You know it’s going to be a good day on set when Smithsonian Magazine calls and asks us to shoot in a candy store. To further sweeten the deal (no pun intended), we were tasked to make portraits of the Berley brothers – dapper proprietors of Shane Confectionery, the oldest candy shop in the country. Famous for their zealous attention to authenticity andÂ incredible confectionery creations, we spent the good part of a day with Eric and Ryan, taking pictures and making candy.Â Keep reading for the rest of our story…
Contrary to what you might think – we did not travel back in time for this shoot. The Berley brothers take great care to tailor themselves to match the vintage aesthetic of their candy store.
Shooting in the antique storefront presented some unique challenges for us – we took care to position our octabanks in between low-hanging light fixtures and the over 150 year old details of the store.
After spending the morning making pictures downstairs, we made our way to the original upstairs kitchen where the Berley brothers and their staff of confectioners make the candy – the old fashioned way.
From original copper kettles to vintage sugar pulling machines, no small detail is overlooked in their rigorous quest for authenticity.
As an artist, it’s always inspiring to watch others who are so deeply involved in their craft. The level of care and attention to detail that goes into every piece of candy that comes out of that kitchen certainly shows. We left the shoot feeling lucky to have met and worked with the Berley brothers that day.
I know you’ve been wondering – the answer is yes, we ate plenty of candy that day. If you find yourself in the city of brotherly love, make sure to take time and stop by Shane Confectionery – between the incredible vintage look and feel and the equally tasty chocolates, you won’t be disappointed.