This past weekend I had to work. Heaven forbid! I can’t believe these words are about to come out of my mouth, but I really enjoyed it. Sure, I had to wake up at 6:00am on a Saturday, but we were photographing some of the offices I’ve worked on in the past few years and it was pretty freakin’ fantastic. We set up a session with a professional photographer that’s done some shots for us in the past, and my coworker and I came along to approve the shots and to style as needed. Talk about this girl’s day in heaven, Internet! I got to ask the photographer TONS of question (aka bug the piss out of him) and try my hand at some interior decorating.
This is an example of one of the spaces we shot, which resides in a swanky new building/development in Charlotte. The photographer’s depiction of the space is by far more stunning, but this will at least give you a visual. I learned the secret to how his photographs are so amazing on my little photo shoot – they’re not real! Sure, he’s really taking pictures of the space, but the final photo is a combination of tons of different pictures. We would nail down the position and composition of our shot, and then once the camera (a fantastic Canon 5d which I got to hold, thank you very much) was all set up on it’s $1,000 tripod, the photog snapped tons of pictures at different shutter speeds to capture the perfect lighting on each part of the room – one for the flooring, one for the furniture, and so forth. After that, he works his magic in Photoshop and takes pieces from each exposure and composes them into a positively perfect photograph. Pure genius.
As much as I’d like to fancy myself an awesome photographer (in my dreams), I was there for the purpose of styling and profiling. The two spaces we shot were beautiful, architecturally, but needed a bit of sprucing to make the final photo really pop in our portfolio. Enter, Trader Joe’s. We popped down there as soon as the shop opened and purchased some fresh blooms to brighten up our spaces (along with our own vases, books and chotchkies we brought from home). The big perk to this styling gig is that we got the keep the flowers and plants after the shoot.
Like this sweet little succulent, complete with a lovely blue planter for the cool price of $4.99. Can’t beat that! We used these to style some workstation shots while the flowers and an awesome orchid pumped up our reception area shots. We also learned on our trip that Trader Joe’s will let you return anything. Half eaten box of crackers, opened wine or used flowers – they’ll take ‘em right back into their generous, hippie lovin’ arms.
And just for good measure, here’s another shot of my work-expensed free-to-me blooms that are brightening up my mantle. I can’t say enough about the power of fresh flowers in a home. It really makes an empty vase sing and put a smile on your face. :) I had such a great time styling a photo shoot that I’m trying to figure out other ways to incorporate that into my life. Maybe I should dress up the abode and take a photo shoot of mister Charlie – good idea or incredibly cheesy? I think I know the answer to that one.