It’s the most asked question, especially from first-time clients. They’re afraid that hiring a stylist is too expensive and unnecessary. Clients have repeatedly told me, “I simply can’t justify the cost of a food stylist.” And I completely understand why they feel that way. After all, it’s a huge expense for an already tight budget.
If you want to make sure that your product looks amazing in all its glory, then hiring a food stylist is an absolute must. Food stylists are responsible for ensuring that all the dishes are impeccably arranged. Food stylists bring out the best in your dishes and brand—and I’m willing to bet that’s worth every penny. It’s important to understand that your brand is unique. Your audience and followers want you to demonstrate how different you are from everyone else. You absolutely need a food stylist. You need them because they’re the ones who will turn your vision into reality.
But the truth is, it takes a team to make a dish look good. Food stylists are the Robin to every Batman. They are the unsung heroes who make sure your food looks as good as it tastes.
I work closely with my food stylist on every shoot, and we bring our own set of skills to the table. I think of myself more as a director than a photographer because I am responsible for making sure all the elements come together in an aesthetically pleasing way—including the lighting, angles, props, and even food styling.
I’ve studied many photographers and found that the best photographers understood their team’s value. They knew how important it was for everyone to work together and that everyone on their team was integral to the final product.
I carry those lessons with me as a leader of my own team. I developed some amazing relationships with food stylists over the years because they are so talented at what they do.
Food stylists take my vision and my ideas and elevate them. They bring out all of the best qualities of what I’m trying to capture and make it even better than I imagined it could be. My expertise is all things photography, and the food stylist brings their expertise in food styling, and together we make everything look beautiful.
From top food magazines to large national brands, food stylists are the secret ingredient that makes your brand stand out. When you invest in food photography, you don’t just get a beautiful image that will help sell your product or service—you get someone who can help create a unique narrative for your brand. From the small details of how the plate is set to the ingredients used—a good food stylist will think about these things and make sure they’re represented in photos.
I hope this article helped answer any questions you have about hiring a food stylist. Hiring a food stylist for your photoshoot is a big investment, but I promise it’s worth every penny.
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