sabatomic: perth photographer » pet photography, lifestyle photography and portraiture

I’ve been enjoying my last holiday as a student by relaxing, doing fun photoshoots and introducing a new member to the household; my kitten, Jaska. I like to joke that I wanted a kitten name that sounded like IKEA furniture, but really it means “quiet” in an ancient Nordic language, as he was sleeping so quietly and looking very peaceful when I met him for the first time. Life’s been a bit of a blur since I got Jaska, I seem to always be playing with him, training him, cuddling him, grooming or cleaning up after him. It’s my first cat and I am very excited :)

Anyway, I managed to squeeze in this month’s challenge between all the crazy cat lady stuff, so here it is:

Pan Pepperoni Pizza {Perth Food Photography}

The challenge was to use a cast iron pan. There’s not a huge range at the shops in Perth (or perhaps I was not looking in the right places) but I managed to source a little Le Creuset skillet at the last minute in a lovely bright red colour. I look forward to experimenting more with cast iron, I have never cooked with it before but it is handy that I can put it in the oven from the stove, and it will work with an induction cooktop too! We currently have an electric stove (no gas here) and are hoping to upgrade to induction at some point in the future.

Pan Pepperoni Pizza {Perth Food Photography}

I used this recipe for Foolproof Pan Pizza, which looks delicious, however, clearly I am quite the fool as this pizza was a bit of a flop taste-wise! I would like to try it again with different cheese – I ended up using a kind of provolone cheese that was far too salty for my taste because I couldn’t find dry mozarella until 2 days after I shot this. Also, in my opinion, there was a bit too much oil in the recipe, so I’d like to reduce that and try again. I’m happy with the look of it though ;)

I leaned over to Tom and asked him how my photos look. He said “Looks good! Much better than it tasted!” Hahaha – I agree!

Pan Pepperoni Pizza {Perth Food Photography}

Let me know if you try the recipe and have any more luck than I did or have tips on making pan pizza, clearly I could use some help :)

Be sure you go, please visit Jennifer Olson | California Food Photographer |, who is next in our blog circle. She produces absolutely beautiful work and shoots for Edible San Luis Obispo Magazine!

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  • December 30, 2013 - 11:54 pm

    Jennifer Olson | Pretty Eats - That looks gorgeous!! Never tried pizza this way before. Lol I love that you shared that the recipe needs some tweaking, I’ve been there too where the food looks pretty but doesn’t taste as good as it looks! Wonderful images!! And congrats on Jaska, love that name.ReplyCancel

  • December 31, 2013 - 12:07 am

    cast iron skillet cooking {roasted rosemary red potatoes} | Allison Jacobs Photography - […] members of The Inspired Plate were cooking this month in their cast iron skillets!  Start with Sabrina Wong, Perth Food Photographer who always has mouth watering recipes and […]ReplyCancel

  • December 31, 2013 - 12:42 am

    Allison Jacobs - Love that red handled pan! The pizza does look like it should taste delicious so I am sorry that it didn’t! I just had that happen a few days ago with a homemade ice cream recipe… :(ReplyCancel

  • December 31, 2013 - 3:39 am

    Stacey - AWESOME Sab!! I used my big white Le Creuset in the first recipe I tested and I thought it was a fail (although my ex said it was really good). Love the great shots – the red checkered cloth is perfect as well! Just sorry it didn’t taste as good as it looks. Happy New Year!! :)ReplyCancel

  • December 31, 2013 - 7:18 am

    Tammy Bilodeau - Oh Don’t you hate when things don’t work out the way you expect :(
    If it’s any consolation, it looks delicious. And your use of the red napkin is a great addition to your set up. Great jobReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2014 - 12:01 pm

    pretty eats » A Happy New Year with The Inspired Plate! Caramelized Pork Shoulder & a Moroccan-Inspired Cous Cous Salad - […] miss the rest of TIP’s posts, starting with the lovely Sabrina Wong, Perth Food Photographer and continuing on to Allison Jacobs, Orange County, California Food Photographer, Stacey Siegal | […]ReplyCancel

  • January 27, 2014 - 10:46 pm

    Bryt - As always, love your food photos. And I love seeing all the pix of Jaska on Facebook. There are never enough cute cat photos!ReplyCancel

