They look so good!

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I think my hubby did a great job at photographing the food for my cookbook. Here are two pics that we did recently. The first one is "Orange French Toast" with Orange syrup. and the second one is "Tiramisu French Toast". Both are so Yummy!
 

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You post these wonderful pics but do not include recipes? Shame! Smiling

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You have to buy the cookbook wink

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I tried...! Smiling

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I saw this and thought of you today, please take a look! (Go through her other posts to see more eye popping food photos as well!)

http://www.thatskinnychickcanbake.com/2013/03/flourless-chocolate-kahlua-cake.html

 

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If anyone wants any helpful hints, we're here! We have all sorts of innsight into food photography!

What I do, and it is a learning curve for anyone trying to photograph food: is have variations of the same item but swap out those variations, ie the chocolate muffin looks yummy, but you may end up with too many dishes with strawberries, RASPBERRIES on top of that would be awesome, or even around the plate.

Oranges or mandarin segments scattered and bunched, with a blob of color, diff plates. Set out the same dish (breakfast) on 5 different plates. Set them up like you are going to feed guests.  Load them up and them you can shoot all different plates, different angles, different accompaniments.

I am going to critique these and take them for what it is worth. If this is going to be a polished copy for printing or an eBook. I am doing this in the spirit of helpfulness, 100%, so please do not get discouraged. Redoing the shoot is a pain, but when you see food photographers at work, it could take half a day to get one great shot. 

Orange French Toast

Bad plate color, use a white plate so the food stands out.

Oranges against toasted or fried bread almost the same color doesn't entice, put them around the plate or falling off the F.T.

Tea pot is neither here nor there and really doesn't fit.

Parsley has no place on a B&B breakfast, I will be bold here and make that statement. Mint, or as you mentioned pansies, something other than parsley.

There is no reason to not showcase some meat alongside the Orange F.T. it would really make the meal look better. Right now it looks like "family sized"? Is this correct or do you serve this amount to one person?

The bread edges are rough, like the back left piece.  

If you use icing sugar/confect sugar then make it show, right now I know it is there as it is on some of the pieces, if you want to show this, then scatter more on the plate and fruit.

I thought that was orange juice, is it the orange syrup? It needs a shorter dispenser to make it out.

Strawberries, only use those that are nice and red, not white inside. I see some that are redder on the second dish, but toward the back, these need to be front. Again, try different cuts of berries on this and on the plate on the food, scattered, etc

Don't be afraid to place a fork on those plates! Try different arrangements and different forks! A gold fork, a two tone fork, a dessert fork.

As for camera use, on the second dish - either focus on the front of the plate (food there) and distort the background or have everything in the focus length. It appears you have stacked the one piece in front to get a better view of it, try rotating them around and stacking them in a different sequence and maybe one will end up the victor!

Background

Unless you plan to have the background black on all of them, don't allow the grey to show through. Grey looks like a car mat.

Again apologies, but I want this cookbook to be awesome like the dishes are! Sometimes something small can distract or not show the fully glory of the dish. 

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Thanks for the pointers!

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Great Feedback JB! We do want our innkeepers to show only the BEST Smiling

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Looks good ....but....here goes...don't shoot me.....but....

Why do you have parsley on the plate as a garnish?

It doesn't really seem appropriate for a "sweet" treat.  How about a strawberry sliced and fanned out? Or some extra sliced peaches with some mint leaves.  Parsley looks out of place..sorry.crying

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I was thinking that too.  Maybe chocolate curls?  Some orange zest?

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I agree...didn't want to rain on your parade after your hard work, but parsley just doesn't look right on those sweet dishes.  Sad  

Can you do a re-shoot with some other garnishes?

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EmptyNest wrote:

Looks good ....but....here goes...don't shoot me.....but....

Why do you have parsley on the plate as a garnish?

It doesn't really seem appropriate for a "sweet" treat.  How about a strawberry sliced and fanned out? Or some extra sliced peaches with some mint leaves.  Parsley looks out of place..sorry.crying

won't shoot ya! LOL! I wanted to use a mint leaf and when I pulled them out, they were bad and I couldn't use it. Sad so I just grabbed what was there). I did think about another strawberry, but that seemed like too much. OOOOH welll... If this had been the summer I would have used a pretty pansy!

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I'm slobbering all over my keyboard just looking at those delicious meals!

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They look fab! Can't wait to try some of your recipes.

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I want some!!!!!

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Wow! I thought photographing food was supposed to be near impossible! Great work.

Looks delicious. No wonder y'all were ooohing and ahhhing over it!

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