Photographed by: Katie Jameson | Interview of: Ashleigh Amoroso
How did you get started?
After moving to Austin, Texas (nearly 10 years ago!) I was introduced to the beautiful local food community by my dear friend Diane Dixon of Keeper Collection (keepercollection.com). I had been a photographer for a little while at that point, but I hadn’t experimented with shooting food. Diane and I worked together on several projects and I learned a tremendous amount about food and wine from her and her husband. Slowly my love for food photography began to take shape and I felt the most creative and inspired when I was styling and photographing beautiful things made by incredibly talented folks.
What influences you? / Where do you get your inspiration?
I’m inspired by others who are in love with food, wine, and the community behind it; the farmers, the chefs, the family traditions, the wine makers, etc. Meals are very special to me and I strive to make as many as possible, memorable. I have a monthly dinner club with some friends where we try out new recipes together. Having friends who feel the same is an endless source of inspiration.
How do you balance your personal time + work? / How do you create separation?
Recently my husband helped me build a studio. To have a place that is beautiful, full of inspiration, organized, and where I do most of my work and shoots has helped me tremendously. Although, balance isn’t something I put a ton of thought into. I’m very happy doing what I do - even if it’s more than 40 hours a week.
What keeps you motivated?/ Why do you love doing this?
This question nearly brings tears to my eyes because I immediately think of the joy that surrounds food styling and photography for me. I could do it without a break for days on end. Sometimes I am so flooded with ideas I feel like I can hardly catch my breath because I see these beautiful things unfolding in my mind faster than my hands can work. It is just within me - and now that I’ve found it, I never want to stop.
Where do you see yourself in 2-5 years? / What’s next for your brand?
Since I’ve begun teaching workshops I’ve found that’s something I very much enjoy. It’s so exciting for me to be around other people who find food and imagery as fulfilling as I do. I envision more workshops, more editorials, maybe another cookbook, lots of community, and beautiful meals with folks I love and admire.