Remember this soup?? I know...you've seen like a jillion photos of it now, but did you notice something hiding in the bottom of the bowl? Look closely...you can see it in this photo...right down there on the bottom beneath the cheese. Did you guess what it is?? Did you notice earlier?
That would be a tiny little whiteware bowl thingy from Crate and Barrel. It usually holds olives or such, but when showing off new soups to bloggy friends, it shows off the toppings. You see, when putting toppings on soup, they often kind of fall INTO the soup. That is all well and good when you are immediately EATING the soup. Toppings are meant to be eaten with the soup, but when you want a great photo of the soup showing off the toppings, you need a little help.
Now everyone knows that food stylists have lots of tricks, and food stylists have even been known to use non-food items when doing ad work (anybody seen a hamburger made with gel plastic cheese and gooey bright red ketchup?? Yeah...don't go trying to eat that...). While I don't think I would go that far, I am all for little tips and tricks to make a better photo.
So here is the simple technique...take a small object with a flat bottom and slowly sink it into the bottom of the bowl of soup. Go slowly or the soup will fly out of the bowl...you are displacing liquid here....
Give it a little nudge and wiggle until the rim touches the bottom of the bowl...
...wiggle, wiggle wiggle, and SUNK. Now pile those toppings on top of your little tower and take your photos!
Remember to take out the little box before serving the soup to your husband...oops! :)