Jan 12, 2011

Suite 106 Cupcakery {Photo Shoot}

I had the best time working on a shoot for the sisters of Suite 106 Cupcakery. These girls won Food Network's Cupcake Wars and have been going non-stop ever since!

They have a shop now in Victoria Gardens which their family helps run while they bake till the wee hours of the morning!

I wanted to make sure the cupcakes were the main focus of the table so I kept things very neutral, working with lots of white, burlap, and silver trays. I kept the burlap table cloth nice and full on the table to give a billowy look. And yes, I did ask my sweet husband to climb a tree, and hang my very heavy chandelier from it, so that I could have that as part of my set (Thanks Hubby!).

We switched out their basic cupcake flavors half way through the shoot and added in some fun, brightly colored cupcakes. Also displayed are their cupcake jars (Christy thought of that while she was trying to perfect a way to ship cupcakes to her family members in other states - BRILLIANT!).

I wanted to use their packaging and labels as much as possible, so I added labels all around their brown cupcake boxes and stacked them to make a cute cupcake tier.

Keep checking back, I've got another project in the works with Christy & Rebecca... it should be fun and I'm really excited about it!

I know you're all dying to know... YES, the cupcakes are yummy! So far I think my favorite is the Celebration Cupcake with chocolate cake, or Christy's Red Velvet, or maybe it's the Dolce de Leche... I'm not really sure, but they were all delicious!

Drop by their shop in Rancho Cucamonga and say "Hi!" to Lee & Harry (their sweet parents)or maybe Michael (their cousin) will be there... it really is a family run business!

Victoria Gardens 12505 North Mainstreet, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
Mon - Thurs:10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sun:11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Thank you Kristin Rogers & Logan for inviting me and letting me use your amazing photos.

Sheila Northcutt - Make-Up Artist... Seriously. Good. (And she gives me little make-up tips which I love)

And a huge thank you to Condor's Nest Ranch for allowing us to shoot at their ranch, it's a beautiful place and would be absolute perfection for a wedding!

Jan 8, 2011

Suite 106 Photo Shoot {Preview}

I worked on a photo shoot yesterday that I can't wait to blog about! It was for the sister's of Suite 106 Cupcakery (winners of Food Network's, Cupcake Wars). Till then, here's one of the shots Logan took yesterday.

Make Up - Sheila Northcutt
Photographers - Kristin Rogers & Logan Cole

Jan 6, 2011

Baby Shower {Inspiration}

I won't have a usable camera till Friday, so in the meantime I though I would post more 2010 pictures of projects I have worked on.

I had the the fun task of helping plan my sister-in-law's baby shower over the summer. I was put in charge of the dessert table, table set ups, decorations and such. So, I got to work...

The dessert table was covered with a simple white table cloth, burlap runner made to the width of the table top, with a vintage lace runner down the center. Picture board with family pictures was used as a backdrop for the table.

Desserts were a selection of mini brownies, cookie bars, chocolate dipped marshmallows, peanut clusters, dipped pretzels, and many other goodies, all hand picked by the mommy to be. I used tin containers lined with vintage lace. A mixture of trays and platters from my own collection (like these from Crate & Barrel), and finished it off with printed labels for each dessert.

I found a great gold mirror at a garage sale, spray painted the frame buttery yellow, and painted the mirror with chalkboard paint. It worked great as a sign for the party favors.

Party favors were little handmade fabric pouches, filled with candies, and tied off with a thank you note, package of seeds and jute string.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE these big fabric pom-poms!! There were quite a lot of work, but well worth it! Hundreds of hand cut circles individually hot glued to mini lanterns. Then I tore long strips of fabric attached it to the lanterns and hung them in sets of 3 from some of the chairs.

The flowers were done by the lovely team at Jenny B Floral Design

Tables were covered with white linens and patterned runners. Plates were bamboo with simple jute ribbon used as napkin rings.

Large lace flower corsages with dried flower button centers for my nieces to wear in celebration of their future baby brother.

And now, a picture of me with my 1 and only nephew! We had no idea how stinkin' adorable he would be!

Baby shower pictures copyright - Eric Cotter
Flowers - Jenny B Floral Design (absolutely wonderful to work with!)
Dessert table picture board, photos copyright - Kristin Rogers Photography

*Special thank you to Miya & Mel and the many hours they spent helping me pull this all together

Jan 3, 2011

Farm Engagement {Inspiration}

This engagement session was fun to do and I had the chance to work with a great bunch of talented ladies! Lots of natural elements and I love all the great details that went into this shoot.

I thought it would be nice to break the shoot down and give all the details and info to those of you who may be interested in using some of these ideas for your own.

Table Setting ideas

Vintage lace (found at a local thrift store) becomes an instant base for a unique plate setting.

Camping dishes mixed with vintage milk glass. The mixture of casual camping dish and smooth white milk glass adds interest.

Carmel apples are a fun dessert, replace the usual popsicle sticks with twigs or cinnamon sticks to make things extra special.

I found these wooden spoons at Michaels (pack of 2 for $1), but you could order similar ones here. Print your guests names, Mr & Mrs, or your wedding date... instant wedding favor. Use simple jute twine or bakers twine to tie the utensils together.

Mini birdcages purchased at my favorite store in Carmel, Ca before Christmas, but you could make your own as a special wedding favor.

Old crates ($5 each on craigslist), birds nest, bird, eggs and paper doily add a little something extra to the table. The little green plant and tin pot are both from Ikea... and eeeek, it's actually artificial (still looks good!)

Signs are another great way to personalize your photo shoot or special day. Paint "Getting Hitched", "Just Married" or "Thank You" on just about anything and you have instant charm.

Accessories add SO much to a photo! Throw a large, lace flower in your hair, add a necklace, scarf, or vintage broaches... add things that make it feel more "you" and put together.

Hope you like it!

Photos- copyright Kristin Rogers Photography
Make up artist- Sheila Northcutt
Hair- Jennifer Hernandez
Models- Maxine & David

Jan 2, 2011


Welcome to my blog! I've been debating starting a blog for quite some time but just kept putting if off. I've had a lot of family, friends, and friends of friends suggest that I start a blog so I thought I would give it a go! I hope you enjoy the fun projects we're doing, interesting photo shoots I have the pleasure of working on, and crafty things I dabble in.

Here are a few pictures of styling work I've done with the amazing Kristin Rogers

Engagement session of Steve & Jamie

Maternity Session with The Cotter Family

Family Shoot with The Trainor Family

More to come!