**GUEST BLOG courtesy of one bad-ass cookie dough photographer, Courtney Cain.**
What do you get when you mix together a sweet tooth, a love of photography, and a brand new cookie dough company? Fast friends!
Hello! My name is Courtney and I’m the camera behind some of DOUGHP’s dopest cookie dough photos. In August, on the day I moved to the Bay Area, my childhood best friend, Lizzie had lined up a meeting with Kels (DOUGHP's founder!) to chat dessert photos. At the time we’d just started creating content for a few small businesses and were looking to grow this passion.
Lizzie is a lover of all things sweet and San Francisco and caught wind of DOUGHP’s social media account over the summer. After a few months of semi-intense stalking Kelsey/DOUGHP - we felt like we already knew her and set out on a mission to befriend this passionate entrepreneur! We met for coffee in downtown SF and the rest is history! If you’re getting Ingrid Goes West vibes, I see you! Nothing has gotten creepy… yet. :)
By the second friend-date, things got serious. I met Kels at The Bread Project in Berkeley for a get-to-know-you photo shoot and ride-share into the city. We talked passions — mine for social justice education and hers for ethical, community-based DOUGHP development. The photos turned out wonderful; Nothing breaks down inhibition faster than cookie dough. In fact, getting to know Kelsey has convinced me that sugar might be a better conversation-starter than alcohol!!
In the following week, Lizzie and I traded Kelsey a batch of cookie dough for a batch of photos and ran around downtown SF to make it happen. We threw Fruity Pebbles and marshmallow topping across Market Street and snuck up to skyscraper rooftops to get wow-worthy shots. There was something really inspiring about merging the Bay Area grunge with scoop-able cookie dough (read: barbed wire and graffiti were our friends!).
From there our friendship really blossomed! We would continue to shoot photos for Kelsey as she opened up her first brick and mortar shop at The Myriad Market. Lizzie and I would occasionally pick up DOUGHP from The Bread Project in Berkeley, snagging a spoonful of dough waiting in traffic on The Bay Bridge. We shared cars and campfires, hammocks and hangouts. What started as a singled-out social media account lead to a successful business partnership and an extraordinary friendship.
Shooting for a small, growing business is so fun because there is so much space for creativity! Sometimes this means snagging bottles of cinnamon and pulling rose petals off backyard plants to shoot a flavor feature. It often means finding perfectly random backdrops and shade cast by picnic tables. We once dismantled a skeleton decoration in someone’s front yard to shoot a spooky Halloween staging. I swear we spent the remainder of that shoot thinking someone would chase us down the block for rearranging their lawn ornaments!
Lizzie (who is featured most often as the cookie dough-holding hand) is truly a saint for putting up with my stage directions — “A little to the right. Higher. Higher! No, lower. Left. Stop being weird with your thumb! Now wait for the wind….. Perfect!”
Sometimes our ideas turn out really cute and sometimes they’re just plain bizarre, but they’re 100% fun and inspired by Kelsey’s love for her work and the Bay Area.
As DOUGHP continues to grow, our friendship is sure to follow. Stay tuned for a blog post dedicated to all the dope bloopers I’ve seen in the last 8 months. Rest assured, behind every beautiful photo is a funny face and a crumbling cone.
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