SO THE ASSIGNMENT WAS EASY
TO CREATE THE QUINTESSENTIAL FALL TABLETOP STORY ON A BEAUTIFUL RANCH
IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.
THE HARD PART? SHOOT IN JULY!
(NO BUDGET TO FLY TO A DIFFERENT HEMISPHERE...)
When I got the call, my first thought was to ring Gail Claridge,
primo interior designer and
owner of a beautiful horse ranch surrounded by citrus trees.
We had not only featured Gail's design work in endless decorating magazines
but she had also graciously lent us her previous home
as a location for the fashion pages styled for Victoria magazine.
This, below, was one of my favorite images from then...
but that's a whole other story -- and blog post!
Coming up with ideas for the tabletop was easy.
Making a potpouri of cinnamon sticks and berries in old enameled pails...
Floating votive lights carved into apples in a vintage galvanized tub...
And creating a lush centerpiece of fall apples
surrounded by amber-colored china and stemmed glasses...
The fall leaves we scattered around were no problem--
not available in stores during July but I discovered a stash in my prop closet.
We tossed them around before we shot each scenario...
And used them to fashion garlands...
...and autumn wreaths.
But what about the summer green boughs in the background?
How do we get from this on the left to this on the right?
By having our master photographer, Mark Lohman,
to use his wondrous photoshopping skills --
And voila! From leafy green branches to golden fall ones!
AND, NOW, THE LAST HURDLE...
WHAT TO DO WHEN THE MAGAZINE WOULD LIKE A MODEL IN THE STORY
BUT THERE'S NO MODEL BUDGET?
No problemo -- I grab the boots brought as props for one of the vignettes...
And jump in...
Whatever it takes for a successful shoot!
AND WHAT A LONG DAY!