Jen Munkvold, of the wunderkind directing duo Peden+Munk, is a forerunner in the culinary world. The still photographer turned director got her start at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where she was inspired by renowned photographer Paul Jasmin whose words, ”show me where you live”, were key to developing her story telling style.
As a food connoisseur and aesthetic aficionado the culinary world was an intuitive focus. Quickly becoming the go-to talent for major publications such as Bon Appetit, The New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, GQ, and Mr. Porter among many others. Jen Munkvold along with her husband and partner Taylor Peden have created central rebranding imagery for major companies such as Tommy Bahama, Smirnoff, Jack Daniels, Williams Sonoma, Crate and Barrel, eBay, Gold Peak Tea, The Coca-Cola Company, Apple, Coors, Electrolux, and Carrabba’s Restaurants. They also just completed a pilot for a new Netflix series about food.
Under the moniker of Peden+Munk, the directing duo have collaborated on projects around the world, from foraging mushrooms in Morocco to creating specialty camera rigs to capture food explosions. Their directing technique elicits energetic, soul-baring reactions from everyday people fused with impeccable food footage.
As a director, Jen approaches every job with a keen eye and intense sense for detail. She likes to get her hands dirty. With a refined aesthetic approach that is instrumental in crafting the details, her awareness supports the level of perfection she adheres to. She approaches each project like a work of art imbuing it with her unique sense of style, which is strong, sharp, precise, bold, and fearless.