My New Favorite Store | Longboat Key-Bradenton FL Photographer

When I fell in love with the food photography and styling work of cookbook author Béatrice Peltre a couple of years ago or so, I also set out on a mission to find those fun, funky plastic spoons that she uses in many of her bright and vibrant images she showcases on her blog.  And when I was crazy lucky to attend one of her food photography and styling workshops last summer in NYC, do ya think I would have asked her?!?  No, ugh.  So I continued my search, checking kitchen specialty stores and party supply websites to no avail.

I grew less enthusiastic and hopeful of stumbling upon them after such a fruitless search.  That is, until I ventured to the quaint town of Camden, Maine last month……..

 

My spirits were renewed by Camden’s charming historic downtown and the visually appealing storefronts…..I spied beautiful linens in one, and happily noted kitchen specialty items in another.  I was on the hunt!!  Again!!  Lafe was indeed the most patient man evah as we combed through each potential spoon-discovery store only to be let down one after another.

And then we ventured into the last probable store – Jo Ellen Designs.

Talk about gorgeous!!! The shelves and tables held a bounty of stunning tableware, cookbooks, and beautiful home accessories. I saw Béa’s cookbook La Tartine Gourmande on one of the display tables and struck up a conversation with the owners about her NYC workshop and how fantastic it was. They showed great interest in that and invited me to take photographs of their store which I happily did.

While I was navigating between using my DSLR and my iPhone, Lafe called to me and held up a spoon and asked me if that was kind of like what I was looking for.  Kind of?!?  IT WAS!!!!!!!!  It was IT!!!!!!  I’m not sure if I screamed or yelped or something equally as embarrassing and unladylike, but I became wildly and uncontrollably giddy!!!!  I thought at first that maybe that was the only style available….but then we started circling back around the store with “new” eyes and sure enough, at almost every display, were more spoons in a different color or pattern. Needless to say, I bought 16 of them……

It’s an AMAZING store!! Jo Ellen Designs is located at 21 Main Street in Camden, Maine and is a must-stop if you enjoy fine tableware and home accessories. It’s also a prop stylist’s dream come true!! Thank you for letting me wander throughout the store taking photographs and I hope my travels take me to Camden again very soon!

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Food Photography & Styling | June Challenge | Frozen Desserts

I was pretty determined to get this month’s challenge done for The Inspired Plate……….and creating even *more* of a challenge is that I traveled up to New England from Florida (driving….) and don’t have my props or much of my equipment including my big screen monitor so I can actually see while editing images.  So – hey what the heck?!?  As Tiffany Dahle from our group commented, maybe I could be the first Instagram image poster for our food photography group LOL!!

The theme this month is Frozen Desserts.  So I took the easy way out and went to Whole Foods to get a container of whatever funky ice cream or sorbet or gelato I could find and ended up with a Grapefruit Campari boutique sorbet from a Vermont producer by the name of Blue Moon Sorbet.  Awesome.

Okay so I did what I could do!!  I broiled grapefruit segments sprinkled with a sweet amount of turbinado sugar for a nice garnish, along with fresh basil leaves.  That – along with my highly coveted plastic spoons that I bought last week in Maine from Jo Ellen Designs (swoon!) and Lafe’s never-used Margarita glasses – well, voila!  There you have it.

Please check out our blog posts for this challenge – next up is the aforementioned Tiffany Dahle who is simply AMAZING and is a great resource for all moms out there for almost any reason!!

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Allison Jacobs - June 24, 2013 - 9:59 am

I loved that you jumped in this month anyway even though you were far from home and your props! The margarita glasses are a great way to showcase the sorbet. Love the summer feel to the styling too!

Tammy Bilodeau - June 24, 2013 - 10:18 am

Looks great Stacey, they turned out wonderful, in spite of being a little out of your comfort zone :) I love the green in the background, it really makes that pink POP! great job :)

Kat - June 24, 2013 - 10:42 am

Love how the orange and green plan off each other. Just joyfully exclaims summer is here. You definitely captured the feel of the theme. Nice job.

