Wow - just took the Food Styling for Photography class with the multi-talented Cristina Archila, and she really knows her stuff! It was a lot of fun, and Cherie Soria was there to launch the fab non-prerequisite class, and inspire us all with her expertise about food styling. Both Cherie and Cristina have studied food styling with renowned food stylinst and author of The Food Stylist's Handbook Denise Vivaldo, and it shows! The day-long course was fast paced and fun - we made our own salads, using tricks of the trade that you just can't imagine until you try it, then we moved on to stacks and pasta dishes - including painting the pasta. We took photos of our creations, and learned so much along the way. Our tool kits were full to brimming with all sorts of tweezers, q-tips, paintbrushes, gels and potions - Cristina really is a raw food artist, for sure. We watched a slide show and had plenty of hands-on practice to hone our new skills. I could have stayed all week! We were supplied with a comprehensive packet that included information on how to sketch out our ideas (like a storyboard) so that if we were on the job as a food stylist, we'd have everything ready to roll for the photographer. Can you imagine? All of this in a one-day class!
I took photos on my iPhone, and others brought fancy cameras to capture their creations. It was a lot of fun, and being a bit of a crazy artist myself, I snapped some unusual angles - one of the shots of my stacks looks a little like a flying saucer! Well, creative license, you know. Even if you don't want to be a professional food stylist, think of what you could do for your own brochures, website, and promo materials for your classes as a raw food chef. Possibilities are limitless - Check out some professional photos of our students' creations, (styled by Cristina Archila, photos by Terilynn Epperson) on our Chef Experience Blog. And here's one last close-up of my salad, taken by moi - not bad for a day's work!