I have been so busy all throughout summer, working as a food stylist for film and stills. One of my favourite briefs were from Marks & Spencer (one of a food stylist’s dream client) to work with Hemsley & Hemsley, Eat Like a Girl & Deliciously Ella for their campaign Adventures In Food.
We shoot in three different locations, one being a beautiful modern loft in Clapton, a worn down studio haven that we turned into Mexico in Hackney and a wrecked coast guard shed along The Thames.
Wow, it was a full on big crew like you get in for the movies with full lights, cameras, make up artists, production assistants, directors and us, the food stylists.
I work with my right hand assistant Jenny who is there for every need, thinks streets ahead of everyone else and works so hard with me to get everything perfect for every shot.
It was fun to create some of the recipes and test them out before the shoot too.
But the most fun was being on set with a team who became a little bit like family. We all ate together, joked around and helped each other out whenever we could which was so lovely. I do miss them when we are not shooting.
Food styling for film is a lot different from food styling for photography. In film work, there are different things to consider because its not a still life. For instance, preparing for every need that the recipe requires down to a tiny tee; continuity for retakes; styling actions and doing them over and over until its right or you’ve ran out of ingredients.
I loved working with Hemsley & Hemsley, they were such down to earth hard working but fun and charismatic women who are beautiful! And I am so pleased to be continuing with them on their whirlwind world domination.
Here is the video for Hemsley & Hemsley