I was so excited when someone from This Old House magazine contacted me about featuring a few of our house projects in their magazine! I figured I would just send them some of my photos and maybe give them a quick phone interview and that would be that. But then they emailed me and said, “Ok, we’d like to send a photographer and stylist to your house…next week. What day works best for you?”. Ummm, what?! Initial thoughts: I’m not ready! Holy crap I have a one year old, my house is a disaster! We haven’t finished decorating…anything!! And let me just tell you, you want to talk about motivation to finish up some house projects?! I was flying a million miles an hour getting stuff done! We worked on a few things up until the night before the photo shoot! I may have been painting the under side of the picture railing on our banquette…at 11pm! After the initial panic attack, I was so excited to work with a photographer and stylist! Being a portrait photographer is so different from taking interior photos, so I was secretly super excited to see them work their magic. Suddenly, the day before the shoot I got nervous again about who exactly was coming to our house, so naturally, I googled them! And helloooo amazingness…
Ryann Ford was the photographer and she was so awesome. I mean look at this website! Ahhh! And I love, love her logo. I was smitten. Please check out her work here – RYANN FORD.
And hello more amazingness! Adam Fortner of Creative & Sons was the stylist. And by this time I was just drooling over the styling and the photos on his website. (Not to mention, feeling like my house is very inadequate!) Absolutely breathtaking. Please check out Adam’s work here – CREATIVE & SONS.
So, of course, after looking at their websites I was stricken with FEAR! These amazing people were coming to see my random, quaint, little DIY house, that didn’t seem very magazine worthy! But when they got to my house they were so incredibly wonderful and down to earth. I probably had a little too much fun with them. And they were probably thinking when is this girl gonna get out of our hair?! My sister (Yes, the one with twins and a 3 yr old. Luckily Margi was there to help her!) watched Paige for a bit in the morning so that I could actually enjoy a piece of the day.
It was so interesting to watch them work. The two main areas of my house that they photographed have terrible light. As in almost zero natural light. After seeing them use their professional lighting (we use similar lighting in photographing wedding receptions), I, of course, now don’t want to photograph my house without running out and buying that equipment! Obviously, I won’t…I don’t think. Ha! But the super anal and picky photographer in me wants to! And it was so fun to see all of the things that Adam brought to style my house. We’re talking tons of flowers & fruit and then lots of different options to style the entryway from bags to umbrellas, coats and scarves. I wanted to keep all of it. Unfortunately, that wasn’t an option!
I didn’t really take many pictures to document. These are just a few I snapped at the end of the day.
The one really cool thing for me was that they ended up using a ton of stuff that I had! Vases, bowls, coats, shoes, and EVEN my funny DIY geometric painting!!
Haha! Definitely didn’t see that one coming. And yes, this is Adam holding up the canvas for the shot. They also photographed this coat hanger for the magazine, but it meant moving everything in our dining room to make it work! PS – The guy on the right is Sean. They didn’t give me his info! Sean, if you are out there, send me your info so I can post it here! He worked with Ryann on the lighting and was equally awesome! Plus, he is a dog and baby whisperer, ha! Man of many talents!
It was an amazing experience and not only did I walk away learning a few new things but if nothing else it kicked Reagan and I into high gear to finish up some projects! I am loving our living area these days and I promise to photograph it soon so you can see all that we’ve updated. First, I’ve just got to go out and buy that equipment…just kidding :)