One of the other, oh, you know, minor things that had my attention last week was a little photoshoot at the cottage. Remember when I refreshed the kitchen? And maybe you recall that the refresh was later featured on Young House Love? Well, it just so happens that a certain associate editor of a certain publication likes to scout YHL for kitchens to feature in her mag. That certain editor is Rachel Haugo, and she is the associate editor of Kitchen+Bath Makeovers© and Beautiful Kitchens and Baths, both of which are Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest publications. It just so happened that Rachel spotted my kitchen and contacted me to find out if I’d be interested in having it shot for an upcoming edition of Kitchen+Bath Makeovers©. “Well sure!”, I said, after I wiped the goofy grin off my face.
Rachel and her team showed up on Thursday in two SUVs full of camera equipment and props. They took over the main floor of the house, setting up a working computer station for proofing photos, and using the dining room as a staging area for all the props that took my kitchen from “pretty good” to magazine-worthy. Fresh flowers were positioned in a vase on the counter, a bowl overflowing with pears took the place of my toaster oven, and a fresh bottle of soap was perched on the edge of my sink. These little touches gave the kitchen a clean, polished look, and brought the photos to life.
It was such a pleasure to watch Rachel and her assistant stylist tweak these little visual details, while their photographer worked to get the lighting and camera angle just right. This team is top notch, and they work very well together, adjusting lighting and props as needed to produce images that really shine. I tried to stay out of their way, but occasionally snapped a quick picture of the whole production. You can see that the house was a bit torn apart. However, a couple hours later, Rachel and her team left with the cottage put completely back in order. They even left behind a few “extra” touches in the kitchen, including fresh flowers, fruit and some fun hand towels.
The kitchen will most likely be featured in the Spring/Summer edition of Kitchen+Bath Makeovers©, so keep your eyes peeled next year when the cottage makes its debut in a glossy mag!