Oh the annual Humber Dinner at the North Carolina Museum of Art! What a fun event to photograph every year! The styling and decor is always SO gorgeous and SO perfect – Jennifer and her team create these whimsical themes that vendors such as Watered Garden (nails it with the flowers) and CE Rental (always has the perfect linens and settings to work with) help them execute perfectly. It’s so much fun to see what they come up with year to year (you can see last year here and the year before that here) and this year’s holiday sweets centerpieces were just too fun!
We are sooooo excited to finally spill the beans — one of our past brides (she’s been on our blog four times) Emily is the featured seller on Etsy today! Emily had me come to her super awesome Em Dash Paper Co studio a few weeks ago to photograph her and her work for the feature. When we first booked Emily and her fiancé for their wedding a few years back, I totally remember looking at their paperwork and thinking WHOA, Emily’s handwriting is unreal. Just prefect and gorgeous. You MUST go over to her etsy shop today and look around (and then buy something). How beautiful is her work? Beautiful yet so quirky and fun. I am excited to share images here from her shoot that did not make the Etsy feature. Here are some excerpts of Emily quotes from her Etsy feature…
“It’s hard to say when or how I started hand-lettering, because I’ve always had very neat penmanship (surprise twist: I’m a robot). Starting a lettering business just felt like a natural next step, an extension of who I’ve been and what I’ve loved doing all along. My shop, originally called Sparrow Nest Script, opened in 2011 while I was finishing a Master’s degree and worrying about finding a job. It took off right away, which was incredibly unexpected and fortunate. Three years and a name change later, I’m still so lucky to work at home in my own comfortable space and to be my own boss.
There are definitely difficult aspects of running a small business, but I also get to throw some pretty crazy office dance parties with my cat, and that makes up for a lot.
Something I’m really working on right now, though, is letting my own brain show up more in what I draw. At heart I’m a big weirdo with an out-of-control imagination, but historically I’ve held back in favor of making designs I think will sell. That’s so backward! “If you build it, they will come,” right? I’m learning that if I just let myself create what I want to create, the right people (my people!) will find it, love it, and hopefully want to take it home.”
Congrats Emily! We are so excited for your feature – you so deserve it!!
We’ve had a heavy week around here so I thought what better to lighten things up with desserts. I LOVE dessert. So much. Naturally this means that I would enjoy photographing dessert. Ever since our Raleigh Story shoot with The Cupcake Shoppe, we have struck up a friendship with the owner Sara and her fabulous and super kind staff. These are wonderful people locally baking you all kinds of delicious treats. Can’t beat that. You will also see that they are believers in carrying other local products such as Larry’s Beans Coffee (also a Raleigh Story Project feature of ours). It’s a good thing I did this shoot in the morning when I’m not really ready to eat sweets, otherwise I would have insisted a taste test everything too. Just incase. Sara did send us home with one of those chocolate ice-cream sandwiches with the sprinkles (you’ll know them when you see them in this post) and let me tell you, I did not want it to end. Or have to share it with David. But that’s what we do with our favorite people, right? Sacrifice and share our pre-lunch, homemade ice cream sandwich with them. The Cupcake Shoppe is known for their cupcakes (they’ve got yummy gluten free too!), but sometime you should try their other desserts. They’ve got several kinds of cookies, brownies, granola, various breads, whoopee pies, rice krispie treats, homemade marshmallows, and other new things they are currently trying out in the kitchen (also featured below). It’s a long list of deliciousness you can’t pass up. You must stop by and get a treat next time you are cruising down Glenwood South in Raleigh… and tell them you saw them on Story Photographer’s blog!