October 11, 2011
Behind-the-Scenes at a Recent Photo Shoot
On a recent Thursday, I was involved with another photo shoot at my farm for the magazine. It was actually portrait shots of me for a few stories that have already been created for upcoming editions of Living. It’s very difficult to coordinate my schedule with the magazine’s shoot schedule, so we tend to recreate and blend things together, a process that’s quite involved, but quite successful. Judging from your feedback, these behind-the-scenes look into my life are very popular, so please enjoy!
1 Editorial Director of Gardening, Stephen Orr, and Creative Director, Eric Pike, survey the scene in my greenhouse. Stephen held onto this large alocasia while the ceiling shades were being closed.
2 Shaun closed the shades in the greenhouse to control the amount of light for the photo shoot.
3 These greenhouse shades help to limit the amount of sunlight that reaches the plants, providing a greater control of this microclimate.
4 Eric reviewed test photos with Ryan, my gardner, as my stand in. They were taken the day before so the art department could make any last minute changes before the actual shoot.
5 Ryan's a good sport!
6 Jackie Noble, my wardrobe specialist, showed some shirts to Eric and Stephen, and the three decided which would work best in which shoot.
7 All agreed on this shirt with the lovely button detailing. I decided to wear it for the shoot in the greenhouse. The blue contrasted nicely with the greenery.
8 Photographer Frédéric Lagrange and his PA began setting up equipment.
9 Smile number one
10 Kristofer Buckle, makeup artist, stepped in and touched up my makeup.
11 And Anthony Sorensen, my hair stylist, brushed my hair. He does a great job of keeping it off my face.
12 Frédéric really uses his body to get the greatest camera angles.
13 With today's digital photography, images are instantly available for review. Eric checked the monitor for any imperfections.
14 Eric and Frédéric discussed angles and lighting.
15 Frédéric had just returned from his home in Hong Kong the day before and was not at all jet-lagged.
16 Eric and Frédéric discussed the shot. As you can see, there is a lot that goes into a photo shoot.
17 Frédéric offered some suggestions for improvement.
18 More Frédéric contortions
19 He seemed to like this take better.
20 The next shot was with my collection of topiaries.
21 Here I am pruning a standard topiary while Frédéric clicks away.
22 More touch ups to hair and wardrobe
23 Tricks of the trade - Photographers use a special fabric, which acts as a diffuser to soften a harsh studio light. And this large board is used to bounce natural light on to the subject.
24 We moved into the head house where I demonstrated seed planting.
25 Next we moved to another building where we have been setting up a tool and work room. Here I am buffing out a brass and wood coffee table.
26 The wood frame of the table is painted to look like brass.
27 It has very pretty carved details.
28 Frédéric clicking away again
29 Anthony Santelli, Senior Home Editor, and Eric set up the next scene while Frederic analyzed the lighting. In this scene, I demonstrated how to use felt on the lamp bottoms to prevent them from scratching furniture.
30 These are Eric's mercury glass lamps and I teased him about how I had to fix them for him!
31 Eric observed Frédéric's camera to see the images.
32 Not quite happy with what they saw, Frédéric is at it again. There is also a lot of smiling required to get these photos just right.