I read this article on First We Feast (and several other ones on the topic since) and thought it a provoking subject to discuss. What are your thoughts on patrons who take photos of their foods in restaurants, both from a restaurant owners point of view, and a patrons pov?
I admit I've been guilty of this in the past, but way before iphones and twitter even existed. I'm an original shutter-bug. I don't have a FB (anymore) or twitter account (ever), and I also don't own an iphone or android. The pictures I've taken have been with a point and shoot, saved on my computer and perhaps shared in the food section of a forum. The times that I have taken pictures of food in restaurants, I have been extremely discreet because I've always thought it weird (and unique to my personality) to take pictures of food. Now it's a trend that has exploded with instagram accounts (of which I also don't have). By the way, is it just me or do instagram pictures make food look unappealing and sometimes downright unappetizing? some people however, have no shame, and i would have to say that if I were dining out and saw someone standing on their chair to get the money shot, I would roll my eyes until I severed optical nerves.
It's tempting not to take pictures of your food, your experience, but now that I know how uncouth this trend is becoming, I don't think I'll be doing this again, at least not in higher end restaurants. For me it's always been about the food, but I realize for others it's more about showing off to their friends.
As a caterer and sometimes cook and chef, I'd be concerned by people sharing unflattering food pictures due to the fact they are not a photographer. there have been many a times where i have made a beautiful dish but doesn't translate well in photos. Otherwise, I'd be flattered someone would want to in the first place. My main concern would be the comfort of other diners, so I would ban it if it became problematic or tacky.
Here are other links on the subject:
What are your thoughts?