Elizabeth Hawkins dreams of a world where every kitchen is equipped with great knives, cherries and pumpkins are available year-round, and photo shoot scheduling is a piece of cake.
For the past 12 years, Beth has had the honor of preparing beautiful food for most members of Colorado’s growing food industry. She has mad culinary skills, a great eye and thinks problem solving is a fun way to spend the day.
When not on set, you can find her out on her road bike or enjoying the increasingly impressive local culinary resources of Colorado’s front range.
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HOW DID YOU GET STARTED FOOD STYLING?
I stayed home with my kids for the first years of their lives. That time was a real open space for creativity. I began to sew, garden, quilt, write, cook and read too much Martha Stewart Living. A photographer friend noted some of the things I was creating and invited me to work on simpler shoots with her. The photographer was also flying in a wonderful food stylist from LA who took me in as an assistant. She was generous with her knowledge and I added to that with tons of food science books, subscriptions to all the top food magazines and lots of time in my own kitchen.
ARE THERE ANY BELIEFS YOU HAVE IN STYLING FOOD?
I like to put food in front of camera that is fresh, less controlled, more honest. I can pull out the old tricks if there is no other way around it. But more and more, people are being heavily influenced by the photography they see on social media sites. The old rules about what food styling was, are going out the window. I’m happy about that and enjoy making food that looks like you want to grab it. It can require more on the fly problem solving, but I’m comfortable with that.
IS WORKING WITH YOUR HANDS SOMETHING YOU ENJOY?
Honestly, working with my hands is my favorite thing. When I’m not on set, I’m still always creating things. It’s the culture of my family too. Both my sons and my husband are artist/builder/maker/fixer people. It’s pretty fun around our house.
DOES WORKING IN COLORADO INFLUENCE YOUR PROCESS?
Being based in Colorado definitely influences my food styling. Colorado is a hot bed for natural food brands. Those brands appreciate a more natural approach to styling. They also appreciate a greener approach. There can be a lot of waste associated with food shoots. We can’t always prevent that, but as much as possible, we handle food in food safe ways so it can be donated. We also recycle as much as we can.