Food photography - Food styling - Recipe development - Recipe testing


I’m Julia, the founder of Paddock 2 Pixel, a one-woman show of all things food. If you are looking for a food photographer, need food styled, recipes developed or tested, you are at the right place.
All photos and recipes you find on this website are examples of my work. If you make one of the recipes, let me know what you think in the comments, I’d love to hear from you.

My search for daily fulfillment has taken me down many roads. I’ve earned my living as a tailor, a sound editor, and in the last decade or so, an event manager and project coordinator. While some of these jobs have been interesting and enjoyable for a while, ultimately I feel the happiest when I can be creative and do things with my hands.

So in 2018, I quit my full-time job as an event organiser at Dairy Australia and set out on a journey to become a creative in the food industry. First up was a 6-week professional food styling course at RMIT University. The course was fantastic and it made me realise how much I’ve been missing that creative element in my life. I also found a new passion in food photography, which in my opinion goes hand in hand with food styling, so the leap wasn’t very far. Not sure what I love more now, the styling side of things, or the photography. Creating just the right mood for the image is a new challenge every time, and I embrace it whole-heartedly.

I knew that in order to make it in the industry, I had to also be a brilliant cook. I have over 25 years of experience creating delicious feasts and goodies in the home kitchen, but I decided to learn the best techniques and tricks at culinary school in 2019, when I did a Cert III in Commercial Cookery at William Angliss Institute. At the same time I seriously got into growing my own vegetables, and then all things pickling, preserving and fermenting, but my absolute favourite is sourdough. Oh the smell of freshly baked bread… that just can’t be beaten!

This is my story of how Paddock 2 Pixel was born. It’s my world of anything food – from growing it, preparing it, inventing it, styling it, photographing it, and of course consuming it!

I’d love to work with you, be it food photography or styling, or recipe development or testing. Let’s chat!

Julia Wharington

What you can expect to find on this site

  • Photos of delicious food that I cooked
  • Photos that showcase my food styling
  • A variety of simple or sometimes challenging recipes that I’ve been experimenting with, that I’m proud to be sharing with you