diy in home photography studio – 3 ways

3 ways to DIY a photography studio from home

I know I have been promising blog updates. I have so much to share with you soon! First today, I want to share a little behind the scenes of how we get a studio look for our photography, without actually having a studio. I often get emails asking about our behind the scenes set up. I’m excited to share with you a few shots of our photo spaces, and the great tips I’ve learned about creating an in home photography studio along the way.

We’ve decided up to this point to not have a studio for A Subtle Revelry. Our logic is really simple. I chose to leave a great job to be a blogger, mostly so I could be home with my kids. Working from home allows me the freedom and ability to work during naps, to spend my afternoons with the kids and tune back in when they go to bed. I love being home with them, and although it gets a little chaotic at times, running this site out of our home has worked really well for us so far!

There are inevitably photos just that cannot include my laundry baskets, dishes and house as a backdrop. Here are three ways we’ve been able to create a DIY photography studio in our home, and on the cheap.

DIY photography studio

DIY photography studio at home

DIY outdoor studio space

Although basic, this might be my favorite DIY photography studio set up ever. Many of our small DIY photos like these printable pie boxes, and these embroidered favor boxes have been taken with this set up. You can make it for under $20! All you need is this small Ikea table (buy it in a couple colors for variation) and a white thick foam board for the backdrop. The table is a favorite of mine – it has a nice top that is not too glossy, but still cleans up easily. Plus, it is light enough to carry down the street when needed.

The downside to this set up is of course the sizing. I have a hard time shooting anything larger than a pumpkin sized project on it, and when shooting outside I find myself often scrambling with the weather. When all the elements do line up right – there’s not much that beats the pretty afternoon yard shade for a simple project.  

Posted April 17, 2014 11 Comments
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no-bake boston cream cheesecake

Boston Cream Cheesecake

Sometimes a cake is so good it necessitates cheating… and eating it at 9am right after you shoot the photos. This is that kind of a cake!

We took the concept of a Boston cream pie and swapped out the layers for cheesecake. The result is a cake that is so creamy and moist – with just the right hint of chocolate. The best part is, you don’t even need to bake it! Oh man… It is so good. This is definitely going to be our go-to dessert for the warm days of summer coming quick.

Boston Cream Cheesecake

To make the no-bake Boston Cream Cheesecake I adapted this Easy Layer Boston Cream Pie recipe, with some of my own favorite ingredients.  

Posted April 17, 2014 1 Comment
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steak taco favor boxes

Family Steak Taco Night

Making everyday meals festive and fun is a favorite past-time of mine. Sometimes it can seem a hard in the midst of our family’s busy weekday schedules to make it happen, but I am committed to trying. Last week I noticed these bright fun takeout favor boxes – I instantly knew they would be a hit around my house. I used them to change up our everyday tacos night, and made steak tacos to-go!

The idea is so simple, basically a taco placed in the super cute box… and the result was a choir of squealing joyful kids. Especially when I said we could take them to-go and eat dinner at the park (on a weekday!). The concept is great for summer parties, Cinco de Mayo, or anytime you might want to turn a batch of steak tacos into a simple serving of revelry.

Family Steak Taco Night

Family Steak Taco Night

Family Steak Taco Night

To make the steak taco’s to-go we adapted UNCLE BEN’S ® grilled steak taco with cilantro recipe. Their boil in a bag rice is a great alternative for this easy weeknight meal.  

Posted April 16, 2014 2 Comments
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string wrapped easter eggs

String Wrapped Easter Eggs

String Wrapped Easter Eggs

Easter is in just a couple days! If you are short on time to decorate your eggs, or not in the egg dying mood this year – I love the idea of using embroidery thread to add bright touches. These string wrapped eggs are a great last minute egg decorating idea. The result is brightly fantastic! There is one super easy trick I figured out that makes the process really simple – learn it and see more string wrapped inspiration in the full tutorial right here.

Photography by Jocelyn Noel for A Subtle Revelry.

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mason jar bunny coconut layer cakes

Mason jar bunny cakes

Easter is one of the holidays that has become a whole lot more fun with little kids in the picture. Eggs, bunnies, and their crazy joy over the simplest of things makes my heart burst this time of year. My girl and I spent an afternoon in the kitchen this weekend testing and creating a few fun recipes for Kraft that I am excited to share this week.

