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.
I have met and eaten with the glorious Eat Like a Girl over the years and so it was really wonderful to work with her on a steak/ Japanese shoot and have been keen to see her world wide adventures with food, making the world seem only 24 hours wide with all her travels.
Here is the video for Eat Like a Girl
On the shoot with Deliciously Ella, we did vegan, gluten free and plant based recipes. The set was magnificent. The smoke machine really makes everything look so romantic!
If only it were me who did their great TV ad, the one where its in someone’s Paris apartment! My time will come …!
For the time being, I am so lucky and grateful to land such great exciting projects.