NIA MORA

Nia Mora is a versatile photographer, internationally based. Her work began in New York City, where she specialised in product photography and portraiture. After which she began a campaign with her partner and fellow photographer, Jonathan, of sailing across the Pacific  from Hawaii to Australia, photographing the landscapes and people of many of the Pacific islands. 

In 2013 Nia settled in Australia for a year where she developed work based on food, wine, and travel. After attaining a position as an assistant chef in some of Brisbane’s trendiest restaurants, she acquired an eye for food styling and photography.

Years in versatile aspects of photography have made Nia into a well rounded photographer and artist. She now focuses her commercial work towards her passions of food, wine, and travel.

 

AWARDS:

Winner of the 2015 USVI Yacht Show Culinary Competition

Winner of the 2016 BVI Yacht Show Culinary Competition - Best Entree on yachts over 60ft

 

RESUME

EDUCATION:

2014 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery 

2007 Bachelor of Fine Art Photography, School of Visual Arts

 

CHEF EXPERIENCE

Chef de Partie in the preparation of boutique style breakfast, lunch, and tapas style dinner menus. Mise en place, execution, and plating of dishes such as poached eggs, grilled steak, braised lamb, cured fish, vegetable based sauces, blanched legumes, and fried particulars.

2015 - 2017

Yacht / Charter Chef , VOYAGE Charters; Tortola, BVI

Responsibilities: Hostess, Stewardess, maintaining cleanliness of yacht, provisioning and weekly meal plans for groups of 6+ (breakfast, lunch, appetizers, dinner, and desserts), developing dishes due to local availability. 

2016

Line Cook / Chef de Partie , Sushi St John; St John, USVI

Responsibilities: Preparation of sushi, fish dishes, and developing Asian influenced plates 

2015

Yacht / Charter Chef , Charter Caribe; St Thomas, USVI

Responsibilities: Hostess, Stewardess, maintaining cleanliness of yacht, provisioning and weekly meal plans for groups of 6+ (breakfast, lunch, appetizers, dinner, and desserts), developing dishes due to local availability. 

Winner of the 2015 USVI Yacht Show Culinary Competition

 2014

Chef de Partie, Little Brew; Brisbane, Australia

Responsibilities: Prep, preparing and plating all menus (breakfast, lunch, dinner); developing creative menu ideas and specials, preparing sauces, meats, seafood, baking, catering, baking and maintaining kitchen cleanliness.

2013

Apprentice / Line Cook, Peacock Sky Vineyard; Waiheke, New Zealand

Responsibilities: Preparing entire menu, food presentation and plating, grilling, plating, desserts, and kitchen cleanliness.

QUALIFICATIONS:

•Proficient in developing seasonal dishes and developing creative new recipes

•Well versed in Latin American cuisine; versed in a variety of cooking methods (braising, poaching, curing, canning, meats, seafoods, and legumes)

•Capable of basic emergency life support

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE

2015 Ongoing

Nia Mora Cuisine and Photography    www.niamora.com

Work Includes: Preparation and food handling, food styling, and food photography. Work also includes travel, landscape, and media 

2011-2014

Open Sea Film and Photography Production    www.openseaphotography.com

Work Includes: Duo photography team, specializing in travel, landscape, portrait photography and film making.

2012

Publication of "Naima Model Behavior"        www.naimamoraonline.com

Responsibilities: Graphic design and creative layout of the book, editing an entire images base for layout,  shooting cover photo and back cover photo, shooting chapters of the book, photoshop and post production design.  Published by iTunes

2009-2011

Paraiba International                www.paraibainternational.com

Responsibilities: Product photography and video for internet based Gems and Jewelry dealer. Photographing and recording video of gem stones and jewelry, editing photos and video, and uploading to company website. 

2007 – 2009

School of Visual Arts Teacher Assistant        209 East 23rd Street, Photography

Responsibilities: Assisting and aiding in Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, and studio lightingcourses and seminars to freshman through senior levels.

2007 - 2011

Chelsea Marketeers                    260 West 35th Street, Suite 503, NY                 Responsibilities: Product photography for internet based company, photo editing and Photoshop retouching, print production, organizing and maintaining large database of digital image files. 

2004 – 2005

Photo village                        1133 Broadway, Suite 824, NYC                                Responsibilities: stock and inventory, telecommunication, sales person for Leica and Voigtlander cameras, scanner operator, and photo retoucher. 

2002 – 2012

Freelance photographer                 New York City

Work includes: head shots; cd and album artwork; extensive digital retouching; studio photography (fashion, still life, and portraiture); event photography (performing musical artists); custom black + white and color printing.

QUALIFICATIONS: 

•Mac and PC proficient; Adobe Photoshop +, Illustrator, Bridge,

Final Cut Pro

•Ten years of studio time and experience (Strobe and studio lighting and Ambient lighting)

•Proficient in medium format, large format, and digital SLR cameras

• Proficient in book making, binding, and design

•Fluent in Spanish

•Capable in French