On a sweltering September day, imagine opening your own bottle of sparkling San Pellegrino. Then when the sun begins to go down you sit down to a candle-lit table, fade out the symphony of crickets chirping and you pour yourself a glass of rosé.Read More
We are so excited to share this project that we had the honor of working on with the fabulous MA Allen! You can find her beautiful room featured in the Most Amazing Kids Spaces in the June issue of House Beautiful.
MA’s bold use of color and pattern come together to create a little girls dream room, giving a sense of empowerment to dream freely and to grow.
Allen’s daughter, Lil, was our model, and she stole the show, don’t you think?
“Seriously, the sweetest little girl,” Van Berkel said. “She was the highlight of the shoot.”
This kid-friendly room features a small lime green door that opens to a quaint play closet with toys and books and a bathroom with a built-in pull-out stool. Allen also incorporates book covers as art to spark young creativity.
Hope you enjoy and feel inspired by this gorgeous room!
SVB Intern 2019
Come travel back in time with me as I take you behind the scenes of the Stacey Van Berkel Photography and Wall Street Journal shoot of Woodruff’s Cafe and Pie Shop.
For this “sweet” shoot, Stacey and I drove to a quaint corner of Monroe, Virginia where we arrived at Woodruff’s pleasant cottage-like cafe and pie shop. It was my first day as Stacey’s intern and I had the joy of time-traveling with her to such a warm and welcoming world filled with the wafting smell of tasty pies.
“It reminds me of days gone by when people talked and took time to sit down together,” Stacey said.
Woodruff’s originally opened as a grocery store sixty years ago, but was later reopened as a cafe and pie shop by the Woodruff’s youngest daughter, Angela, in 1998. It’s a family effort as Angela, her older twin sisters, Darnelle and Darnette and their mother, Mama Woodruff, all work together. The trio have some lovely pie recipes to share.
“These ladies are the sweetest in the whole world,” Stacey said.
There was no denying that the Woodruff family is as sweet as all the pies they bake. Their warm hospitality and laughter create a homey environment for their loyal customers, who enjoy returning time after time.
“Going to Woodruff’s is like visiting your aunties and grandmother - it really is - they make you feel like family,” Stacey said.
Toward the end of the day, Stacey brought the women outside to shoot their portrait. As the four lined up to pose, one of the twins took Mama Woodruff’s 102-year-old hands into her own.
“Your hands are full of memories,” Stacey said as she focused in to photograph the two women’s hands.
Mama Woodruff let out a burst of laughter that prompted Stacey to capture the joy with rapid clicks coming from her camera. This moment was the perfect cherry on top to end a memorable first day as a SVB intern.
Before you travel back in time, indulge yourself in the Wall Street Journal’s article of Woodruff’s Cafe and Pie Shop. Then let us know in the comments what you think of their scrumptious pies!
SVB Intern 2019
Lifestyle fashion with a baby goat named Mathilda.Read More
A visit to Blythe Leonard’s custom leather goods studio in Thomasville, NC.Read More
Come along to see our creative shoot with lambs and our Fashionable Farmers!Read More
So excited to have styled and photographed the April cover of Our State Magazine!Read More
One time when I was cross country skiing at my parent's property in Nova Scotia, I had a wild idea come into my head. I thought it would be fun to surprise my Mum for her Valentine's Birthday because I am never ever there on her birthday. Then the ideas started to flow . . . decorating my brother's little cabin in the woods, her pulling up on horse drawn sleigh to an elegant feast and a croquembouche (I have always wanted to make one of these gorgeous French wedding cakes made of yummy choux pastry and spun caramel sugar) in all it's glory.
For three or four years I dreamed of making this come true and this year I decided on a whim to go. I have been super busy since the fall and had just returned from a shoot in Ecuador, so it seemed a bit crazy, but a dear friend advised me to not make it so complicated and to remember that the most important thing was that I was going. . .
