About Kera Wong
Name: Kera Wong
Occupation: Food and Restaurant Photographer
Hobbies: Playing with my cat Lilly, collecting Pusheen merchandise, and eating out and reviewing cafes and restaurants.
What gear do you use to take your photos?
I shoot with a Canon 5d mark iv, a range of L series Canon lens, a 24-70mm Tamron lens, and Profoto A1X Speedlight.
What type of photography are you into?
Not surprising I love food styling, and I also love landscape photography. Cooking and styling my own food at home/studio is a big challenge for me as I am accountable for setting the scene, as opposed to shooting a venue as the scene is already set for me. I also love landscape photography because it is a stark contrast to what I do every day, going from a small table setting to a very wide view. Skylar from We Eat Together is my biggest inspiration.
How did you start photography? What/Who inspires you?
I picked up my first camera in September 2017, it was a Canon M10 mirrorless, mostly to take Instagram photos of my food and document my travels. In May 2018 a local business found my work on Instagram and gave me my first paying gig, and it wasn’t long before I could afford a gear upgrade, and found more clients on my own. I find inspiration from the people I’ve met on my journey, including strangers who upload their work online to Instagram and Pinterest, seeing their work encourages me to improve my own. It also helps that most of my friends are associated with the photography and/or marketing industry, including George’s own Oliver Minnett, these people inspire every day!
Top 3 photo locations to shoot?
1. The Grounds of Alexandria is a must for anyone who loves well-presented food, with lots of diffused natural lighting + lifestyle photo opportunities.
2. Qube/Meet Mica are two cafes that have great natural lighting almost any time of day, the light is soft and bounces very naturally in its surroundings. I’ve never taken a bad picture here, even when it rains or in the harsh sun.
3. Vizio E Cucina in Woolloomooloo is my favourite restaurant to shoot, the interiors are very traditional, rustic and clean. The angles of the furnishings, food and drinks are so natural that I can point my lighting in almost any direction and it works.
Top 3 photo tips?
1. Look to other people for inspiration; the best advice anyone gave me was, “If you don’t know what to do, copy someone”, and work from there.
2. Take advantage of your resources, including classes and networking events. If you can’t afford these, Youtube is a great place to start.
3. Specifically, with food photography, remember that every dish looks the best at a certain angle. Find it, and if you can’t, change it. When cooking and styling it, always cook and style for the photo, not for taste.
What has been your most memorable experience?
The day I set up an aerial shot at Punjabi Fusion. I shot 132+ dishes that day, most if not all ended up in the flatlay. At that point I was still practising my flatlay skills so I was worried that I was going to mess it up, but thankfully it worked. It is still the biggest flatlay I’ve ever done to date.
Kera’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kerabeareats/