#AskMahaMonday: Crucial Composition Tip for Insta-Delicious Food Photography


If you've been watching my Instagram stories, you know I was ranting about the weather yesterday and the full on snow storm we are experiencing in mid April here in Toronto! So in an attempt to stay positive, I put on some music, whipped up a storm in the kitchen and took pictures of my simple and delicious creation... 

I hereby present you with mini Apple Pizzas :D

Simple, scrumptious and super delicious! These mini pizzas are basically crunchy apple slices, topped with homemade labneh, sprinkled with raw nuts and drizzled with honey!

In all fairness, my Instagram rant turned photo-shoot did make me feel better (and full haha), speaking of which...

With over 800 million users on the platform, it's not very easy to stand out in the crowd, which means, in order to create a follow-worthy Instagram account, your photos need to be really good, I mean more like SUPER good!

So today I am sharing my No. 1 composition tip that will take your photos from good to great

Are you ready for this super simple tip?

"Negative Space"

But what does that really mean?

Negative (Empty) space, oftentimes referred to as white space, is a concept that's been used in art, design & architecture for many years. It's equally useful in photography, and can be used to turn an average photo into a great one.

The white space will bring chicness to your Instagram feed & make it look less busy and cluttered. This can be easily achieved using simple white backgrounds for your photos, be it a white table, plate, wrapping paper or even plain foam board that you can find at the dollar store! 

Negative space doesn’t necessarily mean a plain white background – sometimes it is made up of patterns and textures that don’t distract from your main subject (usually the Food) but keeps the photo feeling alive and interesting.

If you've been following me on Instagram, you know I use negative space pretty much most of the time (be it a food photo, a portrait or even a lifestyle shot), it helps me create a cleaner look to my feed and focus more on colour and texture.


What about you? Do you ever use this trick in your feed? If not, would you try it? Let me know in the comments :)

As always, feel free to hit me up with your questions and if you want more tips on Instagram Photography, download my free guide "7 TIPS TO INSTA AWESOME PIX"  

Until next week,

Much Love.





Maha Munaf

Creative professional passionate about design. Photographer, Architect, Traveler and Lover of coffee & cupcakes!