According to Fortune Business Insights, the global food service industry is set to reach a market value of $5,194.60 billion by 2029. Thus, now would be a great time to enter this business if you haven’t already. Given that the situation with COVID-19 is a lot better now, opening a restaurant or giving your existing one a fresh look is very much feasible.
If you are a restaurateur or want to become one, you should know that dining out is one of the most popular activities in the world. There are millions of people who visit restaurants every day.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), an average American household spends about $3,500 on dining out every year. Thus, it makes sense to make your restaurant stand out so that you can attract more customers to your establishment.
One way to do this is with great photos of your food and interior design on your website and social media pages. Here are a few tips on how you can do it:
#1 Hire a Professional
Hiring a professional photographer is one of the best ways you can take your food photos to the next level. A professional photographer will know how to make your food look delicious, even if it doesn’t taste as good as you want it to.
Commercial photography is more than just taking good photos of products. It’s also about giving life to your pictures, which is something you’d want to do, given that we’re talking about food here.
Commercial photographers can also bring out the best in every dish they shoot, giving you more opportunities than ever before to take some amazing photos that will help attract new customers. Through their product photography skills, they will make your restaurant food feel life-like in photos. The photography business for these professionals is not just about working with potential clients and ensuring commercial use of their photographs. It’s to show people how photography can impact their business or whatever use they have for those photographs.
When hiring a professional, it’s vital to find someone who can do what you need them to do for your business. This means looking for a photographer who has experience shooting food and understands how lighting works with food photography.
It also means finding someone who understands how to make each dish stand out on its own without overshadowing another dish in the same photo or making them all look similar.
#2 Make Your Food Look Colorful and Interesting
Make the food look good, but more importantly, make it look like it has a lot of flavors. Use props that complement the food in some way.
For instance, if you have a Tex-Mex restaurant and are serving chicken fajitas on a slate platter with lime wedges, maybe use some cilantro to add some green color to your photo. Or, if you’re selling Italian food at an Italian restaurant, maybe put out some fresh basil leaves alongside your pasta dish, so people know what they’re looking at when they see the photo in their Facebook feed or Instagram story.
If possible (and legal), try using fresh produce or meats rather than pre-cooked ones since those tend to look better in photos than prepackaged meals do.
#3 Shoot from Different Angles
To get the best photos of your food, you’ll want to shoot from different angles. This will help you capture more of the look, feel, and flavor of your restaurant’s cuisine.
For example, if you take a photo from above, it might seem as though your dish is too small for its price tag. However, if you take a picture from below and include some background information about what goes into making it (like fresh ingredients), customers can see how much work went into preparing the dish and why it costs so much money.
Also, consider taking photos from different heights. The same goes for distance. Professional photographers will know how to handle such different angles. It’s also important to get the right perspective so that the food is always the center of attention in your photos.
#4 Improve the Lighting in Your Restaurant
Natural light is the best way to get high-quality photos of your food and drinks. The sun provides a natural, pleasing light that will enhance the appearance of your dishes. Take advantage of lighting in the restaurant as well. If you have lamps or other sources of artificial lighting in your restaurant, use them to create a more appealing ambiance for customers and increase their appetites.
Ensure consistency throughout the restaurant. All areas of your restaurant must have consistent lighting so that there are no shadows on any part of any dish or drink, which can distract from its appearance and make it look unappealing. This is also important when you’re taking photos of your restaurant’s interior to highlight the ambiance.
#5 Take Pictures of the Kitchen
The kitchen is one of the most important elements of a restaurant. A clean, organized kitchen can set your restaurant apart from others and make it more appealing to customers. Take pictures of the kitchen from different angles to showcase its spaciousness and functionality. Make sure you include pictures of all equipment, utensils, appliances, ventilation, and more.
You should also have photos taken of the food being prepared. People often enjoy looking at the ways their food is cooked for them and the overall process in general.
There you have it. These photography and photo shoot tips will help you get the most out of your restaurant’s online presence and give your customers a great first impression when they see your online presence.
BLS data shows that in the United States, there are around 640,000 total private food service establishments. If you want to survive the competition, you need to start attracting more customers. As you can tell, you must first appeal to them with your food and its photos before you can appeal to them with your food.