The Inspired Plate Challenge | October | Food Photography on a Black Background


Welcome to this months edition of The Inspired Plate, our "Food Photography & Styling Challenge". This month we focused on shooting food images on a black background. I had a vision folks.. and I set out to replicate the picture in my mind. It wasn't easy.. I had to search high and low for my props and backdrop. But come Saturday.. as in 2 days before I was to publish, I finally found the piece of the puzzle that made it ALL fit! It was a piece of black slate. 

My husband my hero came to the rescue! He puts up with my prop hunting and I have to say even supports it with enthusiasm. Saturday, our first full fledged Fall day with cooler temps and drizzle in the air, he, our youngest daughter "E" and I headed out for a rock hunt at Southwest Boulder and Stone in Rainbow, Ca. Fun? It was a blast!! I was like a girl in a candy store with colors, shapes and sizes all at my finger tips. I found exactly what I was looking for! :) Insert glee and all smiles here! 


I set out this month (of October) to shoot everything food related on black! I was hoping the adage of "practice makes perfect" would apply here. I had some successes.. and definitely some failures.  While I don't generally like posting photographs that in my opinion fail, I did publish the images of my Orange Scented Olive Oil Cake because that was all I had before that deliciously amazing moist cake was gobbled up by my family! I know this blog post is about TIP's photo challenge, but really.. you HAVE to try that cake! :) 


Speaking of other recipes and food delights that you must try.. "OH_MY".. figs and honey my friends!! I can tell you that this combination with a soft ripened cheese like Brie is an amazing epicurean delight! 


Just like you see above, I placed the honey and figs on top of a round of brie on a baking tray and roasted in a 400 degree oven for around 8 minutes. You want to keep an eye on it, and make sure your oven is hot before you put it in. The cheese is a soft ripened cheese and melts beautifully, but it will make a bit of a mess if you let it heat up too long. I also sliced up some italian bread and toasted in the oven. The hot cheese, figs and honey on toast.. oh yummmm!


Thank you for visiting today! I'd love to hear what you think so leave me a note, and please make your way around The Inspired Plate blog circle to see how the other gals interpreted Food Photography on a Black Background!

Up next is my dear friend Jen Olson | San Luis Obispo, Ca Food Photographer. She is an amazing photographer and I know she'll have something Bon Appétit worthy for you! I can't wait to head over there myself! :) Buon Appetito!! Laurie

15 comments:

Kay Pickens said...

Love these! What a variety. It was fun shooting out of my comfort zone this month, using black.

Tammy Bilodeau said...

Laurie, how delicious does that look...WOW I want to reach in a gobble that up, with that said I think you achieved your goal of engaging the viewer in needing to consume what's in front of them. Super job :)

Angela said...

I love your blog! You should post some of your stuff on FlauntMyFood.com

A friend told me about it and that's where I go to check out cool foods. I guess food bloggers post there, its pretty sweet. Anywho, love your site!

Joan Nova said...

Always beautiful images and recipes. Such a pleasure to visit your cucina.

P.S. I'm a big fan of honey drizzled over cheese and fresh ground black pepper. I think it's a wonderful combo.

Tiffany | Peanut Blossom said...

Oooh figs are so pretty! Gorgeous work this month Laurie!

Kat said...

This shoot screams decadent, your black background really anchors the pieces and allows the color of the figs to really sing. Beautiful job Laurie!

Stacey said...

Beautiful work Laurie! I love how you tied in all together with the silver props. So decadent and delicious!!

Kim - Liv Life said...

So that top shot is missing something... hmmmm, what could it be?? Oh!! I know!! The words "Bon Appetite Magazine" right there!! BEAUTIFUL shots Laurie. I adore the slate, and have total "slate envy". I need to expand my horizons and look for some of my own.
As for the figs and honey... like you are somewhat averse to quinoa, I'm somewhat averse to figs. I'm working on it though, and shots and recipes like this are encouraging me. You're so good at getting me to step out of my comfort zone!!

Cayce Lee Photography said...

oh Laurie you have out done yourself once again!!! These photos are amazing, they are making my mouth water. I love the use of the silver too.

Country Girl said...

Truly inspired. I adore your photography ~ Came via Caroline at Nowordz.

Jennifer Grant said...

Seriously gorgeous Laurie! I wanted to use figs sooooo badly but didn't find any on my trip out for foods this month. So beautiful!
Rich colors, vibrant texture-I love it all!

Jen * jennifer olson images said...

Laurie!! Your colors, your lighting, your props, your FOOD...gorgeous!!! Bravo, my friend!!!

Shulie Foodwanderings said...

How beautiful figs and cheese is a classic. What a pretty staging!

Chelsea Richards said...

I must say even you had this a lot that this will always taste great as it looks! Great job! Two thumbs up!
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Marija Vilma Verovnik said...

This is just lovely beyond compare. No wonder why people get through a lot in order to hire expert food photographers. Knowing these end-results, I wouldn't really mind spending a fortune.