We have been fortunate enough to have had our work shot for a few publications, and it is interesting how different the experience is each time. With our original Rue shoot and Matchbook, we shot with the wildly talented Emily Johnston. For our Chicago shoot, we had Alaina to help with styling, but in Houston it was just me and Emily all day.
Our master bedroom as shot by Emily for Matchbook
Emily is gifted, shooting with her is quick but thorough. She can walk into a room and immediately see the shot, and while she takes her time composing things just right, once she has it she has it. That is also the beauty of working with online publications, most of the time you have control over the images. You aren’t having to send them back to an editor for approval.
With print publications, things run a little differently. You have a whole team. Which makes things feel special and exciting. There is the photographer, one or two photographer’s assistants, a stylist, and often an editor from the magazine. But…you also have to deal with the bureaucracy of an editorial team. Shots get sent back to headquarters for approval, and things just take a whole lot longer.
This was the scene for our HGTV Magazine shoot last year.
Southern Living was a bit more streamlined. They sent the photographer, Hector Sanchez, his assistant, and the stylist and her assistant. Since Hector is on staff at Southern Living, they didn’t need to send an editor as a liaison.
One of the spaces I was most excited to show y’all would be the updates we made to our master bedroom- and if you have checked it out in the latest issue, you will see that the shots came out beautifully. This is the shot I took of the action with my iPhone. Our old bed was really high and felt a bit too big in our bedroom. So I had this insane hot pink velvet tufted headboard made, based on this bed in one of my all-time favorite rooms. I am obsessed with it, I love how the arms snuggle you in, and how low it is to the ground. Adding the canopy really finishes things off, and sleeping here is like dreaming in a romantical tent.
And posted to Instagram. We used light blue accent euros and sheets, Jenny coral shams, and Paul Light Blue boudoir and duvet.
The crew setting up the shot…
I think we’ve got it…
The pictures in the issue are stunning. I absolutely loved working with the whole Southern Living team, and am beyond honored to have been featured. It was the best motivation to finish up projects around the house, and I have a few more updates to show you coming up.