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December 9, 2013

It’s the holly jolliest time of the year again, and my bestie Jessica of Modern Moments Designs and I teamed up to do a Rustic Woodland Holiday styled session displaying lots of fun gift ideas!

We are lucky enough to live in beautiful Portland, OR, where we are spoiled with an abundance of amazing local gourmet shops. I highly recommend any and all of these places if you are a local north-westerner, but if you are not, take our ideas and run with them in your own city!

So, what do you get the person who “has everything” for Christmas?! Treats of course! Wrap them up with a pretty bow, and add a custom holiday tag from Jessica’s shop, and you will be the talk of the party!

All of the vendors and their information are listed below, but let’s get on to the photos! Oh yummy yum yum!

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Poplandia Popcorn – Located on the corner of NW 23rd and Johnson in Portland, OR.
Their sea salted caramel corn is some of the most amazing caramel corn I have ever tasted!! During the holidays, they are popping Peacock Lane Candy Cane, which is absolutely addicting as well! I literally ate an entire bag all by myself!! Check them out on facebook to keep up with what’s popping! Other featured flavors here include the Vanilla Bourbon Pecan Pie popcorn and Oregon Trail popcorn! This is a new local business, and I am SO excited about them! They also do events, weddings, and special orders. Once you taste their popcorn, there’s really no other option but to keep eating!!

Kyra’s Bake Shop -  Kyra is a THREE-time (and the ONLY gluten-free) winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, and she is located right here in the Pacific Northwest for all of us to enjoy! Kyra creates beautiful and delicious gluten-free cupcakes! Featured in our session here are The Flirt cupcakes: Chocolate cake filled with peppermint milk chocolate ganache, topped with peppermint chocolate chip italian meringue buttercream with red sprinkles. They are a perfect sweet treat for anyone – gluten-free or not, and extra festive :) Check her our on facebook here!

Portland Pie Company - I cannot even explain with words how sweet and adorable these little mini apple and pecan personal pies are! I can just imagine heating them up and serving them warm, with a scoop of premium vanilla ice cream on top! It’s dessert heaven!! We were also lucky enough to receive the very beautiful frosted snowflake cookies from the Portland Pie Company as well, and let me tell you – they were buttery and flaky just like the best pie crusts! The sweet talents just never stop! You can find them on Facebook here!

Batch PDX - Looking for something a little bit fancy? Look no further – Batch PDX is a local chocolatier specializing in beautiful and tasty chocolate truffles. Not too rich, and perfectly smooth, these truffles are little bites of heaven! Yu can special order these chocolates, or find them at other local shops listed here. Their facebook page is here, you’ll want to check them out – you can thank me later ;)

Two Tarts Bakery – The sweetest little cookies you ever did see! Two Tarts cookies are shown above in the adorable holiday lunch pail. They are beautiful bite-sized cookies, so feel free to give a whole assortment! It’s hard to decide which ones were my favorites, but they all look so cute and festive together – this is the perfect gift for anyone on your list, or even for Santa himself! Their facebook page is here!

Palace Cakes – Sister to Two Tarts Bakery is Palace Cakes! The beautiful and festive cake featured here in our shoot would be the perfect addition to any holiday party. Who actually expects CAKE at a holiday party?! Cookies and other treats, of course, but don’t you think cake would be the happiest of surprises?? And this cake will not disappoint! They use all fresh, natural and home-made ingredients in all of their cakes – nothing processed here! Dress it up with some custom graphic toppers, and viola! You’re the perfect host/hostess! Check out their facebook page here!

Salt & Straw Ice Cream – This local ice creamery has people lining up around the block in the summer, and the winter too! Ice cream is a delicious treat anytime of year, and with flavors like Peppermint Cocoa, Butter Roasted Chestnuts, and Spiked Eggnog, you’ll be in the holiday spirit in a flash! Featured on Oprah’s list of favorite things, and a Martha Stewart Editor’s Pick, this place has gained national fame since it opened it’s doors just a few years ago, and there’s a reason! All of their ice creams are handmade in small-batches using only all-natural dairy with the best local, sustainable and organic ingredients Oregon has to offer, as well as imported flavors from small,handpicked farms and producers around the world. And now you can order it or ship it anywhere! They have a new online ordering system that allows you to send your favorites across the country to your loved ones! What a perfect present!? Check them out and see more of their fun and fabulous flavors on their Facebook page!

THANK YOU so much to all of our lovely vendors who donated product for us to feature to this shoot! We are so happy to support local small businesses, and share all of the fabulous treats that you create! We also don’t mind getting to taste test everything in the process! ;) hehe.

If you know of someone who would like to participate in these kinds of shoots, please leave a comment with your information, or email me at courtneyjade@courtneyjade.com and we will add you to our list of vendors that we work with.

More credits!
Photography: Courtney Jade Photography
Styling: Jessica of Modern Moments Designs, Benj of Benj Curtis Designs, and my very lovely boyfriend Brad even helped :)
Location: Barnwood Farms – West Linn, OR
Graphic design/tags/printed pieces: Jessica of Modern Moments Designs

August 11, 2011
filed under: sneek peek

I adore working with children. They are by far my favorite subjects, from the tiny newborns to the goofy kids, they all steal my heart. I feel so lucky that I am able to do what I do, and freeze these little moments in time for them and their families to keep always.

