Food styling at Delish is always fun because the team there strives to create work that is playful, unexpected, and (in the words of site-director Jo Saltz) “just a step below disgusting”. I was once told to make a photo look like a raccoon had gotten onto the set. In addition to my regular duties as a food stylist, I’ve donned a gorilla glove, a Santa suit, and made cheeseballs the size of some house cats in their kitchens.
Above all, the team at Delish produces. They create more content on a daily basis than any other group I’ve worked with, and there is no question that they have quickly become one of the most successful digital lifestyle brands. Recently, Delish broke away from the internet to publish their first hard-bound cookbook, and I was happy to help! Some of my favorite images from the book are below.
The final trio of images that photographer Jenna Gang and I created for our collaboration exploring the visual similarities between cosmetics advertising and food styling embraces the cluster or haphazard grouping. Showcasing sugars and whipped confections, we play off techniques used to highlight texture, particularly for foams and aerated beauty products. See parts one and two for more.
I partnered with photographer Jenna Gang to create a suite of images playing off the photographic vernacular associated with cosmetics advertising. This personal project was a perfect opportunity to experiment creatively by stripping away the constraints of a traditional shoot, allowing me to play the role of food stylist, as well as co-art director, and to learn new techniques from the world of beauty styling.
This first group embraces the idea of an exploding palette of warm chocolate tones, arranged in a grid typically used to showcase powder-based cosmetics.
The best part of being a food stylist is having the opportunity to play, and this shoot for Financial Times Magazine was just that. Photographer David Brandon Geeting, prop stylist Amy Wilson, and I created a suite of images to pair with Tim Hayward’s memories of his childhood Christmas celebrations. It was a great way to kick off the holiday season!
Coming up with creative ways to make food exciting and fun for the holidays is a big part of being a food stylist — and for me, getting ready for halloween is one of my favorite projects! With fall just around the corner, here's a look back at some videos and recipes that I created for Real Simple last year.
I've been into origami for as long as I can remember, so I was super excited when West Elm asked me to style some napkins with origami-inspired folds. It's not exactly food, but the two go hand in hand (or hand in lap?)
One of my favorite tasks as a food stylist is when I get to write with food. I've been lucky to have had lots of opportunities to work on my calligraphy skills over the years. Here are some of my favorite pieces so far.