Route 8 Donuts

Do you ever get a crush on a business?  It happens to me every once in a while…  First I get a crush on the business because I’m into their product or service, etc. Then it goes even deeper and I get completely smitten because I realize that they also kick ass at marketing and business or I wouldn’t have gotten that crush on them to start with.  Maybe it is a business owner thing?

I saw Route 8 Donuts MONTHS before they opened their storefront.  It was a long and excruciating wait for them to open their doors, I was addicted and I hadn’t even tried their donuts yet.  Finally they opened and I managed to drop by on a day that they didn’t sell out early and they were well worth the wait.  I bought a mixed dozen donuts [basically just for me because no one else in my house eats sweets] and had to photograph their beauty before I devoured them and sank happily into a sugar coma.  This box contained red velvet, chocolate frosted with sprinkles, strawberry frosted with sprinkles aka the Homer Simpson donut, Fruity Pebbles, pumpkin spice, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

If you are anywhere near Christiansburg, make sure you drop by [EARLY] for a sweet treat.  The donuts are delightful, the shop is adorable, and the owner is a wonderful human being, awesome #GIRLBOSS, and marketing guru.  They are located at 1225 W Main St, Christiansburg, VA 24073 and you can visit their website here.

Pink French Macarons from Mockingbird Cafe in Christiansburg

I never cook or bake (my oven was completely broken for almost 2 years and I got by just fine without it), but I was dying to try some food photography. Donna from Mockingbird Cafe in Christiansburg was so kind to whip up a batch of French macarons to photograph. Aren’t they gorgeous? They tasted just as heavenly as they look – I can neither confirm nor deny that I ate them all in one day. Styling and photographing food is a huge change of pace from portrait work (though I do get to practice a little of this at weddings), I would love to do more photos like this!

Gobble Cakes in Downtown Blacksburg

Blacksburg Food Photographer

I instantly fell in love with the future home of the cupcake store Gobble Cakes when I saw the beautiful floral awning and the striped pink paper lining the windows.  I’m not sure if it was the beautiful facade or my weakness for sugary sweets that drew me in…  I waited patiently for months for the store (conveniently located less than 1/2 a mile from my house) to open to try out some delicious cupcakes.

I was so happy to have the opportunity to take some photos around the store and get a little behind the scenes look at the making of their sweet treats.  Most of the individual cupcakes shown here are samples of Gobble Cakes wedding cupcakes (the first half of the photos). Their cupcakes are nearly twice the size of a normal cupcake that you would make at home.  While the chocolate chip cookies are not shown, I highly recommend them – by far the best chocolate chip cookie I have ever tried and I eat more cookies than I’m willing to admit. How cute is that cappuccino machine?