>Matthew attended an intensive two-day food styling and food photography seminar with some of the masters of the craft in New York City February 27th and 28th. Delores Custer, a CIA (Culinary Institute of America) teacher and internationally-known food stylist lead the styling section and Lou Manna, a former NY Times staff photographer and world-renowned food photo specialist led the photo section. These guys work on assignments from Food Network commercials to cookbooks to cereal boxes; they’ve worked with chefs from Lidia Bastiannich to Mario Batali.

It was great catching up on the latest lighting gear, technology and trends to produce mouthwatering food pictures. Don’t be surprised next time you see Mark at your shoot pouring motor oil on your waffles or pancakes to represent the most beautiful Vermont maple syrup you’ve ever seen!

Here are some photos of the seminar – here we are creating the perfect bowl of cereal (thanks to Thom Luce for the use of these photos):

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