Behind the scenes at a craft blog photo shoot

Have you noticed the fresh, new headers on Crafts ‘n Coffee and on our Facebook page? I am excited about this update, and thought I’d share how it all came together. Dina from Studio Rossi is the amazing photographer whose work you often see on Crafts ‘n Coffee, and we worked together closely to create a series of new images that celebrate crafting year-round. You’ve only seen a few of the images so far, and here’s a sneak peek at all of them.

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It all started with the coffee cups, because this is Crafts ‘n Coffee. I want a friendly, sit down and stay a while feel for the blog, so the coffee cup is part of who we are. I began by scouting options for different coffee cups (mugs really) for each season and holiday. has tons of year-round craft ideas!

The original Crafts ‘n Coffee cup is in the upper left.

Dina and I talked through each shot, and how we wanted each photo to inspire people to craft and create, and to showcase the possibilities for crafting and decorating with STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. We wrote up a list of supplies for each shot, and I hit the stores, and went through my own stash, too.

Behind the scenes of a craft blog photo shoot.

Packing up the boxes and bags of props and supplies.

Then, I packed it all up and stuffed my car full and drove to the studio.

Behind the scenes of a craft blog photo shoot.

Don’t forget the STYROFOAM Brand Foam!

During our first meeting, we roughed out each shot. And then I had another shopping list of last-minute items needed to fill in each shot.

Behind the scenes at a craft blog photo shoot.

We walked through the options for each shot. I always pack more than we need, but I like being ready for anything.

There were a few last-minute props to make, too.

Need a fun shape for crafting? Just cut it out from a sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

Last minute, we decided we needed different shapes for the spring, patriotic, and Halloween shots.

Painted props from a craft blog photo shoot. Here's how it's done!

It’s late, but the props are painted and ready to dry overnight.

We were ready to go, and we worked right though the year, starting with the January shot. For each shot, Dina checks the gray balance with an OPTIcard.

Behind the scenes at a craft blog photo shoot.

The OPTIcard, propped up on the mug, checks the gray balance in the shot.

Here’s the final image. You can see it’s a lot bigger than what you saw on the blog last month. One of our challenges was to create photos that could work in many different formats, from the very long and skinny blog header, to the Facebook header, and in much larger sizes, too.

Fun wintertime header for CraftsnCoffee, a craft blog.

Here’s the final image for winter. Did you notice it last month?

Here’s how the image appeared in the header. -- a favorite for year round crafting & creating!

Here’s how the image is cropped to fit the blog.

Are you ready to think spring? These are the initial supplies for the spring photo. I always include more than we’ll need, so we don’t have an “oh, I left that at home” moment.

Think spring! Craft supplies on

Initial supplies for the spring photo.

Spring is partially staged.

Behind the scenes at a craft blog photo shoot.

Every item is carefully placed, sometimes over and over again.

And here’s the spring image that you’ll see in a month or two on Crafts ‘n Coffee. I think it’s one of my favorites.

Spring! Lots of springtime ideas on the craft blog

Springtime header for Crafts ‘n Coffee.

Occasionally, as we were working on a shot, we realized that we needed a few more props, and we’d craft on the spot.

Behind the scenes at a craft blog photo shoot. Cute Easter ideas, too.

Making a few, last-minute props for the Easter photo.

Here’s the set.

Behind the scenes at a craft blog photo shoot. Cute crafts!

Easter – in process.

And the final Easter shot.

Sweet, DIY Easter Crafts on

Regular readers of Crafts ‘n Coffee might recognize a few of these projects.

How about a summer preview?

Behind the scenes at a craft blog photo shoot.

Thinking of summer in the middle of winter.

This is the final image I’ll use during the summer months.

Beautiful, beach crafts and home decor ideas on

It’s in the single digits today, so I like to think ahead to when I’ll use this photo.

Fall is also one of my favorite photos. It all started with these supplies.

Behind the scenes at a craft blog photo shoot.

Designer Patty Schaffer made the No-Sew Plaid Pumpkins.

Every image is staged several times, swapping in and out different props.

Behind the scenes at a craft blog photo shoot.

What will stay and what will go?

It all came together in this final shot for fall.

Beautiful Fall crafts to DIY on

I love how this shot turned out.

So far, we all have our favorites, and almost everyone has chosen something different. Which photo is your favorite?

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Happy crafting.


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26 Responses to Behind the scenes at a craft blog photo shoot

  1. Celia says:

    I Love Valentines and 4th of July photos. I have grown up the different shades of red, white and blue. Valentines is a favorite holiday. and I’m born in July and the 4th of July in in July. Plus I grow up with parents in the Marine Corp That’s there colors.

  2. Leslie says:

    I really like the snowman winter one! They all look fabulous though! 🙂

  3. Elizabeth Wade says:

    My favorite is Valentines. I love them all. What a great job.

  4. Cindy Kolpek says:

    The Valentine’s Day display is my favorite. I especially like the blocks of LOVE.

  5. brittany says:

    i like the valentines one the best 🙂

  6. Jordan says:

    I love that first winter photo! Great photo shoot! 🙂

  7. jagjhd says:

    Springtime. World Market, here I come. Thanks.

  8. Birgit says:

    Hi Sharon,

    I am afraid this is my first comment this year — so let me wish you a belated but nonetheless happy and creative New Year!

    The photos are all amazing — I love the way you present the seasonal treasures. My favorite ones — and it’s hard to pick them! — are fall and Halloween. Thanks for that peek behind the scenes!

    Happy crafting always,

  9. Angie Dyer says:

    It looks amazing with the way you post pictures. Those of us at home have no idea how much work and energy you use in sharing these crafts. The rest of us probably have a very messy craft table and need to sweep the floor by the time we are done crafting! Thank you!

    • Sharon says:

      You are so sweet, Angie. I should have posted an “after” photo, but I was too tired to take one! We had quite a mess to contend with, and confession — most of the boxes and bags are still sitting in my basement, waiting for me to unpack everything. Yikes! Thanks for stopping in. Sharon

  10. Patty S says:

    Thanks for sharing! I LOVED this post! It’s always fun to see what goes on behind the scenes.

  11. Susan Lindeman says:

    I love all the new headers! Will you share product info on the mugs and where you found them? I specifically like the February, Spring, Easter, Summer and Fall mugs. Thanks!

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Susan, Sure, I’m happy to share the sources for the mugs. So glad you like them! Summer, Spring and Easter are all from World Market — you can find them in the store or online. February and Fall are designed by etsy artists. The Fall mug is from Mary Elizabeth Arts and the February mug from Falls Like the Rain. I appreciate your comment, thank you! Sharon

  12. LisaM6 says:

    Can I say I like them all but the 2nd winter one is bright and cozy feeling. Red and greens grabbed my eye. 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      Ah ha, that would be one vote for the Christmas photo. We debated a bit over that one — go with red & green, or a more metallic gold theme. It sounds like we chose the right one. Thanks for the feedback, Lisa. Sharon

  13. Laurie says:

    I love the behind-the-scenes look at how you pull it all together for the blog.

  14. Katiria says:

    Oh don’t make me choose. I can’t pick just ONE! I love the Halloween one because the candy corn looks so delicious, I like the Winter layout with the snowman & blue wreath, I like the colors of the Valentine’s Day layout, I like the Spring one with the cut out flowers and I like the Easter one with the eggs. They are ALL very pretty. Great job!

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 Thank you, Katiria. Isn’t Dina amazing? She takes the most beautiful photos. I really appreciate your feedback, and I’m so glad you like them. Sharon

  15. Very nice! Loved them all but I think Fall is my favorite.

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