We just moved into a new house, and if we’re being honest? We just moved into our dream house. We built it to the specs we wanted, envisioning life with kids, entertaining, and, of course, food photography.
Yep. When you’re a food blogger and food photographer, there’s simply no way you don’t dream of angles of light, wide open windows, and beautiful farmhouse backsplashes when you’re building a home.
Now that we’re finally moved in and a bit settled, I wanted to share my home food photography studio (for food bloggers). I don’t use heaps of artificial lighting; I keep it pretty simple between natural light and my Lowel EGO Digital Imaging Fluorescent Light.
I like to take advantage of gorgeous natural light for my food photography clients, so I needed a space with huge windows, sheer curtains, and plenty of space for arranging shots and keeping props close. But I also simply can’t shoot dinner recipes during the day – I’m not that organized. I rely on my Lowel EGO for my food blog shoots, so I also needed enough space to set up that tabletop light easily. It was also important for my food photography studio to be close to the kitchen, because um, clumsy.
Put it all together and whaddya got? A dining room setup next to the kitchen using a gorgeous matte white IKEA table, linen-like curtains, and an IKEA utility cart. And you know what? It’s the perfect home food photography studio.
I loved the idea of implementing a table that doubled as a white shooting surface, so this IKEA Linnmon table ($24.99) worked perfectly. I even (badly) spray painted the legs gold, making it a table I like living with on a daily basis. I hung famous affordable yet elegant IKEA Ritva curtains ($24.99) on a cheap but sturdy curtain rod (Räcka: $8.96) and am absolutely loving them. Not only do they filter the light from the huge window beautifully, but they work as a fabulous white background for backlit shots.
Finally, a Råskog utility cart ($29.99) was the perfect addition to keep almost all of my gear close at hand. As a food photographer, I’m working mostly with my camera, a couple lenses, different linens, flatware, accent bowls and plates, a glycerin-water mixture in a spray bottle, reflectors, and garnish ingredients for the recipe. The Råskog was the perfect solution there, and I keep almost all of this gear on it during and in between shoots. It comes in three pretty sleek colors, so there’s that, too. 💃
Now that we’ve got all of the gear out of the way, can we talk about how incredible this setup looks straight out of camera?
Here’s my super fancy set:
And here’s a few shots from this test shoot, with straight-out-of-camera (SOOC) on the left and edited with my one-click food photography presets on the right:
I’m totally enamored with the smooth white surface that works as a sort reflector and also provides just a hint of reflection. And those curtains?! Best softbox ever.
If you’re a natural-light food photographer or food blogger, this $89 DIY home food photography studio is gorgeous, functional, and affordable. Don’t you agree?!