I am a writer, cook, baker, and newly established food photographer who has spent years photographing my own kitchen endeavors. My journey towards food photography was a very organic culmination of a deep passion to create beautiful food, and the eventual desire to document it. I experience an unparalleled thrill, seeing a dish that clearly took much thought well-executed, and then bring joy to the person who eventually savours its art and labour. It is both an invisible and visceral baton of love, passed on many hands: from its conception, execution, and finally, consumption.
This is the same reason that had previously compelled me to become a food writer, and starting my own home baking business, and eventually a small private kitchen cooking gourmet meals for strangers in my own home. It was a conscious decision to pursue both my culinary interests and photography synergistically. Rather than deflecting my focus on each individual craft, I have discovered that being a cook has made me a better photographer. When you have a vested connection to the meal before you and how it has come to be, capturing the essence and soul of that dish becomes an unstaged, lucid and appreciative process.
In return, photographic awareness has taught me so much beyond the aesthetics, or how to style and present food in its most visually breathtaking form. It is strange how photography has allowed me to become a better cook. Taking photographs inclines one to take a step back, and extend consciousness beyond one's immediate tasks. It instills a calm that would otherwise be lost in the heated energy of the kitchen. Accustoming myself to being in the moment has impacted the way I plan and cook meals for myself and others.
Both my photography and cooking express my views on the fine art of sustenance. As someone who believes in putting the very best into our bodies, I want to show that the best tasting food, is actually also the most nourishing. This is perhaps the biggest misunderstood reality in the history of food, and I cherish every opportunity to reveal it.