Food Photography & Styling | October Challenge | Black Background | Longboat Key & Bradenton FL Food Photographer

Welcome to the October edition of The Inspired Plate monthly challenges!  Way back in January, I got together with a wonderful group of ladies for the purpose of improving our food photography and styling skills.  The challenges have really inspired us to “take it to the next level”  in many respects but also because they’re not always necessarily ones that include elements we’re comfortable with.  This month for example calls for a styled shot utilizing a black background.   Well, I almost never shoot “dark”  – my photos tend to be on light backgrounds with bright colors even though I do like the moody, darker backgrounds with worn and rustic props and lots of natural textures.  It just doesn’t seem like something that can be produced in my light, bright, Florida home.  We’ve got sunshine and oranges and pink flamingos after all!

Oh!  Did you know that The Inspired Plate has a new Facebook Page?  We would love it if you would “like” us and add us to your interests list!  The TIP ladies are also announcing new challenges each week that everyone can participate in.  If you enjoy or want to try your hand at food photography, please join in!  And, in other news, my Kitchen Serendipity food blog has been getting a face lift and will be up shortly.  Please “like” Kitchen Serendipity on Facebook so you don’t miss all the new recipes coming up.

I decided to present a creamy fall soup for this challenge – it seemed like a good match for the dark background.  Kind of shouts “fall” to me even though the leaves aren’t turning and it’s 85.  My two favorites – leeks and cauliflower – are in this soup which has been adapted from a recipe in this month’s issue of Clean Eating.

Please continue along our blog circle to see what our participants came up with this week for Food Photography on a Black Background… up is Jennifer Grant | Metro Detroit Food Photographer.  Her work is always outstanding.






Kay Pickens - October 22, 2012 - 10:56 am

Stacey! I love that scratched up black background board!!! I want one just like it!

Kat - October 22, 2012 - 1:02 pm

Stacey, I love the contrast of the orange cheese on the dark background. It adds a definite feel of ‘fall’ and the need for some warm soup. That might not be your case just yet, but it is for me and it looks yummy. Nice job!

Tiffany | Peanut Blossom - October 22, 2012 - 1:18 pm

YUM. I agree with Kay, LOVE your boards. Definitely more my style than the solid black I used. Going to have to try some serious copying! :) I love your use of props this month. Shooting something so white and creamy on black had to have been tricky to style. The dishes worked great.

Laurie - October 22, 2012 - 2:30 pm

I think you will have to give all of us a tutorial on how you created those boards.. they are amazing!! Love the colors Stacey, and your little soup bowls, so cute!
I tried printing out this recipe because it looks SO delicious, but the print feature isn’t working for me. I’ll definitely Pin it though! :)

Tammy Bilodeau - October 22, 2012 - 2:56 pm

Oh how yummy that looks. You did great with props and especially placement, the spoons are placed perfectly. Also love the bowls and the cheese against the dark boards. Great job

Kim - Liv Life - October 22, 2012 - 3:51 pm

LOVE your background!! And I’m also loving that soup, and I’m not really a soup fan. It’s absolutely something my husband would be so happy if I made for him. Your styling is always so beautifully placed, the cheese outside of the dish… just perfect!

cayce - October 22, 2012 - 4:39 pm

oh i’ve been wanting to try some cauliflower soup and you can bet i will be trying this recipe out! I love the use of the worn wood and lovely styling!

Jennifer - October 24, 2012 - 4:07 pm

Stacey-this looks great! Love the texture of your black background and your intentional “messy” cheese :-) Looks super yummy!

Jen Olson | Localette - October 25, 2012 - 4:30 pm

Ohhhhh Stacey!! This is simply gorgeous. I love everything about it…the colors, the props, the perfect background, and the soup! Bravo!

Kristen - November 1, 2012 - 9:11 pm

Oh I love that rustic black background. Great pictures, as always!

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