Food Photography for 5 Generations Bakers

food photo for 5 generations bakers

Food Photography for 5 Generations Bakers

I did a recent food photography project for 5 Generations Bakers and here are a few images from that shoot.  As you can see from the photos, the bakers specialize in making different types of cinnamon swirl bread for the wholesale market.  The images are to be used for various uses, but initially for “truck wraps”.

The interesting challenge with photographing food for a truck wrap is to shoot in a narrow horizontal format and to leave room in the photo composition for the logo, a little type and unusual other obstacles such as doors.   Since the food images needed to multitask in the future, we had to compose for the truck AND the entire frame.  That was not an easy task.  It was sort of like doing two shots in one and twice the work.  All in all though, the photos turned out great the the clients were a joy to work with.  What else could a food photographer ask for? :o)

  • Camera – Nikon 810
  • Lens – Nikon 85mm f2.8 tiltshift

Special thanks for Quelcy Kogel for her food styling help.

food photo of cinnamon swirl bread pudding

food photography of cinnamon swirl bread sandwich

food photo of cinnamon swirl bread


  1. Dan Erb · May 12, 2016

    Hi Michael
    Would you please indicate in your blogs, when you use the swing/tilt on the Nikon so we can make a comparison in our mind
    of how much it changes the plane of focus? I am sure you did some tests. How do you think they compare with the Arca Swiss???
    Would it be possible to blog comparative shots?

    As I had mentioned before I have a Sinar that I am going to deface with my Canon on the back of the wide angle
    bellows. I now see that the shadow of the Canon body is going to be a problem, but it is an interesting experiment.

    Thank you for your blog. I am an experienced table topper. but your blog has given me a lot of useful information. After you mentioned
    the fresnel I built a strobe with a 7 inch lens. Doesn’t focus as much as I am used to geting in the hot light but it is a good key.
    Food is one of the most complex forms of photography, In my opinion. I am enjoying it.

    • Michael Ray · May 13, 2016

      I’ll try to remember to indicate when and how I used the shift. And as far as the freznel spot goes, I rarely ever use the focus zoom capability. I just like the quality of the shadow and the way the spot keeps the light from bouncing everywhere (ceiling).

      The way most lenses recess into the camera body, I can’t see how there would be space for bellows…

  2. michelle coffey · May 18, 2016

    Hi Michael, do you have any tips for how to cut cake pieces, bread too without getting them squished, rough sided, is there a trick or trick to the perfect piece of cut pie or cake?

    • Michael Ray · May 18, 2016

      That’s a job for the food stylist and not the food photographer, but I’ve seen it done quite a few times. I’ve actually never none it though. For cake, the key seems to be to refrigerate it first. It gets stiffer and easier to cut. With bread, the best thing to use if an electric knife with serrated blades. Hope that helps!


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