I haven’t updated this blog for a little while because of solid studying for my final exams and celebrating graduation. Apparently I am a doctor now, which is an honorific I don’t yet feel that I have earned! I had just enough time to recover on Sunday and today, I challenged myself to styling, cooking, editing and blogging this update in one day! Considering my time limitations, I’m happy with what I managed to put together :)

If you want to open up a new tab and follow our little circle around, feel free to check out what beautiful things Jen Olson has prepared this month: Jennifer Olson | California Food Photographer |

Woodland Table Settings

Please excuse the shoddy piping on the gingerbread. Everyone’s gotta start somewhere, eh?

Woodland Table Settings

I used a new gingerbread recipe this time – from the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook – I was too lazy to type it up – I found the recipe here. I absolutely love this recipe, it has more spices than other recipes (all spice, ground ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg) and includes dark molasses / treacle. Additionally, the half teaspoon of salt makes these cookies taste a lot more balanced than most, not too sugary.

Woodland Table Settings

Would love to enjoy this table setting with a full meal. Perhaps I will prepare one tonight… right after I’ve cleaned up the kitchen. There is a gigantic mess in there and Tom is home and wondering what is for dinner… Gingerbread, apparently.

Gingerbread noms

So that’s all I’ve got time for today, but before you go, I want to know:

If you arrived at my house and the dining table was covered in artificial grass, would you be weirded out or cool with it?

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  • November 26, 2013 - 1:06 am

    Tammy Bilodeau - looks great Sab! I live your tablescape too! Your so creative, and all your little details flow together so nicely… could teach me a thing or two about the art of design. Great jobReplyCancel

  • November 26, 2013 - 1:18 am

    Kim - Liv Life - First of all… congratulations!! I proud of you Sab, as my son has begun researching what med school is all about I am aware of the hours that go into what you have done, and you did it! Congratulations!!
    And the fact that you keep us all motivated to get our posts together. Thank you! and your table is awesome!! Your piping skills have outpiped mine… I’m SO not a decorator.
    Grass on the table… first I thought, no. But the more I think about it, the more fun I see it! But, I’m an elbow on the table person (My mom still gets after me about that), and it might be scratchy?
    Your photos are all beautiful, but I think on of my favorites is Tom eating the cookie. That’s your new lens, right? It rocks!!ReplyCancel

A few weeks ago, I dropped by Russell’s house and took some photographs of his cat, Trunks! Trunks is a beautiful ginger tabby with the softest fur and a friendly, talkative nature.

Trunks the cat

Russell inherited Trunks from a friend who was moving in with a cat-allergic partner.

Trunks the cat: King of the Garden

He was named Trunks because it was the name of a character on Dragonball Z and his original owner was a huge fan of the show.

Trunks the cat in black and white

I thought Trunks was a young cat due to the agile way he moved around and his friendly, kitten-like temperament, but he is actually 12 human years old, which means he is 70 in cat years!

Trunks the cat

Russell’s favourite thing about Trunks is when he sits on Russell’s belly with his tongue sticking out, purring, a picture of contentment.

Trunks the cat silhouette

Russell’s least favourite thing about Trunks is when he wakes Russell up at 3am because he’s hungry and he’s forgotten where his biscuits are.

Trunks the cat meows a lot

Russell and his housemate joke that even though Trunks is old and scrawny, he beats up all the strays in the neighbourhood when they venture onto his turf.

Trunks the cat explores the garden

Trunks doesn’t like to be picked up like a baby, but he will tolerate it for a very short while.

Trunks the cat doesn

Trunks’ eyes look a little different because he has had eye surgery – it’s a hereditary condition in his family that cause his eyelashes to grow into his eyes. He is fine now, though!

Trunks the cat looking regal

Russell describes Trunks as “affectionate, unpretentious and an adorable dork.”

Trunks the cat rolling about on the floor

This is where Trunks likes to sleep during the day; on a comfy bean bag in his housemate’s room next to the blinds.

Trunks the cat at nap time

At night time, Trunks likes to curl up with Russell!

