You guys! I’ve been keeping quiet about this GIGANTIC #pinchme moment for waaaaay too long! My work made it into the June 2015 issue of Better Homes and Gardens and I could not be more excited!
Who knew that last summer when I spruced up my outdoor living space that Better Homes and Gardens would be contacting. Totally blown away.
I’ll be honest, I did write down “be featured in a magazine” as one of my goals for 2015, but never in one ba-zillion years did I think it would be a national magazine like this.
It was an experience for the record books of this little blog, so today I want to take you on a little behind the scenes journey of how I even ended up there, and what it was like the day of the shoot.
How I ended up there…
If you are a blogger (and maybe if you aren’t) your first question is probably “how did you get the feature.”
On the afternoon of Friday, February 27th I was getting my daughter ready to go to her first sleep over and was also waiting on a package so I logged into my email to look at the tracking info and bam… I saw a an email with the subject line…
“your project in Better Homes & Gardens”
Say whaaaaaat??? Not gonna lie, I almost peed a little.
The email went on to say that they would like to feature my outdoor curtains in the June issue of BHG in the “I did it” section. They would send a photographer and stylist to my house. The catch was that they would need to come in about a week.
Of course I wrote back and said heck yeah! Actually I was way way more mature than that and said something like “I’d be honored.”
So now it was time to prepare…
So over the next few days I had a phone meeting with both the photographer and stylist.
I had to take photos of my outdoor space every hour all day for the photographer so that he could see where the sun was going to hit at what time so we could plan accordingly.
I also took photos of some outfit options for the stylist and we talked about what I should and shouldn’t wear. I had never thought so much about an outfit before.
I also had to get my back yard ready. Good thing I had some helpers! Look at all of that dirt on my patio!
They wanted to use my pots in the shoot so I needed to give them some love.
Ready for the big day!
The big day was March 9th. The stylist came at about noon and we decided on a final outfit. She even brought me some fun sandals and some jewelry to wear for the photos. 🙂 My biggest worry was that I was going to end up wearing something that I would never wear in real life, but that didn’t happen at all. She was awesome and really cared that I was comfortable and looked like me.
She also added a bit of color to my outdoor pots and got the scene ready for the photographer.
The plan was to shoot at about 1:30 and then do a video shoot with my kiddos in it. So my dear hubs took the kids out for most of the day so that they wouldn’t get in the way.
When they came back they weren’t really sure what to think. So many lights and cameras! But the crew was awesome and let them peek at what he was doing and after shooting a ton of pictures, I got to sneak a peek too.
My little lady was definitely thinking it was all very cool.
For the video portion, which is online, they wanted my kids coming through the curtains.
It took a few tries to get them without a completely goofy look on their faces, but they thought it was really fun to play in the curtains.
She is definitely the ham in the family and definitely wanted to be her own director.
What a trip.
I didn’t start this blog expecting to get so into it, but it has been a crazy fun journey and I’ve had the opportunity to meet some really great people along the way. I put a lot of heart into this space online and of course it is always nice to have your hard work recognized.
So this goes out to all of you hard working bloggers out there that are constantly striving to put amazing and creative ideas out into the world. You have all inspired me to do great things! Cheers!