Meet our Contributors: Emily Anstadt

Meet our Contributors: Emily Anstadt

July 30, 2018


HERE wouldn’t be what it is without our writers, photographers, stylists, and staff! We will be introducing them to you in our “Meet our Contributors” series. First up is Emily Anstadt, a food stylist from St. Joseph, Michigan.

How and why did you become interested in food styling?
I became a food stylist, initially, out of necessity. I was a rooms set stylist for about four years before coming to Michigan to work for a studio here. That was 12 years ago. At that time, the agency that moved me here had recently acquired the Sur La Table account and was in need of someone who could style food. I was the newest member of the team so I wanted to make myself useful. I started cooking as much as possible, read countless cookbooks, started a food blog, took seminars, and went to as many conferences as I could find.  I was hooked almost immediately. I had found my passion. There is something very calming about playing with food. It makes me unbelievably happy. Texture, color, composition… these are all things that inspire me so it was a perfect fit. Food can be a powerful catalyst for so many things… it never ceases to amaze me.

What does a stylist do?
A stylist’s job is to work with the photographer to create a cohesive image that highlights a particular item or conveys a certain message. They need to build visuals that inspire and excite the viewer to engage. For food stylists, this means being able to make food “sing” in front of the lens. Making food for photography can be quite different that making food for eating.

What is your favorite part about styling for HERE?
I have enjoyed styling for HERE because I feel like I am part of something great, something productive, something positive.

Photo Credit: Provided by Emily Anstadt
Photo Credit: Provided by Emily Anstadt

HERE wouldn’t be what it is without our writers, photographers, stylists, and staff! We will be introducing them to you in our “Meet our Contributors” series. First up is Emily Anstadt, a food stylist from St. Joseph, Michigan.

How and why did you become interested in food styling?
I became a food stylist, initially, out of necessity. I was a rooms set stylist for about four years before coming to Michigan to work for a studio here. That was 12 years ago. At that time, the agency that moved me here had recently acquired the Sur La Table account and was in need of someone who could style food. I was the newest member of the team so I wanted to make myself useful. I started cooking as much as possible, read countless cookbooks, started a food blog, took seminars, and went to as many conferences as I could find.  I was hooked almost immediately. I had found my passion. There is something very calming about playing with food. It makes me unbelievably happy. Texture, color, composition… these are all things that inspire me so it was a perfect fit. Food can be a powerful catalyst for so many things… it never ceases to amaze me.

What does a stylist do?
A stylist’s job is to work with the photographer to create a cohesive image that highlights a particular item or conveys a certain message. They need to build visuals that inspire and excite the viewer to engage. For food stylists, this means being able to make food “sing” in front of the lens. Making food for photography can be quite different that making food for eating.

What is your favorite part about styling for HERE?
I have enjoyed styling for HERE because I feel like I am part of something great, something productive, something positive.

My favorite part of working with HERE is that I get to not only meet new people and collaborate with great creatives, I get to learn about places and people that I otherwise may not have known about. Julia [the editor] is really expanding the perimeter and my own personal perception of “Michiana.”

What is your favorite local spot and why?
My favorite local spot is The Mason Jar Cafe in Benton Harbor.  Not only is the food organic, thoughtful, and delicious, the atmosphere is second to none.  From the minute you walk in, you can feel the love. Seeing the genuine smiles on the faces of the employees, patrons, and the owners really speaks volumes.

Follow Emily on Instagram at @emanstadt. See her work here and here.