Inspiring Instagramers: julieskitchen

Username: julieskitchen
Name: Julie Lee
Info: iPhone 5 only | Los Angeles

There is a lot of food photography on Instagram. A LOT. Unfortunately, most of it is not-so-great, and the really good stuff can easily get lost amongst the clutter. But having worked on food packaging in the past, I do have a huge appreciation for the art of food styling and photography. And for people who turn food into a work of art.

Julie Lee does just that. Her Instagram feed is full of incredibly beautiful food collages. Her work is crisp and fresh, simple and rhythmic. Full of meticulously arranged patterns of fruits, vegetables and greens that are bursting with color, texture and flavor.

My food collages on Instagram started out as a way to showcase seasonal and local offerings from neighborhood farmers markets. It’s evolved into an ongoing project in the study of plant design, exploration of color theory, and pure, unadulterated food-love. Let’s be real–I like to play with my food.

Julie finds most of her ingredients at the Saturday Santa Monica Farmers Market, or in her own urban garden. But never from a store. All photos are shot in her kitchen, which she says is not “fancy” but has a lot of natural light.

If you’re a fan of Julie’s work, you can follow her blog, and you can also purchase prints of her food collages.


I like to say that I’m a designer by day, blogger by night and photographer on the side. I started my career in package design before going into advertising, then B2B communications, a small stint back into packaging and I now work for a large digital agency. I am so lucky to get to do what I love every day, but I am always looking for creative outlets. My blog, Girly Obsessions, allows me to design something that represents me – my aesthetic and my obsessive personality! I love taking and editing photos, and am slightly addicted to Instagram and Lightroom. I also love to travel and explore. I love to bake. And most importantly, I just love to think creatively.

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