Last Updated on December 6, 2021
The Instagram bag from the Paper Bag Co.
Have you already bought the perfect Christmas gift hamper for the foodies in your life? Then spare a moment to consider what your foodie influencer friends might need. Yes, with so many food lovers posting their meals on Instagram before they even take a bite, well composed and beautifully lit food photos are more important than ever. Being one of those people myself, I was delighted to be sent #THEFOODIEBAG which contains a number of useful items to raise my game.
A set of postcards with beautifully composed food images on one side has, on the reverse, a mini-tutorial from photographer and teacher, Matt Inwood (@matt_inwood). It is a very useful brief review of tips such as remembering to set grid lines on your phone, how to use light and angles and improving the editing of one’s images. All points on which I know I can improve hugely.
#THEFOODIEBAG also contains a very useful item – a 5 in 1 pop up reflector – which really helps direct the light, particularly in some rather dimly lit restaurants where taking a decent photo of one’s meal can be a challenge. It folds up into a tiny bag too which makes it so portable even if you want to transport it in a smaller bag than the capacious tote bag supplied. For those taking food photographs at home, it can be a challenge to find new backdrops to use. I re-use the same chopping boards and marble table endlessly, so it is great to have four photogenic new backdrop sheets in a range of finishes. I will certainly be making good use of these which roll up usefully in a cardboard tube. All of these items are stored in #THEFOODIEBAG.
For photographers who are taking more than just their iPhone to the shoot, the #THEFOODIEBAG has plenty of space for all the paraphernalia you need. It could even hold a mini tripod. The stylish black canvas bag is well designed and would be fun to carry around. I just adore the photographs of the eggs printed on the bag. So playful.
#THEFOODIEBAG is a collaboration between photographer Matt Inwood and stylist Sophie Purser. It is a must have item for Instagram users.
The bag sells for £39.95 incl. P&P. It is part of a range of products available from Paper Bag Co. They also offer a range of other great products including printed tissue paper and other recyclable packaging goods. You can find all these on their website.