Choosing a vegan diet is undoubtedly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!
As a vegan food photographer and food writer, I want to show veganism as a vibrant and colourful celebration of life, compassion and really delicious food!
I had dabbled with vegetarianism in school and I committed again to going meat-free in my late teens. Later I visited some vegan festivals with my boyfriend and we picked up leaflets and information about the dairy and egg industries. At that time most materials were really graphic and upsetting… but something clicked! David became vegan in March 1999 and I became vegan six months later on my 23rd birthday.
A life changing decision: After finishing a photography course, my plan started to hatch… “Could I combine my two great passions of cruelty-free food and photography into a career where I could actually make a real difference?” Flavourphotos was born 12 years ago and, ever since, I have set my heart on creating pictures of vegan food that are so mouth-watering that you just can’t help wanting to take a bite straight away. Great food photographs can be a very powerful ‘campaign tool’!
Seven years ago, our son Sam was born and there was never a doubt in my mind that we would raise him vegan. Alex followed two years later and, like his brother, he’s healthy and full of energy… and very proud to be vegan. They have become excellent taste-testers (in spite of having their inevitable fussy phases) and they will happily tuck into vegan lasagna or stir-frys and ask for more salad!
I try to teach my boys about tolerance, too. Having grown up in the sausage-sizzling south of Germany, I spent many years eating meat. So I cannot bring myself to judge others. I believe very strongly that the kindness and compassion we feel towards animals really needs to extend to our fellow human animals. It is simply that every single meat-free meal and every vegan cupcake helps reduce unnecessary suffering.
These days I can feel a real sense of positivity around veganism. A couple of weeks ago I found a packet of cereal in the supermarket with a cute little character on the back called Violina, the Vegan Vampire! You might laugh but this actually made me cry a little tear of joy– I’ve been waiting for this to happen for 15 years! Our time is now! Let’s celebrate together all that makes being vegan so amazing – for the animals, our health and the planet.