A bit about me.
I’m a food lover with restless feet that calls Canberra, Australia home. I am crazy for all things photography, toasties, fashion (hats + lipstick especially) and emojis.
Most days I can be found behind the lens, eating something mildly unhealthy, wrangling my daughter or catching up with / cooking for friends and family.
I am mostly described as slightly annoying, funny, warm hearted and hard working. I tend to agree with all of those things haha.
My passion is to create beautiful imagery, share what I know with my tribe through freebies, workshops and retreats and meeting new people. I love nothing more than geeking out over photography with like-minded creatives, and eating all of the food with them!
I started my adult life as a building and construction manager, go figure I would end up being a photographer! I’d say it was the creativity, flexible hours and meeting beautiful souls that led me to this path, and I have never looked back.
Favourite things: strong coffee, rainy days, slow weekends, travelling, getting shit done, ribs, cool weather, oaked chardonnay, setting the table, learning French, swimming in the rain, travelling, warming up after a freezing day, long dinners with friends, French wine, autumn landscapes, the beach, snow.
Inspirations: so many to list, but to name a few, Zaira Zarotti at The Freaky Table, Valentina at Hortus Cuisine, Lean at Lean Timms, Beth Kirby at Local Milk, Eva Kosmas Flores at Adventures in Cooking, Linda Lomelino at Call Me Cupcake, Carey at Reclaiming Provincial, Sam at Drizzle & Dip, Helene at Tartelette and many, many more.
My life: I am married to a lovely man who
puts up with me thinks i’m pretty cute (isn’t that right babe?). He is my my biggest fan (and investor), supporter and taste tester. Apart from the fact he doesn’t LIKE CHOCOLATE (I mean who is he?), he’s perfect.
In 2015 we welcomed our darling baby girl Remy 11 weeks early, and although that wasn’t quite the start to motherhood I expected I am enjoying navigating being a first time parent. This involves many new things. Leaving the house covered in vomit (and not caring). Standing in line for coffee whilst rocking back and forth making shhhhh sounds (without my baby in tow). Washing. Lots of washing. Learning about sleep routines and
failing at them smashing them. Spending most days utterly exhausted but totally in love. Although difficult at times, I relish the messiness of my new life. This video depicts my feelings well. Update: she’s doing so well. A happy, chubby and wonderfully chatty baby toddler who, to me, is the highlight of my Instagram Stories.
My gear: All my photographs are taken are using natural light, my Canon 6D/Canon 5D Mark IV and either a 100mm f/2.8 Macro, 50mm f/1.2 or 24-70mm f/2.8 + almost always free-hold. I really should bother learn how to use my tripod but I haven’t got around to it yet.
Still here? Here are 5 things you might not know about me.
- I have never ever put clothes on a line. I use the dryer for almost everything. Anything “nice” i just hang up on a rack inside.
- I have the footsteps of a giant. Honestly when I walk down a hallway, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a 6″11 200kg man coming.
- I eat so super fast, it’s actually disgusting.
- I am, infuriatingly, the most non-competitive person ever. Playing Monopoly with me is hell.
- I wear my Apple watch religiously.
A bit about The Macadames.
A few years ago I spent 18 glorious months travelling Europe, living in Chamonix, exploring endless countries in our camper van and stopping to smell the roses. I started this blog to follow my travels, my adventures in cooking and capture the moments of my slow(er) paced and deliciously spent life. I fell in love with photography and using it to inspire myself and others.
This blog is tribute to my way of life. Finding the beauty in simple things. Laughing more. Worrying less. Clean eating mostly. Indulging often. Wholesome living. Being present. Being KIND. Travelling more. Becoming what you eat and enjoying every last bite of it. Making your own magic. Keeping it local. Choosing seasonly. Taking the time to learn. Exploring your back yard. Thinking happy thoughts. Being active. Appreciating yourself. Making mistakes and being happy about it. Getting outside more. Not sweating the small stuff. Aiming for big things. Being content with less. Going out. Exploring. Cooking for people. Letting others cook for you. Learning to slow down. Knowing when to get on with it. Being grateful. Being the best version of yourself.
Cooking and travelling are my two passions so starting a blog was a natural progression to share my recipes, adventures, stories and photography. I love to cook everything and I have wanderlust to go everywhere (literally everywhere!!!).
I’m all about balance. To me, clean eating and indulging aren’t mutually exclusive. Life is not about counting calories, cutting out sugar, growing all your own food (though I wish I had the skills to do this) or denying yourself life’s pleasures, it’s about making conscious and educated decisions about what you eat and why you eat it. You can have your cake, but eat your greens too. It’s learning about your food, where it came from, it’s story. It’s about nourishing yourself so you feel whole. Food is much more than sustenance. Food brings people together, sharing, experiencing, laughing, creating memories. That’s what it’s all about.
In the kitchen, I tend to gravitate towards decadent treats, dishes from around the world and ice cream. I love entertaining so dinner party food is my jam. I’m all about balancing the good stuff with the naughty stuff.
In my travels, I love experiencing it all, from campervanning on a budget to splashing out on lush accommodation now and then. I love hiking amazing trails and finding hidden beaches. I feel at home in snow capped mountains (Chamonix will always have my heart). I love seeing the world and sharing photos and my experiences with you.
Here you’ll find a collection of my travel adventures, my favourite Canberra haunts (somewhat harder now with a beautiful baby girl) and recipes from my table + beyond. My adventures in life. My story.
Thanks for stopping by, you always make my day. I hope you enjoy my adventures, my recipes and my (somewhat badly written) musings around the globe. If you want to know more… scroll below. xx
Work with me
If you would like to work with me, please see my Work With Me page.
If you would like to see where my work has been published, please see my Press page.