So it's feast or famine around here. I make nothing for days and then I make a gazillion things in three days. Modern Flora is taking an out-of-town trip to Los Angeles for a textile trade show next week. The show is for manufacturers, so I wanted to show Modern Flora in some home decor settings. I did contemplate (for about 2 seconds) sending furniture, but instead decided to pull together an outdoor photo shoot in four days with only three items made out of Modern Flora. The child's Poang chair, the floor pillows and Leaflet chair were, thankfully, already made. But I decided to add a slipcovered couch, a covered lampshade, more pillows, a tablecloth and napkins, and a crib set with a quilt. And they were finished yesterday and shot this morning.
So how does a photo shoot work? Well, it is one heck of a lot of work and kind of a frenzy. You want the photographer to get as many shots as possible, so you have to stay out of the way, but you are always dying to smooth out a wrinkle or clip a thread. And double-stick tape is an absolute must!
This is Brooke Schwab, who photographed the outdoor "rooms". And how did I find this photographer? Well, of course, all roads lead back to Jessica at How About Orange, who designed her logo. What did I do before I knew her? Floundered, clearly. Anyway, Brooke does a lot of wedding photography and specializes in really fun settings and shots. Peruse her blog to see her great photos and read the story behind them.
So, Brooke shot three rooms outdoors and I think they look fantastic. (Thank you, Brooke, Jessica and me.)
First, the nursery:
No, the stuff in the front was not in the real shot-- stuff just got dropped and set down everywhere. It would be so easy to just walk away and leave things at the site.
which I was the least excited about in the planning phase because I was afraid it was just too plain, but I love it in the photos. And the bowl of apples was inspired by Jessica's comment that she would love to see the fabric under an apple tree. Sorry, none in South Texas, but I thought the colors were awesome with the tablecloth.
And the living room:
which makes me think I need to immediately purchase a cottage with white bead board on the walls and fill it with my Modern Flora furniture. And this project gave me an excuse to do something I've been dying to try: making awning stripe "fabric" from solids. Then you can pick whatever color combinations and stripe widths you want.
Now, I can use the next two days to print and mount the photos for the show and make a couple of tote bags and Modern Flora is ready to go. Show well, my little fabric.