What is one of my favorite tricks when it comes to photography? I love to add height and dimension by using props and ingredients. By adding height, you can tell so much more of the story but setting the appropriate scene. Plus, the height in the photo helps draw the eye all throughout the photo as it picks up colors and textures.
As you can see in the photo above, had I just photographed the salmon on the cedar plank, the recipe would have appear very bland and boring. Everyone knows what cooked salmon is supposed to look like. Instead, I saved some herbs, placed a few sprigs on top of the salmon to add a bit of color and texture, and then put the rest of the herbs in a mason jar and placed them in the background of the photo. Looking at the photo above, the height helps accentuate the dish.