Recipe Beauty Shots: Before and After

 

Get a peek at our best photography reshoots. The food goes from ugly to awesome in these photos, thanks to a focus on great lighting, composition and styling.

 

Photo By: Renee Comet ©Renee Comet

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Armando Rafael ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Armando Rafael ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Armando Rafael ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Ultimate Lasagna (Before)

Who knew that layers of pasta, cheese and sauce could look so unappealing? Click to the next slide to see the remake.

Ultimate Lasagna (After)

It was amore at second sight. Get the recipe for this Italian classic below.

Get the Recipe: The Ultimate Lasagna

Double Chocolate Pudding Pie (Before)

Double chocolate? More like double trouble. Neither the chocolate nor the whipped cream is appetizing.

Double Chocolate Pudding Pie (After)

Phew — now we've died and gone to chocolate heaven.

Get the Recipe: Double Chocolate Pudding Pie

Holiday Salad (Before)

Giada De Laurentiis' salad appears as much of a hot mess as your aunt does after too many holiday drinks.

Holiday Salad (After)

This colorful salad is ready for a night on the town, with dried cranberries, corn, crisp apples, Gruyère cheese and endive.

Get the Recipe: Holiday Salad

Marinara Sauce (Before)

This is just too close for comfort. 

Marinara Sauce (After)

Just try to tell us you're not dying to steal a slurp of marinara sauce straight from the bowl.

Get the Recipe: Marinara Sauce

Rice Pudding (Before)

This is the most-unfortunate thing to happen to blueberries since Violet's incident in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Rice Pudding (After)

Even though we miss the pop of color from blueberries, something about the white color scheme — including a drizzle of sweetened condensed milk — is very calming.

Get the Recipe: Rice Pudding

Salmon with Sweet & Spicy Rub (Before)

A pile of lentils with oversaturated tomatoes is the focal point, instead of the real star: salmon.

Salmon with Sweet & Spicy Rub (After)

Now, that's more like it. The lentils have been nixed entirely in this reshoot, replaced by crisp green beans, and the salmon gets its time in the spotlight.

Get the Recipe: Salmon with Sweet and Spicy Rub

Toasted Coconut and Orange Icebox Cookies (Before)

A dusting of powdered sugar can be a nice finish, but when it's just scattered over the edges of the plate? That's just sloppy.

Toasted Coconut and Orange Icebox Cookies (After)

Look at that perfectly melted chocolate! It'll melt your heart.

Get the Recipe: Toasted Coconut and Orange Icebox Cookies

Portobello Mushroom Lasagna (Before)

You can't tell that Ina Garten used "good olive oil" for this lasagna. Can you even tell it's lasagna?

Portobello Mushroom Lasagna (After)

In Ina's words, "How good does this look?"

Get the Recipe: Portobello Mushroom Lasagna

Rib Dry Rub (Before)

What exactly are we looking at? We're not quite sure.

Rib Dry Rub (After)

Now we're talking.

Get the Recipe: Rib Dry Rub

Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie (Before)

Chuck Hughes' recipe is undoubtedly delicious, but you wouldn't necessarily know it from the pic.

Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie (After)

Now it's a gorgeous casserole dish filled with comforting goodness.

Get the Recipe: Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie

Burger Bar (Before)

That's a burger bar? We're not really seeing the big picture.

Burger Bar (After)

Now, that's a burger bar!

Get the Recipe: The Burger Bar

Adult Shamrock Mint Shake (Before)

Shot with a flip-phone camera?

Adult Shamrock Mint Shake (After)

Welcome to the 21st century!

Get the Recipe: Adult Shamrock Mint Shake (The Irish Pirate)

Roman Summer Salad (Before)

If you squint, you can spot the olives, the balsamic and maybe those radioactive tomatoes shining bright red.

Roman Summer Salad (After)

Now it's an instant summer side dish.

Get the Recipe: Roman Summer Salad

Dry Rub Ribs (Before)

EXTREME. CLOSE. UP.

Dry Rub Ribs (After)

Finger-lickin' good.

Get the Recipe: Dry Rub Ribs- Memphis (Dave's Dinners)

Red Velvet Cupcakes (Before)

Underexposed, out of focus — and unfortunate, because red velvet cupcakes sound so good.

Red Velvet Cupcakes (After)

Wow — that's more like it.

Get the Recipe: Red Velvet Cupcakes

Grilled Coconut Lobster (Before)

We guess that's lobster? There are a few claws in the background ...

Grilled Coconut Lobster (After)

Grab a lobster bib and melted butter, 'cause we're headed to seafood heaven.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Coconut Lobster

Oklahoma Joe's Smoked Brisket (Before)

Uh, what?

Oklahoma Joe's Smoked Brisket (After)

Yee-haw!

Get the Recipe: Oklahoma Joe's Smoked Brisket Flat