Hi I’m Chantelle. A graphic designer turned photographer and stylist from Australia. I started this blog in 2009 after encouragement of friends. At first I was hesitant. ‘What on earth would I write about?. Who would even bother to read it?’. But I took a leap and over the years this blog has become a part of me. It’s a creative outlet, a place to share the things I love and inspire me, and at times my random thoughts.

I’ve worked for various magazines both within Australia and internationally, including Food & Wine, The Simple Things, Kinfolk, Real Living and Show Pony. Here’s my portfolio website with my photography and styling work.

I’m currently living in Berkeley, CA with my husband and little boy.

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For enquiries, please email me at chantelle@chantellegrady.com

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How did you get started? 

I completed courses in interior design, graphic design + multimedia and a few basic after-hours courses in photography. I felt interior design was something I might get into when I was older rather than at the time of completion. I then got into graphic design and worked in the industry for about 9 years. It was when I worked for an advertising firm and with professional photographers that I realised that’s where my interest was. I loved coming up with concepts and seeing the outcome from a photo shoot. And then I got married. I had a blast styling my wedding and realised that too was an area I enjoyed. And with my lifelong obsession with magazines and beautiful photography it was an area I wanted to explore and get into. I don’t profess to be the most talented photographer or stylist in the world. Far from it. I’m still learning, I make mistakes and I’m figuring things out along the way. And to be honest I still haven’t quite figured out where I want to be in 5 years. But if I have any advice to give, it’s to say yes to opportunities and give things a go. It might pleasantly surprise you where things lead.

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How do you make your images look the way they do?

This is a question I’m emailed about quite often. And although I’m all for helping others how I can, it took me quite a few years of playing around and developing a formula to my images. And just like a chef who doesn’t reveal all the secrets to their recipe I keep my image treatment secrets the same way. I will say that I use a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and mostly a 50mm f/1.8 or a 35mm f/2 lens. And at times a 17-40mm f/4L lens for wide angles. I also photograph in natural light. I like a slightly vintage feel to my images and use a combination of filters and photoshop adjustment layers. But that’s as much as I will say ;) I suggest playing around yourself and you will eventually develop your own style and image treatment.

In regards to the food styling I don’t use chemicals or anything unnatural when styling food as I (and my family and friends) always eat what is made.

I’ve had comments about the hygiene of utensils I use since a great deal is vintage and quite tarnished. I love patena on cutlery and adding vintage elements to a photograph. It’s part of my style. But I assure you I am very careful since like I mentioned, we eat the foods I prepare.

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Can I use your images on my website/in my magazine

I’m all for sharing the work of others. And as you have seen I do this on my own blog. But it always comes with a credit. I’m more than happy if you want to use an image you have seen on here for use on your blog, as long as you credit where it came from.

In regards to contributing images to your magazine, I’ve done this many times in the past. But I came to realise that I was giving all my hard work away for free. So I no longer send magazines images for free. Time and effort goes into each shot, as is yours with producing your magazine. I’m happy to be contacted if you would like to enquire about the cost of an image.

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Do you sell your images? 

I do license my images. But those that have been commissioned by a certain magazine I don’t. It’s the magazines concept and their right to own the images for the story. If you’re interested in any of the images you have seen on here then please drop me a line and I’ll happily tell you if they are available for purchase or not.

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Do you accept advertising on your site?

The products and services I post on here I personally find appealing and inspiring. My aim is to share this with others in the hope they too will be inspired. I am open to advertising products or services, as long as they fit with the aesthetic of the site and I genuinely feel it’s a product or service I would use myself. I pride myself on providing honest information and images to my readers.

If you would like to discuss how we can work together on topics related to food, travel, interiors, fashion or other lifestyle related projects then please drop me a line on the email above.

Examples of how we can work together -

• A recipe post using your product
• A product or service review
• A giveaway

Imagery is highly important to the aesthetic of my site. If supplied images are not consistent enough then I’ll request to photograph the product myself.

Please note that advertising doesn’t come free. It takes time to put each post together and a girl needs to live :) I’m happy to email you rates based on the type of post you are interested in.

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