2018 – Beach picnic

By Emma Hawkins

Happy 2018 everyone. I hope you enjoyed the break and managed to have some time with your family and friends. I had a wonderful festive season traveling to NSW to my Husbands family farm, visiting friends in Port Ferry and spending some down time with family in Barwon Heads. I am also currently in Sri Lanka for a family holiday which is amazing!

Sorry if we have been a little quiet lately, I promise I have worked hard in the background and look forward to sharing what I have been working on soon. Throughout 2017 I did a lot of contract work for clients which involves developing marketing campaigns specifically tailored to meet the new online content demands that brands face. I absolutely love it, as it means I am working on new things every week, some of which you wouldn’t see or doesn’t have my name on it.

The first job for 2018 is this below shoot I put together for Yellowglen one of my longest clients (year four this year!) – I am lucky to be, not only an ambassador for Yellowglen, I also get to develop content for them each month and help out with events and styling for creative purposes. I always look forward to putting a story together every month and am truly so thankful to work with such an amazing brand in a really authentic and natural way.

The below picnic was across the bridge from Barwon Heads – Ocean Grove. Now, I’m not really meant to say this considering I’m on the ‘other’ side of the bridge, HOWEVER, the sand IS better in Ocean Grove… Shhhh. But it is. It was a beautiful setting on a balmy summers night and the lighting was on point!  The styling was freestyle and carefree – exactly how a picnic should be. I opted for a pastel colour palette (and these cushions are now sitting pretty on my couch) The rug is heavenly and light and the platters were simple. Everything featured is from none other than the Home Timber and Hardware store in Ocean Grove! Yep, love keeping it local!

The food  Kirsten put together was so delish! baked Lemon Slice, Chicken, Walnut + Watercress SandwichesChilli glazed BBQ prawns and a
Takeaway Salad - so good! Always opt for easy recipes to eat when having a picnic and especially a beach picnic (hello sand!) Also for your drinks, if you can’t be bothered carting ice to the beach, try freezing berries and add those to your glass to keep it cool. It’s one of my fave little tricks.

We hope you enjoy the shoot and the recipes. The prawns are next level!!! And how clever are the takeaway salad boxes? Tick!

Photgrapher: Monika Berry

Recipe / Food contributor: Kirsten McKechnie

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