What is food styling? It it styling food in a way that conveys it to the general public. It means taking an idea of food and making it your own, with a tad of creativity and inspiration. I feel in Hong Kong most food stylist don’t have the ‘balls’ to make food SEXY! Food is SEXY, food is real, food invoked so must passion in me, that’s why I have decided to become a food photographer. I always tell people that I prefer to photograph food instead of people… hahahahahaha, funny as that sounds, food doesn’t complain!!
We are coming to a closing part of finishing shooting for a wonderful book that is coming out and being published in the UK. We needed some original photography that wasn’t;t stock to complete the book, and Kristy came over today and we shot a few within an hour. Original footage is always better than stock.
To get amazing shots, we’ve had to shoot various times and processes of images. I love my job, and as a food photographer and stylist, there really needs to be different ways to priory images that fit a certain theme for a book project.
We have another opportunity to have creative control on our simple food styling for a new book coming soon. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks on getting the perfect images for food blogs.
Food styling is an art, but it also requires that you understand your clients specific needs pertaining to marketing.
Here are a few images that were done for various clients throughout all of last year. You’ll see that they are very different in styles and lighting techniques.
Shooting beverages within the whole food photography realm is challenging. Firstly, reflections and colour are definitely a consideration, especially if the client has a very particular brief that is stated. This means that it is very important to have an idea of the image that you want to get before you take it, as reflections and modifications in post production may pose a bit of a problem.
Ok, so we were just doing a photoshoot with eggplant three ways. Here features is a baked Chinese eggplant with goats cheese, walnuts, spring onions and chilis flakes. Next we have a Chinese stir fried eggplant with chilis oil and garlic. Lastly, we have Italian roasted eggplant with basil and tomatoes.
For a long time I have found out that a picture speaks a thousand or even more words.Being a foodie, chef and photographer, food images speak for themselves. They are at the core of all marketing related activity in a food and beverage outlet. This is why proper styling is a must when choosing a food photographer. Usually, we get the images done with perfect styling to match your specific brand, and we get it done fast.
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As a food stylist here in Hong Kong I find it very funny how photographers have no knowledge of basic food styling. As both a Chef and Photographer I have the unique ability to detect what is needed in a shoot. Sometimes it is about being fully prepared with prods and ingredients, at other times you really need to work with products and environments that you are granted.
So this blog post will talk about coffee layering. I was recently asked by a few very corporate companies to style the layering of coffee’ as most people are not confident in doing so. Building coffee is actually easier then you think. I like to use oil spray on beans to showcase their unique aromatic oils. Also, I have a steamer on hand in the event that photographer need to show steam in the image.
When shooting solely, I add the steam in post production, (hey I know this is cheating, but it really good for keeping both hands onto the camera)!
Another prop I use is a Blendtec to foam and froth the milk. Usually skim milk froths way more than whole milk, so I use these for pictures (even though the taste is impaired)Another prop I use is expresso powder, to achieve that unique creaminess and texture to the top layer of the freshly brewed coffee.
Whether you are looking for food photography or food styling, I am open to all. Please contact Love True Light for a quote. we work within your budget to get you the images you need.
We have been behind the scenes working on an amazing book with the help of Ms. Karly Taylor.
We have done all our own food styling and photography here in Hong Kong and are very excited to show you what we have come up with.
Stay tuned this year for its release.
Here at Love True Light, we have just finished completing food photography and styling of two separate books that will be launched close to the end of the year.