That’s the thing with magazines, you are often working on what will appear in the future. In this case, not until the Fall of 2017, will the magazine Cottages & Bungalows feature our photo shoot. We were delighted however, to be working on something we were actually in the season of. That is something rare in the land of magazine production.
Our location was at my friend Jen Boulle’s home. It’s an adorable Craftman cottage and she already has an earthy, cultural aesthetic that I’ve always admired so choosing her house was a no brainer. When I pitched the idea of having a Halloween photo shoot at her house, it was perfect for her. As fate would have it, every year they would have a Halloween Open house, but as her children were getting older the need to do so was less and less. As time shifts forward so do some of our most treasured traditions. This will be her omage to some of their favorite Halloween memories, the gathering of friends of family, yummy pumkin soup and a decorated porch in which to greet the trick or treaters.
Being the stylist in this photo shoot I came up with a Witches theme. For weeks I have been working on my calligraphy on tea stained paper, writing Witches spells and labels for my potions. I made and designed several signs on salvaged wood you will see in the magazine aritcle when it comes out. What is so rewarding to me is seeing my ideas that were once scribbles in my large notebook I are brought to life.
From the painted crow to the caligraphy witches recipes I think we nailed the Halloween’s Witch theme!
What was an added bonus was my Aunt Lainy, who is a family lawyer by day and a talented creative by night, was visiting from Oregon the day of our shoot (look for her crow paintings throughout the house!). She sat drinking her tea, seeing what goes on behind the scenes in person. Lainy also has an amazing design aethetic herself in what was once my grandmothers home, so this was a treat for her as well.
On the day of the shoot Jickie Torres, the editor of Cottages & Bungalows magazine arrived with a smile, gorgeous flowers, more pumpkins and some other decorative details that she would add to what we already put together. She loved what we had put together as I knew she would. She gave me the greatest compliment of, ” You make my job so easy.” Soon after Bret Glum, the photographer arrived and we were set to roll!
I am often asked, “Why don’t you photograph those shoots?” I suppose if I set my mind to it I could get in there and do that, and who knows in the future I might try that hat on. It is not where my passion is right now. I see things with a photographers eye and love putting together vignettes to showcase whatever I want focus on however in photography I prefer natural light photography… candid photos, journalistic photography. That is where my natural, instinctive photographic style is. Still photography uses a different skill set, the concentration of creating light where there is none, knowing what will print well and what won’t, reflecting and filling lighting, slow aperture and what angles work best. Bret Glum is amazing at seeing the details and bringing them to life.
All in all it was an amazing experience. Thank you Jen for opening your home to our “crew”. For letting me drag in all of my witches chaos and transform your dining room table to a formal dinner for a witches clan. The details you added once again show me you too are a natural and creative soul and have an eye for design for sure! Thank you Boulle family for working around our madness.
So with that have a Happy and safe Halloween and I can’t wait to see what it will look like in the pages of next years Cottages & Bungalows magazine.