Foodtography | How To Leave Their Mouths Watering For More

Foodtography | How To Leave Their Mouths Watering For More


Sometimes, if a friend is planning to visit a city that I’ve already been to, they will ask me to recommend places where they can eat. I don’t necessarily see myself as a “Foodie” expert, but I do believe that sampling whatever that particular region is best known for is an integral part of the traveler’s experience. My palate isn’t on the exotic side, but my daughter, Carisa and I, were open enough to munch on an octopus’s tentacle once. Suffice it to say that we have absolutely no interest in biting into what is the equivalent of steel belted radials again!

When you are traveling, it’s exciting to record your day to day activities, adding food pics to your photo collection brings your culinary experience to life and will allow others to appreciate those gastronomical delights through at least one of their five senses. So, whenever you are out on the town and about to dig into the delectable meal that’s just been placed in front of you, pull out the old digital and take a clearly focused picture of it. If the lighting is less than desirable, you can always edit the photo in any photo editing program. You will be glad you did because the old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” couldn’t be truer!

While the food will be the star of the show, I like to take pictures of the restaurant’s surroundings to further create the ambiance of that night. This is all the more important if the restaurant is unique or stands out in some way. Be sure to keep your receipts in the event you forget the name of the dish in question then you can easily write a short blurb about it if you decide to post it online. As a travel blogger, I find that I require quite a bit of storage to house my travel pics in general, so I’ve invested in Flickr Pro photo storage which costs 24.99 per year which I think is very worth it. You’d be surprised at how often food pics garner more attention than the landmarks!  UPDATE!  Flickr now offers 1TB of storage for free.  As of 01/12/17, I have 32,569 photos in my Flickr account which is only 8.2% of my 1TB allotment!!!

Bon Appetit!

Munching on Bubba Gump’s “Bucket of Boat Trash” seafood platter at Pier 39 in San Francisco.

This sign indicates that you are perfectly fine and don’t need the attention of the waitress at Bubba Gump’s. Flip the sign over to “Stop Forrest Stop” and she’ll check on you

Enjoying Fish tacos at Winship’s in Sausalito across the bay from San Francisco

Taking advantage of Vancouver’s world famous seafood at The Fish House at Stanley Park in Vancouver



Inhaling Tandoori Chicken, Curry Chicken with Rice and coconut/mango ice cream at All India Sweets & Restaurant in the Punjabi Market in Vancouver

About to make quick work of a decidedly “American” burger, side salad and sprite at the ex-pat hangout, The Globe Bookstore in Prague

In the cafe at Globe Bookstore in Prague


Hotel Waldenstein’s dining room in Prague and my chance to taste genuine Czech goulash


Traditional Hawaiian meal and tropical drinks served at Pinky’s Pupu Bar on the eastern shore of Oahu


Beef Souvlakia with fresh veggies & a side of rice. Mousaka, a casserole dish that’s similar to Shepherd’s pie with a Greek salad on the side at Stephos, a greek restaurant in Vancouver


Gorging on prawns and veal and making a special date with the dessert plate at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) in Vancouver



Renee King
  • Nancie (Ladyexpat)
    Posted at 20:29h, 13 June Reply

    I love sampling the local cuisine and taking shots of it along the way. Wonderful shots here Rene. I eat octopus at least once a week! 🙂
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    • Renee
      Posted at 10:50h, 14 June Reply

      Oh, Nancie! My goodness…you are a brave woman! lol

  • Gray
    Posted at 11:53h, 16 June Reply

    I love taking photos of my meals when I travel! I feel a little funny about it when I’m sitting in the restaurant by myself, as I’m sure it solicits stares from other customers, but I blog about it, so I need the photos. You have some great shots here. They made me hungry!
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    • Renee
      Posted at 12:45h, 18 June Reply

      Gray, you are so right! We were kind of hesitant at first, but then we figured it would be too late once it was digested. LOL! As it turned out, we seem to get more of a reaction from our food pics than landmarks. Strange, isn’t it?

  • Michael
    Posted at 03:18h, 23 October Reply

    Yummmm! I’m almost burping full just looking at these pictures. Food porn.
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  • Christy
    Posted at 15:03h, 23 October Reply

    Nice food shots! I find it hard to take appealing pictures of food in restaurants sometimes because of the lighting. Looks like you have gotten the hang of it!
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    • Renee
      Posted at 15:19h, 23 October Reply

      Thanks, Christy. I am a novice photographer, so some of the pics aren’t as beautiful as I would like for them to be….but I still love the idea of it anyway. ;-D

  • Andrea
    Posted at 02:54h, 24 October Reply

    Yum!! Awesome pics…many of my friends take photos of everything they eat when travelling. It’s a great idea. Fun post =)

    • Renee
      Posted at 11:06h, 24 October Reply

      Hi Andrea,
      So, it’s nice to know that more people are doing this…it’s almost like a little souvenir of sorts and will always be a virtual reminder of that “little cafe where we bought the fantastic beignets in New Orleans” . Capturing such delicacies will forever be a reminder of special moments of your travels.

  • Jeremy B
    Posted at 14:43h, 26 October Reply

    Wow, great shots of the food! I have been or will be going to most of the cities you have here. I am not a big food person but I do believe in trying the local dishes. And you make it look very tempting! 🙂
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  • Kyle Morgan
    Posted at 21:22h, 29 January Reply

    Wow, I’m starving now after reading this and viewing the pictures. The fish tacos from Winships look amazing!

    • Renee
      Posted at 13:03h, 30 January Reply

      LOL! Thanks, Kyle and you are right….those fish tacos (the first I’d ever had) were scrumptious!

  • Tijmen
    Posted at 04:38h, 18 February Reply

    The food looks awesome, I could use that dessert plate now 🙂

    • Renee
      Posted at 18:11h, 18 February Reply

      HA! Agreed…you and me both!

  • South America ME
    Posted at 22:29h, 27 February Reply

    I must admit, sometimes I feel a little silly taking a shot of everything that is served, though they end up being our most visited pages.
    Rob W.

    • Renee
      Posted at 13:33h, 28 February Reply

      That has been my experience too, Rob….we were scratching our heads at first, but people really like it!

  • Jeremy
    Posted at 12:43h, 08 March Reply

    I love food.

    I think when the lighting is low there are two things that can easily help increase the quality of the picture

    1 – multiburst shot
    2 – adjusting white balance (probably always on a wrong setting for food)

    Otherwise turn the ISO up.

    Getting right up on the food… yum

    • Renee
      Posted at 13:44h, 08 March Reply

      Now, you tell me! LOL! I really need to work on my photography. Thanks for the tips!

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