I’m spending some time near an open sunny window on this gorgeous Florida “winter” day and doing on of my favorite things, styling and shooting just for fun. Today’s muse is a collection of florals from my patio garden and a gorgeous collection of ranunculus stems fresh from the florist for a client shoot this week. I have been wanted to do some floral styling with some of this lovely Sugar Paper black and white polka dot gift wrap that I keep on hand for client gifts. And viola! Who knows what I will use it for but it is beautiful non-the-less. I hope that you take some time this weekend (especially you busy mommas!) to do something that fills up your tank. Happy Saturday!
If you had asked me three years ago what my dreams were for my photography business I would not have been able to even answer you. I was stuck. And discouraged. I had a website full of over 8 years worth of beautiful portrait and wedding work but in my heart of hearts I would never have used the words creative, unique, or authentic to describe it. “Real” photographers were those other people that I read about who were “born with a camera in their hands” that never leaves their side. They create “from their heart” and the work that they produce inspires and fuels them. I on the other hand had relegated myself to being a left brained type A who likes running a business and photography just happened to be something that I was OK at. It was just the “fill in the blank” to my love for being a business owner.
That is painfully embarrassing to even write.
I was honest enough to know that this wasn’t fair to my clients who (in Tampa alone) have their pick of literally a zillion incredible photographers. Photographers who actually are inspired and creative. Not just good at on-time invoicing and profit/loss analysis. So I stopped taking portrait and wedding work but was still left without an answer to what in the world I really wanted to do.
Well, praise the sweet Lord for intervening. The process of discovering my love for styling and product photography was like uncovering precious jewels in a dirt field that I had owned all along. It was always there…I just didn’t look hard enough. I looked around me and made assumptions about what I should be and do based on what other people around me were doing instead of doing the difficult work of digging.
After an absolute whirlwind of a first year in commercial work I am still in a bit of stunned silence over the gift that this work is to me. I really get to do this “work” God? Really?
It is with ENORMOUS pride and gratitude that I launch my new Shay Cochrane brand and site. To be honest, when I look at it I have to pinch myself. ( I took those images? Whaaaaat!?) I owe a lot of people a huge amount of gratitude. Thank you Emily Ley for the beautiful brand design and for taking a chance on me a year ago shooting your own beloved products. Thank you Cathy Olson of Love Inspired for bringing that brand to life and further developing it with this gorgeous website. And thank you to my best friend Ashlee Proffitt for taking my new brand (and my list of 572 design needs, fears, concerns, and dreams) and translating it into an entire gorgeous client experience from collateral pieces to social media pieces. Holy smokes guys. I’m getting a little choked up just thinking about the amount of work that has been done on my behalf. Thank you.
Incorporated into this new site is my beloved little SC Stockshop who’s credit is due in large part to my sweet client-now-friend Nicolle of Libby Lane Press. Thank you for being such an encouragement and cheer leader over this past year. Thanks to Nicolle, their is now a place for small business owners to get beautifully styled stock images for their own use so that we can all do business beautifully!
And now for the fun stuff! To celebrate my new brand launch I am giving away a ridiculously amazing collection of prizes totaling over $500 in value!
Two winners will be selected at random this Friday February 28th from the contest entries.
The second place winner will receive:
1. A print from one of my favorite fashion bloggers and shop owners Stephanie Sterjovski’s SS Print Shop
2. An exclusive version of the coveted Emerson foldover stripped clutch from Oatmeal Lace Designs with my favorite peach lining
3. My favorite office candle, the a gold polka dot “Light up the Room” Kate Spade candle
4. The most luxurious lipgloss on the market worn by celebrities and now you;) the Lip Slip by Sarah Happ
The first place winner will receive what is possibly my favorite accessory that I own - this GORGEOUS Kate Spade watch in gold!!!!!!!!
You can enter by doing any and all of the following. You can continue to enter all week long to increase your chance of winning!
Ladies and gentlemen (ok, maybe just ladies?) I cannot thank you enough for all of your sweet words about the new brand and site. Thank you all for participating in the giveaway and I truly wish I had something to give to everyone just for being so sweet to me by entering. It is with excitement and a full heart that I announce our two winners – both randomly selected by Rafflecopter. The first place winner of the Kate Spade watch is…(I can’t make this stuff up…) Joanne (Cohee) Richards, also known as…my mother! When she told me that she had entered to win I told her that there was no way that I could let her win if her name was drawn because people would think that the whole contest was rigged. Well friends, let me tell you, her name was the first one randomly drawn and what kind of daughter would I be to not allow my true biggest fan to accept her prize won fair and square. I love you mom. Thank you for giving so much of your life to your children and for truly being my biggest fan.
The second place winner of our launch giveaway is Diana Martin who will recieve a print from one of my favorite fashion bloggers and shop owners Stephanie Sterjovski’s SS Print Shop, an exclusive version of the coveted Emerson foldover stripped clutch from Oatmeal Lace Designs with my favorite peach lining, my favorite office candle, the a gold polka dot “Light up the Room” Kate Spade candle and the most luxurious lipgloss on the market worn by celebrities and now you;) the Lip Slip by Sarah Happ! Diana, congratulations and please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and send me your mailing address!!
