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Eye-Catching Fare

Eye-Catching Fare
There's a stylist for your fashions, your hair and even your food. Read on to find out why appearance is everything when it comes to what you put on your plate.

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When it comes to food, everyone wants their tummies to have something that tastes good and looks good. But who's job is it to make those pretty pictures and style the food so that the double cheese burger looks as delicious as it might taste?

 

Enter: Lynne Morris, a Cincinnati food stylist who really believes that appearance is everything when it comes to food. Food styling is "all about what it looks like," Morris says. "How the camera 'sees' the food is all that matters."

 

Having pictures of appetizing and attractive food definitely helps to sell the product to hungry customers. Food has to have that initial appeal or customers won't purchase it. "People eat with their eyes first," Morris says.

 

After taking several culinary classes in the past and then learning about food styling as a profession, Morris began her work collaborating with photographers and advertising agencies to make food look fantastic in pictures. She works mostly with food-packaging companies like Kroger, but she also has been known to style food for a few local restaurants in town.

 

"I like to say I'm an artist with food as my medium," Morris says. And as an artist, Morris doesn't focus 042610BEAUTY2.jpgtoo much on the taste of the food, especially because sometimes she has to put pins or glue in a dish to make it look better. Instead, color is key for Morris.

 

The desired color of the photographed food depends on what the packaging looks like or what the advertising agency wants. While some clients ask her to make the food appear more monochromatic, other times she uses complementary colors to make the food seem appealing, Morris says.

 

Along with making your food beautiful, Morris says that super-foods like fruits and vegetables can help make you look beautiful too. Avocadoes and cucumbers are important foods that have particular health and beauty benefits as well.

 

Cucumbers have an anti-inflammatory effect, so they can be used for dark circles and puffy eyes, especially during allergy season. And avocados' natural oils can help provide you with gorgeous locks and skin.

 

To learn more about Morris' work as a food stylist and how to make your food look as good as it tastes, check out her Web site at LynneMorris.com.

 

 

PHOTO CREDITS
Photos courtesy of Lynne Morris

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