What I love about Sophie Hansen of Local is Lovely is - she makes my dream workshop come true. Together with Stephanie Somebody styling I ended up just incredibly overwhelmed by the beautiful scene they constantly create for us to shoot. The Local is Lovely Pracshops™ is about learning the basics, putting it into practice, gathering, making friends and just enjoying the whole experience. This is from our recent Autumn Pracshop. Lunch in the olive grove at Annie Herron's property in Rydal, Blue Mountains. Thank you Pip and Ella for your hard work in assisting us during the workshop.
Grand table styling not required when you let the location shine. Elephant garlic from Dougal Munro's garlic farm and Kimbri Olive Oil from Annie & Henry Herron's olive tree farm, created the minimal table styling from our Local is Lovely lunch in the olive grove. The clever Stephanie Somebody played with shapes and shadows instead in styling the table.
Continuing my House Plant Series, I photographed Nicole Valentine Don's little apartment in Tamarama full of indoor plants. I thought that it will be nice to add a portrait of the house owner with all their collected plants. We'll share the photos soon. xoxoxo
One of the things I love to shoot are gatherings and I've been to lots. This one put together by Nia & Johan Neve of The Assembly Co is most definitely my kind of gathering. The one I felt really at home and comfortable. I never once felt intimidated or scared meeting or introducing myself to most of the guests at today's luncheon. Lately at gatherings there seems to be a trend where there's more emphasis on fancy schmancy styling and becomes such a grand affair. Today was just perfect. Thank you Nia, Johan and the gathering team! I wish it was longer, I wish it lingered until dinner and we could have chatted a lot more. I met so many amazing people. I was telling someone today that I meet the next person I collaborate with at gatherings like this and very right too! @theassemblyhome you guys are right on the money here, you've created a gathering I want to attend again and again. I love that you brought it back to the basics of just the simplicity, amazing food and just purely a time to enjoy each other's company. I'm looking forward to the your next one - Winter gathering. Sign me up!
Ps. These dessert table is the creation of the talented Sally Boyle
I promised Graham, Troy & Wendy (Garden Gate in Dural), a cake for morning tea. I called them yesterday and said "let's take it to another level, why don't I come over and cook you guys a nice lunch?" Then this happened! I called my favourite people - my amazing intern - Hannah Mccowatt, Linda Ross of Garden Clinic and my friend Andjelka Jankovic who's visiting Sydney from Perth to join in and it only took 30 minutes to organise this. Sometimes it's nice when everything is just spontaneous. I cooked them my version of Spaghetti with Prawns & Mussels.
This a room full of bakers and this is how they do lunch. If they had a choice they'd bake all day long. If they had a choice we would be lunching on Paris-Brests, Bundt Cakes, Marshmallows, Madeleines and Hot Cross Buns. An Easter Sunday of chatting and playing with Sally Boyle, JJ Jenner, Emma Duckworth and Julia Taylor
Ps. Title was courtesy of Marytyna Angell of Wholesome Cook. I loved her comment from this instagram post.