Born in Chicago, raised in Florida, and now an established resident of East London, Kristin Perers is a photographer with a background in fashion design, painting and styling. Kristin’s experience in these fields has a strong influence on her photographic work, which has appeared in numerous national titles including Vogue, House & Garden and The Sunday Times Style. Kristin’s ties to East London represent a consistent theme in her work.
Kristin studied in New York at The Fashion Institute of Technology and designed for such companies as Calvin Klein and Banana Republic. After moving to London and publishing her book ‘The Seasonal Home’ she embarked on a career as a photographic stylist working with Toast and Elle Decoration amongst others.
Kristin has photographed a number of cookbooks working with The Ginger Pig, The Great British Bake Off, Darina Allen and Claire Ptak of Violet Bakery. She also shoots Claire's weekly column for The Guardian.
Californian native Claire Ptak is the brains and baker behind Violet, a bakery and cafe on Wilton Way in Hackney. Violet began life in 2005 at it's stall on Broadway Market, with concrete premises opening in 2010 on Wilton Way to meet the growing demands of Claire's loyal customers.
Alongside baking, Claire works extensively as a food stylist and writer. Her fifth cookbook, 'The Violet Bakery Cookbook' was released in March 2015, and her weekly baking column for The Guardian is published every Saturday in the COOK supplement.
Before moving to London, Claire worked as a pastry cook and later pastry chef for Alice Waters at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. With over 20 years professional baking experience and 11 years professional styling experience, Claire understands the importance of imagery to enhance food allure. Claire's recent food styling work include's cookbooks for Fern Verrow, Blanche Vaughan and Madeleine Shaw, and Yotam Ottolenghi's column for The Guardian.