Meet Deeba Rajpal, Food Stylist Extraordinaire

Food & prop stylist, recipe developer and food writer Deeba Rajpal is a lady with vision. With 30.3K followers on Instagram, it’s easy to understand why her beautiful, evocative imagery strikes a chord with people across the globe.

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What attracts you to an image?

The aesthetics and depth of an image are two things I really get drawn to. That includes the composition, the light, the colour palette and most importantly that the image has a soul. It might be a most perfect image but if it lacks a soul, it has no meaning for me.

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How did you get into photography/styling?

I think I merely followed my passion, and the rest gradually followed. I have a long way to go, yet there is nothing I enjoy more.

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What is your favourite prop out of everything in your arsenal?

Such a tough choice. Think that might be my copper from Old Delhi.

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The most creative substitute for the real thing that you’ve used or seen being used while styling? (For example, mashed potatoes to depict ice cream at a recent photoshoot really impressed us!)

Thinking….

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You have such a beautiful Instagram feed, where do you get your daily inspiration from?

Thank you so much. I get my inspiration from seasons, fresh produce, nature, things I see every day, the internet, anything actually. These days I get a load of it from Instagram and Pinterest too.

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Someone whose work you really admire?

Australian food stylist and writer Donna Hay.

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How important is it for an image to look perfect versus look real, in your opinion?

Real is what matters for me. I don’t really care much for perfect because perfect holds little meaning for me. It’s the imperfections that bring warmth and a connect to a frame IMHO.

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How do you think social media platforms like Instagram have impacted how we eat?

Immensely. I think it’s a huge influencer platform, very dynamic and so visual. I like the way Instagram is constantly reinventing itself in small ways. Food on Instagram is definitely driving hunger pangs up. There is so much talent on this platform.

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The trickiest food you’ve had to style?

It’s usually ice cream, but I remember a whole grilled fish that made me weep once.

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A food trend you wish would go away?

I have no such wishes. One mans meat is another’s poison. Who am I to say?

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A local restaurant where you think the food is always beautifully presented?

The Pullman Hotel in Aerocity, Delhi.

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The best professional advice you ever received?

Keep reinventing yourself. Take imitation as a compliment. Your work stands out.

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See more from Deeba at Passionate about Baking and follow her gorgeous photography here.

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