I am based in Bli Bli on the Sunshine Coast, where I live with wonderful husband, and our lives pretty much consists of food, food and more food.
For me it is all about inspiration and creation, especially when it concerns food.
I love to dine in, I love to eat out. I love to cook, I love to be cooked for. I love to read about food and foodies and everything within the realm of food. I love the smell, the taste, the textures – there is not a thing about food that does not in some way capture my imagination. It’s also as much about the imagery. That is how I came to be a food photographer, creator and passionate consumer. I find the whole foodie thing visually awe inspiring. Whether it is the produce itself, or the producers, I find the entire food connection fascinating and moreover a load of fun.
While I have lived on the Sunshine Coast for over 25 years, and it is without a doubt my favourite corner of the world, I grew up in North East Victoria in King Valley, a region now know for its exquisite wines and regional cuisine, which laid a strong foundation.
Many people have often asked me how I came to get involved in the food industry in the way I have, and the truth of it is, I just fell into it. The passion has always been there, ever since I was a child.
I have been fortunately to be able to develop a career out of my passion, which continues to evolve.
I have spent the last 15 years scouring markets and developing initiatives in how to generate more interest in the Sunshine Coast Regional Food movement and years before that collating information and contacts in a hope to develop something tangible that will make a difference to the Sunshine Coast’s food industry. I just want everyone to love and support regional food as much as I do. ‘Food is life’ so surely ‘good food’ equates to ‘good life’!
Over the years I have morphed into a photographer focusing largely on food and flowers as my subjects and I frequently consult on many things food related as well as writing the restaurant reviews for a number of publications, a job that was more of a favourite pastime than a job in the real sense of the word.
I am also the author, designer, photographer and publisher of three food related books; A Gourmet Odyssey – Noosa to Mooloolaba; Ginger – the flavours and the flowers; Shane Stanley’s Noosa Farmers’ Market.
And… the Creative Director, Administrator and Developer of Local Harvest – The Sunshine Coast Food Directory (www.sunshinecoastregionalfood.com) an online directory of Sunshine Coast based foods, that continues to grow.
While food is definitely my passion, of recent times I have become involved in other projects that have captured my interest would so I created Pebbles + Pomegranate Seeds (www.pebblesandpomegranateseeds.com.au), a travel / lifestyle blog as a bit of a hub for all of my interests and where I document the experience either through my images or through the written word.
My journey has led me down various forks (pardon the pun) in the road, and while food is the common thread in all that I do, it is the passion that burns behind the food that has led me be the most captivated.
I am a dreamer, so I am inevitably drawn to other dreamers, and the food industry seems to be full of dreamers. I love nothing more than to explore and discover and through food it has led me to discover many others who also like to dream… largely about food. Their dream might be of the perfect recipe, the perfect produce or the perfect lifestyle. I find these people inspiring and have learnt so much through these associations, and my journey had only just begun. The projects that I have developed and am currently developing are part of this journey, following my dreams, but to be part of other people’s dreams and their journeys… all of which inspire me to continue to seek out, learn about and promote those who share their passions in order to live the dream.
If you would like to read more about me, and my story and background in the food industry (and have endless time on your hands), please visit Pebbles + Pomegranate Seeds