Hi, I am Jessica Fradono, a Photographer and Writer, specializing in travel, food and beverage. I have a natural curiosity for exploration and and discovery; especially when it comes to food culture. I’ve always believed that a culinary scene can tell a vivid story about a location. I also just love the way food and drinks bring people together in a true, genuine way. Whether it be around a dining table, at an outdoor market, or bellied up to a bar, I strive to capture all of the magic of these things in my photography.
I am intrigued by the view I get into other people’s worlds and my goal behind the lens is to bring that to as many others as possible. I know that I am fortunate to be able to chase this dream of mine, and I hope to give back by inviting others to visually come along on my journey to learn with me, eat with me, drink with me, explore with me!
Although we only see the surface, the reality is that we are all a compilation of so many things. For me, I spent 20+ years in a career in the hospitality/travel industry as a Human Resources leader in luxury hotels. I have a masters in Human Resource Development/Adult Ed., I’m also a grad of Florida International University’s School of Hospitality Management, where I attended lectures held by Julia Child and Paul Prudhomme. I started slinging pizzas when I was 14, and I’ve been fortunate enough to have lived in fantastic food cities like Austin, TX, Atlanta, GA and Miami, FL.
Before leaving the US, I spent almost 6 years in the fabulous city of Austin, enjoying the food community in my spare time – hosting supper clubs that encouraged friends and visitors to dine together and explore the all the city has to offer, co-founding Kitchen Underground and marketing it through social media and the community, hosting food related Meetup groups, being an active member of the Austin Food Bloggers Alliance and volunteering with organizations like the Austin Food and Wine Alliance, SafePlace and Urban Roots.
In May 2017, I began what was to supposed to be a year-long journey to pursue my passion of circling the globe and truly immersing myself in other cultures. It’s 2020 and I am still going. I’ve learned and seen so much! On the road, you never know what the next day will bring, but hopefully it’s enough to say that right now, my favorite approach to life is still with my camera in hand, exploring the world and seeking the remarkable….