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“There’s nothing like the flavor of sweet words.”

If you are in the market for a food stylist that makes your culinary photography come alive, I highly recommend Ellen Straine. Her attention to detail is unsurpassed and the finished product is authentically enhanced to provide the best marketing opportunity.

I’ve worked side by side with Ellen for more than 12 years. She’s a wonderful collaborator and always brings a great deal of focus and creative drive to every project. With a vast amount of creative range and experience, Ellen is a smart choice for any project.

Patrick DarbyOwner / Photographer, Tonic Studios

Seeing Ellen Straine loading into the studio early in the morning for a full day or multiple day food project is comforting. She not only brings a wealth of knowledge and skill, but a plethora of props pertinent to the creative brief… and then some. Her ability to ask all the right questions during pre-production, purchase all the necessities, and organize the pace of the shoot, is unmatched by any other stylist. If you need a top-notch food stylist, do yourself a favor and hire Ellen.

Dan VermillionOwner / Photographer, Vermillion Photo

Ellen is by far the best food stylist I have worked with throughout my career. My clients request her for photo shoots because she makes their food and beverages look amazing. She does it all, and she does it well — pizza, hamburgers, sandwiches, desserts, tablescapes, beer and cocktails. Ellen works particularly well with each client’s culinary team to ensure their brand specifics and standards are reflected in the finished product.

Kristin CronhardtChief MindMeld Officer, Mindmeld Partners

Ellen’s expertise and experience are invaluable on a shoot. She is versatile, knowledgeable and most importantly, an expert at understanding how the camera sees the food.

Joanie SimonOwner / Photographer, Joanie Simon Media

It was a pleasure working with Ellen on our recent restaurant shoot at our Scottsdale location. She brings years of experience in both food styling and cooking that added extra polish to our shots.

Lane TollefsenSr. Design Manager, Brand, Tommy Bahama

Recently, I had the distinct pleasure of working with Ellen. Normally I would be opposed to working with a food stylist, as I am a chef and a bit protective of my platings. Ellen was very respectful of my views on stylized platings and her work did not veer from the original offerings. Ellen was ever mindful of my opinion, and checked in with me throughout the photo shoot to ensure that I signed off on every plate. She was an utter joy to work with and I look forward to the next time she can elevate my food from culinary art to visual art.

Dan SantosExecutive Chef, Z’Tejas
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The Ritz-Carlton Hotel
US Airways
Wynn Encore Las Vegas
Hilton Hotels
Bar Louie
P.F. Chang's
Pei Wei
Z Tejas
Taco Guild
Santa Barbara Catering
The Farm at South Mountain
Kona Grill
Cooking Light Magazine
Arizona Highways Magazine
Kahala Brands
Taunton Press
Tommy Bahama
Barbeques Galore
Bar-S Foods
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