Rachel Grunig, Prop, set and food stylist is one of the most creative people I have ever met. She can make and dye fabric, bake a wedding cake from scratch and decorate it, she can build a set, dress a set, create a floral arrangement worthy of a magazine cover, style a still life vignette and pull apparel if she has to. A team player, there is no job too big or challenging for Rachel. With quiet confidence and a great demeanor photographers and clients are consistent fans and request her presence whenever possible. I am her biggest fan.
If you could invite three women to a dinner party, who would they be?
I want to have a dinner party with Michelle Obama, Julia Child, and Alma Woodsey Thomas.
Where do you gather inspiration?
I get a lot of inspiration from nature and small, often overlooked moments. I love looking at art, especially installation art or anything that involves fabric. Also, I love Instagram - it’s a visual candy store! I was a total academic-jock in high school and college.
What is something you’re most proud of?
I’m most proud of my children. They’re wonderful, loving humans and a whole lot of fun! Also, I grew them in my body. That’s the ultimate power.
What advice would you impart on a young woman looking to get into this industry?
I’d advise young women who want to get into the photo industry to make connections - reach out to stylists and photographers, ask for work, and stay on peoples’ minds. I’ve met and worked with some really great assistants who cold-emailed me. I also would tell them to know their value, maintain boundaries, and don’t work for free.
What was your dream job as a kid?
I wanted to be an artist.
Do you have a daily ritual, and if so what is it?
I stretch and do PT exercises almost every morning. I have chronic back pain and working with a physical therapist has changed my life!
What does it mean to you to view work/life through a female lens?
For me, viewing work and life through a female lens means always being flexible, tenacious, and kind.
To work with Rachel contact Sally Bjornsen here.