A recent article in the New York Times, First Camera, Then Fork pretty much sums up the flow of many of my meals as I’m sure it does to many of you too. Food photography as a means of an online diary or journal has been quickly rising for years and we certainly know that the number of food blogs increases exponentially every day.
I never quite realized what a large phenomenon this was until the taster and I were having dinner at La Belle Vie, which is a restaurant that I would consider very fancy and Andrew Zimmern considers it the place in Minneapolis to take your wife for Valentine’s Day. I had my camera in my purse (of course) but assumed it wouldn’t really be appropriate to be snapping pictures – imagine my surprise when I saw three other people, all female I might add, doing the same thing! I immediately wondered if they are food bloggers and if so, why haven’t I come across their blog yet? (Fabulous dinner by the way, I never blogged about it but did take the pictures)
I have been pondering the “rules” regarding taking pictures in restaurants, holding up dinner companions to get the perfect shot, etc. after reading 3 Rules for Camera-Happy Diners (aka Food Bloggers) in Bon Appétit’s The BA Foodist column. Because I don’t blog everything I eat I don’t really run into these issues of using a flash in a fancy restaurant or explaining to business companions why I’m taking pictures instead of eating but for those of you who do, how do you handle these situations? Do you ever refrain from taking pictures for the sake of dining companions or depending on location? Or, do you think nothing of taking pictures at restaurants? What are your “rules”?
If you aren’t a food blogger, what are your thoughts when others do this?