Hi, I’m Shika. I’m a Food Stylist, Photographer & Recipe Book Designer living in sunny Brisbane, Australia.

I started The Bellephant as I love all things food! I grew up in a food loving family and enjoyedΒ delicious home cooked meals everyday. MyΒ mum’s cooking is my benchmark for my traditional Sri Lankan recipes. Everyone who tries her food raves about it and so the kitchen is definitely the hub of our family home. This is a legacy I hope to live up to. My dad gave me an obsessive need to recreate any amazing dishes I try (just ask him about Irish stew!)

I love coming up with new recipes based on flavours I crave and random waves of inspiration. I learnt to cook using instinct versus following strict recipes so I highly encourage you to adapt my recipes as you please. I’d love to hear about what you do with them so let me know in the comments.

I hope The Bellephant inspires you whether that be in the kitchen or behind a camera.




Work with me

Food is such a personal thing to many of us. Through photographs alone we can relive memories, be transported somewhere else or be inspired to try new things.

Whether you’re a restaurant, in the food retail space or just need someone to help put together that collection of recipes you have scribbled down: I am your person.

  • Food Styling & Photography
  • Kitchen Portrait Photography: Capture your chefs at work and share special moments in your kitchen with your customers.
  • Recipe Book Creation:Β Turn your dream into a reality! I offer an entire package handling everything from copy editing to photography and design so self-publishing your own book couldn’t be easier.
  • Recipe Development
  • Menu DesignΒ 


Get in touch

If you have big dreams involving food, want to collaborate or just want to say hello – fill in the form below, email me at shika@thebellephant.comΒ or get in touch on Facebook or Instagram.