Above The Salt is a food studio in Toronto. We are your one stop shop for food photography: pre/post production, prop rental, hand models, photography and stop motion. And we don’t just make things look good, we also offer unique recipe development. We don’t just style and shoot food, we live it through constant exploration. We regularly explore markets, restaurants and producers in search of new and tasty things. Food is our passion, our pastime, our pleasure, and our joy. It is this enthusiasm that makes our work stand out, and which will in turn make your product shine.
Natasha Gerschon is a Argentinian-born photographer, producer and director based in Toronto. She’s infused her creative vision into the worlds of fashion, beauty and hair. Garnering a reputation for being anything but ordinary. She has a permanent exploration with different methods of lighting, editing, composites and concepts keeping her evolving with her precision and immaculate executions.
Natasha explains that she tends to ‘analyze and explore freedom as a synchronized dream, A place where one can break free from the constraints of society’. She tries to identify hidden qualities in her own character, to better understand her own reality, and express her interpretation of the world around her.
Chris Haylett had been shooting for five years in Vancouver, BC when he was discovered by Herb Ritts and signed to Ritts’ Los Angeles agency, Visage. He spent the next nine years based in Los Angeles working for clients such as Levi’s, Dockers, Macy’s, Target, Eddie Bauer, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. His work appeared regularly in the NY and LA Time’s Fashion Supplement, Elle, Shape Magazine and Vogue. In the late 1990’s he moved back to Vancouver to raise his children, Matt and Marisa, but continued to shoot for American ad agencies and international clients including Mexicana Airlines, Sprint Mobile, Solo, Tourism Mexico and Grey Goose Vodka, as well as fashion and beauty clients Garnier, L’Oreal, Fidelity Denim, Woolrich and for four years as the main photographer for Nordstrom. His location work still keeps him globetrotting for clients such as Ritz-Carlton, Harper’s Bazaar, Men’s Health and Sony.
With a career spanning over twenty years, award-winning photographer, Lorella Zanetti has continued to create images scripted with storylines and still life photographs infused with skill and beauty.
The unique intimacy of her portraits have been showcased in the pages of international magazines, where her photography series of film actors Robert Duvall, Viggo Mortensen, Steve Martin, directors Deepa Mehta, Amy Berg and breakout creative talents Brandon Cronenberg and Jeremy Irvine, have appeared.
Lorella has a comprehensive client base and has created compelling visual narratives for CIBC, The Canadian Blood Services, Enbridge, Gay Lea Foods and GTAA. Her meticulous still life photography can be seen in ads for Absolut Vodka, The Body Shop and Maybelline.
Lorella has also worked on a number of cookbooks. Lorella Zanetti has received several awards for her work –the International ARC Awards(New York), the National Magazine Awards, Applied Arts and NUARS (Canada), to name a few.
My name is Colin and I am from the sandy shore of the blistering Atlantic coast. Growing up by the free energy of the ocean, I used my spare time drawing strange tales about mythical creatures and fashionable mutant alliances.
Being a true perfectionist, my fascination with photography began when I realized that my eye skewed the proportions of my drawn subjects. Thus, my exploration through a second lens began.
I am attracted to unique subjects who can bring personality and character to my images. I find infinite inspiration in the interplay between contrasting colours in both symbolic and design based meaning.
Hair & Make–Up
Born and raised in Toronto, Sandra Yang’s fascination with the art of makeup and hair began as a young teenager, transforming and experimenting with her school friends.
Sandra has been fortunate enough to work with some of the industry’s greatest professionals such as Laura Mercier and Scott Barnes, as she developed her skills as a makeup and hair artist.
Her flair for makeup and hair has taken her from Tribeca’s International Film Festival to the Toronto International Film Festival, to working on the off Broadway musical hit Evil Dead the Musical as make-up and hair/wig designer in Toronto, as well as projects in advertising, fashion and print campaigns.
The love for her craft has transcended upon such clients as Lisa Ray, Jillian Michaels, Molly Parker, Piper Perabo, Don Mckellar, and musical performers Emily Osment, Sarah Slean, Deborah Cox, Lady Sovereign, KT Tunstall, Hedley and Thirty Seconds to Mars.
