Shooting for Ashley's blog Ginger & Birch is always a fabulous experience. What began in a coffee shop as "hey, if you ever want pictures of your recipes..." has now become a quarterly event. Any blogger could benefit from observing Ashley's organization and preparation when it comes to our photo shoots- even for our very first one she had a detailed list of recipes, process and detail shots, images she needed to have room for text and all the food ready to go. I photograph the first dish or drink while she prepares and styles the next; and then there's the perk of sampling all the goods while I shoot... Her background in the world of fashion lends to her ability to think a season ahead and so we shoot her Spring recipes in the Winter, etc. -- all this to say I'm doing my best to learn from her example and plan ahead more in my blog-world.

Not only is this a win-win experience for both of us (I'm shooting something I love while she's styling something she loves and we're both eating the day away), we've got a comfortable working relationship that allows each of us to offer the other constructive criticism, advice, encouragement and the high-fives often needed to try new things. Fast forward almost two years from that coffee shop and we're sharing a studio space for those exact reasons (and to have a spot to host dance parties for our friends).

You can see more images along with Ashley's super fantastic recipes and hospitality inspiration over at www.gingerandbirch.com
If you want to follow our professional pursuits together visit www.hartandhoney.com

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