The Kinfolk Table Gathering


The wonderful Shaye of On My Hand is hosting the next Kinfolk event on Saturday 19th October in Mount Maunganui, and I’m lucky enough to be photographing it! Let me tell you now, it’s not one to be missed!


This gathering will be a beautifully catered dinner by Spongedrop and Devour Catering in celebration of the release of Kinfolk’s new cookbook ‘The Kinfolk Table‘!


Tickets are on sale now!

Off I go.


Just wanted to leave a quick message to say that I’m about to jump on a plane right now to Melbourne (Australia) for a wee trip with my best friend Brit! Cannot wait. Will take as many photos as I can!


In the mean time, I wanted to leave you with a sneak peek of the dessert table from my cousin Tyler’s 21st birthday party! It was so fun helping her plan that out, and take the party photos. Just look at that amazing cake that Rachael from Made From Scratch made her! More to come from her party when I get back home…


Have a good week everybody!

Come on, put on your poker face.

danelle bourgeois

danelle bourgeois


I had almost completely forgotten that these photos existed. They were taken as test shots during our X Factor shoot. I only remembered them now because I was trying to find photos of my new shorter hair and stumbled across them. I always look so serious in test shoots. Or bored. Or angry. Haha. I don’t know why. I can never just take a nice photo for them.


Anyway… The point of me writing this post was to tell you that I’m off (extremely early I might add) tomorrow morning to Queenstown for the week. Super pumped for it! I have never been there before and from the looks of things, the scenery is STUNNING. We will be shooting a music video there for a few days and then spending an extra night there just to relax, do some non-work related sightseeing and maybe some skiing with Hook. It’s our mini holiday celebration for our 9 year anniversary that’s coming up mid-September. I hope to take a heap of photos to share with you all when I get back! Woo! 

I’d take you with me if there was a way.


Last weekend Hook had to get a few bits of footage to compare his Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Pocket Camera so we headed out to Devonport to get some cool views of the city for them. The evening sun was gorgeous so I took a few snaps while he was setting up. The views were amazing. We don’t often venture over there, as we actually live right in the city – kinda behind those big crane-y giraffe looking things (I have no idea what these things are called haha) at the port to the left in that last photo. So it was nice to see the city from this angle. I love this place.

Lemon and oat crumble slice.


I’m such a HUGE lemon fan. It’s ridiculous. When at a restaurant ordering dessert, it’s always something lemony that I look for. Lemon meringue pie on the menu? SOLD. And when it comes to baking, same goes. The easier the recipe, the better. I’m not a big fan of having to do things on the stove with baking, so anything that just involves mixing ingredients and away you go is what I like. Which is exactly why I loved baking this slice.


You can find the recipe over on Kirsten’s blog High Tea With Dragons. The only thing I changed with this recipe is I added another tablespoon of lemon rind (because I’m lemon obsessed) and I also added a little bit of golden yellow colouring gel to give it more of a yellow look. I like my lemon baking to be lemon coloured hehe.


I kept mine in the fridge and it tastes so good straight out of there. I ate my last slice of it today. So I may need to go get more lemons and make some more because this slice is SO good. Bonus for me: Hook isn’t a fan of lemon stuff at all which means when I bake it I get to eat it all myself! :P