photographer sharyn cairns

There are only a handful of photographers that Australian interior magazines use over and over again for shoots in Melbourne. Sharyn Cairns is one of them. And while she is prolific with her shots of interiors, Sharyn is also a leading food and travel photographer. In fact, she's working on a couple of cookbooks.

Which five words best describe you? Creative, passionate, easy going, energetic and loyal.

What was your first career job and what path have you taken since? I wasn't a person who grew up with a camera in my hands. I originally thought I wanted to study architecture or interior design. But after being exposed to photography in my later school years I knew this was the perfect career for me. After completing a photography degree at RMIT I assisted many varied and wonderful photographers before going out on my own.

What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt along the way? Don't take anything for granted, enjoy every moment, it could change in a second.

What’s your proudest career achievement? Each stage in your career has moments that you are very excited and proud of. From your first published piece to your first overseas travel story, the highlights keep growing and I'm grateful that I can do this as my career.

What’s been your best decision? To follow my passion for photography, it really has given me a wonderful life.

Who inspires you? So many other creative people: photographers, film makers, artists and then personally family, friends and elite athletes.

What are you passionate about? Definitely photography, creating beautiful images that evoke an emotion is a huge passion... also travel, food and running.

Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Annie Leibovitz.

What dream do you still want to fulfil? There are so many, to produce a magazine, to be involved in a film, to master a language, to run a marathon, to travel more... and to have a work life balance!

What are you reading? Dean Karnazes: 50 Marathons 50 days... no I'm not going to attempt this, I'll just stick to my 1/2 marathons for now!

images courtesy of sharyn cairns

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