Teaching Thursday: Food Styling

Hello everyone! A week passes so quickly and it’s time for yet another Teaching Thursday post. Today’s topic was inspired by some research I did for my pairing book project, for which I needed to photograph ten different kinds of hot chocolate and cookie pairings. After several hours of heating and reheating hot chocolate, lying in sprinkles, and wiping up maple syrup, I had gained a lot of respect for food stylists and photographers. So if you’d like to show off some of your culinary creations or just take better photos of your lunch for Instagram, check out some of these tutorials!

Digital Photography School Tutorials

This website features several articles about the art of food styling and photography. The ones that I found most helpful were Food Photography – An Introduction, 10 Tips to Improve Your Food Photography Styling, and Food Photography Techniques and Tips. They also publish an ebook called Snapn Food if you’re willing to spend a few dollars.

Food Styling 101 from Serious Eats

I love this article because it presents a case study to show a food stylist’s complete process, from selecting the ingredients to adding garnishes. There’s a nity GIF at the end that shows all of the different props they tried to complement their rustic plum tart before settling on an ice cream scoop.

Food, Beautiful Food from Stylist

This post is full of bright and classy food photos to inspire. There are some great pro-tips such as how to keep lettuce looking fresh and how to make pastries look mouthwatering (hint: be a little messy).

Food Photography Styling from Handle the Heat

Round out your knowledge with this lesson on food composition and how to manipulate light. She shares a behind-the scenes look at some shots and explains how they were done.

11 Amazing Photo Styling Tips from Thistlewood Farms

I’ve saved the best for last! I love all of the behind-the-scenes photos in this post and the jaw-dropping images. I’m feeling so inspired now. Also take a look at the links listed at the end of the post to see some tips on how to find charming props.

Thanks for sharing your Thursday with me! Have you ever tried to photograph something you’ve cooked? How did it go? Let me know in the comments!

Till next time,


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