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Hello devoted follower, casual reader, food porn seeker and random passer-byer. For those of you that aren’t already aware, things have been quite busy of late for me, which usually means that blogging activity dips considerably.

For what it’s worth, the blog hasn’t officially gone into hiatus. However, I thought I’d give you an update regarding where things are currently at, as well as a few things to come in the near future.

Whilst there will be some nice images the follow, if you’re after something more substantial such as a restaurant review or recipe, now might be the best time to turn away and wait for the next post. Otherwise, please proceed to find out more.

A lot has been going on over the past couple of months. I’ve recently entered back into life as a student full time, doing a Master’s degree in IT. More recently, I was fortunate enough to be invited by the photography club at UNSW to give a talk on my approach to food photography, which was a load of fun.

Incidentally, all the images for this post are from that talk – a beautiful two-tier, insanely rich dark chocolate mud cake with dark chocolate ganache encased white fondant, courtesy of Chocolate Artisan; a tray of cheap, unremarkable supermarket mini muffins standing in as a photographic model; and a demonstration of the aesthetically pleasing but easy to achieve pouring shot below.

There’s are also a number of upcoming projects that I’m involved with.

There’s the recently announced Photography Essentials food photography workshop on 15th October (places are still available). The more advanced Food Photography Principles workshop is in the works and will hopefully be announced soon.

There is also the Eat. Drink. Blog. 2011 Australian Food Blogger’s conference, which Trina, Jen and I are furiously working our little butts off to organise (then again, I’m not sure I can classify my backside as little). There will be a lot going on photographically speaking regarding the conference compared to last year, so make sure to keep an eye out on the Eat. Drink. Blog. site for more info.

Lastly, my photography blog, the heart of photography, will be getting a make over and should hopefully be up and more active, come the end of the year.

Busy times ahead as you can see. I’ll do my best to find some time for a post here or there. In the meantime, I thank you for your continued support during this period. If you’re not already aware, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram (via Gramfeed) and more recently on Google+. Feel free to Follow, Like, Follow and Add to Circles, respectively :)

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  • Chris September 26, 2011, 10:04 am

    Ooh, Masters – no wonder you’ve been busy! (she says…as the thesis fails to write itself in the background). Are you doing it at UNSW? Thank you once again so much for coming to teach us about food photography – I know I put many of the tips you gave into practice trying to photograph some duck noodle soups during the food tour on Saturday =)

    • Simon September 26, 2011, 10:14 am

      It’s an online course through OUA. Good for time flexibility. Weird for pretty much everything else.

      I’m glad to hear that you put the tips to good use so soon. I hope that it helped.

      Keep up with the work on the thesis. I’m sure you’ll do fine :)

  • Muppy September 26, 2011, 12:56 pm

    good luck with all your endeavors, nice to hear from you.
    Muppy recently posted..Evie’s 4th Birthday Party

  • Gaby September 26, 2011, 1:24 pm

    Exciting times ahead! PS: That pouring shot made me thirsty :)

    • Simon September 27, 2011, 1:22 am

      Not to mention busy times ahead! :)

  • William September 27, 2011, 1:19 am

    Making some epic Chocolate cake look nice is one thing, but making supermarket mini muffins look good is another! Thanks for sharing your approach to food photography with us!

    • Simon September 27, 2011, 1:24 am

      Yeah, they don’t look half bad now… :) hehe

      It was my pleasure. It was a lot of fun :)

  • Nic@diningwithastud September 27, 2011, 9:44 am

    Wow congrats on everything! You will be very busy :) but its all totally worth it! Cant wait to meet you at the conference and photography courses!!

  • Sara (Belly Rumbles) October 6, 2011, 7:47 pm

    Simon you are a very very busy boy indeed! Good luck with the Masters and congratulations for being invited to talk at the photography club at UNSW :)

    • Simon October 6, 2011, 8:47 pm

      Thanks! It seems like a lot of people are crazy-busy at the moment.

  • Heather October 13, 2011, 3:20 am

    So happy for you for the mix of opportunities you’re pursuing at the moment :-) Wish I was still around to meet up with you for a (quick) lunch or dinner!

  • Jackie B October 29, 2011, 9:46 am

    Oooh Masters!!! You are truly a Master, I am in awe of you… I failed programming …LOL ;) Hate IT ….but it’s a job…yup have fallen out of love with IT… get IT? I rather take photos and eat fulltime..

  • Emma Galloway November 5, 2011, 12:37 am

    Ah your life sounds crazy busy, a little like mine ;-)

    • Simon November 5, 2011, 12:43 am

      It’s a very atypical level of busyness. Thankfully it’s only temporary :)

  • Jan Littlehales November 6, 2011, 8:20 am

    Hi Simon,
    Really inspired by your superb food photography. I can see I have a lot to learn!

  • Hotly Spiced November 6, 2011, 9:02 am

    I’m exhausted just hearing all that you are doing. Love the cake – just gorgeous.

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