Our Contributors / Meet Our Food Photography and Food Styling Experts

Our Contributors:


 Mark Petko: 

(Photography…Big Ideas…like Bigger Sandwiches)

With experience as a professional photographer and insights into visual food blogging,  Mark Petko began Your Kitchen Camera as a platform to educate those of us online about Food Photography.  With a passion for food, (he’s been eating it since he was born…so…yeah, some clout there!?) he no longer wants to see ‘icky’ images of good food…anywhere!

See Mark Petko’s Food Photography posts here on Your Kitchen Camera.

His photography can be found:



Laura Cole: 

(Food Stylist…Known to Play with Her Food)

Laura Cole began her culinary career at the age of seventeen. As she was stirring a pot of chili at the lunch counter where she worked, she had an epiphany, like a white light…”I am really going to love to cook”. And cook she did… fearlessly and often badly, with a thirst and passion for knowledge. Combine that passion with a BFA in Art and the perfect outcome is Food Styling. During the years following graduation Laura worked in corporate Advertising where she was first introduced to the world of photography. Setting her sights on her goal she moved in the direction of food styling. Now fast forward…

Laura has happily been a stylist for the last eighteen years. Her work has supported Honey Baked Ham, Stubbs Barbeque and Lobster Gram among others. Since 2002, she has also been educating others on the techniques of Food Styling at the International School of Culinary Arts. An artist with a frying pan or a cook with a paintbrush…either way, it’s all about food and art.

See Laura Cole’s Food Styling posts here on Your Kitchen Camera.

connect with Laura Cole @basilandtomatoes on Twitter here.


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Chef Christopher Cina:

(A Chef and His Camera…)

Christopher Cina is a Denver based chef with many years experience in providing a creative culinary experience to hungry patrons.  It’s only been in recent years, as he was trying to document his own plated creations, that he completely feel in love with food photography.  Now, still working as a full time chef and pushing himself as a part time food photographer and writer, Christopher Cina, shares his love of food photography and self taught knowledge by lending us his insights. 

See Chef Christopher Cina’s guest posts here on Your Kitchen Camera.

 To view more food photography from Chef Christopher Cina:

Christopher Cina/500px portfolio
@ccina on Twitter


Chef Jay Swift whole hog butchery Chef Jay Swift: 

(A Chef’s DIY Food Photography Perspective…Farm (to Camera) to Table)

Jay started out in the restaurant business at the age 14 and restaurant work financed his high school and college English education. After two and a half years of college, he decided to follow his passion – and palate – and he switched gears and headed back to the kitchen. Jay enrolled in the American Culinary Federation Apprenticeship Program and graduated first in his class. 

Jay’s culinary career has placed him in multiple restaurants from Washington, DC, Boston, Baltimore, New York City and finally currently to Atlanta where he won raves for his successful overhaul of South City Kitchen’s contemporary Southern menu.  Since then he has opened his very own 4th & Swift in Atlanta’s Old 4th Ward. 

Jay is also active in the Atlanta community. He serves as the chef co-chair for TheFlavors of Atlanta, a popular culinary event that benefits the Georgia Chapter of the American Liver Foundation. Jay also supports Share Our Strength’s campaign to end childhood hunger with his participation in Taste of the Nation and Give Me Five event and he has been honored with two invitations to cook at the renowned James Beard House in New York City.

In the past couple years Jay has assumed a large portion of the responsibility for marketing his restaurant and recently purchased his own camera to capture the beauty of his dishes.

See Chef Jay Swift’s posts here on Your Kitchen Camera

You can see (and taste) plenty of Jay’s creations here:

4th & Swift (Restaurant Site)
Savory Bits (Restaurant Blog)
4th & Swift (Facebook)
@4thandSwift (Twitter)