Posted by / Monday, August 13, 2012

Food Photography and Blogging

Believe it or not, taking pictures of food can be as simple as pulling out your camera or smartphone and clicking away. For most people, capturing that dish is a way for them to look back and say — "wow that was the most amazing cheeseburger I have ever had!" Well for my blog, and when I photograph food, it goes beyond that.

First, the food has to be amazing and second, since you the reader are not there in the moment, it has to look good — which is what I strive to create in my photos. In our house this is a much easier task — I have my spots, my rhythm, the proven method of capturing the moment.

All of that being said, when you have the opportunity to photograph a world renowned chef's food, you have to pack up your arsenal and go to his house. This is exactly what I did this weekend for Peter Chang China Café.

I snapped the above shot before packing up all of my photo props and heading out to the West End of Richmond to take on what I consider a very special food photography opportunity:

With a little "balance" and an amazing staff of folks, I hoped to get the perfect shot of some incredible food, which you can find a little preview of below:

I am humbled by the fact I was asked to take on this photography project during the same week Peter Chang China Café was featured among those nominated for Bon Appétit's  Top 50 Best New Restaurants in 2012 (see entry 32).

So needless to say, if you live in RVA, you are lucky to be in Richmond and only have to venture to the West End to experience such amazing Szechuan cooking at its finest. I'm looking forward to sharing more details and final shots from the photo-shoot as the project develops.

As always,

E.A.T. local E.A.T. Well


  1. Hey Tim, I've been meaning to ask, have you ever shown your lenses and camera that you use? I know lenses and their focal length can really impact food photos a lot.

    1. You know Page I never have and need to do a post on that. Here is a nice overview until I can get to that!

  2. Wow, Tim! What an amazing opportunity! I can't wait to see more photos from the shoot, and I hope this will lead to even more freelance photography work for you.

  3. Congrats! Super cool. I need you to photo my book :) Can't afford the photographer my publisher's got me. Ha.

    1. Kendra you know how to get a hold of me! I quite I can certain take pictures from Fatback to Foie Gras!

  4. Very cool! Can't wait to see more photos. I would love your recommendations on what to order at Chang's, too.

    1. Shannon really I have not had a bad meal. That duck pictured above and a tofu skin dish was two of my recent favorites. I will let you know when these get added!

      Thanks for stopping by!


"Some people eat to live; I live to eat." -Tim Vidra

An avid home cook, I believe in using simple ingredients, local when possible and am inspired by the principles of supporting a sustainable food system. I’ve cultivated this blog as a way to share my passion for the preparation and enjoyment of food in a way that everyone from beginners to long time foodies can get involved in.



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