Seattle Food Photography & Styling Summer Internships

This summer, I have decided to offer 2 one-month long, part-time, unpaid internships for those in the Seattle area. Interning with me is super casual, and you’ll get lots of hands on with all aspects of styling and shooting food for cookbooks, websites and magazines. The weekly schedule will be very flexible, but expect to be in the studio about 2 days a week.

Your day may consist of prepping food, going to the farmer’s market or grocery store, helping with light modification or cleaning up dishes… or it might be getting to use the studio (and all its dishes, cameras, lenses, etc.) for your own projects… or it might include a portfolio review of your current work, working as a hand model and then eating lots of donuts.

While I’d love to make this a paying position, at this point, having an assistant isn’t a necessity for me. But I do like the idea of helping others out there who are getting started. This is a great opportunity if you are just thinking about getting into the food photography or styling business and aren’t sure if it is for you or if you are a currently enrolled photography student that is specializing in food photography.

If you are interested, send mail to lara @ with a bit about you, what you are looking for in an internship, and a link to your work.

Update: Thanks everyone for your responses! I know it’s only been a few days since I posted this, but I’m afraid at this point, I have enough candidates. If things go well this summer, I’ll look into continuing the program into the year.

  • Roberta

    That’s a great idea. It’s hard to get an assisting job for food photography. Of course I don’t live in Seattle, but I think it would be a nice way for someone who wants to get into the business to see how it works.

  • potato

    This is great but unfortunately I can’t be Seattle.
    There is anything like this in New York City??

  • sabrina huang

    I would love to do the intern in the near future. I am taking a 5-month long photography training at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography this summer In Missoula, Montana and one of the week long class is focus on the Food Photography. I took food styling workshops in LA last year so I know a little bit about the food styling.

    I live in San Jose, CA but I would make an effort to live in Seattle for a month or so to gain first hand experience.

  • Simone (junglefrog)

    What a fantastic idea. I am almost tempted to come over for a month… :)

  • L

    Potato – I don’t know of any specific opportunities, but it doesn’t hurt to ask! There are many food photographers in NYC (far more than in Seattle), so my recommendation would be to start by contacting them with a introduction letter explaining what you are looking for.

    Hi Sabrina – At this point, I’m limiting the candidates to those who will already be in Seattle. However, I may consider a more intensive internship in the future, so keep an eye here to see what is coming.


  • deba

    How I wish I were in Seattle! But then if wishes were horses…

  • Errin

    Darn it! I have only just found your website. Please keep us all informed of any future internships. In the meantime, thank you for all your advice that you have made understandable for even a uber-beginner like me. I look forward to participating in the challenges!

  • Tess W.

    I was wondering if you had any internships available for this summer (2010)? I would love to know about any opportunities!

  • Beka Knackstedt

    I am definitely interested in this internship? How do I get in contact about this…I do not live in Seattle but I am looking for a summer internship for this coming summer. I am currently a Photography student at Spring Hill college. I am also highly interested in culinary arts.