Trunks the cat is so cute when he sleeps

Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed playing with Trunks while the boys were playing Pokemon on the 3DS! It had been newly released that day ;) Thank you for having me over Russell!

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  • October 31, 2013 - 3:39 pm

    Skye - Awww! These photos are fantastic and really capture his personality.ReplyCancel

  • November 20, 2014 - 4:01 pm

    Mindy - Hi sab:) Hw u? Good to see ur blog up and running again, really wanted to tell u these photos of Trunks is so cute :) and very nice.
    Good luck with ur gap year off and excited about ur zone launch tmr :) wish I could join the party but will party frm afar with bub hehe


The Inspired Plate challenge for “Seasonal Fall Dish” conjures up visions of pumpkin-related food items, hot drinks, caramel, apple cider and the smell of cinnamon. In Perth, Australia, it’s springtime and getting fairly hot so again this month I have adapted the challenge to reflect our Spring season; trying to incorporate freshness and new growth. I was inspired by the season’s first peaches at Maggie’s Place in the Swan Valley – the peaches were originally from a farm up in Gingin.

Peach crumble {Perth Food Photography}

The “peach crisp” recipe I used was  quite good, although it was named incorrectly. I believe crisp is not supposed to have oats in it, so this recipe is actually a crumble as it is a baked dish of fresh fruit with an oat based struesel! Well, according to this webpage, which also describes the difference between cobblers, slumps and brown betties – brown betties sound delicious; they have crumble on the bottom of the dish as well as the top!

First Spring Peaches {Perth Food Photography}

I’m not too fussed about what this dish was supposed to be called though, whatever it was, it was delicious. The flavour of peaches was brought out wonderfully by the cooking and it was so nice to have the flavour of peach without fuzzy peach skin, they are removed for this recipe.

First Spring Peach crumble {Perth Food Photography}

While I was buying some last minute supplies, I got a bit carried away and decided to buy flowers. I’m not sure what those darker purple flowers are – if you know, please tell me – but the smaller pink ones are Geraldton Wax. I thought I’d try my hand at flower arranging after a week of pinterest binge-ing on floral images, but then when it came to photo time, I got so distracted with the peach crisp that I didn’t get any photos of my flower arrangements, I shall have to try it again sometime! I had 5 or 6 glass vases of flowers; they lived around the computer desk, kitchen and dining area for the next week and really brightened up the place – I don’t usually buy flowers for the house so it was a fun novelty :)

Closeup of Peach crumble {Perth Food Photography}

This warm crumble is very rich with a strong, sweet peach flavour and so it tastes great with vanilla icecream or a good dollop of cream. I bought cream but sadly forgot to photograph it with the peach crumble until I had already packed up. After a long day of peeling skins off peaches, discovering almost all my mint had been massacred by caterpillars, flower cutting & arranging and the endless washing up, I was too tired to do anything but have a taste test of my food ;)

Please don’t forget to make your way around to Jennifer Olson | California Food Photographer to see what she has made this month, she photographs food so, so beautifully!

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  • October 29, 2013 - 2:08 am

    Laurie - What an absolutely gorgeous shoot Sabrina!!! I love your backdrop.. the colors you chose make the peach crumble pop! Love the styling, your propping, the flowers.. and that bottle.. love it too!!ReplyCancel

  • October 29, 2013 - 2:44 am

    Tammy Bilodeau - Beautiful Sab :) Your light is gorgeous, and I love that POP of purple form those fresh flowers, great job…..I wanna dig right inReplyCancel

  • October 29, 2013 - 6:01 am

    Cat - What a great shoot! I love every photo. :)

    I’d never considered the difference between a streussel, crumble, brown betty and cobbler. Enlightening!

    The darker purple flowers are stock.ReplyCancel

  • October 30, 2013 - 2:34 am

    Three-Onion Whole Wheat Israeli Couscous with Butternut Squash and Shiitake Mushrooms » Kitchen Serendipity - […] dish.”   Please check out the beautiful work of fellow The Inspired Plate members Jen Olson, Sabrina Wong, Tammy Bilodeau, and Laurie Vengoechea this […]ReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2013 - 5:25 am

    Stacey - This is gorgeous Sab!! What a great presentation and I loved learning the difference between the types of baked goodies.ReplyCancel