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Rachel Jane | Food Photographer

August 21, 2014
Rachel Jane | Food Photographer

Rachel Jane | Food PhotographerMy fiancé and partner in crime Rachel Jane is a food photographer, and a great one. The comment I hear most about her work is that the photographs make the viewer hungry!

A few months ago, Rachel was approached by Elizabeth Marsh (affectionately known as “Lizzy”) of Primal Junction. Lizzy was working with a publisher to write her very first recipe book on the trendy Paleo diet and wanted Rachel to showcase the food beautifully.

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Timelines were tight; there were 55 recipes to photograph in 5 weeks. Rachel worked day in and out while balancing other work to get the photos done. Not only did she hit the deadline, she has helped create a book full of incredible food photography. I was lucky enough to get to try a lot of the recipes and the ones I had were so tasty!

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My role

My job wasn’t just to eat the food. Someone had to take the portrait photos for the author/photographer bios. Rachel asked me to photograph her and here’s the image she chose:

Rachel Jane | Food PhotographerFinal image used as Rachel Jane’s profile photo in the book

The location was simple. We took a little walk around out neighborhood in Melbourne and found a nice spot in a local park.

The shoot itself was a bit different. Since Rachel is a photographer, she had a pretty specific idea of what shot she had in mind. It’s not often that I’ve been on shoot where the creative direction is coming from the subject! Luckily I was able to capture what she wanted and the image graces the back page of the book.

Will you support?

It would be amazing if you would head over to Rachel’s blog and have a look at her work. It would be even better if you hopped over to Lizzy’s website and pre-ordered the book: Paleo – The Real Food Diet to Reset Your Life. The book looks beautiful, is full of great recipes and costs only $12.99 AUD. I know that Rachel, Lizzy and I would be extremely grateful for your support.

Paleo - The real food diet to reset your life - By Elizabeth Marsh, Photography by Rachel Jane

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Are we competitive?

Some people wonder what it is like to be in a relationship with another photographer. In our case, it’s great! Not only can we support and critique each other, but since we’re not in the same niche, we don’t tend to get competitive in what we’re each trying to create. We are more competitive with ourselves and are both committed to furthering our photographic art and craft.

I was really happy with how these photos turned out. She looks beautiful if I do say so myself!


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  • Reply Lizzy August 21, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    What a beautiful post Matt! Thanks so much for sharing our creation and what an incredible pleasure its been working alongside Rachel and having the opportunity to see her work her magic – you guys are a very inspiring and talented match!

    • Reply Matt Korinek August 23, 2014 at 11:46 am

      Thanks Lizzy! I’m more than happy to share what you two created together. It’s so great to see the amazing result from amazing food photography combined with such tasty food developed by someone who is so passionate about people’s health.

  • Reply Kristi February 27, 2016 at 8:21 am

    I have no idea if you will see this, given how much time has passed since you wrote it, but I discovered your blog through Rachel’s blog, and I discovered hers through Squarespace’s customer pages template promo page (which I know she’s not using any longer) while I was setting up my own site.

    Anyway, I’m in love with both blogs – I’m a relatively new food blogger and her photography has really inspired the direction down which I find myself wanting to head with my own (I know nothing about the craft, but I’m a quick learner). And, your photography is beyond gorgeous and makes me want to learn how to shoot more than just food! I just wish you had an Instagram account because I’d definitely follow you *hint hint*.

    Your site and photography are gorgeous, and I am digging your blog. Also, what you wrote about non-competitiveness in this particular post is awesome. That is all 🙂

    • Reply Matt Korinek February 28, 2016 at 11:59 am

      Hey Kristi,

      Thanks so much for reaching out and the kind words! We both appreciate hearing that you enjoy our photography & blogs.

      I actually do have an instagram account – you can find me @mattkorinek. And although Rachel no longer uses squarespace for her blog, she is still using it on her portfolio website.

      I read on your website that you’re looking to upgrade to a DSLR. Have you made the jump yet?

      • Reply Kristi February 29, 2016 at 4:40 pm

        You bet, Matt! I think it’s great that you two promote each other on your blogs. I’ll have to comment on hers as well.

        Thanks – I’ll be following you by the time you get this reply. I really enjoy your photography.

        I have not made the jump yet. It’s an investment, but I anticipate being able to make the leap within a month. I’m still doing my homework on which to go with, but the one I want is, unfortunately, out of budget *sigh*. I would be happy going with a cheaper option, but a friend and I are collaborating on a cookbook, and I understand that I’ll need something better for print than for blogging. Anyway, thanks for taking the time to note and mention that!

        • Reply Matt Korinek March 6, 2016 at 11:49 am

          Budgets are always tough when looking into new gear. My suggestion is that you buy into a system (a brand that you plan to grow with) and invest in good lenses before a good body. Good luck with your cookbook! I’m sure you can reach out to Rach and ask her for advice if you need any.

          • figsandchevre March 6, 2016 at 5:30 pm

            Thanks for the tip, Matt. I’ll undoubtedly be reaching out to Rachel. I just love her work! Please pass that on to her for me. I’ll comment on her blog as well, of course 🙂

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