Hi, I’m Vale, a food photographer passionate about capturing the beauty of food as a masterpiece. I was born in Peru, and all my childhood was around food and being in the kitchen helping my mum or grandma. When I was old enough to choose a career, I wanted cuisine, but I couldn’t then, so I decided to study Business to work in the future in food and beverage. At the end of the university, I ended up in the corporate world, but I always enjoyed cooking; it was my creative outlet or going to nice restaurants. After working 17 years in the corporate world, I moved to Australia and started a food blog as a hobby to connect with my roots. That is when I found food photography to take better pictures for my blog. I started my first course to know my camera, fell in love with it and found my true passion. Since that day, I haven’t left my camera, taken photos of different products, foods and fantastic brands, and turned my passion into my career.
Carly Thompson-Barry is a Business Nurturer and Founder of SA Woman, an organisation that connects, showcases and empowers women across South Australia. A weaver of women, she is relentless in her pursuit to nurture women in business and life and believes strongly in the need to support the whole woman – body, soul and business. With a diverse business career spanning the last 12 years, she brings her background in finance, business and wellbeing to help lead and lift up a membership community, mentor women in business and creatively showcase the work of women from all backgrounds across the State through a range of initiatives. Carly is passionate about bringing South Australian women to the forefront of recognition for their innovation and contribution to the South Australian economy. Underpinning her mission is the belief that ‘we can’t be what we can’t see’ and this drives the mission to continue to spread the word on the talented women our state has within it – inspiring all women and girls to soar, no matter their path.
With the support of her team and a strong belief in women empowering women, together they showcase the work women across South Australia do through the online community, social media channels, blog and Annual Awards and have helped hundreds of women in business to be connected and seen by many.