By working in restaurants for few years already I’ve notice many changes on food, style and marketing. In the past 10 years technology made huge advances, it has become part of our lives and actually have made things easier for us. For example now we can send or post pictures on social media and look up the best restaurants in the area just in seconds. Before people rarely took their phones out while dining at a restaurant and if you wanted to know about the food and experience you would’ve to ask someone who has been there before. Now days when people see a beautiful dish arriving to their tables the first thing they do is take a picture and post it on social media, and if you want to know what food is served at any restaurant you can look it up online and see how their food looks like. Chefs now not only worry about their food quality but the visual part of it, they work hard every day to create dishes that will strike people eyes. Restaurants owners think more about restaurant layout and decoration. Employees such as bartenders make their drinks look more interesting and they play with garnishes so cocktails look better on pictures and not only that but themselves promote their drinks by posting photos on social media. I think all the use of technology in the industry is an amazing opportunity for people to learn,socialize and for businesses to succeed. I use instagram everyday to see what are the new trends in restaurants, to see where my friends are dining or having drinks and to also share my own pictures with other people. I discover new places every day using instagram and when I see a photo a dish that looks amazing or a restaurant that looks interesting to me I definitely visit the place. I believe a lot will people agree with me and few others will disagree but reality is that technology makes part of our lives and instead of avoid it we should learn how to make good use of it.
I shared in this post some photos of food from just three of my favorite restaurants in the city so maybe some of you will be interested in visiting them.
I think the use of social media in hospitality is a must. I believe it is essential in the hospitality industry, it helps promote businesses like restaurants and hotels. Social media has major impact in hospitality, it can either make you or break you. In today society everyone blogs/vlog and post their everyday life on social media pages. They post pictures of their meals, what they’re doing and how they feeling, which can be bad and good. I take pictures of the food I eat to admire the appealing meal and to encourage others to intake. By doing that I am promoting and advertising businesses, that help selling and marketing.
I am intrigued about what I will be learning about photography and food, which is where food stylist plays a part. They make food look photogenic, which is important. People will only eat food that looks appetizing and appealing. I can honestly say that, I do look at photos of food to help me decide if I would want to cook it or eat it. This class will teach me what to look for in good quality food photos.
I already enjoy taking pictures of the meals I make, however I don’t really post the photos on social media. I just feel that people on social media, sometimes have too much opinion despite others feelings.
ARTH 1100/ Sec.LC04
Jan 29, 2018
What is the first think that comes to mind when you look at a photograph? Is it thelighting? Art? When I look at a photo I tend to not only visualize it, but I would pick it area into different departments in my mind. Personally I have always been an advocate when it comes to sharing pictures online. Social Media tends to guide or mislead peoples perception of images they maybe viewing. Overtime, I would post images of food, places, and even manage to squeeze in a selfie or two on my Instagram. But when I am feeling spontaneous to try a new dish or even look for new restaurant to dine at, social media sites would be my go to search engine. What determines me on clicking on a picture of a food image is the lighting, description, and mainly the comments underneath a post. At times I am inspired to manipulate that same food picture and want to try and cook it at home.But what would get me in the door of a restaurant is the amount of reviews and if the business is in a reasonable location. Social Media is the way to go especially if your starting up a small business or even if your trying to drive new customers in.