If you have multiple jobs and/or skills, which one do you wish you could do more often?
While I’ve spent most of my career outside of college as a graphic designer though I’m happy that I’ve finally decided to make photography part of my offering. I’ve always grown up with the camera but didn’t realize all the job possibilities there were for me. I love documenting travel and food and would love to do this more often.
You have an impressive 2M following on Pinterest. How has social media played a role in your photography career?
Pinterest has been a huge help in connecting me with brands and friends. I’ve been able to work with a lot of companies I’ve always admired and dreamed of working with. I love being able to take my design and photography background to help elevate a brand with social media.
What are you working on right now?
Thankfully just finishing off a couple of crazy weeks. I am currently working on curating and writing guides for the holidays and photographing a few different recipes.
What are all the tools (digital or physical) you use on a regular basis?
Canon 5d Mark III
Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
Boomerang for Gmail
What are you putting off right now, but you know you have to get to, but you haven’t had the time?
I’ve been wanting to redesign and launch my blog under See and Savour. I don’t mind the way my site looks now but I’d love to make it more organized for those using it as a tool for their travels.
If you could hire someone for $20/hour, what would you have them do to make your day easier?
Drive me around LA ;D ha, one thing I really hate doing in general is driving (and driving in traffic) if I could be working all the hours I sit in traffic that would be nice. But really help me with errands or prop searching and styling. Oh also! I’d really love someone to help with writing, I’ve always felt it is something that doesn’t come easy for me.
If you could talk to an expert to gain more insight on something, what would it be about?
I’d love to meet successful food and travel photographers, to have a mentor in the field. To learn from their experiences and gain knowledge. Chatting with other like minded people is always fun and inspiring.
Gentl and Hyers – the light, the food, the travel – awe inspiring
Anna Williams – love the emotion from her photos
What kind of opportunities/projects are you looking for right now?
I really enjoy helping restaurants with food photography to help elevate their brand presence. Often times I find that a place has great food but no visuals to go along with it. People are enticed by images they see – a beautiful photo of something delicious can leave them wanting more and coming in to try it themselves.
Also anything travel related. Need someone to document what it would be like to spend a week in Iceland and share the experience on your site or through my audience? I’m in!
How are you finding these opportunities currently?
Most of my clients are finding me through my blog or word of mouth. I’ve had ideas to work on a promo piece I could use for potential new clients but client work has taken priority (which I guess isn’t a bad reason!)
Your photos are gorgeous! What about Cook Books, personal chefs, caterers, kitchen supplies or kitchenwares?
Thank you! I’m actually in the middle of working out the logistics of a potential cookbook deal - crossing fingers.
Describe your ideal client. Even if it doesn’t actually exist!
There are a few different clients I love working with. I love working with restaurants and chefs who are starting their business and wanting to build their marketing and online presence. I also love working with travel companies to help bring awareness to a specific hotel, town or country. Passport ready and stomach is hungry!
What is your preferred style of working (remote, in-house, on-site, etc)?
It depends on what I am working on but with food photography it is either at the clients space (restaurant/bakery) or in my home (tiny) studio. If I am working with a restaurant/chef it is easier to work within their space to capture their environment.
Describe a client/job/partner you would rather not have. What are your deal breakers?
In terms of photography - I hope that the client has reviewed my portfolio and sees my aesthetic. I wouldn’t be the right fit for the client if they were looking for a specific style that isn’t mine.
I’m particular with design projects I’ve been taking on lately, mostly because I haven’t been as excited about them. Unless it is a brand I truly love and want to be apart of would I take on new design clients right now.
Which brands inspire you?
What is your rate, retainer, or salary range?
Every project is a different and since the scope of my work really ranges it’s harder to provide a rate/range.
Let’s say a restaurant needed 20-30 photos for their instagram account and there wasn’t a deadline. How much would that cost? They wouldn’t have to be DSLR. Would you be interested in that?
That would be loads of fun. I’ve always thought it would be great to shoot an entire project all on my mobile phone. I’d come out and spend the day shoot and edit images for $1.5k.
How should someone approach you about working with you?
Send me an email! If they have specifics in mind with – what they are looking for and if they had a budget thats a great start. From there we can establish if we are the right fit for each other and discuss further.
This member profile was originally published on December 2014.