Mary Valentin’s artistic philosophy as it relates to the presentation of food in photography stems from her understanding and love for good food. Food is loaded with history, meaning and possibility and must be treated with great respect. Though food styling skills are important in being able to control the visual effect of the food, over-styling, or perfecting food sometimes kills the very thing that makes it beautiful, unique and appetizing. To help her clients realize their own vision, Mary draws on her experience and skill in both the visual and culinary arts to help her clients explore the possibilities and to ultimately enact their final plan. Understanding the important role of proper communication, patience and collaboration with the entire professional team is crucial in any project.

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BFA, School of the Art Institute, Chicago

BPC, Kendall College, Chicago

IACP WINNER 2018 People's Choice in Food Photography/Styling

Adjunct Instructor, Kendall College, Chicago

Speaker, Food Photo Festival, 2015 and 2017

Artist Residence, Ragdale Foundation 2017



American Egg Board


Chicago Magazine

Fleischmann’s yeast

Food Network


Hellman's Mayonnaise


Jello Brand 


Leo Burnett

National Restaurant Association

Potbelly Sandwich Shop

American Airlines

Park Walk Productions

National Cattleman’s Beef Association

National Pork Board

Panera Bread

Patron Tequila

Pre Brands Grass Fed Beef

Sam’s club

Sargento Cheese

Scharffen Berger Chocolate

Sea Pac




US Foods

Vegetarian Times


Chicago Tribune Company 





  • Panel host with Victoria Granoff and Charlotte Omnes: "The Changing Role of the Food Stylist"

Upshot Marketing

  • Food styling trends

Leo Burnett, Chicago:

  • Trends in Food Photography, 2016

Food Photo Festival, Denmark:

  • How a Photography Trend Lives, and Dies in America, 2016
  • Food Styling in a Restaurant Setting
  • The Changing Role of the Food Stylist
  • Styling Four, Dough and Bread

IACP, San Francisco:

  • How the Eye Reads an Image, Examples of Food in Art History 2014





Photo Art Direction

"Indian for Everyone," Anupy Singla



US Foods

Queue Marketing

Leo Burnett, Chicago

Pre Brands