Tying in my fun memories of baking as a child, I gathered as many fun, old props as I could. For me, the fun was in hunting down old baking canisters, bowls, hot pads, etc. As I gathered many of these things from antique stores and some of them from my very own kitchen, it took me back to why I love to bake. I love the smell of a yummy dessert baking and the comfort that it gives to ones soul. I wanted to recreate a cookie shoot that brought back so many memories of my childhood and Hailey and Natalie were the perfect subjects for just a shoot.
I arrived with props in hand and Hailey and Natalie were full of anticipation and excitement. With the help of Katie (their Mom) we staged the props to depict an old kitchen. We opened all of the window blinds to bring as much natural light into the room as possible. We dressed the girls in simple attire and tied cute old fashioned aprons to match. Now we were ready to get to work to tell the story of baking cookies.
I worked to shoot in order of how cookies would be made, from adding the dry ingredients, then the wet ingredients, to cracking the eggs, right down to the very last detail of frosting the cookies. I have to say, this was really the BEST part for all of us! Katie was able to teach her daughters step by step how a recipe comes together and I was lucky enough to witness such teachings and to document this teaching moment. But it was more than that! Two sisters spending time together, helping each other and learning along side. Sisters are a strong bond and Katie has made a point to be sure that this has been instilled at their young ages. I loved how the feel of this shoot is timeless and depicts the past when life was simpler. Lifestyle shoots are one of my absolute favorites to shoot, I just love the story telling.
With the newest technology I have found from Vuetone's video builder, this is the perfect way to turn a fun shoot into a beautiful story of two sisters who enjoy being together.