Give Rhythm to Your Food
Let me show you my analysis of why the above photo works so well.
1. Triangular shapes in composition bring an ordered rhythm and give life to photographs.
2. One of the secrets to design is learning how to mix and match textures. Here, fresh ingredients are contrasted by strong materials (like wood) against a uniform background. The effect achieves that sweet spot, where soft bends meet hard edges. The design o the photograph is one that would make Martha Stewart jealous.
3. This photograph also does not shy away from empty spaces. Space organizes what otherwise would appear cluttered and it brings together the images into one incorporated theme that makes sense.
Bonus Extra: My favorite lens for "flats lay" photos like this one is a 50mm. It is affordably priced and can also be used for portraits.