Monday, September 21, 2009

Contest #11: Jolley Photography & Chancakes CLOSED

Congratulations to:

The Coolest Allen Family who said, "The show was fantastic and so is this giveaway!" you are the winner of the amazing Chancake!

and to Jessica Adlard who said, "Could anything be better than this! What an inspiring story...Hope we all enjoy life a little more! Hope I win!!!" you are the winner of the Jolley Photography shoot!

Congratulations you guys! Email me at and I will get you the information you need to order/schedule your prize.

The darling Channing Kasallis of Chancakes contacted us and offered to make an Oh Sweet Sadie! cake for our fall show. She delivered the most beautiful and tasty cake, some of you may have seen it on the cake display at the entrance. I don't have a picture- Channing, do you have one? (She did- here it is!)

My mom is a caterer and I have been to enough weddings to form a firm opinion that cakes can either look amazing or taste fantastic, but you never get both. Well, Channing's cake proved me wrong. It was so yummy I was literally eating it with my hands. (That doesn't surprise most of you.)
On her site it says, "We are Utah's number one place for beautifully personalized cakes of all kinds that taste as amazing as they look. We specialize in wedding cakes, groom's cakes, bridal and baby shower cakes, birthday cakes, and any other event you would like to have cake. Our cakes are made with the freshest of ingredients (no cake mixes here!) and are known to be craved by even those who detest cake! Our dense, rich flavors range from Chocolate Chocolate Chip to White Chocolate Raspberry, Spiced Carrot Cake to White Chocolate Butterscotch, Pineapple Upside-down Cake to Pumpkin Spice, and everything in between. Tiered cakes, bundt cakes, shaped cakes, and cupcakes.... we do them all!!"

Channing is generously giving away a custom cake (about 25 to 30 people serving size) to a lucky winner.

We were pleasantly surprised to be approached Jolley Photography to do a give away on our blog. They are a pillar in the South Jordan community, and I love looking at the pictures they have up while picking up my Cafe Rio fix. We feel elevated in class just by associating our name with theirs.

Nothing can replace a memory. However, portraits can sometimes help us keep the memory fresh in our minds, particularly when we lose a loved one. Losing a loved one often helps us re-prioritize our life and go for dreams.

Such is the case for Bruce and Tammy Jolley. In 2000, each lost a spouse to cancer. They met at a bereavement group and three years later got married. Photography was one of the couple’s common interests, and both had master’s degrees in photography. Tammy had previously worked for a photographer doing retouching and in-house printing. With a fresh understanding that life is too short to let dreams go unfulfilled, Bruce and Tammy opened Jolley Photography in 2003.

In the beginning, Jolley Photography provided all types of photography, but in the last year and a half, the company’s focus has narrowed to children, families and high school seniors. This is the type of work that Bruce and Tammy most enjoy.

Bruce tells me the South Jordan company is unique in that it’s the only studio in the state operated by a husband and wife team with advance photography degrees. Both he and Tammy are also certified professional photographers. Despite the young age of their business, the Jolleys have already won awards locally, nationally and internationally.

The Jolleys make a unique team, Bruce says. Having worked for a master photographer for 20 years, Tammy pays attention to details while Bruce focuses on creating dynamic lighting. The finished product is artistry and portraiture at its finest.

Bruce and Tammy are pleased with the response to Jolley Photography thus far. It has been warmly received. Bruce is gearing up to do more work photographing high school seniors, his passion. He would like to see the studio continue growing but plans to maintain a single location with just himself and Tammy as proprietors.

They are willing to give away a sitting and a 11x14 portrait taken in their studio. Can you imagine having that done in plenty of time for Christmas cards?

Every comment will be entered into the drawing. The winner will be announced on Wednesday morning. Good Luck!