Guest Instagrammer: Adventures in Food + Aesthetics

Tyna Hoang operates in all things food.

No, really – she loves it so much she’s made it her life’s work. As a food stylist and owner of a catering company, Tyna surrounds herself with #EEEEEATS every single day.

Sounds like a dream life, no? This Austin-based creator has an eye for clean, colorful aesthetics and an appetite for everything delicious, which is why we wanted to share her gorgeous shots with you.

As our Guest Instagrammer of the week, Tyna will be taking over our Instagram feed, sharing snaps from her delicious and eclectic life. Head over to our feed and follow along with the hashtag #TYNAaboutdotme.

food overhead tyna

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I was born in Vietnam, but I call myself a Texan. I live in Austin, Texas and I am a food stylist and also own and operate a catering company called Mission Collective. Food and design are my passions. I try to merge the two in my works as well as pleasures.

I love traveling. Nothing is more satisfying than being lost in a new city while experiencing food, culture and history.

What inspired you to start taking photos?

I photograph things to document and share my point of view. I started taking photos during design school, inspired by the idea of looking at an object in a different light.

tyna food styling

Have any tips for people who want to share their photography or passion and gain recognition for it?

Find your niche. From observance people really gravitate towards accounts with specific styles or point of focus. Keep it simple, less is more. Beauty doesn’t have to be masked under layers of filters. And communicate, people really appreciate the interaction.

What’s your favorite thing to photograph?

Food, naturally. Places, spaces, and people.

quiche food

What do you like most about photography?

The perseverance of a memory. I love that it can capture emotions and evoke emotions.

Who are some photographers that inspire you?

The young guns: Paul Jung and my friend and colleague, Jackie Lee Young. The legends: Helmut Newton, Robert Doisneau, Henri Cartier-Bresson.


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