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sneak peek: 2011 calendar photo shoot

Today I’m going to let you peek behind the curtain to see how a seemingly casual, effortless photo like the one above actually comes together. It’s a looong process. First, we do some brainstorming about the story we’d like the photos to tell. Delphine intern Caleb Jones came up with the idea that the calendar photos would be the story of one person’s desk throughout the year. The calendar, pen box and cute birdie prop would stay in the same place each month, but all the goodies around it would reflect how a person’s desk, and life, changes from month to month.

The second step was to start pulling props from our giant collection of ephemera. A step I call:

It looks like a giant mess, but truly we have a plan!

 

Next, we create a tray for each photo, dividing up props for each month’s photo. We throw everything we can think of that would go with the month’s image. 

Then the exciting part: we prop a month and look through the lens. Then we edit, edit, edit … taking away lots of distractions so the star of the photo, the calendar, can shine.

 

Invariably, our toughest critic comes by to check out the scene and give the final Meow approval.

I hope you like our new 2011 desk calendar! I’ll post a few more final photos later today.

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from the prop closet: birds and stamps

Here’s a little behind the scenes peek at a photo shoot we’re working on for the website. As you can see, I save lots of bits of ephemera, like the pretty foreign stamps that friends and family have sent me. The pretty tin bird ornament I picked up at SoLo.

Photo by Courtney Yee for Delphine.

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Delphine holiday party invitations

Planning a holiday party? We just released a bunch of new Delphine customizable holiday party invitations. Shown above is my favorite: Holiday Rose.

Photo ©Delphine.

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from the prop closet

Another behind the scenes peek at a photo shoot. This one uses one of my favorite props: rolls of stamps. I have always been fascinated by state flags and I just adore these stamps.

Photo: delphine

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from the prop closet

Another behind the scenes sneak peek at a photo shoot we’re working on. We found the blue feather in the studio after a traumatized bird was carried in by our cat. I picked up the French change tray at Anthropologie a while back.

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from the prop closet

A little behind the scenes sneak peek at a photo shoot we’re working on. I love my star confetti and foil bird props.

photo: Delphine

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in the press: classic tea party bridal shower

Many thanks to sweet Cyd for posting all about the classic tea party bridal shower that Adrianne Smith and I designed (beautifully shot by Jennifer Dery Photography). Please pop over to The Sweetest Occasion to read about our little adventure.

I used our new Charleston Stitch design for the invitations in our mai tai and dull silver inks.

Our sweet stir sticks add a pop of color to the table. And mmmm, those Cupcake Love cupcakes were so pretty and delicious.

I love the sweet tendrils in the centerpiece Adrianne Smith designed. So romantic, the dahlias and roses mixed together!

You can see loads more photos and read all about the inspiration on The Sweetest Occasion.

Special thanks to everyone who helped make this shoot possible. Especially Jennifer Dery, who was able to capture the romantic spirit so perfectly with her amazing eye.

CREDITS

EVENT DESIGN and STYLING: Adrianne Smith (www.asmithfloral.com) and Erika Firm (www.delphinepress.com)

PHOTOGRAPHY: Jennifer Dery, www.jenniferdery.com

CUPCAKES: Cupcake Love, www.cupcake-love.com

FLOWERS: Adrianne Smith Floral Design, www.asmithfloral.com

GIFTS: Dreamy, www.shopdreamy.com

INVITATIONS and PAPER GOODS: Delphine, www.delphinepress.com 

PARTY FAVORS: Delphine, www.delphinepress.com

VINTAGE PROPS: Sainte Béatrice, www.etsy.com/shop/saintebeatrice

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real wedding: hibiscus letterpress invitations

Read the inside scoop on these fun mimosa yellow and blue letterpress Hibiscus invitations we printed for Jennie and Jeremy on Oh So Beautiful Paper. Jennie and Jeremy were contest winners about a year ago; their wedding is in a few days and I’m so excited for them!

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sneak peek: formaggio & dolce wedding

Here’s the final of the three inspiration shoots I did with Adrianne Smith and Jennifer Dery last week. While the sweet pink garden tea party is, well, sweet, and the retro rockabilly tailgate party was super fun (champagne in a can! what can be better?) this Italian-inspired “Formaggio & Dolce” (cheese and sweets) shoot was hands down my favorite. From the chic, muted, tone on tone color palette to the vintage found objects to the stunning (STUNNING) cafe au lait dahlias and arrangements, to the impossibly delicious cheeses from Dolce, this “faux” party turned into a real party as soon as the sun went down. I’m so excited to share the photos, but you’ll have to be patient while we wait for publication elsewhere (details to be announced on publication of all three shoots).

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sneak peek: pretty pink bridal shower tea

I had the truly great pleasure of working with Adrianne (Adrianne Smith Floral Design) and Jennifer Dery (Jennifer Dery Photography) last week on THREE (!!!) inspiration shoots. I’m most known for paper design, but I also looooove to design events. Here’s a peek behind the scenes at some of the props we used for the first inspiration shoot: a pretty in pink backyard garden bridal shower tea (phew …). Yes, we corked those bottles and drank them to celebrate once the shoot was complete!

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