The ONLY Quarter Plates You Need To Up Your Food Photography Game

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    When it comes to shooting food, my approach is always to focus on the meal with minimal props, as is evident on my Instagram feed. This means that sourcing the best plates becomes vital for a great picture! I love quarter plates because they tend to be smaller than dinner plates and any food you put in them takes up a majority of the real estate. You can therefore come closer to the plate and really focus on the hero elements in your piece of food. 

    When selecting plates, think of three things: 

    Colour: Plates need to complement food. Bright plates tend to overshadow your hero. For this reason, look for a neutral colour and earthy hues. Remember that most cooked food is typically brown, which means blues, whites, yellows, and pinks will be your best colour options

    Motifs and Patterns: Embellishments and prints can really liven up a picture especially when the hero of your dish is a little plain (example: a simple slice of cake or a brownie square). Pro tip here: stay away from plates with a single design element (like a flower in the centre) because it's going to be hard to style with a singular motif. Get plates with multiple motifs. I love when they asymmetrical

    Texture: Choose earth materials. Ceramics, Stoneware, China add more depth to the image making the whole picture a serene mix of imperfect perfections!

    Burma Quarter Plate By The Table Fable

    Burma Quarter Plate (Set of 2)

    Burma Quarter Plate (Set of 2)

    1300

    A white back allows for so much freedom for colour matching. The uniform motif runs across the plate and it’s a handmade stoneware product. The Burma Quater Plate from The Table Fable checks all the boxes for me! 

    Green Rimmed Side Plate By Button Curry

    Rimmed Side Plate

    Rimmed Side Plate

    890

    Button Curry has some of the prettiest earthenware. This plate doesn’t follow my concept of colour but I would use it to light coloured desserts. Imagine a custard tart centre stage on this plate! The heathered texture and raw stone rim are things that make this plate absolutely beautiful.

    Lady Trance Platter - Off White By Earthen Souls

    Lady Trance Platter - Off-White

    Lady Trance Platter - Off-White

    650

    This boutique pottery studio in Gurgaon has been making some lovely plates that I have been keeping my eye on. This 6-inch plate is an ideal starter plate. It can be used many times for a variety of shots and will never disappoint. 

    Chevron Petite 4” Plate - Blue By Suite Number Eight

    Chevron Petite 4" Plate - Blue

    Chevron Petite 4" Plate - Blue

    595

    I love this tiny plate which a uniform ink blue pattern and a tiniest gold rim that just adds so much luxe to anything I put on it. This plate has been the star of a somewhat viral recipe on my blog: Coffee Pudding!

    The Ganga Quarter Plate - Old Rose By Indus People

    The Ganga Quarter Plate

    The Ganga Quarter Plate

    690

    Rose is a hard colour to source. This ridged plate by Indus People hits all the marks— a beautiful colour, asymmetrical 24-carat gold motifs, and lots of little textures through its real estate.

    Vayu Tapas Plate By Tehueti

    Vayu Tapas Plate

    Vayu Tapas Plate

    990

    A luxurious plate with a central and border motifs. The black border with its gold work just pops in a shot and highlights our food a lot more than any other plate! This is great when you want to convey how expensive or decadent your dish is. 

    Royal Mezze Tapas Serving Plate 7” By Good Earth

    Royal Mezze Tapas Serving Plate 7"

    Royal Mezze Tapas Serving Plate 7"

    1800

    Good Earth tableware is true love. I used to reserve a percentage of my monthly salary to invest in Good Earth products. They are an investment that constantly give back. This all black plate is matte finished and has gold and platinum Jaali work on the interior of its raised lip — which shines just so subtly in shots.