Life as an Intern Photographer

The end of last week marked the last day of my 3-month internship as a café/food photographer for Time Out Sydney. Wait, what internship?! I was keeping this a little quiet as even I found it rather overwhelming (in the best possible way) because really, what’s more confronting than being presented an opportunity to do something you love? (SELF-DEPRECIATORS UNITE). Paralleling the near completion of my degree the harsh realities of life have begun to set in and sadly I decided to turn down Time Out’s offer to continue interning to persue, well, a real job. SIGH, the food photography dream is over (for now).

In lieu of the current absence of any sort of vague employment that burns like a dark and horrible void in my life (lol jks I’m fine guys) I now have a lovely collection of photos I’d love to share with you. SO! If you’re from SYDNEY and you like FOOD and PHOTOS this post is especially for you; hold onto your TASTEBUDS, bust out your wide-angled LENSES and set up your TRIPODS in the middle of a BUSY SPACE and feel totally AWKWARD with me as I present you with a few of my favourite spots I was asked to shoot.

Black by Ezard at The Star, Pyrmont
Another fine dining contender to the seemingly-empty-but-ever-improving Pyrmont area. A torturous shoot as I was pining over everything, especially that honeycomb dessert. A lady yelled at me because she thought I was taking her photo (I wasn’t).

Black by Ezard at the Star, Pyrmont
Black by Ezard at the Star, Pyrmont
Black by Ezard at the Star, Pyrmont
Black by Ezard at the Star, Pyrmont
Black by Ezard at the Star, Pyrmont
Black by Ezard at the Star, Pyrmont
Black by Ezard at the Star, Pyrmont
Black by Ezard at the Star, Pyrmont
Black by Ezard at the Star, Pyrmont

 

Porch and Parlour, Bondi
A sweet abode with honest food populated by friendly locals and total Bondi bros alike. I’d be happy to call this my local should I one day live in the area (though not likely thanks to my fear of sand). Dish pictured below is smoked salmon and avocado on quinoa bread, a gluten free oasis on a plate.



Porch and Parlour, Bondi
Porch and Parlour, Bondi
Porch and Parlour, Bondi
Porch and Parlour, Bondi
Porch and Parlour, Bondi
Porch and Parlour, Bondi
Porch and Parlour, Bondi

 

La Croix, Potts Point
Part coffee corridor, part café, part designer showroom. Beautiful wares in a gorgeous space specialising in tartines and tarte tatin (I had to double-check the spelling of each, that sentence is a minefield). I visited a few weeks later with friends and both were excellent; sitting amongst the immaculately staged glassware and roses had me feeling like a million bucks (however strangely oscillating between both casual and fine dining). Would be interested to hear what others think of this café.

La Croix, Potts Point
La Croix, Potts Point
La Croix, Potts Point
La Croix, Potts Point
La Croix, Potts Point
La Croix, Potts Point
La Croix, Potts Point
La Croix, Potts Point

 

The Grounds of Alexandria, Alexandria
And of course no Sydney food blog would be complete with some snaps from the Grounds! Haha! I’m a walking cliché. These were taken on my first day watching and learning so here are some quick sneakies; it also illustrates my former self hinged on taking closeups, closeups and more closeups (I very quickly learnt to stop that immediately).

The Grounds of Alexandria, Alexandria
The Grounds of Alexandria, Alexandria
The Grounds of Alexandria, Alexandria

Big, big thanks to the team at Time Out for the opportunity! It was such a great experience, learning heaps (a royal buttload, in fact), conquering my holding-a-camera-in-public phobia (is this a thing? It should be a thing), seeing my photos in print and meeting some really sweet café and restaurant owners. I think they’re hiring another intern so if you’re a potential camera wielder do apply, you’ll be a better person for it.

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  1. Tina @ bitemeshowme’s avatar

    Wow, all I will say is wow. Wait, no I lie because there are more words coming. Haha. I am very impressed with your skills. They are amazing and my jaw has dropped whilst looking at each photo. I don’t imagine that was an easy decision to make but I’m sure you made the right one. Looking forward to the amazing photos to come! I may have to email you for tips :P xx

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  2. jessica’s avatar

    congrats on the internship, it must have been such a great learning experience! it’s just a shame they could only offer to extend it rather than actually pay you! man, do i know what that’s like, haha. still, it’s great experience and hopefully it’ll lead to a job that you enjoy just as much in the (near!) future! :)

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  3. chocolatesuze’s avatar

    woah fantastic photos! they’re absolutely stunning mate!

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  4. ChopinandMysaucepan’s avatar

    Dear Alana,

    Congrats on the internship. I think it’s great experience especially when you got to learn so much. I was at the Grounds recently and I thought it was a great place to take photos too.

    http://chopinandmysaucepan.com/lunch-at-the-grounds-of-alexandria

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  5. kate’s avatar

    How did you secure this internship!? I’m looking to do something like this and I am blown away by your photos!!!!

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    1. Alana’s avatar

      Hey Kate, that’s so sweet of you to say, thanks! It happened by chance; I came across the position, applied, and a few days later received a call asking if I was interested. I was pretty lucky this time around as it doesn’t always work out so easily. My only advice in these sorts of situations is to ensure you have a strong and up-to-date portfolio so employers can see your potential. Good luck!

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    2. Nic@diningwithastud’s avatar

      You’re amazing :)!!! Each shot is perfectly stunning

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    3. JasmyneTea’s avatar

      Oh well, at least it was a good experience! And it’ll look awesome on your CV :) Your pics, as always, are stunning!

      P.S. I was at the Aroma festival! I’m sorry I missed you, was probably busy cramming pavlova into my mouth, lol.

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    4. Kankana’s avatar

      This is fun .. so much fun! Sometime I wish I had found this passion for photography much before I had finished my graduation. Now, it’s not too late to learn but it’s still late I feel :)
      Lovely lovely photos you shared and I can imagine how much FUN you had doing the project!

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    5. Nami | Just One Cookbook’s avatar

      Yay! Congrats on the internship! I recognized some photos from restaurant and I also saw ChopinandMysaucepan’s comment – that’s right I saw on his blog. ;) Your work is really amazing. I know it’s a lot of your hard work, yet still to be able to produce these amazing photos is your hard work and talent!! I loooooove looking at your photos (forever!). Thanks for sharing!

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    6. Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden’s avatar

      Great post ! Fantastic images! Keep on rocking!

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