Whether you're setting an outdoor table or photographing it, don't overlook the details. As for setting the table, think layers--placemats, chargers, plates, something on the plates (whether napkins or a bundle of fresh herbs) glasses and something to give the setting some height.
And when it comes to photographing an outdoor dining area, shoot more than the table or outdoor room. Move in close and capture some of the details that give the setting personality.
Photos ©2008 Lee Anne White. Design: Frances Dixon.