Camera Etiquette for Food Bloggers
We’ve all done it at some point. A dinner plate comes our way and we’re so excited about what has come before us that we whip out the camera and snap a picture. Sometimes we might even take a picture because the food looks terrible. I’m sure many of you foodies have done that too.
For those of us who blog about food it’s a pretty safe bet that we carry around a camera or other mobile device to record a dish that we’ve eaten, either to show it off to friends or for a story.
I’ve been looking for a particular shot of an appetizer for a recent post and I recalled Ulah Bistro on U St serving some tasty apps, including their chicken wings, which was exactly what I was looking for. I was seated at the bar, myself and my other half were the only ones there so I got out my camera and started taking a couple of snaps…Within seconds the bartender shouted across the bar to me: “Why are you taking pictures, is there something wrong with the food?” in a tone that was borderline aggressive.
My response was somewhat mute as I was stunned, I did reply with a “No, the food is good” as it was, but I still felt like I had been reprimanded by my mother. And living in DC we’re all too familiar with photographer rights.
I appreciate that there are instances when one should not take photos in restaurants. If I’m at a business lunch, a particularly high-end restaurant or if my table is in close proximity to another customer, I won’t photograph the food. However, on this occasion I was eating on a somewhat quiet night with little activity in a mid-range bistro.
I wasn’t bothering anyone and the food was actually good, but the response I was given makes me think twice about dining there again and certainly more cautious of where and when I take photos.
What have your reactions been to taking photos?
When is it alright to take photos of food in a restaurant?
Or is this something that is considered inappropriate altogether?
If you are a restaurateur or server what are your thoughts on this? I’d appreciate any education on this matter so please let me know.
(Pic: John Kratz )