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.