The good ol’ stand-on-your-chair-and-shoot-from-above method seems to be de rigueur among food photographers today, but not so much for Jennifer Causey. The Brooklyn-based shooter prefers to play with varying heights and off-beat angles to catch movement and intimate human elements, resulting in images that are often far more playful, yet no less drool-worthy. From a slice of pie peeking out from the pan at Jim Denevan’s “Outstanding in the Field” dinner, to a juicy lamb chop juxtaposed with colorful carpet at Alexander’s in Roanoke, VA, Causey makes food pop with multi-dimensional layers—no flat, wallpaper-like images here.

Before snapping away for the likes of Martha Stewart Living, Every Day with Rachael Ray, and Kinfolk magazine, Causey studied journalism and photography, learning to develop her own film and make her own prints. Her writerly background comes through as she breaks down her favorite food photos here, noting small details that contribute to her style (like how a kid’s wiggly foot at a KBBQ feast adds personality to her photo) and waxing eloquently about her undying love for breakfast foods.

Gone are the days of solely bird’s-eye view food porn on your Instagram—and you can thank Jennifer Causey for that.