Archive for Mar 2011

>Our job shooting Inns, B and Bs and restaurants is definitely fun, but it has it’s dangers–and one of them is that there are piles of cookies at every turn, calling out to us. Before we started Jumping Rocks, we baked literally thousands of homemade cookies as owners and innkeepers at The Woolverton Inn. I guess you’d say we are cookie connoisseurs!

Now we have fallen in love with a cookie available at the Whole Foods bakery. Everyone we have introduced this cookie to has kind of “freaked out” about it! I searched online and could not find a cookie recipe in the universe (the web universe anyway) that had all of these components. So we did what innkeepers tend to do–we experimented. And after some trials and errors, we came up with an almost perfect match!

I hate to admit this, but hope a see a plate of these on our next job…

Get the recipe here.  

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Toffee White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie  photo ¬©Jumping Rocks

>Just a  few days ago we had the pleasure to photograph The Chestnut Hill Hotel (a new website coming soon!) in Chestnut Hill, near Philadelphia. Ron Pete and his wife Abby purchased the property a few years ago and are now making a major investment (it’s still going on) in upgrading and redecorating the rooms, baths, common spaces and the event space. Ron and his team including interior designers K2 Design of Scottsdale, AZ did a great job of integrating the hotel’s circa 1864 history with a decidedly stylish and sophisticated boutique hotel aesthetic. The beautiful marble baths and snazzy lighting fixtures somehow feel vintage and contemporary at the same time. The Bombay Room, the elegant event space at the hotel, has a beautiful lighting scheme and a high-tech AV system hidden in the ceiling when it’s not needed.

Ron and Abby also own the adjacent space occupied by the Chestnut Hill Farmers Market, an indoor European-style market with fish-mongers, butchers, prepared foods and fruit stands. We’ve been stopping by the market for years – it’s a great amenity for hotel guests.

We look forward to seeing what else Ron and Abby have in store as they complete the exciting transformation of this historical hotel.

If you are a member of the press and want to see or use any of the 31 high resolution images from this shoot, just email us for the password to the Jumping Rocks Media Bank page for Chestnut Hill Hotel.

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Beautiful room re-design
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Newly-renovated stunning floor-to-ceiling marble baths
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The Bombay Room event space set for a dining event. A projector drops out of the center ceiling fixture and screen drops down between windows for meetings.

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Innkeepers Bob, Shannon and Lee

We just returned from Amelia Island on the Northeast coast of Florida, a return trip to shoot more at The Addison on Amelia. It has been fun to see them grow and develop–the last time we visited (3 years ago) they had just purchased the Inn. Since then, they have taken the inn to new heights: they were just named one of the top 10 bed B&B’s in the USA by TripAdvisor in their  2011 Traveler’s Choice Award. The Addison was one of three Jumping Rocks customers in the top 10; we are so happy for our clients.

There is a cheery, sunny, warm quality at The Addison that is definitely welcome if you live in the still-stuck-in-winter Northeast!  We did run into a very, very large alligator, on a short hike after the shoot was over. That was exciting and a little scary!

If you are a member of the press and want to see or use any of the 103 high resolution images from this shoot, just email us for the password to the Jumping Rocks Media Bank page for The Addison.

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Dining Porch at The Addison

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Light-filled guestroom at The Addison
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Stuffed French Toast on that sunny porch
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“Happy Hour” bruschetta and wine at 5 pm – the photographer never missed the Addison Happy Hour!
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Morning coffee after a night on those excellent sheets