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Food Photography Tips… gone very wrong!

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Do you watch the blooper reels they sometimes include at the ends of movies?

I happen to have my own set of blooper reels. You might think, “Food doesn’t even move, so photographing food must be the easiest thing in the world,” but this is quite untrue! Food photography is a tricky—and often frustrating—subject. The best food photography tip I could ever give to you is to have a sense of humor, because sometimes things can go very wrong…


Starting with my Single Serving Banana Pancakes.

This is what happens when you’re lazy and try to save time by taking food pictures and not using a tripod and timer. Pour with one hand, hold the camera in the other, and you’re bound to get syrup all over the place.

Not so fun to clean up, but not nearly as bad as this next example:

blooper drink

Watching the camera, I completely misjudged where to pour… And I was very sad because I’d planned to drink the shake after taking the pictures. Instead all I got to do was clean up a giant mess.

Remember how gorgeous this milkshake looked in the finished photos?


Now a lesson from Henry: Photo Bombing 101

dog cookies

Oh hi, Flourless Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


food photography tips

Hi again! Nutella Rice Crispy Treats


coffee cake dog

What, you mean you don’t want my beautiful face in your food photography pictures?

Coffee Cake in a Mug


Henry could have a degree in photo bombing. And he’s teaching Batman his evil ways…

bloopers batman

Think I’ll just help myself to some Crispy Sweet Potato Fries.


Dog eating cookies

Get away from those Pumpkin Stuffed Chocolate Cookies!


More food photography bloopers:

blooper cake

Behold, the exploding red velvet cake in a mug!

spilled milk

At the time, I actually thought this picture of my Vanilla Chai Milkshakes was artistic. I even submitted it to foodgawker… and was surprised when they rejected it! Seriously, how on earth could I not see the resemblance to bird poop?? What was I thinking?

Funny, I was just gonna go across the hall and write that on Chandler.

Then there is ice cream:


Going going… Pumpkin Cookie Dough Ice Cream


chocolate cauliflower cake

Gone. Cauliflower Chocolate Cake

After the ice cream fell, I decided to just give up and call it a day. Scooped the ice cream back on top of the cake, and ate all the evidence.

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. I LOVED this post! So funny, honest, and I especially love seeing the pups! 🙂

  2. Lol – I love these! I don’t share recipes as often as I used to but I learned a LOT trying to take good pics of food (and made some terrible mistakes along the way!)

  3. ALR09 says:

    Do you have the recipe for the red velvet mug out yet?

  4. Lol! Food photography is very difficult. You can’t tell it how to stand or what to do or what NOT to do. With that said, I’ve definitely had my fair share of food photography bloopers. 🙂

  5. This was awesome. Still, I think your food failures are quite more beautiful than mine… But that’s okay. Cute photo bombs!

  6. Ah, another good reminder of why I’ll never write a food blog. I have no patience whatsoever for photography. Oh well, I’ll just admire all the pretty pictures that other people take and be happy with my stick figures.

  7. Alanna says:

    lol great post… love the dogs photo-bombing. And I’m always amazed at how you manage to get pouring photos in focus, so it’s hilarious to see the bloopers! 🙂

  8. This is awesome, Katie; thanks for posting these pictures. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one with photos gone very wrong 🙂

  9. Great post. I have a bunch of photos of kitties in the background or kitty bellies directly taking up the entire frame as they jump in last minute. I can’t blame them though, dinner smells good!

  10. Juniper says:

    I’m such a fan of bloopers, thanks for sharing yours with us. I love you’re blog and am always excited to see what you’re going to create next. Thanks!

    1. Juniper says:

      Crap, your, not you’re… grammar fail!

  11. Ha! Love the photobombs, my cats try to do it all the time! I work with my boyfriend to take pictures, and even with two people it’s very hard to pour and take pictures at the same time!

  12. Trish says:

    Hehehe… I love your photo bombers.

  13. Sunnie says:

    Ha-ha, oh Katie, thank you for your post! That was funny. 🙂

    My biggest problem with food photography tends to be lighting. Oh, and blurriness. Sometimes I get good pictures . . . but not always! Also, I need to practice much, much more. At least your blooper pictures still look crisp, clear, and colorful!

  14. A. Cook says:

    What a cute post!–the photobomb pictures cracked me up!!

  15. This post might turn out to be your most popular post ever, not because we food bloggers reading can’t relate (we can!), but because photo-bombing Henry and Batman are just so adorable! Thanks for sharing, Katie! 🙂


  16. Christine says:

    I loved this post! Reminds us that we’re all human. 🙂 And even your ‘oops’ photos look awesome! Have a great day!

  17. Sarah the official CCK Drooler says:

    “A Day in the Life of a Glamorous Food Blogger”- #notsoglamorous
    Food blogging has suddenly lost its appeal to me. I kid, I kid. kind of 🙂

  18. Pam York says:

    Katie you are just so clever and funny and honest and self-effacing. I love it!

  19. Lauwchen says:

    Haha this was a fun post 😀

  20. You could have easily used my bad photos for this post :). Except it’s my son getting in all my photos. I did the pouring thing and much, much worse :).

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