Meet the Creatives: Tracey Carroll

Meet Tracey!

Hi, my name is Tracey and I live in Adelaide, South Australia. I am married to the kindest man, Tony, we have known each other for over 25 years, we met while working in a restaurant and have been together for sixteen years. We have a beautiful daughter Charlotte who is ten, we also share our home with a little Jack Russell cross Dusty, he's the sweetest!

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I am a classically trained Chef and I worked for many years in Restaurants in Adelaide, I also ran a catering business 'Lemon Tree Catering' with my closest and dearest friend Shannon.

Now days I am so blessed to be working as a Photographer, recipe developer and stylist for a fabulous, family owned food business here in South Australia. I am so lucky to be able to combine my love of food and cooking with my passion for photography and styling... it's my dream job!

In my spare time I love to spend time with Tony and Charlotte at the beach, I also love my garden and spend many hours tending to it especially my beautiful roses. I am learning ceramics at a local arts society its so much fun and I really enjoy it!

I have always been interested in photography, Instagram really ignited this passion again for me a few years ago, it’s been a fantastic platform for my creativity and along the way I've met so many lovely and like minded souls, who would've thought that a little app could make such a difference in ones life!

Q&A with Tracey Carroll

How would you describe your creative style?
I would say my creative style is light and bright, I like to photograph with natural light.

I also love to forage! its usually the basis for my photos, I carry a pair of secateurs in my car, I'm always quick to pull over and snip a few branches from the roadside!

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Photographing our everyday life is also important to me, I always tell my daughter..."you'll appreciate Mummy taking all of these photos one day!" I love looking at our family photographs, reminders of happy and special days.

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What kind of equipment do you use?
I mostly use my Canon 6D DSLR with a 50mm lens and sometimes a 28-100mm lens but I still use my iPhone on occasions as well. I edit my images in Lightroom Classic CC

Can you tell us why the theme ‘My moments with flowers’ resonates with you?
I absolutely love this theme, flowers are something I truly love! I always have fresh blooms in the house, anything from a small posy to a big huge bunch of foraged loveliness! it just makes me feel happy! I’ve been lucky enough to meet some very talented folk through Instagram and Lisel from Belle Bouquets is amazing! I absolutely adore her work and the paper flowers are exquisite!

Can you share 3 of your favourite images you have created and why you love them?

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I love this image of my beautiful daughter, although you can't see her face I think it really captures her soft, gentle and sometimes serious nature. I also really like this soft afternoon light.

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This was taken with my iPhone on a day we spent in the Adelaide Hills with our closest friends, it was the perfect day...fig picking followed by a picnic by the lake, a really happy and special day!

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My favourites -David Austin Roses. I liked the softness of this one, the tones and the depth of field. This image was taken with my DSLR, it’s always exciting to capture the first beautiful blooms of spring! I'm trying to push myself to take more "moody" photographs, its something that I'm working on, but I quite liked this one of a David Austin in the garden in the early morning after a rain shower.


Tracey is the guest host of our ‘My moments with flowers’ themed photo challenge this week. Find out how you can participate here - Creative Challenge Entry Details

You can see more of Tracey’s photos on her Instagram account @traceyc1968