I wish you could come over for coffee and fruit and leftover scones this morning.
Because I have so much to tell you.
It was an AMAZING day.
Not just a little amazing….over-the-top amazing.
Like discovering another-planet-in-the-solar-system-and-getting-to-name-it-after-yourself-amazing.
And now….just between us…..I feel a little silly…..
….because I was so scared.
Maybe a lot scared.
Scared that they would have flown all the way to Kentucky and looked at the decorations….
….and wished they would have stayed home.
Scared that they might notice all the places in the house that need to be painted and fixed and all the crooked floors and the dents and the scratches and all the imperfections of a well-lived in house with four children, two dogs, two cats and a family of salamanders.
Scared that that I would open my mouth and insert my foot….more than normal.
Have you ever felt like that before?
Like something you had wanted and wished for and hoped for and dreamed about…..was finally happening…..
….and yet….you were so scared….you almost wish it wasn’t?
But you know what?
None of it happened.
Not one single thing I worried and fretted and spent entirely too much of my time about.
Well….I think I inserted my foot into my mouth a few times….but that is par for the course.
Everyone from Better Homes and Gardens was warm and welcoming and friendly and no one really noticed the imperfections or the flaws and the Christmas decorations photographed beautifully and I learned so much….
….and I had the day of a lifetime.
Here are a few lessons I picked up along the way.
1. Photographers bring a lot of equipment
And I mean….a lot.
Bags and bags and bags.
And they will move your furniture around and change everything and your house will look like a whirlwind came through.
So don’t stress too much on the cleaning.
2. Everything looks better with a little fresh greenery
I put up trees around the house.
And then decorated with simple fresh greens everywhere else.
Stress-free decorating….and the house smelled amazing.
3. A little bit of red is a good thing
For simple decorations on the bedroom….we added ribbon and a few red ornaments.
The pop of red against all that neutral was so pretty.
This is a bow the editor was working on.
4. Not everything makes the photograph
Don’t you love this reclaimed wood Christmas tree?
We all did, too.
But it didn’t fit in the story of the shot….so the tree didn’t make the cut.
But what did….is even more amazing. 🙂
5. A lot goes into each photograph
Never, never, never compare your home to a photograph in a magazine.
Those photographs you see take a long time.
Trust me on this.
There is lighting and styling and moving a vase half-an-inch and a stocking different places and take after take after take.
It is definitely an awe-inspiring process.
(left to right: me, Ann, Alise, TeAnne)
6. A good team makes all the difference
Here is the team that I worked with.
I learned so much from them and from the process.
The house and all its Christmas decorations is better for having met each of them.
7. A little refreshment is needed
Yes….we managed to fit in a little nourishment between photographs.
It was a long day.
And just in case you were curious….while a little gas station pizza is amazing….
….nothing makes a photo shoot better than coffee and blueberry scones. 🙂
It was an amazing day.
A once-in-a-lifetime experience…..and one I will tell all the future generations of Thistlewood Farms.
But the best part?
The most wonderful, incredible, exhilarating part of the whole experience is….
….those Christmas decorations are finally heading back where they belong. 🙂