This first rendition is our take on their classic angel flake coconut cake. Although, we followed the recipe to a T (and loved it!), there is nothing classic about the presentation of our cakes. Layered in mason jars with paper bunny ears. It fits perfect with the very classy taste of my five year old and will definitely be our kid’s table treat this Easter. The cakes layered pudding appearance makes it a fool-proof recipe and an easy one for the littles to help with.

Bunny Mason Jar Layer Cake

Mason jar bunny cakes

Bunny Mason Jar Cake

To make the bunny mason jar coconut layer cakes you will need; pkg. (2-layer size) yellow cake mix, 2-2/3 cups Baker’s Angel Flake Coconut (7-oz. pkg.), divided, 1-1/4 cups  cold milk, divided, 1 pkg.  (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Coconut Cream Flavor Instant Pudding, 1 pkg.  (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding, 1/4 cup  powdered sugar, 1 tub  (8 oz.) Cool WHhip Whipped Topping, thawed.

Mason jar bunny cakes

Star by heating the oven to 350°F.

Make the cake batter and bake as directed on package for 24 cupcakes, stirring 2/3 cup coconut, 1/4 cup milk and dry coconut pudding mix into batter before pouring into prepared tins. Cool cakes in pans 10 min. Remove from pans to wire racks; cool completely.

Meanwhile, beat dry vanilla pudding mix, sugar and remaining milk in large bowl with whisk 2 min. (Pudding will be thick.) Stir in COOL WHIP. Refrigerate until ready to assemble cake. If your five year old is around, watch that whisk!  

Posted April 15, 2014 5 Comments
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3 great spring bread recipes

Thumbprint Jelly Coffeecake

If you are being hosted, or hosting a brunch this coming weekend, we have a special treat today. Three really great spring bread recipes! They are each amazing to eat + simple to make at home. With sweet touches like a grated orange peel topping, jelly thumbprints and simple braiding – the homemade breads are a sure way to present a holiday brunch that everyone will adore. Besides a dip dyed flower bouquet, a loaf of bread is my favorite way to thank a hostess and contribute to a gathering I’ve been invited to.

bouquet coffeecake recipe

orange twist bread recipe

Nutty Apricot Loaf Recipe

For easiest preparations the bread recipes are printable (just like our favorite fall breads!). Click on the photo above and save the recipe to print. If you’d like to follow along as you bake – the spring bread recipes are written out, with photo tutorials below.  

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moss trim cake and bunny heads

Moss Bunny Heads

With all the sweet colors of Easter, sometimes a bold bunny head is just what’s needed to offset the pastel storm of the season. This moss trim Easter cake with moss bunny head cake toppers will quickly become a conversation worthy centerpiece at any spring gathering. The graphic shape of the bunnies popping up give this Easter cake a whimsical and grown-up fairytale look. Perfect for welcoming in all the magic of Easter.

bunny cake

Moss Bunny Heads

Moss Bunny Heads

Moss Bunny Heads

To make the moss trim cake and bunny head cake toppers; purchase a roll of floral moss from the local craft store. Cut the moss to the correct height for the cake and back it with wax paper (we used double sided tape to connect ours). Carefully run the paper around the side of the cake. Possibly the easiest way ever to decorate a cake! No baking skills required.  

Posted April 10, 2014 Comments Off
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polkadot painted easter eggs

Polkadot Easter Eggs

Continuing my obsession with creative no-dye Easter egg ideas, I painted a dozen eggs using my favorite painting technique – eraser painting. Which I love because it is just the easiest! Adding colorful polkadots to our eggs in a sporadic confetti like design makes for a festive way to decorate the eggs, and shows off their natural side with style.

Polkadot Easter Eggs


Polkadot Easter Eggs

Polkadot Easter Eggs

To make the polkadot painted Easter eggs, use a pencil top eraser and a few shades of pretty paints. Start by boiling the eggs. Let the eggs fully cool and completely dry before applying the paint to the egg shells.

Dip the eraser top in the paint, dab on a paper towel, and start painting stamp dots right onto the eggs. I love the look of the colorful polkadots on natural brown eggs, but they could definitely be dyed first for even more bright Easter fun. Fill in the polkadots completely with the paint, or leave some outlined for a whimsical touch. Allow to dry for a couple hours before handling the eggs.

Polkadot Easter Eggs

Display the eggs in small cups, ramekins, and vintage ice cream dishes for a festively pretty spring display.

Photography by Jocelyn Noel Photography for A Subtle Revelry.

Posted April 09, 2014 6 Comments
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