Better Homes and Gardens December 2011 / By: Amy Panos / Producer: Ariella Chezar
I have been lucky to be a part of a few magazine photo shoots and each time I learn something new. The thing which consistently amazes me most, however, is the amount of planning, work and attention to detail which goes into setting up just one picture. It takes an entire team of professionals to produce just the right look for a story.
The floral photo shoot took place over the course of three days. The stylist and photographer, along with their assistants, producer, and floral artist Ariella Chezar spent the better part of the first day unloading all their equipment, supplies, props, and flowers as well as preparing the spaces where photos would be taken.
My mudroom and laundry room were filled with flowers, the garage became a props and supplies staging area, and the kitchen served as command central as well as where most of the flower arranging took place. Lots of stuff and people everywhere!
The first day included lots of furniture moving and rearranging - basic set up for the upcoming two days of shooting. The photographer looked at the lighting in the house to determine what time during the day the light would be best in each room and the floral artist created several of the floral arrangements based on what rooms would be used during the first day of shooting.
One of the funnier moments during the photo shoot occurred when I returned home to find two huge panels of MDF (medium density fiberboard) - painted red - in the garage. My husband and I joked that it would be ironic if they ended up using them in our living room since we had changed the paint color from red to white. Sure enough, they did use the panels in our “used to be red room” shown in the photo below.
I have to say it truly was a privilege for me to host this photo shoot. I had a wonderful time meeting the entire staff who put together this fabulous story. It was a great experience – one which I would love to do again!