#06 Write Your Food Photo Story

In commercial food photography, main character of the story is usually the food. For editorial food photography, the type of food photography that most food bloggers use, mostly the main character is not the food. Most editorial food photos tell a bigger story. Sometimes it’s about the early morning breakfast and not just the pancakes. For developing the story for your own food photo, you need to decide the main character of the story. Is the main character of your story the dish, or is it really about the experience of the afternoon in the sun on the beach? Are you really telling me about the tea or is it about the experience of the afternoon? What is it about?

  • Step 1 – Select a subject from the list you created on Day 2
  • Step 2 – In one line, write the title of the story. The title should be very specific. Don’t leave it loose.
  • Step 3 – For this subject, decide what is the main character? Do you want the main character to be an experience or simply the food itself? As mentioned in the article above, is it the drink in a glass anywhere, or is it about being on the beach and enjoying the drink? On the paper, write down who or what is the main character of the story.
  • Step 4 – Now that you’ve decided that the main character, next step is about filling in details. If the main character is a cake, now you need to fill the details like, who is the cake for? Is it a full cake or a piece of cake? How many people are eating the cake in this story? It is just two people who are celebrating their anniversary?
  • Step 5 - Share in the comments 1) What is the subject? 2) Who or what is the main character? 3) What are the details?
  • Step 6: Make a photograph that communicates the story. Use details you’ve described as part of Step 4 to create the scene and make the photo. It’s okay to be unsure about this. If you don’t know how to do this or feel like don’t have the answer, try anyway.

Are you taking a photograph “of the subject”? Or are you making a photo “about the subject”?


Honestly, I have never think about this...why I take a picture of food. My answer was always the same...I want to photograph the beauty of food, that I love. to bring the feeling wow, I want to taste it, it looks delicious!

Almost all of my food styling images are commercial, not editorial. I often have a feeling, that something is missing there, I am not satisfied with props, styling etc... And maybe that's it! There is missing a story, the main hero and supporting stuff around. I definitely must to learn much more about it and dealing with this great challenge.

Story about morning tea

Every morning I drink cup of my delicious deep magenta coloured tea - herbal Sudanese Hibiscus. The tea contains vitamin C and minerals and is used traditionally as a mild medicine. It can be consumed both hot and cold. This drink is also known as karkadé. No sugar here, because I don't use it. My hero (main character) here is the dried herbal flowers of tea on the table.