Images courtesy of Isabella Cassini Photography
Scholastic Art: What is your job?
Isabella Cassini: I am a freelance photographer. I specialize in food photography for advertisements or articles about food in magazines, newspapers, or online. My main goal is to make the food appetizing and mouthwatering.
SA: How does an assignment work?
IC: First, I bid on the job. I put together a selection of images that have a similar look and feel to the images I will create for the client. If I get the job, I talk with the client to learn exactly what they are looking for. Then I move forward with the shoot. That could take one day, several days, or longer if I need to travel for the assignment. After the shoot, there is the post work (see below).
SA: How do you compose your photos?
IC: Often, I shoot from above rather than from the side. The shadows fall differently, the light hits differently, and you see more of the dish when shooting from above. But it depends. Some food looks better from the side, such as a hamburger where you can see all the layers or a bowl of French onion soup where you can see the cheese dripping down the side of the bowl.