Monday, May 16, 2011
Hello Readers! It's Heather here and I'm so happy to drop in today to share what I've been up to behind the scenes. Mainly...lots of travel and photoshoots! Props have been shipped from all over the country to my warehouse to gear up for the many shoots and I just returned from a beautiful trip to the beloved South where I shot an incredible farmhouse for the fall issue.
My trusty cell phone came in handy as a quick way to document my trip highlights. One of which was the long, wandering country roads and highways on the way to the location. They were scattered with lush trees, blooming wildflowers and old country churches.
Location shoots take days to complete. Usually the first day is "Prep Day," where I survey the feel of the place (since I've only seen it from scouting shots) and then make a game plan to purchase remaining props, such as fresh flowers and food, etc. Of course, this also involves stopping at any small-town antique store I might come across. That's where all the good stuff is!
From this little shop I picked up a few things for myself: an English ironstone platter, a military laundry bag and a jade necklace. Small souvenirs from my trip that will tuck into my luggage. Next stop...a lunch break!
There was a great Italian place that served wood-fired pizzas and delicious salads. The perfect fuel needed to finish the day! After that it was back to the location where something strange happened...
I smelled gas. And not from anyone's lunch! ;-) The real gas leak kind of gas. I had smelled it earlier and dismissed it but when I came back it was still there. The homeowner called the gas company who came out to find a very bad leak, which they capped. The homeowner never smelled any of the gas and said she wondered why her previous month's bill was more than $500!
Once the crisis was averted, the shoot continued for the next few days. Room by room, all the shots were captured and I know you will LOVE this story!
With the shoot complete, my traveling circus was packed up and I headed for the long drive back to the airport. Maybe on my next visit to the South I will stop by the little town of Bullard! I bet there are some lovely farmhouses there!
I hope you enjoyed my little Report from the Road!