Thank You Chef Michael – How I got started in food photography

So where does someone, who has not been in the photography business for many years, go to find work? Craig’s List, of course. I started to read the photography related posts on New York and New Jersey Craig’s List for product shoots.
I had some product work but, my dream was food photography. I needed a food stylist! I put out an ad on Craig’s List looking for a New Jersey food stylist to do testing. I quickly got a lengthy response with references to several web pages from Chef Michael Giletto. I looked at his experience and his work and immediately called and explained that I am new to food photography and said, “…are you sure you want to work with me?” His response was an emphatic yes.

So the day finally arrived when we were both free. I packed my entire studio into my car and drove to his restaurant at the Cherry Valley Country Club. Chef Michael had prepared several dishes; desserts, raw fish, flaming pork, a box of garlic – lots of dishes.


WHAT A GREAT DAY. Chef Michael and I hit it off…he seemed to love the photos and I loved working with his styling. This was the start of both a professional relationship and my career as a ‘food’ photographer. We’ve since worked on several jobs together and it is a professional relationship that I treasure.

About Jerry

I was a science teacher for 31 years. During that time I photographed wedding and Bar Mitzvahs for about 15 years but that was in the days before digital. Being a teacher, I had my summers free so I assisted food and commercial still life photographers in NYC for 3 summers and fell in love with it. Having a wife and a mortgage, it was not practical to give up a job in teaching and go into photography so I put off my dream of becoming a food photographer until I retired from teaching. Now I am living my dream - I am a food and product photographer servicing New York City, Philadelphia and all of New Jersey.
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2 Responses to Thank You Chef Michael – How I got started in food photography

  1. Alice Greenberg says:

    Jerry’s photos make me salivate! He is one of the most creative food photographers and “general” photographers I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing and working with. He can do it all, from soup to nuts and then some. Bravo!

  2. Pingback: Interview with a food stylist – Michael Giletto | Photography by Jerry, LLC

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