A few weeks ago, food stylist Molly Shuster and I spent an afternoon together working on a test shoot. We had a blast, playing around with a variety of burgers and sandwiches. Watching Molly build these dishes, I was struck by how much thought went into each one. It then occurred to me that it’d be fun to have Molly talk a bit about what it’s like to be a food stylist and give us a little insight into the craft.
To see more of Molly’s work, take a look at her portfolio.
Cheeseburger with Avocado – Photographer: Brian Samuels, Styling: Molly Shuster
These two burgers obviously have a very different feel. What was your goal in creating these two different looks?
I think at it’s best, what we do is inspire people to cook and get in the kitchen. I always love getting people to think about food and their relationship to it. So whenever I work on something I always think, what makes this beautiful? What about this is delicious? Sometimes you go into a shot and have a clear idea in your head of what something will be or what it will look like. Other times it’s something that has to be found…sometimes that’s easier than others!
As for the different feel of each burger, sometimes it’s nice for things to be clean and structured and classic, other times it’s nice to be loose and messy and a bit more familiar. And this often depends on the type of shoot you’re doing…whether it be editorial, ad or commercial- they’ll be certain objectives for each shoot and that often dictates the direction the food takes.
Perfectly Grilled Burger – Photographer: Brian Samuels, Styling: Molly Shuster
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