Sneak Peek: Behind the Scenes of Food Photography

Written by Chris

Lemon Loaf Cake recipe from Baking with Julia

Here at Nestlé Kitchens, we develop and photograph a lot of our own recipes — like the Lemon Loaf Cake above. But, over the last year or so, we’ve been working with food bloggers, too. I love tapping into a new pool of people to get new, fresh ideas. I currently have a team of seven bloggers who both develop and photograph recipes for us and I couldn’t be more proud of the work they are producing!

White on Rice Couple food photography

I’ve been photographing recipes for Nestlé Kitchens for about a year now. For one particular project, I needed to find someone to both style and photograph Carnation Breakfast Essentials recipes: this was over 100 consumer recipes in a short turnaround time. Heavy task!

White on Rice Couple food photography

I attended a photography workshop with Diane and Todd of White on Rice Couple and thought they would be a perfect fit for this large project. Their work is simply inspiring; every recipe image tells a story. And their images aren’t perfectly styled either. They keep the crumbs and smudges so the end shot looks very natural and something one could recreate at home. And they are the most efficient team I have ever witnessed. They get “the shot” almost immediately. They are that good. And they did a fantastic job on this particular project!

White on Rice Couple food photography

Just last week, Diane and Todd shot another project for me. It was so nice to work with them again! This time, it was a collection of twelve recipes. I am so excited to share these recipes with you. But I can’t. Not just yet anyway. Watch the blog over the next months for them…

White on Rice Couple food photography

At this shoot, Natalie (a new culinary expert in our kitchen) and I prepared the food and Diane and Todd styled and shot the recipes. We made a great team! I loved being so involved. When you work with Diane and Todd, you are taken care of. Not only do they shoot the most eye-catching images, they share their knowledge. So at the end of the day, I felt like I attended a personal workshop. It was really wonderful.

White on Rice Couple food photography

All of the photos here (except for the Lemon Loaf Cake) are sneak peeks at some of the recipes they captured, all taken with my iPhone. Just wait until you see the actual shots. Stunning!

White on Rice Couple food photography

Diane and Todd made Natalie and me feel like family. We were greeted with freshly made cappuccinos (thank you, Todd!) and absolutely the best poached egg I have ever eaten (thank you, Diane for sharing your secret ingredient). For lunch, we had the freshest spring rolls made with herbs from their garden. Then Todd treated us with Vietnamese iced coffee made with sweetened condensed milk. And we even got to munch on their Butter Rum Apple Crisp Tart & Pink Pearl Apples for dessert (all shown above). We left full and happy…thank you Diane and Todd!

White on Rice Couple food photography


  1. Posted September 27, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Permalink | Reply

    LOVED working with you and Natalie. Thank you for everything, Chris. And your recipes are so wonderful. It’s always easier to work with food that is already made beautiful and delicious!

    • Posted September 28, 2012 at 11:22 am | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks T & D! Looking forward to the next round. Next time, maybe bring Sierra & Lexi? 🙂

  2. Posted September 28, 2012 at 11:13 am | Permalink | Reply

    I love seeing these behind the scenes shots!! 🙂 I miss Todd’s cappuccinos and afternoon Vietnamese iced coffees!

    • Posted September 28, 2012 at 11:23 am | Permalink | Reply

      The coffees were the best! And I could seriously get lost in their prop room. We will be shooting six more recipes with T & D – can’t wait!

  3. Posted November 26, 2012 at 11:50 am | Permalink | Reply

    Delicious food, gorgeous photos!

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