There’s something to be said for food photography that actually makes you hungry and doesn’t just look pretty. There has to be a passion behind it that is apparent, and Tennessee-based photographer Stephanie Mullins has plenty of that. Stephanie recently chose to focus solely on food for that reason and with a new brand, website, and Photo Edit, she’s ready to take on the food world.
When reviewing Stephanie’s body of work as a whole, I saw that there were two distinct types of imagery – commercial packaging and restaurant menu images, and editorial images which evoked emotion and comfort. It was obvious that she was proficient at shooting both, and since she wanted to concentrate more on editorial assignments, that would be my main focus. However, I still made sure to show that she could shoot more standard commercial images as well. Showing work that could translate into commercial or editorial projects was my goal. To achieve that, I used some of Stephanie’s images that had products in them yet had a more editorial feel.
These images fit in really well with the editorial work we chose to use and made for a cohesive presentation that a client on either side of the food fence could appreciate. Some of Stephanie’s more simplistic images exhibit the beauty of an ingredient standing alone–like a handful of okra or freshly cut tomatoes. These gave variety to the sequence and helped transition into the tabletop-style shots. All of her beverage images are bright and crisp, which kept things refreshing (much like the drinks!)
Before I started her edit I told Stephanie that her ice cream images actually made me crave it, and I don’t like ice cream. She responded, “that means I’m doing my job.”
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