I am not a food stylist. I am a food photographer. Huge difference. Over the years, I have learned several tricks for styling food, so when I am photographing food in restaurants without a food stylist, I will have to help the Chef style the food a lot of the time.
I will show you the little food styling kit that I bring with me on location. It aint pretty, but it’s extremely handy.
This is a mini kit. When I have a food stylist, I don’t need this at all. They bring their own kit, which is much bigger than this. Most chefs I’ve worked with really do care about how their food looks, so then I’ll only have to do very minor things.
In the few instances where the chef really was not that interested in how the food looked, I have literally rebuilt every dish that came out of the kitchen. Most chefs get it, some don’t.
I started writing this post – first with the photography how-to part, and found that I kept talking about the business aspect of the shoot, as there is so much that must happen before you step foot into the restaurant.
In this post, I will explain how to photograph a restaurant professionally and what you must do to set up your business for it. That’s right, I said business. If you are being paid money to take pictures, guess what? You are now in business.
Disclaimer: I am not an attorney nor an accountant. I have been in business for 21 years. Any information in this post is not legal advice, but simply suggestions of what you will need to research for yourself to see what is appropriate for your situation.
Before you step foot in that door…
If shooting for restaurants is something that you are interested in, or restaurants are now calling you to shoot for them, it’s best to make sure you have a few things set up ahead of time.