Hi! I’m Lili and I’m so happy to welcome you on my blog!
First things first. Why Travelling oven you’re wondering? Well, this blog was created in 2015 while I was living as an expat in Switzerland and before that spent 8 years living in beautiful countries like Scotland, Kazakhstan and Turkey. I was born in one of the most beautiful places in Croatia, Dubrovnik on Adriatic coast but I’ve always loved travelling and learning about different cultures, meeting people from different countries and discovering magical places where the road would take me. Tasting good food too of course, I am a foodie after all! 🙂
I have so many wonderful memories from beautiful green Scotland where the nature and castles are like something from the postcards, from fascinating Kazakhstan in Central Asia where I lived for three years and learned how it’s like to live in the middle of the Kazakh steppe where the temperatures in winter drop to -45 C, from beautiful south of Turkey that stole my heart and where I fell in love with its people, sea, culture, food and so much more… The last country was picture-perfect Switzerland, I lived in a tiny little town in Swiss Alps where you would meet cows and goats with pretty bells around their necks on you daily walks and the beauty of nature would literally take your breath away every single day. As of May 2016 I am now living in Zagreb, Croatia. At least for now…
Of course, being an expat and moving so often brings its difficulties and challenges too and it hasn’t been always easy.
All the experiences I had, good and difficult, enriched my soul and made me appreciate all the beautiful things that life has to offer. My life changed over and over again but two things were always there with me, my love for photography and a feeling of home I get whenever I feel that beautiful smell of freshly baked cookies or bread or whenever I create delicious food to share with somebody I love. That’s why I decided to change my life and start doing what I love, I decided that never is too late to pursue your dreams! I combined those two things I love so much, started shooting food and after a while blog was a natural next step to take. On Travelling oven I’m posting photos of food I find inspiring and beautiful, recipes for healthy and delicious food (sweet treats too of course!) but also I share stories and photos from my travels. I hope you’ll join me on my journey!
If you have any questions, comments or collaboration ideas, feel free to write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leaving a comment here on the blog.
I work as a freelance food, travel & lifestyle photographer and a full-time blogger and I love collaborating with creative artists, small and large companies & brands. To find out more, see ‘Work with me‘ (under ‘Contact’) section on my blog!
FAQ: I shoot with
Canon 5D mkII Canon 5D mkIII (updated 2017), 50mm f/1.4 50mm f/1.2 (updated 2020), 100mm f/2.8L Macro, 85mm f/1.2L and 24-105mm f/4 24-70mm f/2.8 (updated 2018) + SIRUI tripod for travels. I shoot using only natural light and occasionally use reflectors and Manfrotto 055 tripod in my studio.
In 2014 I completed an online ‘The photography institute‘ professional photography course that gave me good starting point for developing my photography skills and after that I dived into food photography and started learning by practicing, practicing and some more practicing.
I am very active on my social media too so I hope we will stay in touch! You can find me here:
Thank you for visiting!
Note: this last photo is cake made by Linda Lomelino at the Food photography workshop in UK 2016, to see more photos and stories from that workshop that was a turning point in building my photography/blogging business, see this blog post here…
Most of other photos here were taken at First We Eat Food Photography & Styling workshop hosted by Eva Kosmas Flores in Istria, Croatia 2017. You can find that blog post here…
Brilliant, Lili! Loving your blog already, bright and refreshing, absolutely love the food & travel combination!
Good luck with all your following posts, I surely will be one of the readers!
Thank you so much Miriam, it really means a lot to me that you like how I started this blog journey!
Kristin Campbell McCullough (kristincita) says
I’m a long time fan of your work from the food photography challenge group and a follower on IG but sadly, until today I had never opened up your blog!!! First of all I LOVE the name and logo “Travelling Oven” and love how you have incorporated baking into your travels and travels in your baking. Seeing full posts about a recipe is great. And since we could only post one photo in our challenges, which more often than not was the final result, I find Your process photos beautiful and so illustrative of the process and the “art of preparing”. Lovely lovely work and I really want to try the date/ chocolate cups!
