Thursday, November 21, 2013

Relaunch- New Website Same Great Taste!

After months of mulling over the idea of changing my website host I finally made the plunge and transferred my portfolios to a new and exciting service. You will see at the top the same basic portfolios with some reorganizing. My most current contact info and that same quirky photo of me eating. I'm now able to integrate my Blogger into my website instead of having a separate link. Also I no longer have that flashy opening for my site just taking you right to my work.

Hope you like it!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Food Stylist: Claudia Ficca

Claudia Ficca

Food Styling + Photography
Davide Luciano from my Iphone

1. Any one in your family come from a food background?
We're Italian! We talk about what we will make for  dinner while we are eating lunch!  No one comes from a food background but my brothers and I are all work with food. They own an Italian bakery in Montreal called La Cornetteria.

2. How long have you been styling? Shooting?
5 years

3. What are your inspirations for projects, any notable stylists you admire?
It really depends on the project I'm working on, if I am working on something seasonal, I am really inspired by the actual ingredients. I get so inspired at the Farmers Market. I also find a lot of inspiration online and in food magazines. I am very much inspired by Mariana Velasquez, she is an incredibly talented food stylist and he work is always fresh and delicious looking. I also admire Victoria Granof's work, I love how playful and conceptual it is. 

4. When did you start your blog?
I don't really have a blog. I have one that's attached to my website, It's just a place I use to showcase some recent projects in depth and this reminds me that it needs to be updated!!

5. Where is the farthest you have traveled for a styling job?
I've styled in NYC, Boston and Montreal.

7. Do you have a preference over what type of work you style/photograph? (restaurants, editorial...)
I love change, so having different projects all the time is what I love most. Each project brings new challenges from which I learn and that keeps things interesting for me.

8. Favorite thing to cook.  
Lately, I've been really into making soups at home. It's the perfect time of year for it and I am loving all the gorgeous produce at the farmer's market.

9. Favorite thing to photograph?
Anything with gorgeous color and texture like fresh fruits & veggies. I also enjoy photographing food stories that evoke emotion.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Food Stylist: Vivian Lui

Photo By: John Kernick
1. Any one in your family come from a food background? 
No but my mom is a really wonderful cook.

2. How did you start your career in food styling? 

It's career number two for me and a complete departure from the first (which involved too many excel spread sheets).  I moved to New York to go to culinary school.  Afterwards, I met some very talented food stylists who cooked beautiful food and was very fortunate to have worked with them.

3. What are your inspirations for projects?
Travel, farmers markets, movies, art, restaurant  
Any notable stylists you admire?  The stylists I assisted

4. Have you ever done film or commercial styling? Is that of interest to you?
Commercial yes but not film. Always interesting to mix it up so definitely would be interested.

5. Was there something you styled that was harder than you imagined?
I can't think of one specific thing but it's always a little challenging when recipes aren't tested or don't work.  You definitely need good knowledge of cooking to be able to foresee any issues beforehand or to fix the problem.

6. Is a lot of your work word of mouth or do you constantly market yourself?

In NY it was mainly word of mouth.  Now that I'm in LA, it's a bit different.  Still trying to work it out.

7. Have you traveled for jobs?

If so where is the farthest you’ve been?
Yes, a little bit around the US.  Exploring the food culture of a new city is always a good way to get a feel for it. Years ago, my fiance worked in Asia for a short period and I took some time to explore food styling over there.  The industry was still emerging and it was an interesting experience.  The markets were fantastic and developing recipes with new ingredients was a fun challenge.
Photo By: Christina Holmes

8. Must have tool on set.  
An apron and a kitchen towel to keep me from wiping my hands on my jeans.  A small paint brush.  Patience.