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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 enjoyed delicious home cooked meals everyday. My 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: Make your food stand out from the crowd with styling and photography that captures the quality and essence of your food.
  • Kitchen Portrait Photography: Capture you or your team at work. Share the passion and excitement in your kitchen through photos of you tossing pizza dough in the air, blowtorching a CrèmeBrûlée or simply just standing there with a huge grin on your face.
  • Recipe Book Creation: 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: Need a hand coming up with content? I can create new recipes to fit in with your vision.
  • Menu Design: Get your customers salivating at the sight of your food with visually enticing menus.

Check out my Portfolio to see examples of my work.

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.com or get in touch on Facebook or Instagram.

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