Diane’s Tips to Taking Food Instagram Pics Like a Pro
Recently, I’ve gotten the opportunity to sit down and chat with some of the fabulous women in my network. These trendsetters and tastemakers are ladies with bright futures who wanted to share their advice, tips, and tricks to success with you!
Diane, the fabulous Episodic Eater, runs a colorful, LA and Orange County-based food account that will make your mouth water. She originally started a DIY Instagram and blog in 2013 to share her crafting projects, but she realized that food and new restaurants were taking over her feed so she started an additional account called The Episodic Eater to share amazing food adventures!
Diane’s biggest advice to aspiring Instagrammers, bloggers, and entrepreneurs in general is to find something that doesn’t feel like work. Although she realizes that everything will be work at some point, she says that it’s important to do something that you care about and that you enjoy doing. Diane actually went to med school, but she has found her passion in her two blogs and she also manages the social media for a few other other businesses, like Eat It Up Digital. Diane also says that it’s important to find a partner who supports you and your passion if you’re trying to build something. According to Diane, the key is finding a good balance when you’re juggling work and your personal life.
Food map: On a trip to Paris, Diane said she made a map of the attractions she wanted to see AND a separate food map so she didn’t miss any of the amazing restaurants she wanted to try out! Diane says she definitely recommends doing this on vacations if there’s any local cuisine you’re dying to check out.
The last thing she googled: A map to 626 Night Market (Diane jokes: “I’ll drive for food, but how far?”)
Favorite lazy junk food: Pizza (According to Diane: “I’ll have pizza breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I’ve done it before… Crack an egg over it. It’s breakfast pizza.”)
Zodiac: Gemini (June 7)
Diane’s Three Tips to Photographing Food Like a Pro
1) Have a good manicure
Diane says that having a killer manicure is crucial if you’re taking food pictures where your hand is going to be in the photograph (see her brightly painted nails above and below). In fact, whenever she’s out with her foodie friends, Diane joked that they all check everyone’s hands to see whose are in the best condition for picture-taking! Diane says that brightly colored food needs brightly colored nails, so don’t be afraid to try out some neon nails this summer!
2) Find good lighting
At home, Diane uses flash equipment, but she laughingly told me that she tries not to break out her flash equipment in public for obvious reasons. If good lighting isn’t available naturally in public, Diane says that she just does the best she can and tries to edit or add more brightness to the image later.
3) Edit away
Diane says that she loves colorful pictures and she likes to add more saturation to make the colors in the food (or in her manicure ;)) pop more! She also says that she tries to make her feed colorful because colorful photos are usually more eye-catching.
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