In the Studio Archive

In the studio: Five Dot Design

This lovely styled invitation shoot was the second time that I had the privilege of shooting for Kristen of Five Dot Design. If you aren’t familiar with her work, Kristen creates beautiful, highly custom wedding invitations full of rich, thoughtful detail. For our last shoot, we focused on creating two banner images that would tell the story of her design process. This time around, we were updating some of the images of her custom client work. This shoot was particularly fun for me because while I started out shooting a lot of wedding invitations, its been a while since I have done product photography for wedding invitations. Plus, Kristen’s work is just so beautiful!

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We kept the styling very simple so as not to take away from her stunning invitations. We focused on simple props that would highlight the personality of each invitation set. Which one is your favorite!? These are just a few of mine!

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In the studio: Scarlet & Gold Shop

Do you know what I really love about Instagram? I love that it provides the opportunity to connect people that otherwise might never have had the chance to interact!  Have you experienced that? Over the past year I have had the pleasure of getting to know the ladies behind the fabulous Scarlet & Gold shop via Instagram when they started using and sharing styled stock images from the SC Stockshop and then later when we teamed up to create this tutorial for Stockshop fans on how to best overlay paper product design jpegs onto styled stock image backgrounds.   These are super talented ladies with enormous hearts. When they reached out to me about doing the product photography for their 2015 wholesale catalog, I jumped at the chance! If you aren’t familiar with Scarlet & Gold, they are a lifestyle brand that sells gorgeous prints, phone cases, note cards, gifts, and more. I love their mission: “Create. Give. Inspire.” and that their products are created to encourage others!


Our first priority was creating a vertical image for the cover that would capture the essence of their brand while displaying some of their featured prints. They needed an image that they could overlay print designs into not only for the catalogue but for future use of the image so we shot a styled scene with empty frames that could be filled in post processing. We ended up essentially creating a custom stock photo that they could insert PDFs of the prints into for both the catalog cover and for future use. I had so much fun styling that bar cart!

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The second priority was creating a fun two page spread for the table of contents. Since their branding aligns so well with my styling, we had a really clear vision and were able to pull the project together very quickly. This image was also shot with an empty frame space that could be filled digitally with a print design. Everything else in the image was actually styled and photographed live. The white deer head might be my favorite part of this image! I also really love those gold foil on black “xoxo” cards and they are just as stunning in person!

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We also shot a few secondary vertical bar cart images similar to the cover image that could be used throughout the catalogue for print display. Here are a few spreads from the actual catalog so that you can see how everything came together. I could not be happier with the results!

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Congratulations Scarlet & Gold on your new 2015 catalog! Be sure to check out all of the gorgeous products from Scarlet & Gold and grab some for yourself and a friend!

In the studio: Citrus Stock Photography

It is no secret that I am a lover of food photography. Great food photography accounts for the majority of the images that I use as inspiration for my own client work. If I can find a way of styling food it into client work I will. Every time.  Every year I create an inspiration board of things that inspire me, fire me up, and things that I want to more intentionally incorporate each year in life and work. Every year citrus images make it on the list. It is something about their scent that is always a refreshing inspiration to me. So, I made it a 2015 resolution to shoot more citrus! This past weekend, while the kids were napping and I had some down time, I decided to begin to make good on that little promise to myself!  It was a step in the right direction and I am loving these bright and airy citrus images that were the result of my playing around (and the way they made my studio smell wasn’t so bad either)!








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All of the images were shot in natural light and I am proud to say that the gorgeous leaves you see featured came from my brand new orange tree! I can’t wait to pick my own oranges!





I just love graphic images like these with lots of white negative space!  I have mentioned this before, but I am dying to shoot a cookbook one day. Any food bloggers out there have a need? If so, I am your girl!



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Even though I shot these images for myself for fun, I would love to hear if you would be interested in having them (or something like them) available in the SC Stockshop!  Am I the only one gushing over citrus? I am likely going to do a limit run of them in the shop for a brief period of time in time for Spring/Summer shop advertising. I am also curious if you would like to see any other food related images in the shop? I would love to get your thoughts in the comments below! We are revamping the shop this year and I am always open to your feedback!




I’m sorry that you can’t smell these images, haha but I hope that they at least give you a little visually inspiring refresh for your day! Happy Thursday friends!

In the Studio: Tamesha Bendaw

Quite possibly the highest compliment that I am ever paid is when another talented photographer hires me to style and shoot images for her brand. Last week I had the incredible pleasure of creating a stunning set of Brand Builder images for a very talented lady who not only is an accomplished photographer but she is also an attorney and up and coming author who is working on a book that marries her two passions and will help photographers everywhere to be smarter business owners.

