Instagram has become a big part of my life and my job, so today I am going to share my thoughts about this amazing app and also recommend you 8 Instagrammers to follow if you are interested in food photography and styling.
My love for Instagram began 5 years ago, even before I started my blog. Before that, I had been part of a very active photography community on Flickr, but for several reasons I had become disillusioned with the platform and stopped using it. I was searching for a new social network to meet budding photographers like me and get inspired by talented people from all over the world. Then I came across Instagram. Little did I know how it would change my everyday life in the years to come.
Today I use Instagram everyday to share photos, to get inspired about food and travel, to stay in touch with friends, to meet new people and to feel part of a community. I have met so many people on Instagram who have now become good friends and part of my life. It’s a truly wonderful gift to meet and connect with like-minded people from all over the world and Instagram is great for that.
Instagram has also become an integral part of my job as more and more brands are looking for photographers to contribute to their feeds and / or for influencers to promote their products. I get paid to create recipes, take photos and promote brands that I love. Most importantly I am 100% in control of the creative process.
My Instagram feed @Mondomulia is a reflection of my life and my passions: food, coffee and travel. I aim to share photos and stories that are meaningful to me and to my followers. I try my best to keep the quality of my photos high and to develop a consistent style. I never duplicate the content of my blog, instead I shoot pictures with my Instagram feed in mind, knowing which composition, colours and style are going to work in my page.
I want to inspire others the way they inspire me, but also stay true to myself. There are many Instagrammers I look up to when it comes to styling food pictures for Instagram, and today I am going to share 8 of my favourite ones.
Joanna Yee @CandidsByJo
A Bostonian food and travel photographer based in London. Follow her for moody shots of homemade recipes (often with an Asian twist) styled with beautiful vintage props.
Sarka Babicka @SarkaBabicka
Photographer of Food & Travel from Prague, based in London. Follow her for pretty photos of oozy eggs and healthy home-cooked dishes.
Linda Lomelino @linda_lomelino
Swedish photographer and cookbook author. Follow her for stunning layered cakes and floral compositions.
Valeria Necchio @valerianecchio
Venetian Cook, food writer, photographer. Follow her for delicious recipes prepared with local and seasonal ingredients.
Michael Gardenia @lammaigal
Photographer from Milan. Follow him for beautiful breakfast spreads, coffee shots and homemade cakes.
Izy Hossack @IzyHossack
Award-winning food blogger and photographer from London. Follow her for pretty pictures of her homemade cakes, waffles and pancakes.
Ashlae W. @ohladycakes
Baker and blogger from Denver, Colorado. Follow her for yummy vegan bakes that will make you drool.
Mowie Kay @mowiekay
London based food photographer. Follow him for stunning food photos and inspiration on composition.
I hope this post will inspire you to follow these talented photographers and to improve your food photography and styling skills.
I have exciting news to share with you so I am going to get straight to the point: next week I am going to teach an Food Styling and Smartphone Photography Masterclass at Rossopomodoro in Chelsea. It will be my first public masterclass, which makes me feel equally excited and scared. I am looking forward to share tips on how to take better pictures for Instagram, reveal my favourite photo editing apps, talk about light and composition as well as have a hands-on session on how to style a food shoot.
UPDATE: I have been teaching many food styling and photography workshops at different venues in London (and even in Bali!) over the past two years. Keep an eye on my Instagram profile and Stories for updates on my upcoming workshops. Email me at [email protected] if you wish to book a one-to-one or private group class.