Life is a beautiful mess, and so I love scenes—rooms, vignettes, place settings—that are perfectly imperfectly styled. Food stylists seem to have this nailed: highlighting a dish’s most gorgeous assets while also making things look a little rough around the edges, a little off. Of course, I realize it’s hard to make things looks so easy. So I turned to some of the finest food photographers around to find out what makes a meal picture-perfect. Read on below, and soon enough you’ll be earning scores of Instagram likes the next time you snap your lunch.