30 essential Instagram accounts every food photographer should follow

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Food is life. And for both seasoned and amateur food photographers, nowhere is that philosophy more front and center than on the feeds of these 30 drool-worthy Instagram accounts.

Filled with beautifully-lit dishes, artfully-composed flatlays, and mouthwatering details, these must-follow accounts will definitely fuel your appetite for stunning food photography and design on your Instagram(opens in a new tab or window).

01. @minimalistbaker

Food blogger and author Dana Schutz(opens in a new tab or window)uses plant-based ingredients to whip up breathtaking, gluten-free dishes. Her fresh, vibrant snapshots will make you take the leap from simply appreciating to actually trying out her recipes.

02. @septimeparis

It’s notoriously difficult to get into this chic, French restaurant(opens in a new tab or window), and after scrolling through their feed, it’s easy to see why. Be captivated by each delectable dish, which is made of only the freshest, seasonal ingredients available.

03. @beardfoundation

Followers will appreciate the visually arresting creations, waste-free recipes, and sustainable efforts by this culinary arts organization(opens in a new tab or window) formed in honor of James Beard, the Dean of American Cookery. (Featured photo by Keirnan & Theo / @hippopigemous(opens in a new tab or window))

04. @sarah_fel

It’s so easy to get lost in this feed full of artfully-formed pastries. Enjoy scrolling through everything from intricately-folded bread to fruit-laden cakes, and even bite-sized treats made just for Sarah Brunella’s(opens in a new tab or window) son to enjoy.

05. @scottsuchman

Capturing eats that always appear to jump off the frame, Scott(opens in a new tab or window) is known for taking detail-oriented food shots that are bursting with color, contrast, and saturation. With over 27 years of photography experience, this veteran food photographer will make you wish you could tag along to every dining establishment he visits.

06. @theloopywhisk

Kat(opens in a new tab or window) willingly scoops, slices, or breaks apart her baked creations to show you what’s inside. Chocolate makes a steady appearance in this self-confessed chocoholic’s posts—and we’re definitely not complaining!

07. @thecuratedfeast

There’s more to this account than just pretty portraits of food. Food historian Liz Birnbaum(opens in a new tab or window) often includes insightful captions that give a glimpse into centuries-old culinary techniques and traditions.

08. @coffee

Got a whole latte love for coffee(opens in a new tab or window)? Have your fill of #latteart from this highly caffeinated feed gathered from breakfast tables across the globe. (Featured photo by Ness & Nells / @jan.1796(opens in a new tab or window))

09. @breakfastnbowls

Putting the spotlight on the most important meal of the day, Anita(opens in a new tab or window) prepares colorful smoothie bowls, fluffy pancake stacks, and fruit layered toasts that just about anyone would be willing to wake up early for.

10. @michelinguide

For over a century, French tire company Michelin has released an annual list of prestigious restaurants(opens in a new tab or window) worth traveling far and wide (and saving up) for. Follow this account if you’re searching for the most inspiring, decadent, and luxurious meals of your life. (Featured photo by Cote NYC(opens in a new tab or window))

11. @singlethreadfarms

From farm to table to Instagram, the rich and luscious imagery presented by this rustic yet modern plantation and restaurant(opens in a new tab or window) based in California, will tempt you to book a reservation ASAP. (Featured photo by Nader Khouri / @naderkhouri(opens in a new tab or window))

12. @eater

Vicariously munch your way around the world with the help of Eater(opens in a new tab or window)’s seasoned editors and ardent followers, who regularly send in shots of their own extraordinary meals. Delight in everything from the perfect slice of pepperoni pizza to decadent barbecued ribs. (Featured photo by Nick Solares(opens in a new tab or window))

13. @mattarmendariz

Matt Armendariz(opens in a new tab or window) successfully made the leap from graphic designer and art director to full-time food photographer and blogger. With 20 years of visual know-how tucked firmly under his belt, he’s mastered the art of making people drool over his enticing food shots.

14. @loveandlemons

Though Jeanine Donofrio(opens in a new tab or window) confesses she isn’t strictly vegetarian, her Instagram account definitely has us fooled with its regular rotation of lush, veggie-centric recipes straight from her sleek white kitchen.

