RL Spotlight: A Food Photographer's Minimalist Kitchen

Mylene Chung’s personal space becomes the perfect studio for various projects

Photography: Paolo Feliciano and Toto Labrador Pictorial Direction: Nat M. Clave

Mylene Chung’s love of food isn’t about whipping gourmet dishes; it’s actually all about styling and capturing them in photographs. “Basically, I started way back as a general photographer lang, and then gradually, I decided to specialize in food photography,” says Mylene. “So when I had my first food client, which was Red Mango, that was when I realized I wanted to focus on food lang.”

Mylene styles props and shoots food for a number of clients, including Nestlé and Maggi. She also does restaurant work for Wrong Ramen, which she co-owns with three other partners. “Wrong Ramen was actually a vision of our team. We wanted to have a ramen place that’s not really the authentic kind. We wanted to play with ramen a bit, that’s why we have different kinds of it,” Mylene explains. Aside from these, Mylene and her partners are also busy with projects for their food blog 

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Choose wooden elements

Mylene explains that the kitchen was designed by Maybelle Uy and Kaye Llanto of KM Interior Design Studio. She says that she wanted to have a lot of wooden elements and textures. These details created a warm and cozy feel in the kitchen.

Pick white light and large windows

Another way to make your kitchen look clean and streamlined is to make sure that there is enough light. Choose huge windows and sheer curtains that will let the rays of sun in.

Find a wall-mounted rack

To keep everything organized, keep your magazines in a wall-mounted rack. 

Conceal unsightly pieces

The designers hid the water dispenser inside a cabinet. This added a seamless feel to the neat and organized kitchen.

Clean out your pantry

Every month, Mylene spends one day removing all unnecessary clutter in the kitchen. She says that this is important because people often accumulate ingredients and canned goods.


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