Thank you for chatting with us! You have one of the most enviable gigs we’ve ever come across. Tell us all the juicy details (pun intended) about how you got to where you are today.
Many thanks for having me! I studied photography throughout high school and then at RMIT. After uni I was offered a full-time role at The Age Newspaper as a Features and Magazines Photographer. I got to shoot loads of fun stuff at The Age; mainly portraiture, fashion and interiors. I started shooting food to have a nice balance to the pace of the celebrity portraits and fashion shoots. I found it really calming in comparison! Another thing that cemented my love for food photography is that we pretty much always eat the food we shoot! It’s a myth that the food is fake and inedible, thankfully. I have no doubt I’ve eaten some of the best food in the world during my years as a food photographer.
I stayed at The Age for ten years before leaving to pursue a freelance career. The majority of my freelance work has been food. Australia, and particularly Melbourne, has an amazing food culture, we’re food-obsessed!
I’m never bored shooting food as there’s still a huge technical element involved, because the direction and quality of the light is vital. I often use flash if the natural light quality is inconsistent, but I light so as to mimic a natural daylight look.