15. @sweettoothforever

Don’t feel guilty about gawking at these stunning posts(opens in a new tab or window)of cakes, donuts, and ice cream cones. This is the one and only time you won’t need to burn calories from these sugary treats. (Featured photo by @feedyourgirlfriend(opens in a new tab or window))

16. @bromabakery

Blogger Sarah Fennel(opens in a new tab or window) (aka the founder of @foodtographyschool)(opens in a new tab or window) teaches her followers all about lighting, symmetry, and composition through her feed. Set against predominantly white backdrops, the snapshots of her homemade goods will leave you craving for something sweet.

17. @christiannkoepke

This photographer, recipe curator, and creative director’s Instagram feed(opens in a new tab or window) is packed with raw, moody setups that will conjure up images of unhurried weekends spent in bed or the great outdoors.

18. @theworlds50best

No need to wonder what renowned chefs, food critics, and gourmands consider the best restaurants(opens in a new tab or window) in the world. Feast your eyes on sumptuous food photos, and discover the story behind each dish and the unique establishment responsible for bringing it to life.

19. @cheesy

Everything tastes better with cheese, and the portraits from @tastingtable’s curated account(opens in a new tab or window) prove it! Whether you’re into flaky, creamy, or gooey cheese, there’s definitely something for everyone. (Featured photo by Anne & Michelle / @nycmunchkin(opens in a new tab or window))

20. @mariesaba

Inject humor into your life by following the playful feed of this Texas-based chef. Expect lots of creatively designed pies and hilarious food puns. If you can’t figure out the wordplay, don’t worry! Marie(opens in a new tab or window)’s followers always chime in through the comments section with clues.

21. @rymondtn

Get a sugar high by scrolling through this self-taught home baker’s account. From customized cakes to his famed chocolate-coated cake popsicles, Melbourne-based Ray Ray(opens in a new tab or window) regularly whips up visually-enthralling edible creations that deserve to be displayed in a museum.

22. @stillsundayco

Successfully shifting from dark and dramatic to whimsical and rustic arrangements, these talented food, prop, and event stylists(opens in a new tab or window) from Manila, Philippines manage to tell a story with each beautifully detailed set that they meticulously prepare.

23. @davidchang

American restaurateur and Ugly Delicious host David Chang(opens in a new tab or window) keeps his one million followers salivating through in-the-moment food posts taken with his mobile camera. Aside from sharing appetizing grub from under-the-radar discoveries, his posts feature some of the most innovative culinary creatives in the industry.

24. @oursecretsupper

If intimate gatherings and countryside feasts are your thing, then this account will give you heaps of ideas. The brain child of Danielle Firle and Eva Kosmas Flores, Secret Supper(opens in a new tab or window)focuses on creating one-of-a-kind, unforgettable dining experiences in mesmerizing locations.

25. @food52

Cooking 52 weeks a year, the makers of the Food52(opens in a new tab or window) website follow the manifesto “eat thoughtfully, live joyfully,” and it shows in every delicious photo that they share with their fellow foodies. Aside from showcasing the recipes submitted by their contributors and community, they present innovative tools that make cooking a breeze. (Featured photo by Julia / @juliagartland(opens in a new tab or window))

26. @davidloftus

Working with the likes of chefs Jamie Oliver, Rachel Khoo, and Gennaro Contaldo, you can be sure about one thing: renowned photographer David Loftus(opens in a new tab or window)has sampled the best dishes served on the planet. His Instagram account is filled with unencumbered close-ups of raw food and imperfectly perfect plated wonders.

27. @stevepearcestylist

Food stylist Steve Pearce(opens in a new tab or window) shares a glimpse of his commissioned work and personal projects through his Instagram feed. Mixing the old with the new and the raw with the intricately-prepared, you’ll marvel at how deftly he combines natural textures and elements to craft distinctly original imagery.

28. @ashrod

Two-time cookbook author, Kitchen Unnecessary host, and mother of three, Ashley Rodriguez(opens in a new tab or window) always manages to capture simple yet captivating images of naturally gorgeous dishes that are best when shared.

29. @francescotonelli

No one understands food better than Francesco Tonelli(opens in a new tab or window). From luscious strawberries caught in mid-air to artfully swirling beverages into a cup, this chef and photographer manages to capture each dish at its most dynamic and luxurious.

30. @theartofplating

Eating starts with the eyes, and this Instagram account(opens in a new tab or window) puts the spotlight on gorgeously plated dishes worthy of being put on permanent display. These intricately-designed pastries, whimsical concoctions, and fantastical feasts will surely whet anyone’s appetite. (Featured photo by Matthew Siciliano / @matthew_siciliano(opens in a new tab or window))

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