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New in the shop: Tea Time Styled Stock Photography

Have you seen the pretty pastel tea set image that has just hit the SC Stockshop? We are completely smitten over this “Tea for Two” image and think it would make the perfect addition to your styled stock collection!

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Incorporate this fresh image into your social media announcements or on your website, use it to advertise your latest products, pop it into your newsletter, or use it as part of your latest blog post! This is the perfect spring image to visually captivate your audience and stop them from scrolling past your content or shop!

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! 

The SC Team

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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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!

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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!

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Whole 30 approved Homemade Spiced Chai Larabars

We are nearing the end of our first Whole 30 experience and I have to say, it has changed our eating habits and thoughts on food in ways that I did not anticipate.  More on that later! For now, I had to share this incredibly easy 5 minute (seriously!) 4 ingredient recipe for Homemade Spiced Chai Larabars that I just whipped up!  Anybody who has done the Whole 30 knows that Larabars are the life saving loophole to sugar free living (praise sweet Jesus!).  I had never had a Lara Bar before starting the January Whole 30 but these were so yummy and so easy to make that this recipe will be a new snack time staple in our house and for way less money than it costs to buy them in a store!


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Since I hate food blog posts that have paragraphs and paragraphs of text that you have to scroll through to get to the recipe (is it just me?) I’m going to get right to it!

Homemade Chai Spice Larabars


2 cups lightly salted or raw cashews (I used raw unsalted)

2.5 cups pitted dates (usually found in the produce section)

2 tsp Cinnamon

1/2-1 tsp Cardamom (depending on personal taste)

*Cardamom is bit pricey but is so incredibly yummy that I find ways to use it in other desserts.  You could leave it out if you don’t have it – you would just loose the classic Chai flavor.


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Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend. When it starts to clump it is done.  Roll the mixture out between two pieces of parchment paper (one on the top and one on the bottom).  Using a small cookie sheet can help to maintain desired thickness and shape.  Once rolled out, use a sharp knife to cut into bars or squares keeping the parchment paper intact. Once cut, put bars in a ziplock bag and store in the fridge!

Once you have tried your first batch you can begin to experiment with different mix-ins and spices.  In place of the cinnamon and cardamom try unsweetened coconut flakes and a little bit of dark chocolate (Not Whole 30 approved of course. haha).


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In the shop: Summer Fruit Styled Stock

Pineapples, cherries, watermelon, berries…YES PLEASE! We have just launched a brand new summer fruit styled stock collection that will be available exclusively for the month of July. Seriously friends, these might be my favorite items in the shop right now!


I think these are just perfect for food and nutrition bloggers as well as anyone wanting to promote summer products or sales! We have numerous individual styled stock images plus a 5 image Brand Builder Set waiting for you in the shop!


As a bonus, any image that might be tricky to crop into an Instagram square has already been pre-formatted for you and I am offering it for free with your large download. Consider it my summer treat to you! On any of the notated 2 set listings, you can instantly download the large version and square version, making you insta-ready. Hooray!

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Don’t you just love these? I have so many favorites but I want to know, which will you choose?

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