Food Styling

We have started to do more food styling recently and really enjoy the shoots that include it. Our first foray into food photography was with restaurants like Poachers Pocket and The Parson's Nose but more recently we've worked with Enrich & Endure and Just Live A Little.

 Crispy chicken skins, liver parfait, candied walnuts & muscat grapes at Portland, London. Photo: TACA

Crispy chicken skins, liver parfait, candied walnuts & muscat grapes at Portland, London. Photo: TACA

I think the quality of food styling has a much greater importance as social media has grown in popularity and businesses rely on it as their sole advertising outlet. It doesn't matter if you produce the most delicious food on the planet, if you post badly-taken photos it will have a negative rather than positive affect on your footfall.

One of my favourite examples of social media used to fantastic effect is Established Coffee. When the photos look that good it can't help but have a positive effect on the bottom line. The photos there are taken by Abby Mayes and styled by the kitchen team. Consistency is also key. They post regularly. Every Friday the weekend specials are uploaded, with an assembly montage of each special uploaded to their Instagram story as well. These little simple extras are what make them social media stars!

 Sweet Special, 13th April 2017 : Spelt and Raisin Pancakes with  Infinity Farm  Honey, Lemon Balm Mascarpone, Macerated Strawberries and Toasted Almonds. Photo: Established Coffee

Sweet Special, 13th April 2017 : Spelt and Raisin Pancakes with Infinity Farm Honey, Lemon Balm Mascarpone, Macerated Strawberries and Toasted Almonds. Photo: Established Coffee

The easiest way to ensure your photos match the quality of your brand is to assign the styling and processing of them to one specific person / team of people or if no one has the skills within your organisation invest in a photography course. One half of TACA, Simon, has run photography courses in association with Seedhead Arts for several years. Having introduced a food styling week with Lorna to the latest one in March we hope to collaborate on a course that would specifically focus on food styling. If you're interested in learning more please get in touch. Alternatively, we can meet to have a chat about what we could provide in terms of styling or documentation for your current menu. We look forward to hearing from you!

 Pistachio and pine nut cake by Lorna for Enrich and Endure. Photo: TACA

Pistachio and pine nut cake by Lorna for Enrich and Endure. Photo: TACA

Just Live A Little

Just Live A Little got in touch with us via the wonderful folks at Atto Partners and we got to visit them at their HQ in Portaferry on Monday to take some shots of their delicious range of granolas.

They've been making granola since 2011, and now make six different variations on their original recipe. It's very very delicious. 

 Just Live A Little Whole Almond Granola

Just Live A Little Whole Almond Granola

 Just Live A Little Strawberry Granola

Just Live A Little Strawberry Granola

 Just Live A Little Gluten Free Triple Nut Granola

Just Live A Little Gluten Free Triple Nut Granola

Enrich & Endure

Enrich & Endure were our first client back in 2015. Sarah and Lorcan are a fantastic team and the success of the brand is down to their consistent and focussed hard work. It has been fantastic to watch the brand grow so exponentially in such a short space of time. They have worked on so many fantastic custom collaborations to date. Our latest shoot focussed on their new range of napkins, crafted from the same high quality linen as their aprons. Our shoots with them are usually an all day affair at Enrich & Endure HQ that finishes with a massive feast of all the food we've shot!