Since they first started, we’ve had a very close relationship with Jacki Allen’s Kentucky Bride magazine. We’ve had a number of weddings featured in there, and also done a bridal fashion shoot for them at the Castle Post in Versailles, as well as a floral shoot with E. Stephen Hein, Florist at his store. It shouldn’t be a surprise, I suppose, Jacki was literally the first person I met in the wedding industry here!
For the Winter issue of the magazine this year, Jacki, Julie and Jaimeson, the creative team at the magazine, brought me in to shoot a series of cakes from some of Kentucky’s best designers, plus a couple of cool accessories. If you’ve ever been to the Kentucky Bride offices, well, they’re in one of the usual office parks that are great for getting work done, but they’re definitely not a commercial photography studio.
What to do? We set up our own studio, right in the foyer of the building. (There may or may not have been fire codes broken.) I set up backgrounds, flew studio lights sitting out in the parking lot through windows to simulate window light, and we had a lot of fun.
more images after the jump…
We had four cakes from all over the state– one from Mert’s Cakes of Louisville, one from Martine’s Pastries here in Lexington, one from Sweet Surrender in Louisville, and one all the way from Paducah, courtesy of Artisan Kitchen. Cake stands came from WeddingCakePedestals.com, RaiseTheCake.com and one that jacki & jamieson, wedding and event planners had in their stock.
I’ll let you in on a little secret– while you, as a bride, get to taste their best work, I don’t get that opportunity. Most bridal show pieces as well as the ones for photo shoots are foam inserts that are decorated appropriately– otherwise, they’re a little too heavy to move around the way I need to on a shoot. That’s also a lot of cake that would go to waste after the 30 minutes in front of the lens.
The cake spreads can be found on pages 29-32 of the Winter issue of Kentucky Bride, on sale now.
As long as they had me, they also figured, “Why not get some additional photos done?” You’ll see four boutonnieres from The Best of Flowers in Lexington on pages 19 & 20.
I also shot some additional accessories for pages 13-15…