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For the creation of her custom Brand Builder Set Tamesha culled her own props.  Together we chose specific personal items that had significance, communicated her personality and captured her brand colors while also incorporating items that had symbolic meaning in the law and photography world.

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Some images in her set have a very specific used and therefore required a specific composition and theme that corresponds with the way that they will be used in her new brand.

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The second biggest compliment that I can be paid is when a new clients trusts me to be able to execute a specific aesthetic vision that is outside of my signature “style”.  When Tamesha came to me with a vision for her new brand that had a saturated, dark, industrial chic, smart, Matlock-esk feel. I COULD NOT WAIT to get started! We incorporated everything from her favorite shoes, books, and vintage cameras to her favorite snack (which I may or may not have consumed. Sorry Tamesha)

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What I love the most about this set is not only the challenge to style and shoot so far outside of my comfort zone, but that every piece in the image has significance, down to the magnolia leaves that were styled in (growing up Tamesha has a magnolia tree in her yard).  The hardest element for me in creating this shoot was finding a surface that would capture both the feel and the visual aesthetic that we were going for.  Here in New Tampa…emphasis on new…there are not many antique malls, vintage stores or flea markets.  My amazing assistant Kelly scoured antique stores in nearby St. Pete and came up empty handed. JUst when I thought we would have to go in a different direction I scored big time when I found this rusty piece of sheet metal, not only because it captured the dark industrial textured feel that Tamesha loved but the rust coloring fit so perfectly into her brand color palette.  I truly loved this shoot and cannot wait to see Tamesha do big things with these images as she pursues new dreams.  I hope that you enjoy taking a peek at some of the fun personal details that were captured in this set! If you are looking for styled images that are not product specific to enhance the visual impact of your brand, check out the other Brand Builder Sets available in the SC Stockshop!

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In the Studio: Shop Northernly

Keri at Shop Northernly is killing it.  From the moment I visited her site I knew that she had discovered (read: developed through blood, sweat, and tears) the magic combination for small business success.

Unique & Quality Product + Focused Product Offering + Authentic Brand Story + Clearly Defined Brand Aesthetic

When she contacted me about creating a few banner images for her Minnesota based handmade scarf company. I literally COULD NOT WAIT to get started.  Partially because I shoot a lot of amazing paper goods and always jump at the opportunity to shoot something outside of that category and secondly, because I knew that what she wanted (dark, moody, rustic) would be such a challenging and refreshing departure from what I am typically creating for clients (bright, feminine, minimalist, on white etc).  I also loved that her Pinterest inspiration board for our shoot contained like six images. This girl knew what she wanted and that helps me SO much.

I created two banner images for her targeted at increasing sales during her most crucial time of year-  the cool weather months and holiday gift giving season.  One of my very favorite parts of product photography is the challenge of creating a story for a banner image. The first image was created to transport you to a crisp fall day. Fall leaves, pinecones, warm apple cider, homemade pie, your favorite chunky  scarf…I’m just saying, I think we nailed it. It was 95 degrees here in Tampa when I shot this and it took everything in me not to turn the AC down to 62 and wrap myself in one of her gorgeous soft chunky knit accessories!

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My favorite elements styled into this image were the cute little acorns, the apple slices with the stars cut into them floating over the cider and the cherry pie with the amazing textured crust.  That combined with the mix of wood tones and browns and the unbelievable texture of her scarves just made the image come to life.   Can’t you just FEEL how soft these scarves are by looking the image!?


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The second image that we created was specifically for the winter holiday gift giving season.  The story that we wanted to tell was about a thoughtful gift giver wrapping up a luxurious collection of scarves to give to the special ladies in her life.  We went with a clean Pottery Barn/Restoration Hardware aesthetic in a gorgeous black, white, green and gold color palette and it is possibly one of my favorite images to date!2014 Shay Cochrane

Other then then ridiculously luxurious black and white fur scarf being featured (which is absolutely as soft as silk!) my favorite little detail in the image is the kraft paper gift tags (courtesy of my amazing assistant Kelly!), one of which reads “To mom with love.” To me it is often the smallest detail in an image that really brings it to life and draws you in to the story!

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We think that Keri’s images look simply stunning on her site! Don’t you!?

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You know you want to go check out her shop now and snag one of her amazing scarves!  Let me point you in the right direction!  Check our her gorgeous shop here and make sure that you get one of her black and white fur scarves. They are unbelievable. I can’t wait to wear mine!!!

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