If you are on Instagram you have probably seen the hashtag #foodporn.  It usually relates to perfectly photographed meals – sometimes healthy, most often not.

Every time I see one of these images it makes me hungry.

Every single time…. even photos of vegetables look gorgeous when covered with sea salt or butter.

I decide to try my hand at food photography to see if I could get a #foodporn-worthy image.

Enter, my scrumptious ham and cheese sandwich.

Granted, not an exciting recipe – but I do make a pretty mean ham and cheese sandwich – and it was lunch yesterday, so it seemed a good time to try out my lighting, staging, styling and editing techniques.

It’s all about the bread for me.  A fresh, soft white (or wheat) bread makes all the difference in the world.  I used to buy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at work because they had the most perfect bread that took a regular PB&J to the next level.

Ham and cheese sandwich

I put a layer of mayonnaise on one slice of bread and a layer of mustard on the other – then fill it up with crispy lettuce, ripe tomato, about 4 pieces of thinly sliced cooked ham and then a thin layer of medium cheddar cheese.

Sandwich  - 3

I don’t know how food photographers do it – I kept sneaking chips and grapes out of the photo between shots.  It was all I could do not to eat the sandwich while photographing it.

Ham and cheese sandwich

Funnily enough, I was sitting at school reviewing the photographs yesterday and it just so happened I sat down next to a professional photographer that does to food and beverage photography.  (Seriously, what are the chances?!)  I showed him my images and he suggested that my lighting was poor.  That the bread and chips should have a slightly warm tone to them, that the tomato slices should be lined up along the front edge and that my cheese layer shouldn’t be pressed into the mayo layer.

It was too late at that point – the photo shoot was done and the sandwich long gone – but I did try to bring in warmer tones in editing.

Sandwich  - 6

What do you think?  Does this make you crave a ham & cheese or should I stick to my craft & DIY projects and leave the food blogging to the professionals?

These photos are totally working on me – I just scarfed down 10 mini chocolate bars while typing all of this. lol

Have a great one!

Too funny