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Summer time with #capturewith challenge - 10-20th June 

Capturing Summer in Food Photography

Summer is a season of vibrant colours, fresh flavours, and joyful gatherings. As the days grow longer and warmer, our plates become canvases for the rich hues of ripe tomatoes, the golden glow of sun-kissed peaches, and the refreshing greens of garden-fresh herbs. In food photography, capturing the essence of summer involves more than just pointing and shooting; it's about translating the season's warmth and abundance into a visual feast.

In this blog post, I'll explore the art of capturing summer through your lens, offering tips on lighting, composition, and styling that highlight the season's best. Whether it's the playful splash of a cold drink, the rustic charm of a barbecue spread, or the delicate details of a berry-topped dessert, I'll show you how to make your photos evoke the delightful essence of summer. Let's dive into techniques that will not only enhance your photography skills but also celebrate the delicious joys of summer.

How to capture the essence of summer.

Capturing the essence of summer in food photography is all about highlighting the season’s vibrant colours, fresh ingredients, and warm, inviting atmosphere. Here are some essential tips to help you bring the summer spirit to life through your lens:

Natural Light: Summer is synonymous with bright, natural light, which is perfect for food photography. Shoot outdoors or near large windows to take advantage of the abundant sunlight. The golden hours—early morning and late afternoon—offer soft, warm light that adds a magical touch to your photos. Avoid the harsh midday sun, which can create strong shadows and washed-out colours.

Seasonal Ingredients: One of the best ways to evoke summer is by using seasonal ingredients. Think juicy strawberries, crisp cucumbers, plump tomatoes, and fresh herbs like basil and mint. These ingredients not only add vibrant colours to your photos but also convey the freshness and abundance of summer.

Play with Colours: Summer is a season of bright and bold colours. Incorporate a mix of vibrant hues into your compositions. Pair the reds of ripe berries with the greens of fresh herbs or the yellows of citrus fruits with the blues of summer skies. Use colourful props like napkins, plates, and glasses to enhance the summery feel.

Capture Freshness and Texture: Highlight the freshness of summer produce by capturing textures. Close-up shots of the crisp and fresh salad can make viewers almost taste the food. Capture the essence of fresh tomatoes by using a backlight or a dappled light to showcase a variety of summer gems. Use macro lenses to capture details and bring out the tactile quality of the ingredients.

Create a Summer Setting: Set the scene to evoke summer memories. Use props and elements that instantly bring summer activities to mind. Imagine a glass pitcher filled with water, colourful berries, and fresh mint catch the sunlight, the vibrant colours of the berries and the green of the mint add a touch of freshness. Or an iced tea placed in direct sunlight, the golden glow highlighting the condensation on the glass, surrounded by slices of lemon to enhance the refreshing summer vibe. On a rustic wooden table set a large platter with a variety of summer fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, watermelon slices, and peaches, arranged in a way that showcases their vivid hues

Experiment with Angles and Perspectives: Change up your usual shooting angles to give a fresh perspective. Overhead shots are great for flat lays and picnic spreads, while eye-level shots can make viewers feel like they’re right there, ready to take a bite. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your angles to showcase the food in the best possible way.

Every Photo Should Tell a Story: Every photo should tell a story, especially when capturing summer vibes. Think about the narrative you want to convey—whether it’s a lazy afternoon picnic, a vibrant farmers market, or a lively barbecue. To draw viewers into the scene, include a human element in your shots. Imagine a hand-pouring dressing on a colourful plate of salad, someone pouring a refreshing drink into a glass, or a person taking a piece of cake. These human touches add warmth and relatability, transforming static images into lively, immersive moments. They make viewers feel as if they are right there, enjoying the vibrant and carefree spirit of summer.

Using these techniques, you can effectively capture the essence of summer in your food photography, creating images that are not only visually stunning but also evocative of the season’s warmth and joy. This approach ensures your photos will transport viewers to those delightful summer moments, filled with vibrant colours, fresh flavours, and the inviting atmosphere of the season.


If you have any questions or struggle with any subject, send me a DM on my Instagram or email me. I will do my best to answer and help.


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