Every marketer knows that brands rely on premium content to help sell products, and the food industry is no exception. Whether you’re trying to market a catering business, restaurant, blog, or bakery, you’ll need a food stylist. Professional food stylists utilize lighting, shape, and texture to produce food photos that entice meals and make mouths water. Anyone can find foodie content splattered all over social media, but the real artist standout from the rest. Great food photographs don’t happen by luck. Professional food styling influencers use education, innate talent, and experience to produce mouthwatering images.
When we ran this story in 2015, food photography was evolving from a curiosity to an established hobby. Now, being a food stylist is a full-blown career. We thought we’d share the accounts we’ve been tracking for the last four years and some hot up-and-comers catching our eye. Check out a few of the top food styling influencers in 2021.
WORD OF CAUTION: Read on an empty stomach and make sure to take notes — you’ll want this inspiration for the quickly approaching holidays.
Fresh veggies + southern cooking = greatest combo
A food and prop stylist who shoots unsaturated, still life photography
A food and travel blog that will (spoiler alert) definitely leave you hungry
Also of note: her delightful Hudson Valley, NY bed & breakfast @catbirdcottage
Food photographer and gluten free recipe developer
If vibrant hues and lively vibes are your thing, take a note from Anett. Her feed is Bright Colors 101 which makes any dish look inviting and happy.
Whether it’s American Thanksgiving or the Canadian take on the holiday, Christelle has mastered beautiful style—she specializes in calm, natural light and earthy hues, letting a dish’s textures shine.
Ashley Alexander Gather & Feast ~ beautiful food, simple wholesome recipes + the occasional sweet treat. [email protected] Mega Berry Pavlova👇 www.gatherandfeast.com/mega-berry-pavlova-lemon-curd-fresh-mint
Moody lighting and sometimes-messy shots offer a decidedly baroque take on cooking and eating—it’s about as fine art as you can get with the whole food photography thing.
Because Luisa also doubles as a newborn baby photographer, she brings an element of warmth and human touch to her culinary endeavors. Even better? Her angles and compositions are easy to replicate at home.
There’s a lived-in chaos to Paulina’s overhead shots, reminding us that dishes are best served warm, casual and in the company of loved ones.