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Occasional stories, food and travel inspiration

A picnic with friends for Aspire

Last year, my lovely friend Sky asked me if I’d be interested in doing a shoot with Aspire, the excellent lifestyle magazine that she edits.

“What did you have in mind?” I asked.

“How about you shooting and styling a meal with a couple of other food blogger friends?” she suggested. “You could all cook your own recipes.”

How could I say no?

I’m lucky to have some great food blogging friends in Adelaide, many of whom I met in 2012 when I helped organise the national food blogging conference, Eat Drink Blog. A group of us get together as often as we can – it’s always fun catching up on everyone’s news over a mountain of food and wine, as we did just this week.

As time went on the project started to take shape. Sky and I agreed on an outdoor picnic setting and picnic food. Erin from She Cooks She Gardens and Natasha from Playing House came on board as the bloggers and Yin Shan from Amy Goddess Artistry was booked to do our make up.

In terms of a possible location, Erin suggested her in law’s beautifully lush garden in Kensington Gardens, which I gladly accepted.

I borrowed some white paper lanterns and Mason jars from my awesome in laws at Bulb Lighting and a whole car load of props from the delightful ladies at Vintage Carousel to supplement our own.

Then shortly before the shoot, Sky suggested that our children be included in the shoot, too. I agreed, and then I remembered the old show biz adage: never work with children or animals.

Just kidding! (My kids will definitely read this.)

In the end, it all came together fine, thanks to everyone’s combined efforts. Here’s the final spread in the magazine and a selection of photos from the day:

Aspire Magazine shoot Christina Soong

THA picnic shoot Aspire

THA Aspire magazine Christina Soong

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Want to see the complete piece and recipes from the day?  You can pick up a copy of Aspire at these outlets. Alternatively, you can read the magazine online.

Many thanks to Aspire, Sky, Erin, Tash, Emily, Julian, Jasper, Tim, Amy Goddess Artistry, Alison and Tom, Vintage Carousel and Bulb Lighting  xx

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  • Peter G

    Gorgeous stuff! love this Christina!

    • http://www.hungryaustralian.com/ Christina Soong-Kroeger

      Thanks, Peter xx

  • Maureen Shaw

    What a great picnic and the magazine article is outstanding.. Seeing you and Erin together makes me wish I was there too.

    • http://www.hungryaustralian.com/ Christina Soong-Kroeger

      Thanks, Maureen. It was a great team effort. I wish you’d been there, too :)

  • Gary

    Beautiful looking food. What a fantastic picnic.

    • http://www.hungryaustralian.com/ Christina Soong-Kroeger

      Thanks, Gary. The food was amazing!

  • http://thelittleplantation.co.uk/ Kimberly Espinel

    Oh Christina, this is just so, so, so beautiful. The dresses, the food, everything. Thank you so much for sharing these stunning pics.

    • http://www.hungryaustralian.com/ Christina Soong-Kroeger

      Awww, thanks, Kimberly! Everyone pitched in so it all came together in the end. I do love Erin’s dress, don’t you?

  • http://www.asimplecreation.com/ Jojie C.

    Oh.. so hate you! All I can think of now, is food in my belly! A wonderful picnic indeed!

    • http://www.hungryaustralian.com/ Christina Soong-Kroeger

      Haha – that can’t be a bad thing, right? Glad we got you thinking about food.

  • http://champagneandchips.com/ Nicole – Champagne and Chips

    This looks so beautiful. I am absolutely drooling over the fig tarts and peanut butter creations. This will be a beautiful keepsake for your children as well.

    • http://www.hungryaustralian.com/ Christina Soong-Kroeger

      Thanks, Nicole. It is a nice keepsake although they look uncharacteristically serious in this photo! ;)

  • http://www.gourmetgetaways.com.au/ Gourmet Getaways

    Looks like a fun shoot! Great styling and vibrant photos!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

    • http://www.hungryaustralian.com/ Christina Soong-Kroeger

      Thanks Julie & Alesah. It was a lot of work but worth it. Cheers!

  • http://www.gourmanda.me/ Amanda @ Gourmanda.me

    What a gorgeous spread – both the magazine spread, and the amazing food too!

    • http://hungryaustralian.com Christina Soong

      Thanks, Amanda. It was a great project to be part of.

    • http://www.hungryaustralian.com/ Christina Soong

      Belated thanks, Amanda! x

  • http://www.mamanskitchen.com Mamans Kitchen

    You’re so talented, Christina. What a beautiful spread, congratulations to you and the Aspire team! x
    Mahsa
    Maman’s Kitchen

    • http://hungryaustralian.com Christina Soong

      How very kind of you, Mahsa. Thanks so much!

    • http://www.hungryaustralian.com/ Christina Soong

      Belated thanks for your kind words, Masha. I’m so glad it worked out so well.

  • http://www.coffeeandsalt.com Coffee and salt

    wow these photos are brilliant! Massive and amazing nice job. xx

    • http://www.hungryaustralian.com/ Christina Soong

      Belated thanks! x

  • http://www.adeptclippingpath.com/ Pinky Shahana

    Such an impressive photography ! Like them all.

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