Hi! My name is Cecelia and I’m an Architect and food fanatic from Sydney.
I absolutely love creating, traveling, and exploring, learning new skills, sports… I’ll pretty much give anything a go. Exercising my mind and creating through drawing, building, cooking, photography, and everything in-between is what keeps me busy and sane.
What gear do you use to take your photos?
I’m definitely a Sony devotee and use a Sony a7iii. Lens-wise my most used one’s at the moment are my Sony FE 50mm f1.8 and Tamron 35mm f2.8. I also have a Tamron 20mm and 24mm f2.8 in the bag in case I need wider shots.
What type of photography are you into?
I primarily photograph food, dabble in lifestyle and adore cityscapes and architecture especially when I go on my holidays!
How did you start photography? What/Who inspires you?
I started getting into photography during Uni when taking photos helped me capture moments and experiences whilst exploring architecture and cities. This has helped me in my work to understand how spaces and lighting can evoke certain emotions for those within the space.
Food has always been a passion of mine and growing up with parents who worked in hospitality and owned their own restaurant, food has always been a part of my life. Since working on my food photography projects, Food Critics and Bloggers Australia (FCBA) and Where’s the Food Aus, I’ve been lucky enough to explore this passion. I love that I can capture moments not just for my own memories but to also share my experiences with others.
There are so many amazing artists, creators, and Instagrammers out there that I love and follow so it’s hard to pick a few! But what I love when hunting for inspirations on Instagram, magazines & books, are those moments where you stop and pause on an image because it captures your attention in a sea of images. It’s the expression of their individualism, the colour, lighting or framing of the image that really captures my imagination!
Top 3 photo locations to shoot?
Any bustling Asian city like Hong Kong, Tokyo or Taiwan. I have an obsession with lights, colour and contrast and the vibes you get from these urban cities at night are just incredible!
I also love to shoot any of Gaudi’s work in Barcelona because I’m a huge fan. I’m probably biased, but whether you’re shooting from afar, close up on the details or at different times of the day; you’ll find it hard to take the same photo twice and that’s what makes it so stunning and unique.
Anywhere in nature because there’s so much beauty in nature; from the rolling landscape all the way down to the macro details. Nature may seem random and organic at first glance but if you look close enough, there’s also a strong sense of order and pattern.
Top 3 photo tips?
Don’t get too caught up on what equipment you have, but know how to use what you have to convey your idea to the viewer. Take the time to plan and frame your shots to capture the best angle and lighting; if it doesn’t feel right when you’re shooting it’s gonna be a nightmare trying to edit after!
Don’t be scared to try something new when shooting and editing even when you’ve already got a strong style. I hate it when I feel like I’m capturing the same thing over and over again! Try something completely different, candid or draw inspiration from images you’ve seen before to mix it up. Even if the final image doesn’t come out exactly as how you want, it’s just a stepping stone for more ideas to pop up.
A tip for food shots is to ALWAYS have some napkins and wet wipes on hand! I’ve been caught out so many times and end up getting all sorts of food and sauce over my camera! (oh and don’t forget to clean your camera afterwards too!) Do something fun and different to make your food look animated or drool-worthy! Think, pour shots, tossing salads, cheese pulls and noodle lifts, they’re the ones that make me feel super hungry!
What has been your most memorable experience?
This is hard because I’ve been lucky to be able to experience and try so many things since getting into photography and Instagram!
But one of my favourite memories during my travels is when I went to Japan and made a day trip to the art island called Naoshima. The island is home to many contemporary art museums, stunning architecture by Tadao Ando and the Art House Project which is a collection of abandoned houses and workshops that have been converted into venues and art installations by local and international artists. It’s such an amazing place, completely different from the hustle and bustle of city life that you think of when you picture Japan. I love telling people to make a visit here if they can!
There are actually more art islands around the area so I’ll definitely be back once we can start travelling again!
If you were a superhero, what would be your special power?
This is a tough one! It’s gotta be a toss between teleportation or time manipulation. Teleportation so I can pop over to anywhere I want to travel and explore. And time manipulation, mainly to slow it down so I can cram more things into my day. I lose track of time so easily when I’m concentrating on a project!