I am dreamer….and being featured in Better Homes and Gardens magazine was a long time dream for me and quite honestly I can hardly believe that it happened!
Last year, last July to be exact we decided to makeover our patio. We get lots of shipping pallets at our business and I had this idea to build a seating area and coffee table out of pallets for our deck. Read more about how we made our DIY PALLET FURNITURE HERE.
When the project was done I submitted my work to Better Homes and gardens I did it section because I thought it was really fun project.
Months flew by and I already forgot that I even sent in my project for the I Did it section, when an e-mail popped up in my inbox in March.
It was from Kit Selzer, Better Homes and Gardens editor. I literally had happy tears in my eyes while I was reading her e-mail. She asked me if I would be interested in being featured in Better Homes and Gardens summer issue with my outdoor project.
Well, there was only one answer to that question…
I wrote my YES response as fast as I could -haha.:-) I was so excited !
From that point I was communicating with Kit. We had our initial phone conversation then we arranged a date and time for the photoshoot in April.
PHOTOSHOOT FOR BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS
What do you think a girl does when a photo stylist comes to her house. ??
Of course I had cleaned, cleaned and cleaned. For days! Even if my project was an outdoor project and I knew that we wouldn’t spend much time inside, I just felt that I need to SUPER clean my house.
Helen Norman, professional photographer came from Maryland. She and her assistant got to my house early on the day of the shoot as our patio have direct sunlight right around mid day and we wanted to make sure that we avoid that lighting situation. I had cleaned the deck very well the day before so we were ready to style and shoot as soon as the photographer got in.
It was so great to see from a photographer eye how another professional photographer works and handles her equipment. She brought in a huge light diffuser that diffuses the hars light. That monster diffuser was a work to set up , let me tell you that.
We planted some pretty flowers to brighten up this already colorful space, then the photo stylist arranged all the pots in place.
We also made up a pitcher of fresh lemonade to display on the table.
Then Helen took several shots of the deck, with and without me in the photo. We played a lot around to find the perfect position for me and I think we finally we found a comfortable pose that was perfect for our photo. I was a little nervous as I hate to be photographed ( says the photographer) but Helen made me very relaxed.
I am SO grateful and honored to see my work in my favorite magazine. A huge THANK YOU for Better Homes and Gardens and Helen Norman for her amazing photographs!
It was a wonderful experience!
I only got a few copies-LOL
Thank you for reading today!
Cheers for a wonderful Sunday!