Sabrina - June 24, 2013 - 8:34 pm

The styling looks great, love the way the pinks and greens contrast against each other :) By the way – I looooove those plastic spoons, I am so jealous you finally found them ;)

JaymeF - June 25, 2013 - 11:15 pm

Wow, for not having your regular stuff with you, you made this look all too easy! The dessert looks so refreshing!

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The M Family Beach Session | Longboat Key & Bradenton FL Photographer

Okay this family has been dubbed the “FUN” family.  They knew how to have a BLAST and the resulting images of their shoot reflect that.  I had SO much fun – so did they – and it really is one of those shoots when you go home smiling and  glad that you are a photographer.  Bill and family – thanks for being so fantastic and fun to work with!!  Enjoy your images.  :)

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Food Photography & Styling | March Challenge | Breakfast

I’m baaaack!!!!  After a stressful and time-consuming divorce hiatus, I’m so happy to be back with the ladies from The Inspired Plate!!  I’m still trying to move….and still feel like I’m in the middle of complete chaos….

And oh but ugh – my props are all at the new house!!!!!!  Okay, easy to rectify by ANOTHER trip to Pier 1 and discovering  the perfect bowl for this recipe (and also a new table runner, place mats, etc.  but we’ll save that for another time!).  But my bin of flatware was also at the new house – but so easy to find so I delayed shooting by one morning because I just didn’t want to use ordinary stainless steel silverware.  Okay that was probably a lot of completely unnecessary information but it’s tough enough to accomplish this challenge when “normal” life gets in the and not crazy and between-two-homes kind of life that I’m experiencing now!

But shooting food this morning made me feel C. A. L. M.

Really.

I needed the distraction;  I needed to do something other than repeatedly packing up my belongings.  (Isn’t that a song???  Packing up my belongings, I’ve got to get away???)  Ugh…..

So…this month’s challenge was Breakfast……a meal I don’t often eat except for Greek yogurt, or an avocado drizzled with olive oil, OR – the quinoa I had this morning!

Please check out our blog circle – next on the list is the fabulous  Tammy Bilodeau, Whitecourt AB Photographer – please go check out what she did this month and take a ride along our blog circle!

 

 

 

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Tammy Bilodeau - March 25, 2013 - 9:11 am

Glad to hear your settling in Stacey. This looks yummy, I have never even once tried Quinoa, but I may have to…..love the little curls of orange rind.

Sabrina - March 25, 2013 - 9:40 am

I’ve never seen quinoa before and this looks pretty appetising :) I love how sharp the detail in the grains are and also how fresh and bright everything looks! Also, I want that backboard… ;)

Kat - March 25, 2013 - 2:55 pm

I’m glad you got your beautiful silverware…I hate photographing silverware…maybe it’s because mine has no character. :) Your colors are marvelous I love how the orange accents play off the red of the quinoa. Nicely done!

Kim - Liv LIfe - March 25, 2013 - 3:12 pm

Oh Stacey!! I’ve read that quinoa is “overdone”, but I will never get my fill. Quinoa is one of my all time favorite ingredients, but I have to admit that it rarely makes an appearance at breakfast. LOVE the styling with the orange peel, which happens to be another favorite ingredient. My kids have recently discovered that quinoa “isn’t so bad”, so I’m going to give this a try for the family.
Im envious of you and Laurie with the prop shopping, and I wish that you and she were nextdoor so that I could go with you! You all have a better eye than I do.
I can’t imagine moving… I have SO much unnecessary stuff that has accumulated in the 16 years we’ve been here that the thought of sorting through it gives me the shivers. Glad for your new purchases and I hope that everything settles down soon.

Jen Olson | Localette - March 25, 2013 - 6:01 pm

YUM!!! I love quinoa and have got to try this. Great styling, props, and such a happy morning time feel to this!

Hilary Mercer - March 25, 2013 - 11:00 pm

That looks so tasty yums. Great photos!