Food Photography 101 with White on Rice Couple

There are few things I love more than making look food as delicious as it tastes. I’m so fortunate to be able to incorporate this passion into my work, both at MyFitnessPal and the recipes I post here on the blog. But lately I’ve felt somewhat stuck. Looking back at some of my recent recipes, I noticed most were photographed on the same boring marble slab, in the same light, all on white dishes. Having just upgraded to the Canon 6D, I wanted to be able to tell a better story about the food I’m creating, and take my food photography from good to really good, if not great.

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending an amazing food styling and photography workshop led by the talented Todd Porter and Diane Cu, who you may know as White on Rice Couple. Todd and Diane are professional food and lifestyle photographers as well as ridiculous recipe developers whose work I’ve admired since I first found their blog nearly two years ago. You can imagine my excitement when I learned that they occasionally will hold 2-day food photography workshops in their beautiful studio outside of Los Angeles.

So, I went into the weekend eager to soak up as much of Todd and Diane’s knowledge as I possibly could. Our 2, 10-hour days together began with a delicious breakfast and cappuccinos at 8, and went straight through until our group dinner at 6, with a short break for lunch in between. During the workshop, Todd and Diane demonstrated techniques which we would then practice. Hundreds, if not thousands of frames were shot that weekend as we learned everything from lighting, composition and food styling to lenses and photo editing. Todd and Diane even touched upon several aspects of the food photography business, including some tips for getting started and working with clients.

I plan to share some of what I learned (as well as a fun, behind-the-scenes post) but for now, I’ll let some of my favorite photos from the weekend detail just how much I took away from those two short, but amazing days with Todd & Diane.

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