(Now, if you happen to be out to eat, please don't take your plate of food to the bathroom for an impromptu photoshoot. Besides being a little weird, it might get you a request not to return. Though we didn't think that actually needed to be said, we figured a quick disclaimer never hurt anyone.)
For years I felt frustrated by the photographs of food that came out of my kitchen in comparison with the pictures in the cookbooks. I felt frustrated that I had spent all that time and effort attempting to make something, but then the end result was not quite being what I wanted.
My biggest food photography tip is to use natural light, but if you happen to be a midnight baker like I am (it keeps the neighbors from knocking on your door and asking for samples), finding a room with multiple light sources is your best option. In my case, it happened to be the bathroom. With the help from a lamp (brought in from the bedroom) and the overhead lighting sources, I was able to take a half way decent photo of these Lemon Cream Pie Cupcakes last night.
(Images: Sarah Rae Trover)