It has been awhile since I had the opportunity to do exclusively children’s themed styling so in the weeks leading up to my shoot for Tickled Peach I may have gone a little overboard prop shopping for her much anticipated shoot! (As a side note, it is kILLING my girls that I have an office full of toys that they can’t touch. haha) What I love about her products is their clean playful design and the consistency in themes across different product offerings. What I created for Kathy was two primary styled banner images to really make her home page pop and then a large set of minimally styled product images that would be cropped and used as product category headers on her site. The first flat that you see was created to show off the variety of products and designs that she offers in a way that instantly communicates the mission of her brand. The second image was designed to show off one of her themed meal time collections which includes plates, bowls and placemats. I could not resist playing up the girly sweet-ness of her pink bird design for this one. We had talked about this image having more of a lifestyle feel two it but in the end I created a flat (styling designed to be shot from overhead) that comes to life and has more of a lifestyle feel to it because of the sweet little arm that is reaching in. This image has quickly become one of my favorites to date!
I have been getting a lot of requests for children’s themed stock images to be added to the stock shop and so I also took some time recently to shoot a few flats for the shop that would be great for designers who create and sell children’s goods. A few of them have been added to the shop already! I am still planning to create some children’s themed stock that makes use of frames for children’s prints! If only I could get a spare second to shoot them! To get a free stock image to try, you can join the SC Stockshop mailing list and just for signing up you will get an image to your inbox. I use that mailing list to give out free images, exclusive shop discounts and to announce when new collections are added to the shop! I’d love for you to join!
This is my last work day of the week before heading out of town with Graham for the Liberate conference in Ft. Lauderdale. I’m so excited for the chance to get away for two days with him and to hear some great teaching about God unbelievable one way love for us. I hope that you all have a wonderful week! And please, if you have birthady shopping to do for any of the little ones in your life, consider stopping by Kathy’s incredible site. She has a beautiful shop full to the brim of adorable and quality children’s goods!
Doesn’t it look great on her home page!?
The two banner images were shot with natural light and reflectors. The more minimally styled header images were shot with studio lighting because I had so many of them to do and they all needed to have a consistent lighting look which is hard to achieve with natural light since it changes so much over the course of a four hour shoot. In the end I think both captured the bright, clean and playful look that we were going for.
I have been SO excited to share with you an up close look at the work that I was able to do recently for the exquisite shop B is for Bonnie Design. During her initial consultation we started talking about her brand palette and her aesthetic vision for the images and lets just say she had me at gold foil, white and blush. Seriously, it doesn’t get any more feminine and lovely then that combination! In addition to styling and shooting two stunning banner images for her website we also shoot her full inventory to give her shop a cohesive and branded look. You can see a little of that transformation in my last post. I am so proud of these images and as always am just honored to see them come to life on her site. Her prints are nothing short of gorgeous and I am currently in the process of trying to narrow it down to just a few to keep for myself! Bonnie, I don’t think you knew what you were getting into when you said that I could pick a few to keep. At my last count I had narrowed it down to my top 10. haha
The other amazing thing about my job is that I get to work for clients who’s heart is as beautiful as their handiwork and Bonnie is no exception. Please check out her site and show her some love by supporting her and other amazing small business women like her who are using their God given talents and passions to bless their families and others!
You guys know I am a sucker for a gold desktop vignette complete with stunning gold, acrylic and pink accessories! This Banner image was created to feature her gorgeous gold foil stripped notebooks as well as her beautiful “Today is the Day” and “Choose Joy” pencils. The pretty little gold foil heart on pink print can be found in her shop as well!
The second banner image that I created was designed to feature some of her beautiful gold foil prints. I decided to go with a blush background to give her some variety on her site and had the painful task of narrowing down which prints to feature. The selection shown here was a mixture of prints that I just felt were too fun and amazing not to include in addition to the “Start each day with a grateful heart” print which was one of her early designs, is still a best seller and also is a true representation of her mission and story as a shop. And those mini cannolis….I die!!
P.S. There is a stock image hitting the SC Stockshop today for any of you who create and sell prints and are in love with this color palette and aesthetic. A little B is for BEAUTIFUL inspiration for your own shop!
So, I am planning to dedicate a whole post to gushing over the gorgeous banner images that we created for Mrs. Bonnie over at B is for Bonnie Design but I had to really quickly give you a little peak at the beautiful transformation that took place overnight on her site this past week. I mean, it was not bad before but her new images take it to another level (okay, maybe I am just biased) take a peak! And after you are done, make sure that you check out her gorgeous prints. I legitimately love every.single.one and the beautiful meaning behind why she does what she does!
Bonnie before…(you have to admit…this couple IS cute;)
Bonnie shop before…
Bonnie shop after!!
I mean is this Etsy shop easy on the eyes or what! ? It makes my consistency-loving heart proud! haha
I love you Bonnie!!! Thank you for the PLEASURE of styling and shooting for you!! Praying that God continues to bless your business this year!!