Never fear. Those of us stuck with cringe worthy cooking arrangements don't have to let that get in the way of our photography. There are cheap and easy tools that can be used to transform your photos.
Use other rooms: Try taking photos in rooms other than in the kitchen. Many people have pretty wood tables in their dining room that make for nice backgrounds. Alternatively, some people take great photos on the tiles in their bathrooms.
Don't use tables: We always think about keeping food on the table but great photos are to be had when you think off the tables. Your deck, chairs in your house, carpets, or floors can look great in a photo. Few people will even recognize that your photo was taken someplace strange.
Use paper: A nice, cheap way to have dozens of different backdrops is to buy a book of patterned scrapbooking paper. These can be bought for under $10 and offer hundreds of different color combinations. Wrapping paper can also be a good backdrop. If you find a pattern you really like, buy multiple sheets of it as it is likely to be ruined being around the food.
Utilize the hardware store. The photo at the top of this page was taken on two stick-on, 59 cent flooring. Individual tiles, wood paneling, wood scraps etc. can be used to mimic nice tables.
- Tutorial for plywood backgrounds.
- Tutorial for stressed faux wood tabletop.
- Great website on backgrounds.
Hope this was helpful! Any tips or tricks you use?
- Backgrounds by I Breathe and I'm Hungry
-DIY Photography boards by Meal Makeover Moms' Kitchen