Thank you so much dear Kristin, your comment made my day! I am so so happy you like what I do and glad you discovered my Travelling oven! The blog is less than 3 months old and I am full of ideas and creative energy, can’t wait to share it with all of you… <3
Aleksandra @ Vanilla & Staubzucker says
Hi Croatian girl!
I’m also a Croatian girl married to an Italian guy, but….living in Italy! What a coincidence…For us Croatian food is very important, but for Italians it is even more, right?! I’m happy I’ve met you , hope to see&read you around.
Hi Aleksandra! I am so happy you’ve found me and I hope we will stay in touch! Thank you for visiting my blog and you are absolutely right, food is veeeeery important for Italians but also quite important for us Croatians! 🙂
Napokon sam nasla vremena da otvorim i blog i moram reci: pa di sam gledala do sada?! Predivne fotografije i divna putovanja! <3
Hvala Lorena, bas mi je drago da si ‘otkrila’ moj blog i da ti se svidaju fotografije! <3
Beautiful and inspirational story i Must say. I am almost 28 and currently living in scotland, my passions are the same plus fitness and i was always wondering if it makes sense, if it’s not too late to start something like that. What to pursue, etc.
What were you doing before being a blogger?
Thank yoy for motivation, i will follow for sure! Take care!
Thank you so much dear Aga for your sweet comment! First of all, 28 is NOT too late to pursue anything you want! The same as 38 or 48…as long as we have passion and love for something, we can decide anytime to do something new that feels right to us. The most difficult is always taking that first step, after that it gets easier! I have a bachelor degree in Sociology but before starting photography + blogging professionally I have had various jobs, from PR and PA in a 5* hotel, Admin job in the hospital for a team of doctors to Marketing, Admin and more… I have never been happy on any of those jobs and now at 36 I know that this is what I want to do. It feels right… 🙂 I wish you good luck in pursuing your dreams! <3
dalida hadžić-tulić says
Draga Lili,tako mi se dopala vasa prezentacija kazahstana,a i ostali sadržaji koje ugledah nakon što sam otvorila vašu stranicu. na zalost ,ja ne govorim engleksi i ne mogu ravnopravno sa ostalima na postu učestvovati u komunikaciiji,pa rekoh,da vas upitam,možete li ,makar ponekad, svoja obraćanja pisati na hrvatskom jeziku? U svakom slučaju,lijepo je imati priliku pročitati i vidjeti mlade,svestrane ljude koji svoje impresije ( i recepte) dijele sa drugima!
Svako dobro i još mnogo ugodnih putovanja i druženja!
Dalida Hadžić-Tulić, Sarajevo, Bosna i Hercegoivina
Draga Dalida, puno vam hvala na javljanju i lijepim rijecima! Ja sam od pocetka krenula i s blogom i ostalom komunikacijom na svojim drustvenim mrezama na engleskom jeziku jer sam okrenuta i domacoj, a i medjunarodnoj publici pa je to najbolje rjesenje. Trudim se u objavama na blogu, kad je rijec o receptu, da recept bude u obje varijante, na engleskom i na hrvatskom jeziku. Tako da je dosta recepata na blogu u toj dvojezicnoj varijanti. A sto se tice putopisa, tu i tako moje fotografije govore vise od rijeci. Nadam se da cete svakako i dalje uzivati u mojim objavama, saljem vam lijepe pozdrave! Lili
Diane Dusseau says
I am writing because i don’t want to infringe on copyright laws. I was browsing through images of Edinburgh scotland and came across a photo that you had shot. I wanted to see if i could paint the image. So i did. I didn’t know that I could be illegal. So that is why i am writing to you. I don’t plan on selling it. It is for me to practice. Learning to paint on my own.
Hi, thank you for getting in touch! Of course you can paint the image, I would love to see it! 🙂
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