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.
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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.
"Right now, people like messy," said New York-based food stylist Alison Attenborough in this fascinating Wall Street Journal piece on how food styling in glossies and on television has changed over the years. No more hairspray and powdered deodorant spray gimmicks to engineer that "perfect" luster—now it's all about the au naturel, bitten-apart, cheese-dribbling handmade look.
Like the majority of other females between the ages of 20 and 60, I read Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. And I'm not ashamed to say, I enjoyed it, in a braincandy-beach-read kind of way. Today the film adaptation starring Julia Roberts comes out, and after an early screening, I must warn moviegoers: you will leave craving pasta. And gelato. Eaten with a teeny plastic spoon on a park bench next to nuns.
Bianca Henry, food stylist for NBC's "Today" show. [Photographs: Katie Quinn] It's 6:30 a.m. and Bianca Henry makes a beeline to the coffee pot. She has just walked through the studio doors at NBC's Today show. Once she has loaded the coffee pot and heard it start to drip, she's off to the races. She'd better be ready, because action-packed only begins to describe her average day as the head food stylist at the number one morning show in the U.S. She is about to make Today's 5 million viewers drool over her cooking, although they will be oblivious to her presence behind the camera. You're probably familiar with Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, Ann Curry, and Al Roker, but...
Lara Ferroni's Cook & Eat is one of the most stylish and well-photographed food blogs I've ever seen—and no wonder, as she works as a food stylist and photographer. If you enjoy her work, you can buy cards of each of the lovely photos that grace all of her posts....