Everything You Need to Know About High-End Food Photography.


If you’re a marketing professional in the food world – catering, restaurant, or grocery business – you likely have a few questions on what kind of photography you need. What does that look like? How much do we need? In today’s fiercely competitive market, establishing a strong visual presence, online and in person, is essential for success. Your food photography serves as the visual identity of your brand, conveying professionalism, credibility, and authenticity. In this guide, we’ll take you through some common questions surrounding food photography, ensuring you have the tools and knowledge to make informed decisions that will elevate your brand to new heights.

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Why Invest In High-End Food Photography?

Investing in food photography is all about your brand’s image. Professional photographs of your product help legitimize your brand. No matter how you use your images, in the end, you know you can put your best foot forward feeling confident with impeccable photos. 

The imagery you put behind your name, both in print and online, give your potential customers a sense of who you are and the quality of product you provide. They may even make a decision about working with your business solely based on what they see on your website, online menu, or marketing materials. Presenting the best photographs possible sets your brand apart from the competition and has the potential to significantly increase your business.

How To Determine How Many Shots You Need

In order to know how much photography you need for your restaurant or grocery store, ask yourself how you intend to use your images once you have them. Using photographs on menus or in marketing materials need a more limited amount of unique images, whereas projects like brochures or a library of social media posts might entail more unique images.

You can also ask yourself how “shelf stable” your images will be. Do you change menus every season? Focus on a few key items now so you can more consistently update your photography with each new item. Do you have a catering menu that you intend to market for years to come? An investment in a large number of angles and items might be worth it for you!

If you have any questions about how many images you think you might need, an experienced food photographer can help you navigate this process in a pre-production meeting.

What Can the Right Professional Photographer Do For My Brand?

The right professional photographer can not only capture the best angles and bring out the vibrancy of your food, but so much more. They know the best backgrounds, platters, and cutlery to use in your photographs to make sure that your vision and brand identity are woven into every image they capture.

They also know the connections in the industry to incredible behind the scenes staff. They will know the best food stylists and post-production editors in your area so that not only is your food the best it can be in front of the camera, once it’s captured, you know that your creative team can take one additional step to make sure your food photography is top notch!

Do I Need Post-Production?

This is the most straightforward question of them all; the answer is always yes! Whether you’re looking for food photography, headshots, or architecture, the last step across the finish line for a great photograph is good editing.

No matter how good a photographer is, the most perfect images come from a photographer who knows how to balance getting as much right in front of the camera with harnessing the power of a light editing touch. Experienced food photographers will have industry-tested post-production artists standing behind them to finish your food images perfectly.

Do I Need a Food Stylist?

This question is a bit more specific. Ask yourself if you and your in-house restaurant staff can create food that looks picture perfect. We all know that they are the best at making the food taste good, but you want to make sure the food looks as good on camera as it tastes. If you are unsure, it may be best to consider a food stylist. 

Secondly, are there special circumstances that make your food more difficult to photograph? Ice cream melts quickly, liquids flow in ways that don’t always look right, and perfect grill marks are not always achieved by a real grill. These are all things that a food stylist can use their expertise to perfect so your images pop.

How Can I Use My Photographs to Their Full Potential?

When it comes to end usage, the potential of your food photography is nearly endless! 

  • Do you own a restaurant? Use photographs on menus, social media accounts, marketing materials – even gift cards or personalized to-go containers!
  • Do you have a catering company? Brochures and marketing pamphlets are just the beginning. Put images on your website, use it as backgrounds to your name cards, or put it on thank you notes you write to your clients.
  • Do you run a grocery store? Your photographs can be used for weekly printed ads, in-store signage, TV ads, or maybe printed on the back of your custom receipt paper.

This unified image can enhance potential customer’s experience and lead to growth over time. A better question might be, what can’t your photographs do for you?


By now, you know what you need to get started with your food photography project. There is always the chance that you want to know more or have a question specific to your brand. Never fear! We would love to chat with you about your photography needs. You can contact us or send us an email at newbusiness@studio13online.com 

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