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How to Take the Perfect Food Photo, According to Instagram Influencers

March 18, 2019

If you didn’t share a pic of your filled-to-the-brim smoothie bowl on Instagram, did it even exist? What about foods that contain collagen? We’ve all seen, double-tapped, and saved those dreamy photos. (You know the ones). They’re the source of culinary inspiration thanks to their bright, colorful aesthetic, and might have even sparked a desire in you to whip up something delicious and beautiful after a particularly tough work day. Few people know what goes into snapping one on their own – until now.

These 5 foodies share their top 'gramming tips with Lively,  from what lighting works best to the easiest way to enhance your photo (without editing software). See what they had to say here. You'll be one step closer to garnering all the "likes."

Light Me Up

"My number one tip is always natural lighting! Snapping photos near a window is my go-to solution."

–Lindsay Zacharia, @thesimplebite

Black & White

Make sure that you have whites and blacks added for contrast. A great example of this is when you make a smoothie bowl, add coconut flakes and chia seeds to allow the color of the smoothie to pop more.”

–Christina Anania, @eatsbytee 

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More Texture

"Adding texture to my food is key! It’s just makes the photo so much more interest when you are searching for little things like seeds or pretty berries!"

–Meagan Bickings, @earthfood_kitchen

Flower Power

"Frozen dried fruit and edible flowers are a great way to add an extra dimension of color to your food photos, especially lattes and breakfast foods, which usually have neutral tones."

–Aimee D’Elia, @aim_healthy_

Surroundings Are Important

"Consider your depth of field! That’s the 'fancy' photo trick a lot of people use for food photography: when the background is all blurred, but the main focus is sharp and clear. If you are using another prop (like a product, for example), try putting some distance between the main focus and the prop. It’ll make it pop more!"

–Jennifer Chavarria, @learningfrombalance