A hoarder by trade but a minimalist at heart, bridging the gap between these disparate impulses can be a herculean task. Dishware stacks up in towering piles on every shelf of my small living space, populating the cabinets and drawers, overflowing into the outdoor shed, and still it’s a strain to find homes for every odd garnish. A riotous collection of colors and shapes, few pieces match a full set, but each one can command equal attention in the right scene. Such is the struggle of the average food photographer, forever adding to the archive of possible plating options. Particularly unusual or unique finds hold particular allure, but truth be told, it’s inevitably the simplest options that get the most play.
Everything looks good on white, setting off any food in sharp contrast like a bright spotlight, allowing the recipe itself to shine. Clean lines draw the eye smoothly around the composition overall, comfortably guiding a visual path back to the “hero” of the moment. Bowls like these are invaluable because no matter the theme or concept for any given assignment, these supporting actors always play a crucial role, without breaking a sweat.
Quality whites are essential even if you aren’t building a feast fit to photograph. The gentle plunging rims of these cereal bowls are an ideal example of form meeting function. When Sweese approached me with the opportunity to share this set, I couldn’t believe my (and hopefully your) luck. I’ve found myself using them for daily meals as well as more fanciful composed photo shoots. Win your very own set of four 28-ounce porcelain bowls by leaving me a comment about what you would serve in them first! Log your submission by following this link to the official contest page and find more ways to enter while you’re there. You have until July 25th to throw your hat into the ring; don’t miss this chance to make a bowl-ed statement!
Winning may not help control the overzealous prop shopper, but at least your place settings can look perfectly orderly and uncluttered.
Chocolate Chip Cookies, Almond Joys, Granola, Fig Bars, Protein Energy Bars, and Magnesium Candy Bars at Nourish Cafe.
Toasted Ravioli from Jayce Lab
Munchables from Plant Alchemy
The Good, The Bad, and The Unicorn Burger from Pomodoro E. Basilico
Nashville Hot Mushrooms from Donna Jean
Mushroom Cheesesteak from Word of Mouth Truck
Fried Jalapeno Grits Word of Mouth Truck
Mac and Yease from Ayinde Howell
“Bronut” (Brownie Doughtnut Sundae) from Charlie’s Brownies