I thought it might be fun to share a behind the scenes shot of a recent shoot I did.
This is one of my favorite boys EVER, and I know, he is adorable. He calls me “sugar lips” and wants to marry me. I adore him.
You may remember him from the Rockstar Session we did last year for his birthday party… or his little brother’s 1 year cake smash session was quite adorable as well.

But boys will be boys, and sometimes to get to a photo like this….

you have to first get through the ones like this….

oh boys, you just have to love them!!! :)

February 9, 2011
filed under: published work

When I found out that I was going to be taking Jackson’s 4 year old pictures for his birthday party I was SO excited!! You may remember Jackson’s little brother Emerson from the cake smash session that we did in November. Read the rest of this entry …

January 5, 2011
filed under: cake smash, one year

I have been WAY behind on my photo blog posts the past few months, but when I saw that my photos were featured on Hostess with the Mostess today, it reminded me how I really needed to post Emerson’s one year cake smash session photos! Read the rest of this entry …

November 16, 2010

You know when you go to the mailbox, and you’re sorting through all of the mail?
Junk, bill, trash, junk, junk, bill, statement, more junk, ripped/torn/destroyed coupon booklet, trash, junk, junk, bill….

And then you come to that piece… that one piece of mail that feels as though you just unwrapped the Wonka Bar with the Golden Ticket inside. You know the one I’m talking about? It’s like a little piece of love all wrapped up.

These pieces of mail are the ones I cherish. A good friend recently described it perfectly to me, she said “tangible mail is a lost art”. I completely agree. There’s nothing quite like getting a hand written note, card, or any other piece of personal mail. These pieces aren’t made out to “Or Current Resident”, they are made out to YOU.

Anyways, back to my story.

Today, I opened my mailbox to find just one such gem!!! My eyes lit up and my grip tightened on the envelope! I couldn’t wait to open it, but first, knowing I was in for a treat, i wanted to take a few photos to share with you all.

A little history about this session…

Jessica and I can’t remember how exactly we found each other, but I’m chopping it up to fate.
She is full of colorful ideas, and is a complete inspiration to me! She owns her own company, Modern Moments Custom Designs, where she designs anything and everything you could ever need or want. Logos, cards, announcements, invitations, calendars,  you name it! She takes each design request as it comes and molds your vision into something even more beautiful than you could have ever imagined.
So you can imagine, how when I got the email from her requesting that I do her youngest son’s first birthday photos/cake smash session, how ecstatic I was!!!

We brainstormed for a bit, and she sent me a couple of Inspiration Boards for what she was looking for style-wise for little Emerson’s shoot. I’m talking colors, textures, fabrics, the whole nine yards! Here is one of the boards that she created and sent to me. This really helped me understand exactly what she was looking for!

Not to mention, how completely adorable is that board!?! Can you tell how amazing this woman is yet??
So now that I knew her color palette and general direction, we chose a place- this great little barn that she knew of, close to the pumpkin patch that her family goes to every year.
There was no address,it was  just “about a mile down the road off of the exit, on the right”. I didn’t need directions, once I saw this place, there was no mistaking it!! We shot at an adorable old abandoned barn.

Jessica came with adorable Emerson, props, backdrops, and even cake in tote! We had everything we needed for a stellar photo shoot!!!

We knocked out the session in less than 30 minutes, it must have been a record, and little Emerson was such a great sport!! I’m sure the cake helped a little ;)
The photos turned out AWESOME! I couldn’t have been happier with them!

Fast forward to tonight.

I open my mailbox to find the usual suspect mail-pile. Junk, junk, Bill, Statement…. and wait… what is THIS!?!!
Ok, I admit it, I knew it was coming, and I was waiting for it… But it doesn’t make it any less exciting! It was here!!!

One of the most rewarding parts of being a photographer, is to see my work in context. I LOVE getting birth announcements in the mail, save the dates, or invitations all using the photos that I have taken. It’s just got a cool factor of about 11 (On a scale of 1-10).

So without further a due, here is mister Emerson’s first birthday invitation!

The envelope… of course, the mailing address label is to die for cute!

And then, you open it and the cuteness just doesn’t stop!! Check out the envelope liner! (I swear, she thinks of everything!!)

Yep, that is REAL sewn on burlap, and REAL tied string! The WOW Factor is so high with this piece!!

Oh, and this is just the “slip-cover” for the card!! Just like a real book! Notice the adorable “vol. 1″ since it’s for his first birthday. Also, the price of the book is the date of his birthday… the cleverness just keeps coming!!! She even generously included my logo on there! How *sweet*!!!

Even a barcode!!

Once you remove the slip cover,  you get to the card/invite! The paper is a linen texture, which feels awesome, and goes perfectly with her vintage look and feel.

I am completely in LOVE with how amazing these turned out! Emerson is one lucky little dude! The way she put the photos together with the piece are just awesome! I love the cohesiveness of it all, and I think her overall ideas were exceeded.

If you would like some custom design work done, I highly recommend Jessica! She is super great and easy to work with, and she has a LOT to offer as a designer! You can go to her website, or check out her ETSY.

Sadly, she just broke her arm and is only taking a limited number of orders for the holidays, so if you’re interested, be sure to contact her ASAP!!! Otherwise, keep her in your back pocket, you just never know when you might need some stellar designs!!! Personally, I’m hoping she takes up party planning… you should check out the parties she’s thrown on her blog, the details are scrumptious!!!