Tuesday, April 2, 2019

How To Style Food Professionally

Have you looked a picture of something delicious and wondered how do they get the food to look that delicious? Suddenly your mouth is salivating and you’re craving that delicious and over priced burger because it looks just that good! Is there a way for you to captivate your audience in that same way as well? I have a few fun styling tips on how to make food look incredible with a few easy!

Use Less Food - While you may want to pile on as much food as you can onto a plate, when it comes to photographing your food, less is actually more. Think about how you can use that white space on your plate for your picture. You want your picture to be more about balance and not about how much food someone is going to be eating!

Experiment With Heights - If you have various height with your food, this helps create different levels. Use a cutting board to raise up some of your scene. Place something on a cake stand or use glasses of various heights to offset the photo. You don’t even need to go higher if you don’t want too. Add a few things of texture such as a wrinkled kitchen towel can help break up that visual difference and add some layers. Height does create a natural frame that you can work off of especially if you are wanting to shoot with different angles or straight on!

What’s The Biggest Strength Is - This is actually a crucial question to ask when shooting a dish or the food?! Is it the fresh ingredients you recently picked out of your garden? Is it the color of the dark chocolate icing that’s spreading over the ooey gooey cake? Is it the shape of the dish that’s unique? What feeling can this food bring to someone is another great question to ask when looking to photograph it. Is it going to bring someone comfort, a health idea? These combinations will help create the final look to your photograph.

Use Light - I don’t think it personally matters if you use natural light or need to bring in artificial light because the day you were planning to shoot has a huge storm now. Using artificial light can make a beautiful food photography come to life. It’s also predictable and always there for you even if it’s pitch dark outside. If you are planning on shooting a dinner scene, you don’t want to cook your meal too early so the light will be as perfect as can be. Putting together a quality light and softbox can really help enhance and change everything for you. Of course, if you’re able to shoot your dish in natural light, this is ideal too. 

Have you looked a picture of something delicious and wondered how do they get the food to look that delicious? Suddenly your mouth is salivating and you’re craving that delicious and over priced burger because it looks just that good! Is there a way for you to captivate your audience in that same way as well? I have a few fun styling tips on how to make food look incredible with a few easy!


  1. Use Less Food - While you may want to pile on as much food as you can onto a plate, when it comes to photographing your food, less is actually more. Think about how you can use that white space on your plate for your picture. You want your picture to be more about balance and not about how much food someone is going to be eating!
  1. Experiment With Heights - If you have various height with your food, this helps create different levels. Use a cutting board to raise up some of your scene. Plae something on a cake stand or use glasses of various heights to offset the photo. You don’t even need to go higher if you don’t want too. Add a few things of texture such as a wrinkled kitchen towel can help break up that visual difference and add some layers. Height does create a natural frame that you can work off of especially if you are wanting to shoot with different angles or straight on!
  2. What’s The Biggest Strength Is - This is actually a crucial question to ask when shooting a dish or the food?! Is it the fresh ingredients you recently picked out of your garden? Is it the color of the dark chocolate icing that’s spreading over the ooey gooey cake? Is it the shape of the dish that’s unique? What feeling can this food bring to someone is another great question to ask when looking to photograph it. Is it going to bring someone comfort, a health idea? These combinations will help create the final look to your photograph.
  3. Use Light - I don’t think it personally matters if you use natural light or need to bring in artificial light because the day you were planning to shoot has a huge storm now. Using artificial light can make a beautiful food photography come to life. It’s also predictable and always there for you even if it’s pitch dark outside. If you are planning on shooting a dinner scene, you don’t want to cook your meal too early so the light will be as perfect as can be. Putting together a quality light and softbox can really help enhance and change everything for you. Of course, if you’re able to shoot your dish in natural light, this is ideal too.



Image: Premier Surface
  1. Using White Space- White space is key when shooting a great dish. I was pleasantly surprised that the white space I used to photograph a delicious meal I made was all in the comfort of our own kitchen. We recently replaced our countertops with Calacatta Marble Countertops! What’s so unique about these countertops? We purchased them from Premier Surfaces which has various locations around the United States. We loved the calacatta marble as well as the carrara marble, both from Italy. The carrara marble tendsto have a muddy white base or a grayish background with soft veining while the calacatta has a more pure white background with dramatic darker grey veining. It can be a bit difficult to tell with just the naked eye but once you put them side by side you can tell a difference. If you want your kitchen countertops to be a statement piece, you’ll want the calacatta marble, especially if you have a large island. I can’t tell you how many compliments I’ve received on them and the maintenance is not too terrible. They will etch over time because that’s what marble just does but most homeowners like ourselves do not mind because it gives it a bit of character. Personally, it makes the picture of our dish that much more unique!
I’m sure there are many more countless ways to style food but these are some great tips and tricks to help you if you are thinking about becoming a food blogger or someone that is interested in writing their own cookbook and looking to share some of your dishes with friends and family! Soon you’ll have everyone drooling over your own dish photographs and you’ll laugh remembering how you still do the same thing when you see them yourself!

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