So, I enlisted some fellow conspirators to help me out. Our friend Debbie (who rents an apartment from my parents) and my father knew I was coming and both did a lot of sneaking around for me. Debbie was a huge help cleaning up the cabin and transporting various goods from my parent's house right under my mother's nose! My dear friend Cheryl allowed me to come crash at her house and do all the cooking there even though it was in the middle of a busy week for her & her husband. I am so grateful for all the help!
I let go of some of my grander plans for an elaborate meal, a perfectly decorated cabin and the horse drawn sleigh since there wasn't any snow (what! this is usually when Nova Scotia is buried in snow). But in the end, it was a success because my Mum was totally surprised, the cabin was welcoming and cozy with a fire, the food was made with love and was compliant with her food allergies (I have links to the recipes below in case you are interested in an Auto Immune Protocol luncheon plan) and most importantly, she felt loved . . .
Hope you enjoy & remember to just do that thing you've been thinking about for a long time in all its imperfectness!
I have always had this silly fantasy of letting my vizsla Simon Henry loose in a fancy restaurant just to see what would happen. I guess the next best thing is letting a herd of goats partake of a feast in a field with beautiful people.
We had such a fun time shooting Part III of Fashionable Farmers. It was the last shot for the day and it was worth the wait for sure. Matt, our stylist put up a tripod to hang a chandelier and laid out a delicious spread on the table and then it was go time. It was pretty funny to try to ignore the goats jumping up on the table and basically devouring the food,.
Hope you enjoy the images and be sure to scroll to the bottom to see the behind the scenes!
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Just another chilly morning on the farm with our stylish couple . . . we are excited to share Part II of our Fashionable Farmer series shot at Matt Tuttle's farm in Stoneville, NC.
What do you get when you have a team of creatives, freezing cold weather on a farm in North Carolina some chickens and a donkey named Eeyore? Well, a take on American Gothic - of course!
Awhile ago I had the opportunity to visit with super talented stylist Matt Tuttle on his farm in Stoneville, North Carolina. It was so fun to see the beauty of his property and all the amazing animals he has there. I guess there is quite a bit of farmer in me so I was in my element meeting the goats & sheep and donkeys. After brainstorming a bit we came up with the idea of Fashionable Farmer and gathered our team of stylists and talent! On a chilly morning we braved the cold weather and animals to make this happen.
Hope you enjoy a little behind the scenes look. And don’t miss Matt’s Donkey Styling 101 video!
A little look into behind the scenes & Donkey Styling 101
A few springs ago, I jetted off to Italy to shoot at the Il Borro estate in Tuscany. That sounds so amazing and it really was a dream come true!. Il Borro is a beautiful medieval village that dates back to 1254, by conservative estimates, and was the home to many prominent families over the centuries. Ferruccio Feragamo purchased the estate in the 1980's and has been bringing it back to it's former glory as a destination. This makes me so happy because history is being preserved for the future.
Il Borro has lovely accommodations, delicious restaurants, a spa and a gorgeous winery and most importantly . . . horses! I hope you enjoy a little glimpse of this lovely estate . . .
Do you know what happens in June in the Maritime Provinces? The lupins, pink, white and purple, burst into glorious bloom on every roadway, ditch and path. In a way I took them for granted when I was growing up in Nova Scotia, but now when I go home, I marvel at the beauty of these renegade wildflowers.
Lupins are a relative of the pea and are extremely hardy. Apparently they are native to the West but made their way to the East Coast and decided to flourish! If you heard of the bluebonnets in Texas, they are actually a lupin as well.
I just returned from visiting my home town of Antigonish to celebrate my parent's wedding anniversary. Unfortunately my mother became very sick and the festivities had to be postponed but I am happy to say my mother is feeling better and we plan to do a re-anniversary party in August.
I loved seeing the last of the lupins along the roadside last week and thought you might too.
Also! We have added a few selections of these lupin images to our SVB Print Shop so be sure to take a look!
