February 2016 Archive

Guess who’s been using the SC Stockshop!

Who’s been loving the SC Stockshop lately? Bride’s Magazine, that’s who! Not only is the SC Stockshop perfect for your blog and successful business, but the same images that are building your brand are the very images being used by big name companies like Bride’s Magazine and loved on by people like Lauren Conrad!



When you purchase from the SC Stockshop, you’re getting high quality images that are both publication print-worthy and also work for your social media feed, promoting your blog posts, being incorporated into your website, etc!



Do you want high quality styled stock images on par with big name brands for your branding? Shop now to purchase your styled stock and do business beautifully!

The SC Team

Purchase the same images seen in Bride’s Magazine!  

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New in the shop: Purple and Pink Floral Styled Stock

“I must have flowers, always and always.” – Claude Monet

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We couldn’t agree more Monet! Since this is basically our motto in the SC office, we thought it was only fair to share our floral love with you, your shop, website, and social media feed!

You can find several of these stunning purple floral options right now in the SC Stockshop! Don’t forget, only 10 downloads are available for each image. You’ll want to hurry and shop now so that you don’t miss out!

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PS: Wondering how to use these floral styled stock images? We have pulled some great examples to give you inspiration and listed them below! Don’t forget to share how you are using your new florals by tagging the #scstockshop on Instagram!


The SC Team


Use your floral stock for…Social Media Announcements

Catch the attention of your viewers on social media by overlaying your announcements like @simplysouthernweddings!

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Or advertise your blog posts like @dearsweetheartevents!


Use your floral stock for…Your Website Header Image

Use your floral styled stock for the header image on your website like Simply Southern Wedding Boutique and make a bold brand statement right on your homepage!

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Use your floral stock for…Overlaying Your Products

Floral styled stock pairs so lovely with prints and stationery! Just ask our friend Simply Jessica Marie who paired her lovely invite with our pink floral image!


Tea time | Sugarfina Spring Collection Shoot
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Tea anyone?  I just finished styling and shooting the Sugarfina spring collection which is gracing the homepage of their website currently (all the heart eyes!!) so I thought that I would share this particular two image set with you since I almost never get the time to share commercial projects here on the blog (or I am shooting seasons in advance so everything is top secret!)  This was a two image set created with a singular theme and two primary uses. The top image is used as a home page banner image on their site and we almost always create a corresponding vertical of each styling for their catalogues, IG and other promotional uses.  I have been doing the product styling and commercial photography for Sugarfina for two years now and I have to say that this one of my favorite stylings to date!

If anyone wants to come over for a garden party and a spot of tea you know where to find me and yes, I’ll supply ALL the sweet treats.

Happy Tuesday Friends!

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Why Forbes Says Instagram Matters

We have all heard various statistics, read multiple articles, and even listened to a podcast or two about the importance of using social media to grow your business. The verdict is in that social media matters, but how much posting is enough?!

According to research done in 2014 by Forbes magazine, the average business owner posts to Instagram 1.5 times a day. We have a feeling this number has increased a bit since then, which would correspond with Hootsuite’s analytics that say that 1-3 times per day is the average.  Either way, most research done on the topic agrees that visual content is currently the most important tactic a business can use for optimizing brand engagement.

Creating consistent social media content even once a day is hard for the average business owner who has her hands full running her business! It can be extremely challenging to keep up with the demands of a social media calendar and regularly produce quality images that are both relevant to your social media goals and on brand.

This is where we come in! We know that this is a pain point for so many of you business owners. It doesn’t matter what kind of #bosslady you are; every one of us feels the pressure. This is why we want to offer you high quality styled stock photography that can be at your fingertips every time you need fresh social media content!

Friend, you have an amazing idea/service/product to show the world and deserve to get the most out of your social media promotions. Let the SC Stockshop help make promoting on social media easier for you!


Today we have pulled together some images from the SC Stockshop that we think are perfect for Valentine’s Day related promotion! Now is the perfect time to test out using the SC Stockshop to up your Instagram game!

Red Peony Desktop / Pink Ranunculus Stock / Red Mug Stock Pink on Marble Desktop / Pink and Black Desktop / Lipstick Stock / More Red Options / More Pink Options

The SC Team

Multigrain pancakes you will actually eat! (and the pour shot!)

Let’s do some simple word association here.

When I say “Multigrain pancakes” you say…


Eggs Benedict with fresh avocado and a side of bacon?


Multigrain pancakes?

Dry. Chewy?

You get my point.  Nobody’s mouth waters when I say “multigrain pancakes.”  But after watching Forks Over Knives and reading the corresponding books we have been convinced to make some long term lifestyle changes as it relates to what we consume. One of those changes is staying away from refined and enriched flours and grain and replacing them with whole wheat and whole grains.  Saturday mornings in the Cochrane house usually involves daddy making pancakes (the out-of-the-box kind that only involves one step – adding water!). Time to put our money…er…whole grains where our mouth is right?

Today daddy whipped up some of the yummiest and most filling pancakes I have ever had.  Before this starts to sound like a poor attempt at a food blog here’s the deal, I could care less about making pancakes, per se, what I was looking forward to was the chance to (irritate my family) by making a photo shoot out of breakfast. Haha  It’s a yucky, cloudy overcast day here today but I wanted to experiment with photographing a backlit pour shot! I waited until after breakfast to avoid the eye rolls as everyone waits for mom to get the shot.  But here she is!  Oh, and the recipe is below…and it is legitimately absolutely delicious!

2016 Shay Cochrane

Multigrain Pancakes with Fresh Berries (original recipe from the Forks Over Knives Plan they also have a cookbook)

“Makes about 12 pancakes You might think it’s difficult to get light and fluffy whole-grain pancakes, let alone without adding oil to the batter. I am happy to be the one to tell you that it’s actually as easy as making this recipe!” -DS

1 1 / 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 / 4 cup cornmeal or other whole-grain flour
1 / 4 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon aluminum-free baking powder
1 / 2 teaspoon sea salt
1 / 4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 / 8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 3 / 4 cups unsweetened, unflavored plant milk
1 / 2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, plus more for serving, if desired
1 cup fresh blueberries, raspberries, or sliced strawberries, for serving Apple butter, for serving (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 200°F.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg until well combined. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the plant milk, applesauce, and maple syrup. Gently fold the ingredients together just until incorporated. Do not overmix; the batter will be lumpy.

3. Heat a griddle or large nonstick pan over medium heat until a few droplets of water dropped in the pan jump and sizzle.

4. Spoon 1 / 3 cup batter for each pancake onto the pan until no more will fit. Cook 3 to 4 minutes until the edges look dry and the bottoms are crisp and lightly browned. Using a spatula, turn the pancakes over and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer the pancakes to a heatproof platter and place in the oven to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining batter.

5. Serve the pancakes topped with fruit and a little maple syrup or apple butter.


And just for fun – Here is the “before” pick of the actual set up for the shot that I shared on my IG feed.  This is the magic of food photography – you really can do it anywhere!  Its pretty freeing to work in such a small space compared to the larger overhead sets that I am used to with my commercial work!

2016 Shay Cochrane


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