the year of beautiful food: my foray into food styling and food photography

blood orange on white background for food styling and photo challenge january

This year I’ve joined a lovely group of women who have a passion for photography AND food to set aside time every month to challenge ourselves in the realm of food styling and photography. Yay!

To start off the challenge, we were given a simple task: photograph any fruit we want on a pure, white background.  Surprisingly, I found this a bit addicting! I honestly thought it would be boring (so plain!) but the fruit comes alive against the vivid white. I love the images I’m sharing with you today and can’t wait to share the other food photographs I’ve been creating-it is SO addicting! My prop closet has already grown considerably thanks to the Saffron Colored Pony’s lovely Etsy shop chock full of vintage pieces perfect for food photography.  Of course, this challenge was sans props so the images are full of beautiful fruit on a sea of frothy white.

This is a great circle of ladies so don’t forget to click the link below to continue on and see everyone’s beautiful fruit from this challenge.

Pomegranate styled on white background by Jennifer Grant

Isn’t that pomegranate just GORGEOUS?! So happy I get to eat it too :)

And one more just for fun

Blood orange styled on white background by Jennifer Grant Photo

I just love how the blood orange slice seems to be floating!

Continue your journey of foodie goodness with the lovely Allison Jacobs, a wonderful Orange County Photographer over on her lovely blog which is full of fresh, vibrant work! :)


P.S- Get an extra dose of fun fruity goodness by heading over to the Jennifer Grant Photo facebook page where you’ll find more images from this series.

P.P.S-Want to enjoy this juicy goodness year round? Order a print for your kitchen or anywhere that needs a burst of color! A portion of all print proceeds benefits charity:water so get something beautiful and make a difference!

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Kay Pickens January 20, 2012 at 9:05 am

Oh, I love both of these. Love the split/crop of the first one and the deep juicy color of the second shot. It’s fun getting to know all the photographers in this group, isn’t it?


jennifer January 20, 2012 at 10:45 am

Kay-It is SO much fun getting to know all of you ladies! I’m so glad I found you :) Thanks, I really liked the composition of the pomegranate (I can’t believe how beautiful it looks!) and how brilliant the colors are. That blood orange was pretty tasty too ;)


Tiffany | Develop January 20, 2012 at 9:16 am

Amazing photos, all of these. Those oranges are awesome. Now I need to know which lens you’re shooting with. There’s no way I could capture my fruit that closely.


jennifer January 20, 2012 at 10:43 am

Thanks Tiffany! Both of these images were shot with the Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro I don’t use my macro enough to justify the L series on the 100mm 2.8 particularly since the quality of this build is pretty good.
Pomegranate shot exif data: ISO 160 1/125 f/4.0
Blood Orange shot exif data: ISO 125 1/160 f/3.5
What are you currently using?


Carey Pace January 20, 2012 at 10:10 am

Oh. Wow. These are fabulous. Adore both compositions. Very interesting and compelling.


jennifer January 20, 2012 at 10:36 am

Thank you Carey so much for the kind words!


Laurie January 20, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Jennifer, I’m so glad you’ve joined us for this challenge! Your photos are amazing. So creative. So color coordinated with your web site!! I’m inspired! :)


jennifer January 22, 2012 at 11:37 pm

I’m so glad I found your post on Bloom! Happy to inspire you, anytime :)


Kirsten January 20, 2012 at 12:29 pm

oooooh! Those shots are so vivid and lovely! Wow!


jennifer January 22, 2012 at 11:36 pm

Thanks Kirsten!


Allison Jacobs January 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Love all your shots + your blog! The close up of the pomegranate is AMAZING!


jennifer January 22, 2012 at 11:36 pm

Awe, thanks Allison! That pomegranate one is pretty cool-I love the clarity and richness of color too :)


Stacey S January 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm

These definitely pop off the white background – beautifully done! And now I need a macro. ;)


jennifer January 22, 2012 at 11:35 pm

Stacey-I love my macro even though I don’t use it often enough! It’s great for these kinds of images though :) I bought mine used since it only comes out for a small percentage of my work.


Joan Nova May 31, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I’m enjoying the relay race between all the team members and look forward to future challenges. Beautiful work here.


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