What you'll need:
5 Strawberries (frozen)
1/2 cup of Blackberries (frozen)
1/3 cup of Raspberries (frozen)
1 whole Banana (frozen)
1 tbs Chia Seeds
1/4 cup Granola
Sweetener (1 tbs Granulated Sugar or 1tbs Honey/Agave)
3/4 cup of Almond Milk
Some of the ingredients in this recipe are kind of arbitrary. Put in as much or little sweetener as you like. If you like your's to be super tart, don't put any at all and just chuck as many raspberries in as you can into that blender. As Ghandi once said, "to each his own" (I'm pretty sure he said that). If you don't care for chia seeds, get those suckers out of there.
This "recipe" is nothing more than frozen fruits put through a blender several times with just enough milk to make it feasible for the blender to do its job without compromising the viscosity that you're trying to achieve. Instructions go as follows:
Dump all your frozen fruits into the blender. If your blender has a hard time cutting up the fruit, that's normal. Use a spatula or any other kitchen utensil to scrap the side of your blender. DO NOT keep on adding milk. Too much milk will cause your smoothie to become much more of a fluid than solid. A thick consistency is key to being able to garnish the bowl at the end for that picture-perfect bowl.
The only reason why this is not an açaí bowl is because açaí powder can be really expensive. But if that's your deal go ahead and throw in a 1 tsp of that bad boy just to show off to all your friends that you really are living your best life.
Photographing the Bowl
What I used to photograph this bowl was a DIY food photography surface I made with joint compound over a repurposed piece of plywood, my camera, and a godoxAD200. I used two ramekins with some of the fruit that was involved in the bowl and garnished the top of the main bowl in the same fashion. This was shot using artificial light modified through a 38" softbox to create a light and airy image. I used a white card to fill in some of the shadows being cast onto the wood. I wanted the framing and compositions to fit an Instagram post so I shot vertical. The room on the side between the ramekins was large enough to fit text in which was a sort of byproduct of how I chose to compose the image.
This overhead shot was achieved using an incredibly makeshift rig out of a tripod head, a foldout table, and rope/weights to counterbalance the heavy dslr. As for specifics on that, I used a Canon 80D with the 18-135mm kit lens. I decided I wanted to try to achieve this look with the equipment I had in order to challenge myself to produce an image with the resources I already had. I think I spent more time actually setting everything up and figuring out how I was going to achieve this shot than the time I took to make and photograph the bowl. It was kind of fun and a good way to test myself to try to make a pleasing image without the need of thousand-dollar lenses or varied, convoluted props. The nature of the bowl and ingredients already provide enough in terms of texture, so I decided that a simple background and minimal styling was necessary to not distract from the actually focus: the frozen fruit bowl.
Hope you enjoyed this post! Spread kindness, not covid. -Ivan