Cake Bloom's Pangloss Cellars Pinot Noir Caramel Sauce on The School of Styling

When we began A Savvy Lifestyle, we knew we wanted to work with small businesses in wine country to showcase the immense talent that lives within Napa, Sonoma, and the Bay Area. 

We feel so lucky to be accomplishing that goal! Recently, we stepped in to help style this shoot with Cake Bloom. Susan was kind enough to share her recipe on The School of Styling, who featured the beautiful photos captured by Portraits to the People! Today, we wanted to take a minute to share some of the behind the scenes photos that go into styling.  

Cake Bloom's Pangloss Cellars Pinot Noir Caramel Sauce on The School of Styling | asavvylifestyle.com / portraits to the people

We headed to Pangloss Cellars bright and early in the morning. The sun was shining through their front windows, and made for beautiful lighting!

We love repurposing objects to be used in unexpected ways, so rather than using a cake stand to elevate the cakes, we used large candelabras found at various thrift stores. Additionally, using different wood textures is a great way to add depth to photos. The more worn, the better. 

Cake Bloom's Pangloss Cellars Pinot Noir Caramel Sauce on The School of Styling | asavvylifestyle.com / portraits to the people

Susan's cakes start off as a blank canvas, and slowly turn into beautiful works of art. We dressed Susan in a linen apron, and added extra texture with a linen table covering. For this shoot - we simply picked up a few yards of linen from a fabric store. 

Slowly, we add layers into the photo starting with the basics, then putting in elements to tell a story with the photos. We believe that each photo should have a clear story and easily communicate it to the visual audience. 

Cake Bloom's Pangloss Cellars Pinot Noir Caramel Sauce on The School of Styling | asavvylifestyle.com / portraits to the people
Cake Bloom's Pangloss Cellars Pinot Noir Caramel Sauce on The School of Styling | asavvylifestyle.com / portraits to the people
Cake Bloom's Pangloss Cellars Pinot Noir Caramel Sauce on The School of Styling | asavvylifestyle.com / portraits to the people
Cake Bloom's Pangloss Cellars Pinot Noir Caramel Sauce on The School of Styling | asavvylifestyle.com / portraits to the people

I always think telling a real story, is better than telling a perfect story. Sometimes I see photos that are stunningly beautiful, yet they were obviously staged (ex: flowers placed inside of shoes...that just makes no sense). I like to stop and think about the real life scenario, then style the photo around that. 

For Cake Bloom, this meant, opening a bottle of Pangloss Pinot Noir - adding a splash into the pot for the caramel, then pouring herself a glass to enjoy. Decorating the cake was a moment of relaxation, and a work of pure passion. 

Cake Bloom's Pangloss Cellars Pinot Noir Caramel Sauce on The School of Styling | asavvylifestyle.com / portraits to the people

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