The process of photo shoot testing is a little bit like dating. As a stylist, you work hand-in-hand with the photographer. There will always be art directors, agency people, and clients, and all of them will have input on your work on the set, but in the end, it's the stylist and photographer who have the most crucial bond.
'Life of a Food Stylist' on Serious Eats
"Life of a Food Stylist" is a fine name for this column. Succinct and to the point, it tells you exactly what you'll be reading. However, I've been thinking that "Crazy Bag Lady" might be a more apt descriptor of my job and life.
Food styling is a unique and special job, but it is difficult. The assignments are specific, clients can be particular, and your body takes a beating. At the end of the day, however, I know I'm lucky to be doing something that satisfies me as as much as a perfect piece of chocolate cake.
Hello, and welcome to my new column. On top of writing all of my columns here, I am a food stylist, an esoteric trade that can be incredibly elating and soul-lifting, but also maddening. One of the most important aspects of the job: attention to detail. For instance, for a McDonald's smoothie shoot, all pineapples had to have a 5- to 6-inch crown circumference because of the angle in which they'd be shot.