Brunch has become a weekend staple, whether you need a bite to eat before a busy day, are overcoming a Friday night hangover, or desperately need a good catch up with your best friends. I love trying out new brunch spots around town, whether it’s my own city or a new place I’m travelling to. There’s nothing better than grabbing a bite with your friends, indulging in delicious food and sipping on lattes and mimosas. Brunch photos also happen to make some of the best Instagram shots, so if you want to enhance your feed, here are my best tips for how to take the perfect top down photo for Instagram.

Why Shoot Top Down

A top down shot allows you to cover a lot of territory, and when you’re out for brunch, there’s often tons of items that need to be displayed, from food and drink to cute utensils to mini teapots and cute sugar containers. When you shoot top down, you can capture all the details and make sure nothing’s left out. It’s also easier to get a better shot when you’re taking it from above. You pretty much just need a steady hand, good lighting and balanced spacing to make the photo look its best! And you can easily take it with your phone camera (if you have a good one!) so you don’t have to lug your DLSR around with you – unless of course, you want to.

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Natural lighting is always key to a good Instagram photo, and top down photos are no exception. Brunch time is usually perfect for lighting, so try to get a spot beside a big window if you can. The photo will look best if the lighting is coming from behind, so try to snag a spot with your back facing the window if you can. Natural lighting ensures your image is crisp and bright and will require less editing on your part!


You don’t want your photo to look cluttered, so make sure to balance the space between your items. Especially when you have a lot going on on the table, it’s important to do some maneuvering. Make sure big items especially (like main brunch plates) have a good distance between them. You can fill in the spaces with smaller items like salt and pepper shakers, cutlery and coffee cups.

Highlight the best parts of brunch

If you’re trying to take a photo of a big brunch with numerous dishes and drinks lined up down the table, highlight the parts that work best with your Instagram feed. If your feed is colourful, make sure you get a shot of the meals with lots of colourful food in them. If your feed is full of pastel pink and there are pink cocktails on the table, make sure you get them in your shot. The best thing is you’ll have tons of options, but make sure to put some thought into the best place to take your top down photo.

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Take Multiple Shots

It’s pretty unlikely that your first photo will be your best one, so take a bunch of shots and try them from different angles. This will allow you to choose your favourite one to post. Sometimes even moving your camera a few inches will make a world of a difference. Hopefully whoever’s with you won’t mind waiting until you have the perfect shot. My friends/family/boyfriend are all used to it now.

Add a Personal Touch

Brunch shots are nice on their own, but I like them every better when there is some life added in. This could be a hand reaching for a drink, or holding a fork, ready to eat like the photo below. It makes the photo more personable and relatable to whoever’s looking at it. It doesn’t have to be perfectly staged either, try to make it as candid as possible. My sister was hungry and anxious to start eating, so I shot this one when she was actually going in for her food.

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Switch it up

Your followers are likely to get bored if they keep seeing the exact same brunch shot at the same place. I’m notorious for always getting cream cheese and lox (I just love it so much), but lately I’ve been trying to expand my brunch horizons, so to speak. There are so many incredible brunch spots in pretty much every city, so instead of always going to your go-to spot, give some other places a chance, you never know what you’re missing out on.

The next time you go to brunch, try these top down photography tips for Instagram! And let me know – what your favourite brunch spot in your city?

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10 thoughts on “How to Take the Perfect Top Down Photo for Instagram: Brunch Edition

  1. Love any and all photography tips! AWESOME.

    Posted on October 25, 2017 at 9:05 am
    1. Thanks Chelsea!! Hope these tips are helpful for your Instagram 🙂

      Posted on October 25, 2017 at 9:21 am
  2. You’re photo’s look really good. Thanks for sharing all of these wonderful tips@

    Posted on October 25, 2017 at 9:41 am
    1. Thank you so much for your kind words about my photos 🙂 Hope these tips help you and your Insta!!

      Posted on October 25, 2017 at 10:16 am
  3. OMG! So funny, we actually published a post on IG pictures on the same dayyyy 🙂 Good one home girl!

    Posted on October 25, 2017 at 10:25 am
    1. Hehe thank you so much!! Going to read your post now <3

      Posted on October 25, 2017 at 10:36 am
  4. This is so great! I am just planning a Halloween Brunch for my family, I’m so glad I came across this! I always struggle to balance spacing and clutter when I arrange pictures.

    Posted on October 25, 2017 at 5:45 pm
    1. Oooh, a Halloween brunch, that sounds amazing!! Are you going to blog about it? Would love to see how it turns out!

      Posted on October 25, 2017 at 9:03 pm
  5. Hi Katie! This was a great article 🙂 thank you for sharing your tips! I am a brand new blogger so I am just trying to absorb as much as I can. What did you use to create the image above?

    Posted on November 12, 2017 at 1:23 pm
    1. Thanks so much, I’m so glad it was helpful for you! I used Canva to create that image 🙂 Good luck with your blogging journey! Xx Kate

      Posted on November 12, 2017 at 8:00 pm