Many of you have been curious to learn more about the SOSCuisine team. Behind the website, recipes, newsletter and professional services, there is a multitude of talent and expertise to inspire you and help you to eat better. This week we introduce to you Olimpia, one of our most talented photographers.
In the beginning, I studied chemistry in Poland, which is where I come from. I then moved to the UK and found my dream job there: a job as a chemist in a large laboratory in England.
In 2010, I got pregnant and everything changed! When I had my daughter, I realized that I didn’t want to go back to my job in the lab. I didn’t want to miss those special moments with my child. So, I had to find an occupation that suited me, and that I could do from home, with my baby. It was my husband who suggested that I start a food blog. After all, I had always loved to cook, and I already had a talent for design and styling. Initially, I was quite intimidated! I had to write, yes, but above all I had to learn how to take beautiful photos. I had never done anything like this before. In spite of all this, I began: I bought a good camera, and then took six months to learn everything and study photography on my own. I discovered that I had a good eye and that I had talent. I also discovered I was really interested in Photoshop and the various techniques that are available to enhance a photo. The positive comments on my blog multiplied and over time, I began taking photos for magazines.
In 2016, I won the Pink Lady Food Photographer award, my first culinary photography competition! Winning this increased my confidence and confirmed for me that I was where I should be. Over time, I put my blog to the side and focused more on my photography for different publications and companies.
About six years ago, a photographer friend contacted me and offered me a mini-job with SOSCuisine. If I remember correctly, it was for a recipe with meat, and my friend was only photographing vegetarian cuisine. So, she recommended me, and I discovered SOSCuisine through this first mini-job. It began like this and since then I’ve been available to help whenever the team needs me.
First of all, Cinzia sends me the recipe. Just by reading it, I am able to visualize it and imagine it in a photo. Then I have to do my shopping and prepare the dish. Personally, I prefer to follow the recipe line by line and not make any changes. Some photographers will adapt the recipes to change the appearance of the dish, but personally, I prefer to stay true to the original recipe. Besides, SOSCuisine always gives me a lot of freedom when it comes to styling the dish. It’s a very creative part of the process. Then I take my photographs, and, at the very end, I taste it! I discovered some very good recipes while working with SOSCuisine. In addition, the fact that the recipes are simple, with easy-to-find ingredients in the supermarket, makes my work much easier!
I would say that it would be the differences between the growing seasons. Because I work with companies around the world, sometimes it can happen that a food that is available in Canada or France is not available at my home in England. So, I have to be creative and find a different way to properly represent the recipe. But this is not a big problem because I love taking on challenges! Obstacles make me even more creative.
If I were a food, I would be… it depends on the season (laughs), in summer I would be a pineapple: full of flavor, full of colors, with an extravagant hairstyle!
My culinary specialty is… vegetarian cuisine. I love the creative challenges that come with it.
I would never taste… a beef tartare. You know, with the raw egg in the middle? It doesn’t inspire me at all! It’s probably because I’ve been a vegetarian for years.
My preferred SOSCuisine recipe … Orange Tofu and Vegetable Stir-Fry