cake crumbs & beach sand »


{image credit: Emma Galloway}

My name is Peggy and I am a food photographer with a fondness for cooking and experimenting in my shoebox of a kitchen. I am a home cook who uses accessible products you can find at your local grocer, if I can’t pronounce it it’s highly unlikely I am cooking it.

My love of food dates back to when I was a child. I recall a trip to Finland to visit my grandparents which wound up with me coming home two stone heavier after discovering Finnish chocolate. I was the child sneaking the last chocolate biscuit and spending my pocket money on mixed bags of lollies. Being surrounded with my mum’s amazing cooking only heightened my interest in food, however I didn’t really appreciate and enjoy cooking until later on in life. I was always fascinated with the delicious aromas coming from the kitchen when mum was baking Finnish pastries or cakes, but until I tried it myself, I didn’t realise the joy behind baking (just the eating).

I have always loved photography collecting boxes of old film photographs since I was a kid. I am fascinated by natural light and still find myself in awe of the wonder that is photography. Throw some food in front of my lens and I am in love! When photographing food I like to present it in its natural state and prefer natural images over highly edited images. I don’t add elements to food to make it appear unrealistic, in fact I celebrate its natural flaws. You’ll see dishes as they would appear on the table, crumbs and all.

I have recently left the full time corporate world to follow my dream of living creatively. I am self-taught, both in photography and in the kitchen, and have a unique style that encompasses my Nordic background and my love for all things pretty. 

Why cake crumbs & beach sand?

My blog was inspired by my love of the simple things in life. Over dinner one night a friend asked if I had considered blogging. I hadn’t, but then I couldn’t stop thinking about. Being a writer I have always had plenty to say, my blog was the perfect space for me to share what’s in my head (even if only to myself some of the time).

Over the first year it was primarily a space to connect with working mums and to share my insights and experiences as a full time working mum, with some recipes and photography thrown in. I found however that it started to lean more towards my love of food. Early 2012 I finally took a leap and ended over two decades of full time employment to pursue my love of writing and food photography, so here I am.

‘Cake crumbs’ and ‘beach sand’ are the simple things that make me smile – food and the beach. I once told a friend that I love eating good cupcakes in bed after a wedding or night out. With an aghast look on his face he asked, “What about the crumbs?” The crumbs are, in my opinion, the best bit. 

Cake crumbs & beach sand was recently nominated for the Kidspot Voices of 2013 blogging awards. We then made it into the top 100 finalists, landing us in the Top 25 Food & Wellbeing Bloggers list.

What else I do

I am a freelance food and lifestyle photographer based in Perth. I specialise in food and food related products, cafes and restaurants, events and lifestyle. If you have a collaboration idea, I’d love to hear from you. 

If you would like to speak to me about your food or product photography needs please contact me or head to my ‘work with me‘ page to view a snippet of my portfolio. To view my full portfolio head to my photography website

Lemon Sour Cream Cake with Yogurt Glaze + BlueberriesNo-bake Chocolate Baileys CheesecakeChocolate Banana Bread // cake crumbs & beach sandOpen sandwich with homemade mayonnaiseStrawberry + Peach Pavlova with MascarponeChocolate Coconut Slice