A yogi and food lover, Natasha’s sensibility strikes a balance between om and om nom nom. Expertly capturing lush and plentiful imagery, she has been noticed by food and drink giants like McCain, KFC, McDonald’s, Olivieri, and the LCBO. Her photography expresses themes that easily match her personality – a grateful reverence for all things tasty, and a sweet zeal for life’s simple pleasures.
Richard Dubois has been shooting beauty, advertising and editorial fashion for the better part of two decades. His work has appeared in ad campaigns and publications worldwide, including ELLE magazine, Elizabeth Arden, Cashmere, Studio magazine (Italy), Tributé (Paris) and Highlights (Australia).
His work has also been featured on Fashion Television, Project Runway, and Canada’s Next Top Model. In 2008 he received the International Press Association Award in Paris for Best Fashion Photography. Richard splits his time between Toronto, New York, and whatever convenient tropical location.
Shin’s career as an image-maker has spanned the last 30 years. From fine-art photographer and University lecturer to commercial photographer and motion director, it’s not cliché to say he’s done it all. He’s been recognized with awards from Cannes, The One Show, The Advertising & Design Club of Canada, Applied Arts, Photo District News, Communication Arts and Luerzer’s Archive.
His drive and ambition lend to his success. Never one to say “No” his problem solving abilities enable him to always get the perfect shot – be it stills or motion. His ambitious attitude has kept him at the forefront of technology. Being an innovator can have its challenges, but Shin is always up for it. Surviving in an industry that is forever evolving requires balance. That is why Shin is passionate about the Wet Collodion Process and creating ‘Tin Types’. His high tech digital studio still houses a darkroom dedicated to his creative outlet.
Born in Portugal raised in Toronto Luis is a product photographer who is known for his use of vintage props and mini vignettes. Luis has worked with clients such as Aldo, Best Health, Bite Beauty, HBC, HomeSense, Holt Renfrew, Le Chateau, Nike.
Margaret Swain, journalist, has been writing regular columns in the National Post newspaper since its inception. Her most recent is Forks & the Road on culinary travel. She also writes the bi-monthly Global Gourmet column for www.travelindustrytoday.com. She is a principal critic and spirits columnist with www.WineAlign.com and pens feature articles for many publications including Zoomerm USA Today, The Globe and Mail and American Express Travel.
Karen Bliss, founder of Samaritan Mag, writes as the Canadian correspondent for Billboard, is a contributor to Rolling Stone, MSN, The Huffington Post Canada, Elle Canada, Hits, Pollstar, the Toronto Star, Melody Maker and many more.
Paul Wright works in Toronto and New York as a fashion and advertising photographer. Wright’s clients include Joe Fresh, Target, Winners, AT&T, JC Penny, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Macy’s.
Joseph Marranca is a commercial photographer, digital artist and motion creator. Specializing in advertising, marketing and direct clients alike, Joseph works worldwide. His work has taken him
to various locations in Canada, the U.S., India, Mexico, Cuba as well as other locations for personal projects. Recent client projects include HGTV, Moneris, Billy Bishop Island Airport and Save My Reno, a new tv show that premiered in April/17 in Canada.
Constantly exploring and testing new industry trends and techniques has given Joseph an edge on the future in this ever changing field of photography, image making and story telling through his visuals. A passion for creating, exploring new trends keeps Joseph fresh and current.
Hair & Make–Up
Born in Liverpool, Kevin Smith studied hair styling and painting, (N.A.I.T. and U of A.) in Edmonton, photography at Ryerson in Toronto as well as fine arts and film production at Concordia in Montreal.. He began his career styling hair for such well known salons as Monroe and Tuxedo in Toronto. The wide range of projects Kevin has collaborated on includes work with Helen Mirren, Naomi Watts and Kirsten Dunst. His portfolio includes work for Interview Magazine, Elle Canada, Cashmere, Sony, Town Shoes, Macy’s and La Coupe. He has lent his expertise to many high profile commercials including Clean and Clear and Mini Cooper.
