I need to start really early in the morning when I am setting up a large scene, my van is usually full to brim and packed with props and everything that I need the day before as I cannot forget anything as once I start styling and shooting there is no time to go and fetch anything. I had six models booked for this job as well and with the gowns and black tie outfits for the boys and a dress for the flower girl with all the accessories needed I had a lot of gear.
The pumpkin soup was delicious and it was made especially for the shoot, with a little swirl of sour cream on top, again designed and planned especially to match the whole look.
I twisted onto each champagne flute a little fabric daisy flower, so easy to do and just another way to have flowers on the table. On this particular day there were so many people arriving to have lunch in the courtyard of this restaurant and all wanting to stop and have a look at what I was doing and have a quick chat, which was very frustrating as I was loosing time. This always happens when I work in public places, especially when there are beautiful models or something different happening.
After I finished photographing the table setting my friend Rachel and all the other models arrived, so I moved from the still life section of table settings to wardrobe, hair and makeup. Once Rachel and the little flower girl and the others were ready I took them all down stairs to take more mood wedding shots around the building and garden before the sun set.
Then finally after I got all the photographs that I needed, I then had to pack everything up including bridal gear and all the the table settings and my camera equipment. Squash it back into my van, rearrange the room back to the way it was, bid farewell to my client and head back over the hill to my home, where I then had to unpack everything (especially my cameras) from the van. Then I flop.... kick off my shoes and have a glass of wine or two and hope that there is something left in the oven for me for dinner.
It is very exhausting and physical work when your both the stylist/art director and the photographer, I couldn't do it every day, but I love what I do and it is worth all the pain in the end when you get your film back from the lab, or should I say now download all the digital shots onto the computer.
Thank you for visiting me and my blog and don't forget that it is Susan's Tablescape Thursday party at Between Naps on the Porch today, I'm off to visit some creative friends to see what their up to this week, come along too..