Sometimes, as a food photographer, you have to make really ugly food look beautiful. There are many people who are true masters of this. I wouldn’t call myself one of them. But, I do have a few tricks up my sleeve. And the main one is distraction. The thing about ugly food is quite often, it actually is really delicious. Hummus is a big beige blob, but if you swirl it around, dress it with a little oil and finishing salt and put it in a nice bowl, maybe with a chip taking a little dive in, suddenly, it becomes the appealing dip that it actually is.
Last month’s photo remake was all about taking a dish of something that is probably not all the beautiful, and making it into something that looks like you may actually want to eat it. I had a recent photo shoot that included a recipe for a molded salmon pate. I was worried about the shot going in… it sounded like it might be fairly Fluffy Mackerel Puddingesque. My worries were justified… when I unmolded the pate, it wasn’t anything you’d want to take a photo of. (Of course, I did anyway) And then, I proceeded to style it to make it look like something you’d actually want to eat (because despite its looks, it was tasty).
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Brilliant. I laughed my head off. Thanks.
That was really interesting. Thanks!
Great styling end final photo. I have a problem with pea soup…always looks like a scene from the Exorcist. Which is not appealing.
Hi, just want to say a big thank you…..I discovered your blog 4 days ago and have been reading non-stop. I’m just starting with food styling and photography, and you have helped me so very very much.
Thank you for sharing your knowledge and your insights so generously, you are truly inspiring 🙂
Wow! What an awesome tidbit! A definite improvement, and great composition in that shot too!
Hi, your blog is recommended as an inspriation in Lesson 4 of our new online course Prop Styling 101. Wondered if you’d like to post an excerpt of the lesson written by Chicago prop stylist Beth Reiners on your blog? If so, please drop me a line. The class starts September 8 and we’re trying to get the word out!
You’ve always been helpful in sending people our way and we appreciate it. Also please check out my blog theinvisiblestylist.com! Susan
mmm… Yammy! :b Beatiful pictures <3
Hi, I like the blog. The food looks almost every where delicious. The tidbit looks so good. Great job. Natascha
I loved your tips, are incredible! Congratulations!