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Ellen Straine | Food Stylist

Hi! I'm Ellen.


Some of my friends used to scold me for playing with my food…little did they know it would be my career choice!

My work is driven by the combination of multiple passions: food, cooking, gardening, and playing. My world is filled with beautiful food, fabulous colors, fresh herbs, and exotic spices. I enjoy creating images that capture the natural beauty of real food.

I started my food styling business in 1993 and have never looked back… although I have looked sideways a couple of times! Using my experience and culinary creativity, I have styled food for advertising, cookbooks, menus, magazines, television, social media, and packaging. A strong work ethic, attention to detail, and a sense of humor have helped me build lasting relationships with clients and photographers.

With a library of cookbooks (old and new), an ever-changing collection of props and accessories, and by immersing myself in current food and photography trends, I bring a fresh outlook to the table. I live in Scottsdale, Arizona with my husband, Jeff, and six dogs: Tootsie, Sparky, Buddy, Stinkerbelle, Wrigley, and Angus.

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