, she shares her knowledge through her online “crash courses”. These will teach you everything you need to know to start making stop motion videos or up your food photography game.
Her Facebook group is one of the biggest gatherings of food imagery creators with over 10,000 members!
You may be familiar with some of these blogs but hopefully, you have discovered some gems that you hadn’t know about.
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