Julia Wharington

Videographer | Photographer

Julia Wharington

TEA OR COFFEE Liquorice tea
COMFORT FOOD Yoghurt with chocolate sprinkles
HOBBIES Baking bread, dancing, gardening
LANGUAGES English, German
RESIDENCE Victoria, Australia

My story

I grew up in Germany, in a small town whose only ‘exotic’ restaurant was a pizzeria. It was only when I moved to the big smoke that I entered a whole new culinary world that was waiting for me to be discovered. My very first cookbook was a tiny Indian cookbook, where every page revealed a new ingredient I fell in love with. 

Over the last two decades, I have mainly worked in events management, which suited my organisational skills, but ultimately I feel the happiest when I can be creative and share things of beauty with the world. I knew from a young age that there was an artist inside me, so in 2018 I set out and combined my two loves, food and artistry, to become a creative in the food industry. 

The whole process of telling a food or drink story through my camera lens excites me. Sometimes this starts in the kitchen, with recipe development and putting the creation into the spotlight. Sometimes it’s the story of a product or an ingredient that needs to be told in a creative way. Sometimes it’s all in the edit. But ultimately, my goal is to get the viewer’s mouth-watering.

In my free time, you won’t find me far from the kitchen. Most weekends I tuck into a dough in some shape or form, baking sourdough bread. I’ve also been teaching Swing dancing with my husband for the last decade, and recently been enjoying cycling along the rail trails in country Victoria.

The whole process of telling a food or drink story through my camera lens excites me. Ultimately, my goal is to get the viewer’s mouth watering.

My professional journey

2020-NOWStarted my business Paddock 2 Pixel, working as a freelance food photographer, stylist, videographer and recipe developer for food and beverage businesses and industry bodies all over Victoria
2019One-year Commercial Cookery course at William Angliss Institute, Melbourne
2018Food Styling course at RMIT University and auto-didact photography studies
2011-2018Event Coordinator at Dairy Australia, part of the Trade & Strategy team. In addition of organising events for international visitors, I coordinated the bi-annual Australian Dairy Discovery cookbook.
2010General Manager of Darlo Drama, a Sydney drama school, where I was in charge of their acting classes
2008-2009Event Manager at Surf Life Saving Australia, coordinating events like the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships
2005-2007Bachelor of Sport Tourism Management at Southern Cross University, Lismore
1999-2004Sound editor in a sound studio in Germany that specialised in audio productions for TV and radio commercials and documentaries.

My photo gallery