Mylene Chung began her photography career shooting obscure fashion spreads. Somewhere along the way, she realized that she had a bit more fun while fiddling with props, creating tabletop sets, and snacking on the post-shoot goods—which eventually led her to shoot just food.
For the last seven years, she has been running a food photography studio called PhotoKitchen, where she shoots food for clients: both neighborhood restaurants and multinational corporations like Coca-cola, Nestle, and the big advertising agencies.
It wasn't an easy path. She did not have a mentor and could not afford to study in a prestigious art school. Worse, most of the learning materials that were available online were dry, outdated, or too casual.
This is why we built Tablecrafter.
We hope that people who want to get into the craft of food presentation can do so at a fraction of the cost of art school, learn it in an incredibly short amount of time, and have great fun with it. Also, we want to help connect people: cooks, photographers, or simple food enthusiasts in a close-knit community that we'll try to build. And for those who want to do this professionally, we'll eventually offer resources and help for handling professional work.
In recent years, food photography and styling have risen in popularity because of platforms like Instagram and Pinterest, but the resources to practice and learn it have not. It's a deep, immersive, and enjoyable craft, and strangely, nobody's talking about it.
But here we are, and we hope that you'll stay and join our little growing community.
In the future, we plan to produce more classes covering different ways to present food: video production, packaging design, chef-like plating, prop production such as pottery or knitting, and others.
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