After graduating from Humber College twice, Graphic Design first followed by the Creative Photography program (back to back), I’ve worked for two different labs assisted various photographers as well as shot for a variety of clients for large in house studios.
The year 2000 is when I felt it was time to start shooting for my own set of clients out of my own studio. Because after all, it really is all about me. As it turns out, it was best move ever. Lighting, finding the best angle and paying attention to detail is what it’s all about. Whether I’m shooting in the studio or on location, every job big or small gets equal consideration. As long as it’s still fun, then I’ll still be shooting. I feel truly fortunate making a living doing what I love.
Charlotte is a Plant-Powered Yogi with a passion for Green Living. As a regular contributor for Huff Post Canada, she writes about green trends in beauty, style, and wellness, as well as hosting and creating content including the AOL series 2 Minutes to Transform, and the Huff Post series Urban Wellness. In 2016 Charlotte was named as one of Huff Post’s Top 50 Contributors, and in 2017 was invited to judge the Cert Clean Green Beauty Awards. Charlotte has also contributed content to Canadian Living, Botanica Health, and her own site Raw & Basic. She has spoken on panels supporting Women In Communications, and Self Love, contributing her expertise and experience as a single working mother.
Hill Peppard is a Toronto-based commercial photographer, specializing in portraits, architectural interiors and still-life/product. For the past 30 years Hill has been creating images of people, spaces and things, capturing personalities, the beauty of interior design and the finite details in everyday objects.
After many years of working mainly in the world of editorial photography, Hill continues to bring positive energy, dedication and craftsmanship to every project that he works on.
Awards have appeared in the Communication Arts Annual, The Advertising and Design Club of Canada, Applied Arts Annual and the Capic Awards Show, among others.
There’s no mistaking Reena’s passion for food! Her photography glistens, crunches, sizzle and can’t help but make you drool. Based in Toronto, Canada, Reena’s photographs can also be spied in the pages of several cookbooks, a cooking app, recipe spreads and commercial campaigns. Whether she’s collaborating with top chefs or shooting the perfectly dipped doughnut, you will likely catch her snacking on the props.
Paula has more than 15 years experience photographing for national magazines, advertising and cookbooks. Her extensive list of repeat clients includes many of Canada’s top restaurants and chefs.
After studying Media Arts at Ryerson and shooting entertainment personalities from Cirque Du Soleil to Hollywood celebrities, Paula discovered a passion for food photography. Both an artist and a technician, Paula is equally comfortable working in the mad chaos of a kitchen or on the detailed planning of an editorial spread.
Michael is a fashion photographer working from New York and Toronto.
Writer & Publicist
Sarah Jean Harrison is a sustainability communications specialist working with sustainable fashion and lifestyle brands. An eco-fashioinista in love with local food and sustainable design, Sarah Jean is monthly sustainable style columnist with Village Living Magazine. Her work has appeared in The Canadian Organic Farmer, Spin Off Magazine, FORWARD Fashion and Eco Warrior Princess.
Ida Jo holds the title Yoga Acharya (Master of Yoga) and is head teacher of Ghosh Yoga. She has written and published 4 books with her partner Scott Lamps, and has edited 3 historic manuscripts. She works directly with Ghosh’s Yoga College in Kolkata, India and travels around the world to study and teach. She is dedicated to promoting wellness through movement, breathing and the study of yoga philosophy.
Additionally, Ida Jo is a lifelong musician. A classical violinist from a young age, she now works with festivals such as Wanderlust and venues such as Kripalu, using music to promote vibrant living.
Scott is a Yoga Acharya (Master of Yoga) and a head teacher of Ghosh Yoga. He is the co-author (with Ida Jo) of 4 books that describe more than 100 yogic postures, breathing and sensory techniques. He was editor of two out-of-print historic manuscripts and the voluminous history Calcutta Yoga by Jerome Armstrong. He travels around the world to study and teach yoga, with focus in the areas of anatomy, breathing, history and philosophy.
