Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Real Living Australia Day Shoot

The gang took their own hand to photography whilst I wasn’t looking and in the kitchen preparing dessert…

The actual magazine spreads

For the past few months I’ve been very fortunate to have been booked on a regular basis to shoot for Real Living magazine. It’s a brilliant publication covering all things real in homes, interiors, shopping, food and general lifestyle topics. When I renovated my own home in Melbourne I found Real Living was one of the most useful publications for envisaging the designs and ideas we had in mind. The homes are real and attainable and products listed for the home do not cost 20 gazillion dollars. I was delighted too therefore when my renovation actually got featured in print in the magazine a few months later in Aug 2010.

Apart from all the lovely gang at Real Living; John, Chris, Amanda, Sarah etc, I often work with their food editor Ali Irvine on the food shoots and we always have a blast here at my home studio, it’s super relaxed and there are always loads of laughs and giggles plus as a huge bonus is I get to nibble at all the amazing food Ali whips up effortlessly for each shoot.

Real Living’s editor, the lovely Deborah Bibby asked me a couple of months back to cook, style and shoot an article for one of their upcoming Summer editions and we decided a casual BBQ with friends and family for Australia Day (Jan 26th) would be a fun idea.

The day was really enjoyable, I’ll admit it was a lot of work but with the help of all my buddies who agreed to be part of the shoot, the day flowed seamlessly. At one point when I was in the kitchen preparing dessert along with Sophie Geoghegan (who was a wonderful and utterly invaluable assistant to me on the day), we heard a HUGE roar of laughter and on rushing out to see what was going on, we discovered the gang had decided to try their own hand at photography, sticking all their heads under the camera which was suspended over the table and the started snapping away using the remote trigger. When their first shot popped up on the laptop screen which was tethered to the camera, they erupted in laughter in total unison, it was hilarious :)

I thought it would be fun to post up a little article on the editorial and show a bit of the background to the shoot. The Jan/Feb edition of Real Living went on sale yesterday and you can read all about it’s contents here.

54 Responses to “Real Living Australia Day Shoot”

  1. January 11, 2011 at 3:11 am

    Katie How wonderful it was to see a picture of you actually shooting. and I so enjoy Real Living what a fabulous coup. Those boys on the side of the table looked like triplets….I guess it’s an ausie thing Ha. Loved the post and the mag pics are to die for. Good on Ya girl!!!! B:)

  2. January 11, 2011 at 3:18 am

    Utterly gorgeous and inspiring styling and photography—I’ve been dying to make it down under for a taste of Aussie style. this makes me long to make the trek even more!

  3. January 11, 2011 at 3:20 am

    This is truly a beautiful photoshoot! I love the picture with the gang following the one with all the hands and plates… so funny, so real and authentic!

  4. January 11, 2011 at 3:23 am

    I am so freaking impressed. How the heck did you even do that Katie? The images are vibrant, flawless and stunning. The food beautifully executed. Couldn’t be a cuter and more fun group of people. Well done, I applaud you and am full of envy. And boy am I missing that summer sun and all the food to boot.

  5. January 11, 2011 at 3:23 am

    very lovely and well the food of course looks delicious….wish i had been there to eat it!!!!

  6. January 11, 2011 at 3:39 am

    This photo shoot is stunning!! I want Australia day!! All the food looks AMAZING!!

  7. January 11, 2011 at 3:40 am

    amazing shoot! you really captured australian cuisine in a much nicer light than i’d ever anticipated :)

  8. January 11, 2011 at 3:45 am

    I bought this issue of Real Living yesterday & was really drawn to the images of this shoot- Now I know why :) Love the Aussie Day pie layout. It’s my Birthday on Australia day too!

  9. January 11, 2011 at 4:03 am

    You are amazing! And, I adore what you do. Thank you for giving us a glimpse of your life. xx’s from Houston.

  10. January 11, 2011 at 4:29 am

    I loved seeing your Frangelico chocolate cake in a previous issue of Real Living and this spread looks great, too. And it’s kinda cool to see you take that brilliant overhead shot!

  11. January 11, 2011 at 4:50 am

    What a fabulous behind the scenes glimpse!

  12. January 11, 2011 at 5:23 am

    wow – these look fantastic – congratulations! Can’t wait to go buy a copy – you’re a true inspiration!

  13. Anonymous
    January 11, 2011 at 5:34 am

    amazing! I also love the magazine and will make sure I buy this issue.

  14. January 11, 2011 at 6:32 am

    this rocks (once again) katie!
    i love australia day, it has to be one of my favourite holiday days.
    captured it BEAUTIFULLY.


  15. January 11, 2011 at 7:11 am

    just amazing!

  16. January 11, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Wow – I’d never heard of Australia day before, but the food looks incredible!

  17. January 11, 2011 at 8:30 am

    So beautiful post Katie!!! Amazing job as always! :)

  18. January 11, 2011 at 8:55 am

    It looks like a great day, with great food and people around. I close a page and then open again to admire more!!!Food, photos, style..everything looks amazing.

  19. January 11, 2011 at 9:23 am

    LOVE the photos!!! And Australia!

