Of all of the props in our Cobham Studio our favourite has to be our beautiful tutus.  As much as we would love to wear them, they are for our littlest clients to totter around in, normally during their Watch Me Grow Sessions!  Everyone asks where we got them… Read on to find out!

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The answer is Evie Loves Toast on Cobham high street!  Recently given the ‘Best Newcomer in Surrey’ award at Fashion for Good 2013 Evie Loves Toast is a family run boutique boasting a unique collection of clothes, gifts and home-ware.  What we love about Evie Loves Toast is their elegant style and impeccable taste and the fact that, like us, they are a small independent business where quality and service is of utmost importance.

We are therefore thrilled that in a couple of weeks, hanging in our favourite section of the shop – the baby section – will be one of our newborn photographs.  We can’t wait to see how it looks nestled amongst our favourite tutus!

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If you are in Cobham do take a minute to drop in and have a look at our picture and let us know what you think.  While you are there you are sure to find some fantastic unique Christmas presents for all of the family. Happy Browsing!

Oh yes! Why does Evie Love Toast?  You will just have to pop into the shop to find out!

Evie Loves Toast at 7 Holly Parade, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 3EE

If you like our photos please like our Mango Studios Facebook page.  Thank you

Mango Studio Gift Vouchers are also available and make a lovely Christmas present.  If you buy a photo shoot gift voucher for a friend or loved one, we will give them an extra £50 voucher to spend on their pictures.  Sessions must be booked before 31st January 2014. Click here to contact us

Please contact us with any questions or to book a date for your photo shoot.

E-mailinfo@mangostudios.uk.com

Telephone

Address
Mango Studios
Highway Farm
Downside
Cobham
KT11 3JZ

 

Christmas is the perfect time for a bit of yumminess, so this month we would like to introduce you to our Photo Shoot Parties Star Baker, the very talented Susie from SK Cakes in Cobham.

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She designs and makes the beautiful cup cakes for our Photo Shoot Parties.  Susie’s wonderful flavour combinations have even won her the prestigious Hummingbird Bakery Cupcake Competition this year, where she saw her maple syrup and bacon cupcakes sold in all 5 Hummingbird Bakery branches around London.

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As mums we like to support other local mums who have set up their own enterprising businesses.  We are so pleased we have found Susie and enjoy sampling her delicious cakes on a regular basis!

Susie has answered some questions for us below and shared some of her baking secrets including a great recipe…

  • When did you start making cakes?

 I enjoyed cooking and baking and started making cakes when my daughter was born as I made her Christening and first birthday cake.  I discovered that not only did I love it but I had a natural flare for it.

  • What’s the secret to a great Christmas Cake?

A Christmas cake should be made 4-12 weeks before Christmas and the secret is lots of booze!

  • Where do you get your inspiration for cake design?

Pinterest is a great source for design.  I love the patterns on fabrics and wall papers.  Fashion is also a big inspiration.

  • What do you like to bake with your children?

They love baking with me, especially biscuits as they can choose the cutters and decorate them afterwards with icing and sprinkles.  

 

Here are some photos of a wonderful evening at the Mango Studio where Susie taught a lucky group of us how to make vanilla cupcakes.  You can find the very same recipe below.

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Susie’s Vanilla Cupcake recipe:

200g Unsalted Butter (room temp)

200g caster sugare

200g self raising flour

4 medium eggs (room temp)

2 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste

Sugar Syrup

60g caster sugar

60ml water

1tsp vanilla paste

Icing:

200g Unsalted Butter

500g Icing sugar

200g Full Fat Philadelphia

1.5 tsp Vanila essence or paste

Heat your oven to 160 C

Beat the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy.  Add 2 tbsp of the flour, this will stop the mixture curdling.  Add the eggs one at a time whilst beating on a slow speed.  If the mixture starts to curdle add another spoon of flour.  Add the vanilla and beat until incorporated.  Add all the flour and beat gently until all incorporated.

Fill your cupcake cases 2/3 full.

Bake for 15 – 25 mins.  They will be cooked when slightly golden and will bounce back when you touch the top.

Leave to cool for a couple of minutes then brush with sugar syrup.  This helps keep the moisture in.  Leave for 10 minutes then brush each cake again.  Allow to cool.

To make the icing beat the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.  In a separate bowl beat the Philadelphia until soft.  Add the Philadelphia to the butter and sugar and mix until fully incorporated.  Add the vanilla paste or essence.  I use paste as it tastes more like real vanilla.  It will make the icing a bit speckled because of the vanilla beans.

Fill your icing bag and ice the top of each cupcake.

Enjoy!

 

To see some of Susie’s amazing cakes have a look at her facebook page here : SK Cakes

If you would like to find out about our original Photo Shoot Parties click here:  Mango Studios Parties

If you like our photos please like our Mango Studios Facebook page.  Thank you

 Becky, Liana & Katie x

Please contact us with any questions or to book a date for your photo shoot.

Telephone
Address
Mango Studios
Highway Farm
Downside
Cobham
KT11 3JZ

It’s only the 1st November and already the Christmas panic is in full swing.  Advent calendars, decorations and twinkly lights are on full display in every shop, and it’s time to think about what to get your loved ones for Christmas.  There are lots of ordinary, non personal gifts on display but why not let us help you give your loved ones a Christmas gift that will be unique, beautiful and very special.

We have put together a special Christmas package that could provide 8 of your family members with a beautiful Christmas gift.

The Christmas Package includes the following:

  • A one hour professional family portrait shoot in our beautiful studio in Cobham.
  • Editing of all of the photos to make sure they are all perfect
  • A viewing of all of the photos taken on the day, again in our studio
  • A 12″ x 12″ beautiful photo block of the image of your choice to hang on your wall or to give to a lucky family member for Christmas
  • Two 10 x 8 mounted prints of the image of your choice to make fantastic gifts
  • Five 7 x 5 mounted prints of the image of your choice to make fantastic gifts
  • The option to purchase any other of our beautiful products

This package of 8 Christmas gifts is for a limited time only and can be purchased for £350

Book Now by calling either Becky on 07748 186 463 or Liana on 07976 625 552

or email us at info@mangostudios.uk.com

Sessions must be booked and take place by 1th December 2013 to give us an opportunity to edit and print all of the photos and get them to you in time for Christmas.

To view our other packages please visit our website by clicking this link: Mango Studios Website 

Here at Mango Studios we believe that family is everything.

It is a really special thing to have your family photographed by a professional photographer, that is why we are asking you to “Tell Us Your Family Story.” Do you know someone special (family or friend or even you!) that you feel deserves a beautiful photo shoot but has never had the time to treat themselves to it?  If so we want to hear all about it.

Here’s how it works:

Nominate yourself or a loved one who really deserves a special treat then send us an email to info@mangostudios.uk.com and tell us your story and why you think they deserve a photo shoot.

Every 3 months we will choose someone to come into our studio for a complimentary photo shoot.  The prize will include:

A one hour photo shoot in our beautiful studio in Cobham

A viewing session to see all of the photos taken

A USB with 10 digital images of your choice from the photo shoot

A 12″ x 12″ wall portrait

The photos of the shoot and the original story will then be published in the following months Newsletter.

 

Every entry we receive will be given a £50 Mango Studios Voucher.

We believe that everyone deserves a treat and we like to do our bit to keep the special people in your lives smiling and laughing.

We can’t wait to hear your stories so send them in an email to us at info@mangostudios.uk.com

We will let you know if your nominee has been chosen in January 2014.

Good Luck!!!

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