Maine food photographer “Stacey Cramp is a truIy gifted photographer who sees the beauty in the everyday mess of a working kitchen. And then turns it into art.” So says Kate Shaffer of Black Dinah Chocolatiers in her cookbook Desserted: Recipes and Tales from an Island Chocolatier. Kate sums up my photographic approach perfectly with those words.I am an editorial and commercial photographer based in Portland, Maine. My work—for a variety of national and local publications and businesses—is a reflection of my photojournalism background combined with artistic insight. My focus on food photography has grown out of my interest in where our food comes from and its social, economic and environmental impact.I grew up in northwestern Connecticut and graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, with a B.A. in English. I began my professional photography career as a photo editor and staff photographer for a weekly newspaper in Washington, D.C. Longing for a life closer to the natural beauty and outdoor activities that help sustain me, I returned to Maine in 2003.I have done the photography for seven cookbooks: Secret Sauces (Kyle Books), Berries (Gibbs Smith), Real Maine Food (Rizzoli), Adventures in Comfort Food (Page Street), Plant Food (Gibbs Smith), Desserted: Recipes and Tales from an Island Chocolatier (Down East) and Gluten-Free Cookies (Sellers). In addition, I supplied the still life and lifestyle imagery to Storey Publishing's The Apple Cookbook, 3rd Edition and Scratch by Rodale Books. Stockfood, Aurora Photos and Offset represent my stock images. As part of Relish&Co., I regularly partner with food stylist Vanessa Seder and designer Jennifer Muller to provide culinary content to media and food producers. When not photographing fresh, local food, I might be found—depending on the season—trail running with our adorable lab mix, Peanut; road biking or nordic skiing with friends; exploring islands by kayak; foraging for mushrooms with my husband; trying to create the perfect energy bar; or convincing veggies to grow in our suburban garden.