Food Photography and Styling for Nestlé

Before embarking on my trip to the US in just a few days, I wanted to share with you all here, some of my newest photographic work. Last year, I was approached to style and create food photographs inspired by different Czech meals for Maggi, the brand of seasonings of Nestlé, for their new products' packaging that has recently been released in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

In Czech cuisine, many kind of sauces are popular and must accompany a main dish, usually comprised of meats. Thus, these tomato, dill or creamy sauces, but also pasta, soups and much more, became the subject matter of my Nestlé project. I was so pleased to work on this assignment and to get to know more about some of the most popular Czech meals. Now you can find these new products in stores in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. I must say that is always a surprise to discover my photographs in stores, whenever I spot these products.

These dishes are the most popular here in the Czech Republic, where the gravy sauce is a must. Similarly to the famous Czech goulash dish, these sauces accompany different meats, and are served with knedliky, a sort of bread dumpling. I have prepared these delicious bread dumplings myself a few times at home, even though you can find them at any store in the Czech Republic.

The pasta recipes are also adapted to the region here, and have been my favorite part of shooting these meals. Capturing the home spirit in these meals was my goal in mind, where these food portraits look accessible and appetizing to ease any hunger. Now, when stumbling upon these products in stores, you'll know who was the photographer behind the select packaging.

Project Credits
Food Photography: Gabriela Iancu
Food and Prop Styling: Gabriela Iancu
Art Director: Petr Fajkos
Creative Director: Marek Sabo
Agency: Grep Design


Cecile Boccara and Eiffel Tour

As I spent a week in Paris this summer, I got to experience the entire spectrum of Eiffel Tour's appearance, on and after rain or at dusk, but the most beautiful moments were always at night, when the play of lights would scatter shiny lights over Paris. This is when I would record these beautiful living stills that would take my photographic Parisian experience to other level.

I really wanted to have this aura of the Parisian chic simplicity and timeless beauty reflected in my wedding accessories too. And this is why my mother introduced me to the very delicate and sophisticated haute couture jewelry designed in Paris by Cécile Boccara. I just fell in love with this luminous rose gold tiara that I knew it had to discretely shine on my head on my wedding day.

Decorated with Swarovski crystals, this fine gilded tiara is absolutely to die for. The way the light is reflected off the crystals reminds me so well of the Eiffel Tour's projections of light over Paris. Not only that this tiara is very versatile in design and ways to wear it, but it also looks so confidently feminine and modern. This art jewelry piece is something to wear again and again, and feel like wrapped in a special aura. It almost feels like the sun light and the Parisian style have been sealed into the discreet glitter of this delicate adornment.

To photographically explore the delicacy of this tiara, I used as contrast the intricacy and fragility of natural elements. Here, glittery cave and river rocks get juxtaposed with plants and moss to create a beautiful tension between the naturalness of both the organic and constructed elements of this precious piece of jewelry.  More of my Parisian experience here, and here.

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Winter Spice Cappuccino and Remarkable Gifting with Florilegium

Now that the holiday season is in full swing, there is no better way to awaken your senses for finding the perfect gift and warming up, than with a winter spice cappuccino and a tempting Florilegium sale! Celebrate the holidays in style and say thank you to your family and friends with a remarkable gift this year. Take 20% off Florilegium (use code GIFTLOVE at checkout) or have the magazine sent to your country for free (use code SENDLOVE at checkout) so that you can enjoy the holidays in the best way possible. Using same coupon codes you can purchase also the new fine art Florilegium postcards sets available in my shop here.

And while you're enjoying your holiday sale shopping with Florilegium, try my new go-to cappuccino this winter. Generously topped with milk foam, this espresso-based beverage smells and tastes amazing. The key ingredient is a fragrant blend of some of your most amazing spices in the pantry. All you need to do to get that holiday and winter-y flavor in your cappuccino or for that matter any drink, is to blend 1/2 teaspoon for each of these spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cardamom; and 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice and ground cloves. Mix the spices together in a small bowl and add it to taste to your coffee. It not only smells amazing, but it tastes great too! You can also use this spice mix on any of your favorite cakes or pastries! Trust me, from now on you will use this blend on (almost) everything! Discover also my freddo cappuccino, spiced cappuccino or chai tea, if you feel like you deserve a spin on your morning beverage.

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