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Create Intentional Goals: Food Photography Goal Setting Worksheet

A couple of posts ago, I shared with you my goals with you and where I was up to.

As I have been working on my beverage photography goals, I have found that practice is not the only thing that makes perfect, setting an intention for your practice makes perfect.

Today, I want you to take action on getting that new skill, capturing that image, honing that new technique you’ve been dreaming of.

Find That Intention. Set Yourself A Goal.

Food Photography Goal Setting Worksheet


Download this FREE Goal Setting Worksheet for Food Photographers and let’s start crafting that goal.

Food Photography Goal Setting Worksheet - Land Your Dream Photoshoot 2

When I was creating my goals around beverage photography, I found there were 4 simple actions that helped me to really define my goal and result in the outcome I was hoping for.

Over six months, here is the ‘before goal’ shot (on the left) and the ‘during goal’ shot (on the right).

So what things did I think about that helped me hone in what what I needed to make my goals a reality?

Free Food Photography Goal Setting Worksheet | Click to read the 4 actions that will help you set intentional goals to create better food photography.

Before Working on my Goal

Free Food Photography Goal Setting Worksheet | Click to read the 4 actions that will help you set intentional goals to create better food photography.

Working on my Goal

4 Simple Actions That Will Improve Your Food Photography Goals.

When planning out your next food photography goal, here are 4 simple things to think about and working into your goal to allow you to achieve better results.

Action #1 Buy a Food Magazine

Set your sights high! Get your hands on the latest food magazine of your choice and see what the pros are creating. Read their styling, their lighting, the angles, the prop use and the latest trends. Find a story or shot that really speaks to you and identify what it is about the image that you’d like to see in your work.

WHAT I DID: I flipped through a few of my favourite magazines, and identified that it was the use of props and lighting that I was most drawn to in the beverage shots I liked. I added these elements to my goal.


Action #2 Identify a New Technique

Is practice enough to get you to your goal? Will learning a new technique help you to create the images you want?

Identifying a new photography technique is a step closer to adding that skill to your tool belt. It’s about being able to identify where the gap in your skills lie.

WHAT I DID: Beverage shots really rely on lighting and honing focus when shooting through glass. I could see in the work I was creating that I felt could be better was missing a strong grasp on these elements. I decided to focus on these techniques in my upcoming shooting time.

Free Food Photography Goal Setting Worksheet | Click to read the 4 actions that will help you set intentional goals to create better food photography.

Action #3 Find a Small Budget

Photography is an expensive exercise I know, but a little can go a long way. Even pocket change can improve your image if you use it wisely. Find a small budget to help you get a new prop, a new surface, rent a different lens, buy a gourmet cake to shoot. Ask to shoot at a friend or acquaintances house that has fantastic decor or lighting. Buy them lunch in return!

WHAT I DID: Key pieces for a beverage shoot are lacking in my collection, so to get those shots I wanted I splashed out $12 on key props. Now that’s a good return on investment if that image makes it into my portfolio, which it has.


Action #4 Find a Buddy in Your Niche to Bounce Around Ideas With

You’d be amazed at how just chatting to other food photographers on the same journey as you can open up new ideas and overcome road blocks.

There are a wealth of photographers at all levels out there who are looking to connect with like minded people, share ideas, encourage one another. Finding someone to share your goal with not only helps to keep you accountable, but they may just be able to share with you how they overcame some of their road blocks in order to take better shots.

Connect with a stylist on social media, see if they have any tips they can share with you for making food look its best.

WHAT I DID: I chatted to a few photographers on social media and asked them what lighting they thought was best for beverage photography and if they had any tips.


Following my lead, what ACTION could you take right now to start working on that food photography goal?

Food Photography Goal Setting Worksheet - Land Your Dream Photoshoot

#GOALSET and download your FREE Food Photography Goal Setting Worksheet.

Free Food Photography Goal Setting Worksheet | Click to read the 4 actions that will help you set intentional goals to create better food photography.