  20. January 11, 2011 at 10:00 am

    hi katie, it’s so fun and inspiring to see these behind-the-scenes! food looks great and photos beautiful as always, but i must say i LOVE the shot with the gang looking up the camera. priceless!

  21. January 11, 2011 at 10:04 am

    The photographys are wonderful …as ever. I love the pies! But the insight into this shoot is fascinating. Having been at food photo shoots for ad agencies I know how boring they can be but this occassion shouts life and laughter and it comes across in the shots. Thanks so much for sharing.

  22. January 11, 2011 at 11:25 am

    What a wonderful post. Absolutely love the self shooting the gang took too – love the expressions on each face. It’s wonderful to get an insight into the wonderful stuff you do, and congrats on being taken on board Real Living Australia! WTG!!

  23. January 11, 2011 at 11:37 am

    so lovely! I bet you are so happy then! :)

    BEST xoxo

  24. January 11, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Beautiful work. Love the green & gold. I’ll have to buy the mag.

  25. Anonymous
    January 11, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    I loved to see your camera set up. Pictures are just fantastic, I wish I could cook and take photos this well….. :(
    Just beautiful.

  26. January 11, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    I absolutely love your blog! It has to be the best food blog, ever! You are such a talented food photographer and I am so thrilled to see that you are also published! Is there any chance you might be able to publish the meat pie recipe?? I am an Aussie living in Switzerland and your photos are making me homesick!

  27. January 11, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Love the photos. Congrats on the magazine spread!

    What camera lens do you have on your camera there? Do you have any preferred lenses you use when shooting food?

    I’m looking to buy another lens and if you can recommend any, I’d appreciate it.

  28. January 11, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    I guess everyone we’ll want to have an Australian Day now ;)
    Great work, so inspiring. And the fun is palpable in every single shot.

  29. January 11, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    your blog is great! Love it a lot!

    visit mine?

    Brandon Hicks

  30. January 12, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Oh my, i was salivating over the spread in the magazine yesterday!

    You did an AMAZING job, the photos are fantastic, and the food……incredible.

    Can’t wait to whip some fabulousness up this Australia day!


  31. January 12, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Congratulations Katie on the magazine spread. I still have a copy of the issue where they featured your home. Now am waiting to buy the latest Australia day issue.

  32. January 13, 2011 at 4:12 am

    It’s all so delicious and festive looking! (really makes me yearn for summer)

    Congrats on the mag layout! Gorgeous!

  33. January 13, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    wow!!! everything looks sooo good! the images are soo fresh and clean too! love your blog!!

  34. January 13, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Great photoshoot! Congratulations on your magazine spread :) Of course, the food looks great, too, delicious! You would be a great party host.

  35. January 14, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Quel plaisir de regarder tes photos !!!

  36. January 16, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Looks amazing, thanks for the behind the scenes peek! Now I want some lamb (and summer weather)!

  37. January 18, 2011 at 2:19 am

    love! any thoughts on where to find similar flatware?

  38. January 20, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I absolutely adore the behind the scenes photos. Nothing makes me smile more than seeing an artist at work. Beautiful shoot!

  39. January 20, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    So glad to have found your blog. The behind the scenes photos look sooo soo fun. I think I want to be a photographer when I grow up!

  40. January 23, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    wow !!! AMAZING POST!!!
    Your work is inspiring and totally wonderful!!!
    Its great nowadays to find people like you, as you really seem to love what you do :)

  41. January 23, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Your blog is fantastic. I love getting your updates in my email!

    Thank you,



  42. January 25, 2011 at 2:44 am

    I saw your shoot in Real Living and had to come and check out your blog for more amazing photos. You are truly talented. You make everything look absolutely delicous, I can almost smell that lamb cooking away on the bbq nomnomnom …

  43. January 26, 2011 at 9:58 am

    The images speak for themselves! Outstanding!Your blog looks fabulous as always, full of interesting posts and Fabulous photos!!!thanks for sharing.

  44. January 30, 2011 at 1:43 am

    Katie, I only just found your blog – it made my weekend and prompted me to write about you:


    Thanks so much for sharing this feast :)

  45. February 2, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Wow ….. I have fun just looking at the photos that I am sure the event was full of laughter and giggles. Thanks for sharing the behind the scenes .. loved seeing the photos before the magazine spread and seeing it in the magazine. Cool! Have a beautiful day Kate & team!

  46. February 4, 2011 at 10:11 am

    You are the best Katie, the best of the best.Nice to see you in a photograph session.

  47. February 22, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Your photography stops me in my tracks…absolutely love coming to visit your blog.
    Question..what type of tripod is that you are using? I have looked everywhere on line but don’t know what to call it to google it :-)

  48. February 26, 2011 at 6:45 am

    amazing shoot…love the clicks :)

  49. March 18, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    I have such a crush on your gorgeous photography. I have a GREAT article that I’d LOVE to pitch to Real Living magazine. I would LOVE for your photography to accompany my idea.

  50. June 10, 2011 at 9:42 am

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  51. June 10, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I just had lunch and your pictures made me hungry again. I demand an apology!! :)

    call Australia

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    August 4, 2011 at 9:06 pm

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  53. September 10, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    we always love your photos:)

  54. June 28, 2012 at 11:56 am

    thanx for your topic

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