Co-Founder, Project PlastICK
Kaylin Marcotte is the co-founder of Project PlastICK, and the president of a New York-based consultancy specializing in marketing, community, and social media. Project PlastICK is a 30-day challenge to live plastic-free by shifting habits and finding sustainable alternatives. Kaylin was previously the first employee of a media startup, theSkimm, and a management consultant with IBM. She loves jigsaw puzzles, astronomy and biking around Brooklyn. Kaylin grew up in California and moved east to attend Barnard College.
Co-Founder, Project PlastICK
Mackenzie Marcotte is a DC-based sustainability consultant and co-founder of Project PlastICK, a 30-day challenge to live plastic-free by shifting habits and finding sustainable alternatives. While working with Fortune 500 companies on environmental initiatives, she realized the power of consumer behaviour to influence corporate strategy. Mackenzie is a California native, a graduate of the Clean Energy Leadership Institute, an agriculture writer, and an avid cyclist.
Health & Wellness Coach
Marina Mason is a certified Yoga Instructor and Integrative Nutrition Coach
Dr. Robyn Land is a Naturopathic Physician and owner of Local Health Integrative Clinic in Vancouver, BC. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine and the Program Director for ProHealth Yoga & Retreats .
Mike Popovici is a Life Coach, Guide, Qi Gong & Mindfulness Instructor, and founder of Phoenix Internal Arts Academy. His passion is to help people improve the quality of their lives and make the breakthroughs they want for themselves while being effective and fully embracing the joys of life. Mike transitioned from an engineer career, managing teams, and supporting manufacturing lines in order to help bring the rest of what is crucial to everyone’s success – an understanding of everything else that’s needed to balance life, while opening up even more of our full potential. Mike studied and successfully implemented various healing arts into a busy professional life. He understands the challenges we all face in striving for success while looking to connect with and actively integrate vitality enhancing practices. A sustainable and thriving life comes from within. Making life what you want it to be sometimes requires someone to present what’s needed in a way that simply makes sense.
Sarah King is the head of Oceans & Plastics at Greenpeace Canada with a MASc, Environmental Applied Science and Management.
Originally from the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Alexander has been working in the mental health field since 2005 and now is a Psychotherapist with his own successful private practice in downtown Toronto.
After completing his Masters in Social Work in 2012, his clinical work has focused on healthy relationships, prevention and intervention treatment for sexual, dating, and domestic violence, mental health therapy, and addictions, in addition to having a special interest in working with men and men’s issues.
Alex also has held faculty and adjunct faculty positions with Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary served as a consultant on various Advisory Committees, including – addressing sexual and dating violence in post secondary populations, the treatment advisory committee for the Canadian Centre for Male Survivors (where he also served as the Clinical Care Director), and a provincial advisory committee on Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention. He has been recognized with several awards, including the United Way’s Bhayana Family Award for Creativity and Innovation (2014) and the United Way’s Spirit of Gold Award for Diversity (2016)
Stylist, Founder of Leslieville Flea
Christine has been working as a prop stylist began since 1996. Her work includes editorial features for magazines, advertising campaigns for high profile clients and event design for corporate clients. Christine has been featured in Style at Home, House & Home, Clear Life Magazine, Cottage Life Magazine, Food and Drink, Sway, Todays Parent, What’s Cooking, Canadian Home Workshop and several other publications. Her advertising clients include Roots, Nike, Campbells, ScotiaBank, CIBC, Unilock, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Bell, Canadian Tire, The Bay, Zellers, The Shopping Channel, Chrysler, Smirnoff Vodka, Hyundai, Homesense, The Source, Koodo, Visa, Samsung, Jeep and many more.
Christine holds a degree in Interior Design from Ryerson and is also proficient in welding and woodworking; allowing her a more in-depth creative scope for designing and constructing many original pieces and custom works. She has helped design and construct many sets and designed and built props when required. Christine’s skill set includes large scale room sets as well as detailed table top shots. In her spare time she co-runs the Leslieville Flea where she also sells her handcrafted furniture and home décor items.