Lyndel Miller: The food stylist and cookbook release

"Lyndell is not only a stylist but a recipe developer/writer. One day she hopes to publish a book in her mother's honor."

1.) When did you decide you were going to be a food stylist?
I have been cooking in commercial kitchens since I was a teenager. My parents were restaurateurs. I grew up in a foodie family. I have been 'plating ‘food  since I was 16, that nearly 30 years ago, but I have only been officially 'styling food' for just over a year. Most people have found that extraordinary but the skills it takes I have pulled from many and varied past work history.I have managed to fuse my skills I think perfectly to the point that I feel right at home in this profession. 
Photo By: Armelle Habib

2.) What influences did you have as a kid?
My mum!! My mother Carole Seymour is a fabulous cook and doesn't settle for second best.She has a strong eye and great attention to detail.She is a woman of many talents. I watched her like a hawk, she fascinated me, plus I loved magazines :)

3.) Did you start out styling food or did that develop after your other styling experiences?
Creatively my background was Interior Design, and I am a painter.I started studying Color and Design at ISCD in Australia (which I am yet to finish) got side tracked and started a course in Professional Styling, researched photo styling, and while I was studying I realized food styling /styling was for me.

Photo By: Celeste Vlok
4.) Are you originally from Australia? Is there a lot of work there or do you travel to the states?
I am from Australia and would love to have the opportunity to travel OS.

5.) Do you work primarily with photographers or other creatives?
I work primarily with photographers and Art Directors. I also usually have an assistant on set if job requires, and the client, or someone who represents the client.With "Wild Sugar Desserts" I worked with photographers Mindi Cooke and Celeste Vlok ( who also Art Directed with Skye ) plus a Team of other assistants from time to time.

6.) What do you feel is the best marketing for your business?
I am really exploring options now. I have seen the benefits of social media,ou can find me on Facbook I am building a website that suits my needs and that of potential advertising agents that book me for work.I also have to consider potential clients in this process.
I am finding that you need to make yourself know to many agencies, photographers, graphic designers etc.
I have a photographer Mindi Cooke that I love working with, but sometimes you just don't have the choice of who you work alongside.You just hope for the best :)

7.) What are some key tools you bring with you on a job?
Many, but the ones I simply don't do without and have always are my bamboo skewers, tweezers, straws, cotton buds, baby wipes and lens cleaner.

Photo By: Celeste Vlok

8.) Tell me a little bit about your cookbook
Wild Sugar Desserts is about the beautiful relationship that exists between sweets and life's varied experiences.We had a ball indulging in these easy to make, quick desserts with aphrodisiacs for love, children's party sweets, healthy desserts to keep things balanced, as well as desserts when only chocolate will do.

9.) Are desserts your favorite thing to style?
I love desserts! they are my gift of choice for those I love.They are my favorite  thing to style to date :)

10.) Do you have a favorite dessert you enjoy?
I don't tend to have favorites. I love food, and my taste buds love exploring, they get disheartened with repetition :)

Photo By: Celeste Vlok
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