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9 Best Food Styling Tips and Tricks

Learn these best food styling tips and tricks to make your food look gorgeous and effortless. From showing texture of the dish to the concept of layering, these tips will quickly and easily elevate your food photography and take it to the next level.

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Styling food to make it look great is a deal breaker when it comes to food photography. It’s not enough to master the light, camera settings and composition.

Food styling is what gives the image magazine quality. Having decent food styling skills is so important for food photographers.

There is a misconception that food stylists use nasty tricks that make food inedible. The truth is, most of the times food stylists use natural ways to make food look appetizing.

Screwing down pizza to the wooden board to make a perfect cheese-pull or applying lipstick onto strawberries are not the type of tricks I will be talking about in this food styling guide.

The purpose of food styling is to make food look its very best. That’s the main idea behind food styling.

Find ways to show texture, shape and/or color of the dish you are styling in the best way. My food styling tips will help you tackle this!

The good news is that food styling is something you can learn, even if you don’t have a natural talent. Styling food isn’t that hard, all it takes is practice and the right guidance.

Buddha Bowl before and after styling.

Best Food Styling Tips and Tricks

In this guide I gathered the most effective food styling tricks that made a difference in my food photography and styling skills.

One of them is the concept of layering. The idea is that you add ingredients/props to your setup layer by layer, until it looks complete but not cluttered.

Vegan Zuppa Toscana in a Bowl Styled in Layers.

There are plenty more tricks I talk about in the guide, but I won’t spoil them all for you. You’ll see the examples of how to implement these food styling tricks to your photos.

So, without further ado, here are some simple tips and tricks to make your food styling stand out and your food photos shine! You can implement them right away and see how quickly your photos improve.


Where Can I Learn More?

This is really just the beginning when it comes to food photography and styling.

I know that it can be confusing, but once you feel confident with manual camera settings, choosing the right gear and lens for food photography, different composition techniques and styling, food photography will become a breeze.

That’s why I’ve created the Happy Kitchen Food Photography and Styling Course.

Video Food Photography Course Thumbnail YouTube I’ve collected all the best tips, tricks and hacks, and share all of the secrets I’ve learned over the years with you, so you don’t have to waste your time reading a million blog posts.

I learned food photography the hard way, so that I can teach you the easy and cohesive way.

This course will take your food photography and styling to the next level, which means more traffic to your blog, more sponsored deals, more income!

If you’re ready to take your food photography career to the next level, join the Happy Kitchen Food Photography and Styling Course today!

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About Elena Szeliga


Elena Szeliga is the founder of Happy Kitchen.Rocks, where she shares delicious and healthy vegetarian and vegan food, from weeknight dinners to veganized classics and gourmet appetizers. Her recipes have been featured at Better Homes & Gardens, BuzzFeed, Country Living, The Kitchn and Reader’s Digest. Her mission is to help cook easy vegetarian and vegan meals with simple and fresh ingredients. Read more about Elena.

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