Free Food Photography Goal Setting Worksheet | Click to read the 4 actions that will help you set intentional goals to create better food photography.

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  • Reply Melissa July 7, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    I’d love to hear your tips on what you’ve learnt on taking beverage shots. I really struggle with them too and looking for some tips. Especially camera settings/aperture etc

    • Reply Rachel July 8, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      Yes I hear that Melissa! Noted.

  • Reply Stella @ Stellicious Life July 7, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Thank you Rachel for sharing your tips and experience. You don’t know how much it’s appreciated that you broke down your process and advice, finally something I can understand and implement myself. Thank you! (ps. and that beverage shot is tunning!!)

    • Reply Rachel July 8, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      I love how simple it can be sometimes! You are very welcome. Love to hear what your next goal is.

  • Reply Marisa Franca @ All Our Way July 7, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Rachel, you always inspire me to be the best I can be and to keep learning. I’ve wanted to learn how to do pour shots or sprinkle shots with my camera (I’m saving for a new one so I can get a good lens). I downloaded the goal sheet and I’m going to write out my goals. I wish I could sit on your shoulder and just follow you around for a month 🙂

    • Reply Rachel July 8, 2016 at 5:49 pm

      Oh yes, sprinkle shots would be epic! Fast shutter speed is what you want to aim for so think about how you can achieve that with the tools you have. (Remember to think about how fast shutter speed is connect with aperture and ISO!)

  • Reply nicole ( July 8, 2016 at 3:08 am

    Thank you for another great post, Rachel. It’s a very timely one for me because I’ve really been “drifting” this year, taking assignments as they come, continuing on the same path with my blog when instead I should be taking control of the stirring wheel and moving it into the direction I want to go in. Downloaded the sheet and are thinking hard about new goals! 🙂

    P.S.: Needless to say, that beverage shot is stunning!

    • Reply Rachel July 8, 2016 at 5:52 pm

      Go Nicole! #gogetem. I’ve been there. Just waiting for that person to tap me on the shoulders and hand me my dreams. I’d be waiting a while if I did that. Love to know what your next goal is!

  • Reply Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire July 16, 2016 at 7:15 am

    Cant wait to start filling out the sheet! My goal right now is learning how (and when) to create an impactful image using darker backgrounds and props. I love darker shots, but struggle to get my lighting just right.

    • Reply Rachel July 19, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      Yay Amanda! That is such a cool goal. Love the word ‘impactful’. Hopefully the sheet with help you organise how to get there. Shout out if you have any questions!

  • Reply Lou August 3, 2016 at 2:39 am

    I’ve just come across your site and I’m feeling so inspired, thank you! I’m a graduate photographer and was wondering if you had any tips for getting work as a food photographer?

    • Reply Rachel August 24, 2016 at 9:40 am

      Hey Lou! Thanks for your kind works. Yes the million dollar question, something that I think we are all working on. I would start by telling everyone, everyone that you are a food photographer. That will ensure that you start thinking and acting like a photographer and you never know who knows someone who is looking for a photographer.

  • Reply Jeffery October 13, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Hi Rachel, Love your website and have tried multiple times to download your worksheet and the 7 day challenge. So far, no luck. Any help would be appreciated in case I am missing something obvious.

    • Reply Rachel October 17, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      Hey Jeff, sorry to hear that this wasn’t working for you. I have sent you an email with the details of how to sign up.

  • Reply Fanette November 4, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Hi Rachel!

    I am having the same issue as Jeffery, I am not able to download the worksheet… Not sure why this is not working because I am in your system for sure! Anyway, I would love to get the worksheet so let me know what I should do next. Thanks!

    • Reply Rachel November 8, 2017 at 7:48 am

      Hi Fanette, sorry to hear that! I can see in my mail provider that you have the emailed link and password, maybe it was in your junk mail? Did you end up being able to grab the file? Let me know!

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