New Work: 1960s Holiday Excess for Financial Times Magazine

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 Haywardโ€™s memories of his childhood Christmas celebrations. It was a great way to kick off the holiday season!

Real Simple Halloween

Coming up with creative ways to make food exciting and fun for the holidays is a big part of being a food stylist โ€” 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.

Sugar Cookie Voodoo Dolls (Real Simple)

Spiderweb Cookies (Real Simple)

Mummy Pie (Real Simple)

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Spotlight: Writing and Calligraphy

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.

Staging a Dinner Party for Stella Artois

I was asked by Stella Artois to create the food for a series of advertisements in which groups of friends were enjoying meals together. The shoot consisted of both still photos and video sequences, which was a recipe for long hours and multiple takes. The client was looking for food that felt elevated and elegant, and the talent had to interact with it in a way that felt natural. As a food stylist it is always challenging to create an environment that feels like the best version of real life, especially when the camera is constantly moving and the actors are (appearing to be) eating it... sometimes for 4 or 5 hours at a time! I'm quite pleased with how these images came out!

Spotlight: "Gingerbread" Houses, Part Three

Ok, this one is a bit of a stretch because it's true there's no gingerbread here. I was commissioned by Hershey's to design and build this mansion entirely out of KitKats for a Facebook Live event. This is by far the largest "gingerbread" house I've constructed. It was so large, in fact, that I had to build it in four sections that could be pulled apart and reassembled on site just so it would fit through the doors! Although it was cold outside, keeping the chocolate from melting in my overheated Brooklyn apartment was a challenge. This project took me five very long days and used hundreds of KitKat bars, and it goes to show that the line between being a food stylist and an architect is not as bold as you might think.

 The largest "gingerbread" house I've made so far.

The largest "gingerbread" house I've made so far.

Spotlight: Gingerbread Houses, Part Two

Another day, another gingerbread house! Lord Abbett, an investment firm located just outside New York City, was looking for a food stylist to create a gingerbread replica of their office building to both be featured in their holiday greeting video and live in the lobby of the building for the holiday season. There were two major challenges for this project. First, the building has a huge amount of glass on the facade, which required some structural engineering. I also had to figure out a way to bake all the pieces in my tiny Brooklyn oven and piece it together like a puzzle. 

 The completed gingerbread house in my tiny Brooklyn kitchen.

The completed gingerbread house in my tiny Brooklyn kitchen.

Spotlight: Gingerbread Houses, Part One

If someone had told me when I was a kid that one day I would get to make gingerbread houses for a living, I never would have believed I'd be so lucky. In my years as a food stylist I've made more gingerbread houses than I can count in every shape and size. This one, a replica of Downton Abbey (we called it "Gingerbread Abbey"), was one of the first large-scale houses I worked on. It was designed for Martha Stewart in conjunction with PBS, and it turned out great!

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