photographer alicia taylor

Alicia Taylor is a photographer who is fast making a name for herself. Not so long ago she was assisting some of London's established shooters, and in a relatively short period of time she's landed covers for Living Etc and Australia's House & Garden magazine. Alicia is also about to photograph two cookbooks - check out her food photography. She splits her time between Melbourne and Byron Bay.

Which five words best describe you? Creative, adventurous, organised, dedicated and kind.

How did you get your career start and what path have you taken since? When I was 11 my mother gave me my grandfather's camera. I used to drag my brother and sister around making them pose for me. On my 12th birthday I received my first camera, a Pentax K1000. At 17 I grabbed my camera and took off to Asia; this was the beginning of my passion for travel photography. I studied design at RMIT and then a BA in Photography at RMIT. It was during my time at RMIT that I saw Simon Griffiths work, at this moment I realised I could combine my passion for food and travel. Soon after graduating I moved to Asia and then the UK. My first great opportunity was to work with my idol, David Loftus (Jamie Oliver’s photographer). From there I worked with wonderful photographers such as Jonathan Gregson, Emma Lee, Simon Brown, Paul Massey and Tom Leighton. Working along side such wonderful interiors photographers was what sparked my career in interiors photography. I returned to Melbourne just over a year ago and began my career in Australia.

What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt along the way? The key to life is people. Love what you do and connect to others, and then life is a joy.

What’s your proudest career achievement? Having the opportunity to have my work published and live off what I love doing.

What’s been your best decision? To travel the world and work with wonderful people.

Who inspires you? Everyone... whether it be a lesson in life or work, there is something to be taken from every moment.

What are you passionate about? Photography, food, people, travel, films and beanies.

Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? No real desire to meet anyone famous, although Leonardo Da Vinci or Frida Kahlo would have been intriguing to meet.

What dream do you still want to fulfil? I love NYC and haven’t lived there yet... maybe six months there and six months in Italy. Ever since I left university I’ve wanted to shoot cookbooks. That was a big one for me and I’ve just landed two. I’d also love to shoot more portraits.

What are you reading? Vogue Living and To kill a mockingbird.

images courtesy of alicia taylor