Had another great photo shoot with Chef Robert Lewis recently (see the photos below). We are definitely having fun and digging in to styling food in a more realistic way. No question about it…most modern food photography looks real, tangible. repeatable. For the most part, people want to see dishes that look like they could make it. Certainly there are those dishes that are high art. They have their place but the vast majority of published food photos are crisp, clean and simple. Very few props and simple backgrounds.
If you look back at recipe books from the 70s, 80s, and 90s you’ll see so much clutter in the photo. So many props like full place-settings, ingredients used in the dish, loud tablecloths, windowsills with plants and trees outside. Granted. props are needed at times but current food shots are pretty bare-bones compared to even a decade ago. The following link will take you to much more of my food photography.