On this shoot for Our State Magazine, we really stumbled upon a new treat! The local business Cake & All Things Yummy, nestled in Kernersville, North Carolina, is really as sweet as it sounds. As we entered the lovely little shop, we were greeted with sweet smells and colorful treats. The atmosphere is so friendly and fun! Will definitely be paying this delightful shop another visit in the near future. ;)
Balancing a healthy lifestyle with a career, family, a social life and, of course, personal time, is challenging! I lead a fast-paced life, so I've found that to be especially true, even more so when I'm on the go on location. Riding my horse has always been my happy place and a way for me to unwind and get exercise in that I enjoy. But lately I've been wondering how else I can have some down time and get some exercise in too. I've tried yoga and did notice that it helped my posture, but it's so hard for me to slow down enough to enjoy the practice. Perhaps that means I should keep practicing!
During our shoot for Burt's Bees last summer on a beautiful day, our stunning model Katrina worked her way through a few simple yoga poses by the pool at our gorgeous location in Chapel Hill. Even though we were shooting, watching her practice was so relaxing and really inspired me to give yoga a shot again. So, does anyone have any advice for a beginner like me?
We hope you enjoy these images, including some from behind the scenes!, from our shoot with Burt's Bees, because we certainly loved this day and working with this team.
We are always thrilled when Garden & Gun magazine calls with an assignment. We adore working with their creative team and who doesn't like to shoot in beautiful Charleston?
We had a super fun day of shooting . . . we started in the wee hours of the morning and ended hurrying to get our last shot before a huge storm rolled in! It would probably surprise you to know that the pool float was almost 8 feet long making it a challenge to keep it where we needed it to be in the pool . . .
These images just make you long for a nice holiday by the sea or pool, don't they?
Location: Charleston, SC
Art Direction: Maggie Kennedy + Margaret Houston
Styling: Joel Sarvis
A few behind the scenes . . .
We are thrilled to introduce a new set of blossom prints in our fine art print shop! This cherry blossom series has a special place in my heart, too. I made these photos on a trip to New York with my mom at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. We had such a fun day exploring the city and showing her my old stomping grounds, and we could hardly believe our eyes when we stumbled upon this scene. Is there any other flower that is a harbinger of spring more than cherry blossoms? I think not!
We're giving away an 11 x 14 print of the cherry blossom below this week on Instagram, too! To enter, find today's Instagram post and tag a friend. We'll be posting several images over the next week, and you can enter to win this print by tagging as many friends as you like in every post. To win, you must BOTH be following @staceyvanberkel. We'll announce the winner on Tuesday, 5/16. Stay tuned and good luck!
Nestled about 45 minutes west of our studio here in Greensboro, North Carolina, sits the beautiful Kimpton Cardinal Hotel in downtown Winston-Salem. It is a luxurious retreat filled with stunning art deco details and decor from local artists and artisans, but perhaps what is most remarkable about this newly-renovated boutique hotel is the building's origin story. It was the prototype (on a smaller scale, of course) for the Empire State Building in Manhattan. In fact, the Empire State Building sends the Cardinal Hotel a Father's Day card every year - now how adorable is that!
We always love working with Our State and were thrilled to see these images in print in March's issue. Take a peek!
I have a passion for 19th century British history and literature, which was the focus of my undergraduate education. I gravitate towards the romantic literature of the Victorian era when I’m searching for inspiration or have some downtime to myself. So I guess it makes sense that this love of history and beauty has begun to seep into my work.
After being on a shoot for a Canadian magazine, Style at Home, I wanted to shoot at a historic estate somewhere in Ireland. We found the idyllic Carton House just outside of Dublin, a dreamy estate with beautiful rooms and a marvelous exterior. We loved working with their incredible team and all the Irish talent and designers that my producer Catherine Schramm made possible.
Isn't this model, Becky Wilkinson, just stunning? Her eyes, features and this dress take my breath away.
Location: Carton House in Kildare, Ireland
Talent: Becky Wilkinson, Morgan The Agency
& Cat, 1st Option Management
Wardrobe: Grace Moore, Morgan The Agency
Hair & Makeup: Mary Ellen Darby, Morgan The Agency