Thanks for your kind concern...I am not sure why my business is down. The catering and the food styling were both doing great until the end of July, then it died. I am a small caterer, been at it 20 years and make a tidy income to suppliment the family lifestyle, but have also begun food styling in the last 3 years. I have a production background (TV camerawoman in my youth and production assistant at tv stations), with a degree in theatre arts...go figure, but they all seem to come together with the food styling. My passion for fabulous food, coupled with the dramatic flair for presentation and an eye for the camera. I have been working for Jennair, Kitchenaid and Whirlpool products lately, but they aren't shooting much food right now (mostly shooting laundry products at the moment). I talked to the Photo services director and he said he's "as happy as a pig in mud" with me and my work and will call me as soon as they have a need for a food stylist again. The catering is down because...I don't know why. I cater everything, but also cater film and video shoots and do the craft services and lunches for the client, talent and crew. My shoot clients have said they are slow right now. Michigan. Worst economy in the nation I hear and we are feeling it.
Anyway. On a positive note, I did have an interview with a new food photographer and he wants to shoot a "test shot" with me. Which means that he looked at my portfolio and liked it enough to donate some time for us to shoot something for our books. Also booked a Christmas party and a wedding this morning, so that is great. I am just feeling the pinch financially and need some cash flowing through my bank account - I say through cuz it never does stick around very long.
In a way, I hope I don't get that job with the fine dining. I think they will try to really beat me down as a prep cook, and not being a "certified" chef - I'm sure that they won't let me actually cook anything. I don't know. I am very ambivalent about it obviously.
thanx again for your interest in my situation.