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In photos: The path to a gorgeous Instagram food photo

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A plate of shish kabobs rests amidst brushes, nail polish, and other tricks of the food prep trade before a product shoot at food marketing agency The Hot Plate's Toronto office.

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An employee sears corn with a blowtorch in preparation

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Employees work in the kitchen at The Hot Plate

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An employee lays out food for a product shoot with exact precision

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The Hot Plate sets up a backdrop for Welch’s grape juice

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Amanda Riva, owner and CEO of The Hot Plate, critiques a recent shoot

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A computer monitor displays a photo from a product shoot

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