A love of photography and cooking has combined to see local Lower Light resident, Marie Tapscott, take out an Australian magazine “cook the cover” photo competition.
A spontaneous purchase of the May edition of Taste Magazine saw Marie come across the competition, where entrants are given the front cover recipe to recreate and tips on how to style the dish and take a good food photo.
Marie has always been fascinated by photography but has only recently started taking photographs and exploring the medium further.
She has undertaken a variety of courses to improve her techniques including an online photography enthusiast course through Click Love Grow, specifically for women.
“Even though I thought I was terrible, I went on to do the Advanced Course in the amazingly supportive Click Love Grow community,” Marie said.
“Then, last year, as something special for me, I joined a diverse group of photographers in the Southern Flinders Ranges for the regions’ Photography Festival.
“We were based in Melrose and enjoyed landscape photography with Mark Zed and Light Painting with the famous Denis Smith in Alligator Gorge.
“It was the most fantastic few days and I made a heap of new friends.
“Since then, I have joined Click Love Grow’s macro course, creative photography and more recently a food photography course run by the talented Naomi Sherman; a nationally recognised food photographer from Tasmania.
“It was during the food photography course that I have maybe found my niche, even though I still love other genres of photography, particularly styling.”
Creating the cover shot for the competition was no easy feat.
Marie spent hours preparing the required ingredients, creating a backboard and arranging the setting, before taking 20-30 shots and choosing just one to send in.
“It was a fairly complex pumpkin soup recipe with stunning food styling,” Marie explained.
“I decided to have a go as it was more (photography) practice for me and a bit of a challenge while things have been slow.
“I created the backdrop, found a bowl to suit and spray painted it, then set about making this soup and making it look pretty.
“I used all I had learned in my course and submitted my photo.
“A week later, I was contacted by Taste Magazine to tell me I won first prize!
“I was speechless and excited as the prize was a Canon M6 Mark 2 Mirrorless camera worth $1700.”
Marie is no stranger to photography competitions, having won a tourism photo contest to promote the Lucindale Naracoorte region about a decade ago.
She is excited about developing her food styling skills, saying this form of photography is very satisfying.
“It was fun to make this recipe and photograph it, and this has boosted my confidence,” she said.
“There’s so many options to dress food.
“The styling side of it interests me and the other thing is that you can set up in one spot, all you need is natural light.
“I hope to eventually move my passion into a business of some sort that I am sure will evolve as I go forward.”
Marie now has an Instagram page for her photography.
You can check her out @ marietapscott.photography