FOGUE: How I Styled and Achieved a DIY Creative Food Photo.

FOGUE  / fōɡ /  –  Food + Vogue

With the help of a friend, I came up with the term FOGUE to name my photo which I submitted as an entry to a photo challenge. It was play of two words, food and vogue.


The theme of the challenge was food. That time I wanted to submit a photo that is both creative and different from all other entries. I already had this idea but I was hesitant since I was not sure if could pull it off.  It was already the last day of submission when I decided to give the idea a try.

It is not really common to use a black background in food photography, I find it unusual myself. But when I was looking for an inspiration, I got attracted to dark-themed food styling and the pictures I saw had encouraged me to try the style myself using my phone. I used Low Key style to take a creative shot of food.

Learn more about Low Key Photography.

As a back-up plan, I had other photos of food on plates ready, in case I was unable to achieve what I had in mind. I may share to you those photos on my next post.

At that time, what I had in the house were food utensils and some chocolates. I was actually lazy to go to a supermarket, so I tried to think of food items that are easy to find. I just went to a nearby eatery, bakeshop and “sari-sari” store to look for items to use. And these were the items I used to achieve the look of the photo:

1. Fork

2. Bread – Ensaymada

3. Nips Candies/Chocolates

4. Hard-boiled Egg

5. Malunggay / Moringa / Horseradish – I just asked for leaves at the eatery for free.

6. Banana

7. Ketchup – Colors and dots on the banana and egg

8. Black T-shirt – The Background

9. Clip Hanger – This was used to hold the forks while they were hung during the shoot.

10. Piece of thread – This was used to tie the bread and make it look like a donut.

11. Toothpicks – I used these to hold the chocolates together.

12. Flashlight – Lighting

After securing all items I needed, I went straight to do my DIY food styling. I initially thought of having the forks flat on the table, however, it formed too much shadows and it was also impossible to position the flashlight since there was nothing to hang it on.

I assembled all the food items on the forks. I did some Art-Attack-inspired designs and maximized every limited resources I had that time to come up with the most creative food presentation as possible. When the fork artwork were done, I slowly hung each fork on the clip hanger. I positioned the flashlight using my cabinet as a support. When everything was set-up well, I did not waste time to take the shot.

The photo was shot using my LG V20 smartphone. I enhanced the chosen photo using Snapseed and Lightroom Mobile.

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21 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow, this picture looks amazing! Great idea to use a black background.
    Sometimes it’s best to go with your own vision instead of what everyone else is doing. I truly love this!


  2. Guess I’m not the only one who’s fond of submitting entries on the deadlines. Superbly cool shots you got there 😀 😀 😀 And the trick was commendable. Nice. 😀

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  3. Tammie says:

    I love your blog, its very unique. Love the title n the pic

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    1. Thanks a lot Tammie.


  4. Abdus says:

    Cool. Will definitely recommend my friends to read this out. Thank you for sharing such amazing things with us.

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    1. Thank so much. I would really appreciate it if you can share it with you friends.

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  5. tanyatravels says:

    That really pops. I like the way you styled that.

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    1. Thank you so much Tanya


  6. Papri Ganguly says:

    Just drooling over your photograph

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Ewa Wu says:

    The black background looks great and the composition looks very chic, exclusive and expensive. I was not able to recognize all products without description

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much


  8. brownieonthego says:

    That’s a great shot. Can’t believe you did this just with you phone and some apps! Amazing!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you. Yes, with the capabilities of phone nowadays, it can really give professional camera a run for its money. Hehe


  9. hanamidream says:

    Absolutely stunning styling – love your picture!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you. I appreciate the comment.


  10. The Recovery Republic says:

    Enjoyed this 😉

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