It was during one of the busiest time of the year, December when I had an email exchange with the Editor of Cottages and Bungalows Magazine. It was one of the Carpe diem moments when I decided to send out an email that encouraged the possibility of working together on an idea I had for Father’s Day. (We often work six months ahead of time…) I sent her all of my links to the various portals of communication that I have slowly been building up for the past 4 years and forgot all about it. To my utter delight she emailed me back! She then stated that having seen my Instagram, and that it was inspiration enough.
After a couple of meetings, one of which I brought in props for a Show- N-Tell of what I saw for visuals based on the themes they had already chosen we were on our way. At that point Jickie introduced me to another editor Karen Wilhelmsen from Flea Market Decor magazine http://www.fleamarketdecor.com to see if I could help with a new magazine they were putting together….Vintage Celebrations Magazine. Are you kidding? I jumped at the opportunity! My part was to be a stylist, I had enough props and more than enough ideas. The themes, as it turns out were two I already had plenty to work with!
Now, I have friends that often say, “You’re a photographer, why don’t you take the photos.” Yes I am a photographer and over the years I have thousands of stunning images, however, they are mostly candid photographs of whatever moment in time I had experienced. I use mostly natural lighting, and trust me there is an art in painting with artificial lighting and especially with interiors…a science. Never have I been so sure of this then watching photographer Bret Gum www.bretgum.com do his magic. He saw flares of light where I didn’t even notice. Other times he double reflected, had several studio lights set up, bouncing light perfectly from one wall to the subject. It was such a great experience to watch someone give the vignettes and details I had worked so hard to create, and give them justice with such precision.
Now what was so interesting is that what was photographed were collections I have been putting together for some time now. Not knowing why I have collected or kept these treasures, but so grateful I had as they were the layering of details that were needed to create the mood of the image.
What was even more rewarding was the ability to pull my friends in to be apart of the photoshoot. Over the past 4 years I have collected a lot of handmade and small business artisans. With any given theme I know just who to call and see if they have anything for me to showcase. Dave Collard www.instagram.com/SlabnSteel is branching off and creating handmade furniture from both salvaged materials and raw that exemplifies both elegance and rustic aesthetics equally. Maria of Sorella Salvage www.instagram.com/Sorellasalvage.com has blossomed with her salvage wood signage, and home decor pieces and even rolled up her sleeves the night before to help me pull together some details in the last hour. With our fences mended Michele Rivard brought over her colored Annie Sloan Chalk painted chairs and plates for one of the children’s table vignettes.
The gals at Our Vintage Garage https://www.facebook.com/Our-Vintage-Garage had plenty of treasures to add to my collections and have grown now to 18 vendors and are doing well for themselves. (#attagirls ) Lastly Merlina from Glendora Gardens hooked me up with some beautiful plants to round out the details. I am truly grateful for so many wonderful friends and colleagues in this business, collectively they added the details that rocked this photo shoot.
So with that Thank you Jickie Torres and Karen Wilhelmsen for giving me the opportunity. Be sure to stay tuned and get your copy of the magazine when it comes out. More will be revealed at the behind the scenes once its published.