Some say food is a form of therapy. For me, food photography is equal parts therapeutic and satisfying. To give you a bit of context, I enjoyed taking photos ever since I was a young boy: taking photos using my dad’s phone or his old, worn camera. I only started taking my Instagram page seriously in 2014, ironically when I was really stressed with my studies. Every time I took some time to frame a photo, it helped me take my mind off school matters.
It has been an immensely satisfying hobby. Whenever someone comes up to you and tells you that he or she is feeling hungry by just looking at your photos, you nailed it. You managed to capture a frame which is good enough to make people salivate! I have been guilty of making my friends’ tummies growl in the middle of the night. It may be an odd satisfaction, but - as a foodie - it keeps me going.
- Be True To Yourself
As trite as it may sound, over these two years, I’ve met a few individuals who just want to be in a group of instagrammers to bask in their digital fame. Social networks like Instagram benefit you most when you have an open attitude, and a genuine wish to make connections with other individuals. When you make friends purely for the sake of forging new friendships, you grow.
- Adopt New Angles (Literally & Metaphorically)
You are never good enough. Continue to get inspired, be inspired and inspire people. Try out new styles or categories of photos (which is why I'm experimenting with interior and architecture shots), explore new techniques in taking photos, new editing styles, etc.
Nowadays I can’t help but look at things from alternative angles. For example, as I step into a house, I would think of the most inventive spot for a photo or how the interior could be improved aesthetically. When I walk down an alley, I would also think of good, creative ways to use the space. I would say my style (how I imagine my future home to be, etc) changed quite a fair bit ever since I got exposed to Instagram and Pinterest.
- Don't Sweat The Small Stuff
Finally, do not stress out. I wanted to delete my account a few times because I was feeling the pressure. I felt crushed by the weight of expectations from different companies that I collaborated with. At the end of the day, I realised that - like all other hobbies - there is no need to be stressed out about something you do purely for fun. If you plan to build your own page, remember that your life doesn't revolves around collaborations. Keep doing you, commit at a level you are comfortable with.
Jonas (@jonaskohh) is a foodie and lifestyle enthusiast, with an eye for flatlays, shadow play, and imaginative takes on food.