Stacey Van Berkel Photography’s dreamy equine fashion shoot with talent Cheryl Bell and Brèagha Brontë.Read More
When my friend and former editor of Style at Home magazine texted me and said, “Do you want to go to Ecuador and shoot a cacao story in the Amazon?” I immediately texted back and said “I am packing my bags now!”
This shoot was truly a dream come true for me - I am a super passionate about food and also about giving a hand up to people around the world. Style at Home has been a longstanding media partner with ME to WE and our Ecuadorian trip was to help highlight the introduction of ME to WE Chocolate That Changes Lives. When you purchase this award winning and super delicious chocolate it helps to provide income in WE Villages.
Our amazing cacao adventure began when I met up with the teams from Style at Home and ME to WE in Quito, Ecuador. Then another flight to Coca and a thrilling but long motorized canoe ride up the Rio Napo. We arrived at Minga Lodge just in time to see the sun set over the Amazon and fall asleep to the noises of the jungle.
I can’t even express how amazing it was to visit the cacao farms and meet the farmers. I learned so much about cacao and how chocolate is made and I’d love to share that with you!
ME to WE chocolate is made from the highly prized Cacao Fino de Aroma. known for for its fruity and flowery flavours. Once the cacao is ripe, the pods and pulp and are allowed to ferment in wooden boxes for about a week or so. Then the beans are left to dry. When completely dry, the beans can be roasted, winnowed and conched, all of which is typically done at a production facility..
We did a more rustic version by roasting our beans on an open fire, and rubbing off the thin papery shells with our hands. The nibs were hand ground into an aromatic paste and then the competition began - each of our team members were given many possible ingredients to add to our chocolate. A winner was declared after we tasted all the creations. Yum, yum. yum! The empty plates speak for themselves!
Stacey Van Berkel Photography shoots the fun and modern SPACES furniture collection for Universal Furniture.Read More
The sun shone brightly, illuminating the view of lavender bushes growing elegantly row upon row…Read More
I feel so lucky that I get to meet the loveliest people on my shoots. This feature of the Knott’s Family, that appeared in the February issue of This Old House magazine, was one of those special stories. Emily and Michael and their sweet kids were such a pleasure to work with and their renovated house was a joy to photograph. Emily is an interior designer and entrepreneur whose cheerful style will brighten your day.Read More
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
A huge congratulations, from the SVB Photo team, to MA Allen for being featured on Rue Daily. It is amazing to see the complete transformation Allen created, from neutral simplicity into a colorful home full of the client’s personality. You can feel the joy that emanates from the client’s face as she sits on her couch soaking in the visuals of her beautifully designed home.
“I especially loved the kitchen and bar - what a fun colorful and stylish area to entertain in,” Stacey said. “Also, the rows of shoes and organization in the walk-in closet were inspiring!”
Stacey captured Allen’s designs in a way that allows all of us to join in on the celebration of art and design, while also displaying the vibrancy and texture of each item. Check out both Allen’s and Stacey’s work in the article itself and by scrolling down to see a few of our favorites.
Leave us a comment and let us know which photograph inspires you the most!
SVB Intern 2019
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