Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A little Christmas for hump day

Happy hump day! How's your week going so far?

I shot this Christmas story last Christmas, for Style at Home, and it's on news stands now. It was such a dark and gloomy day, so my assistant, Karen, and I had to be on our toes. Long exposures and lots of reflecting! Thought I'd share some of the day with you....

Angela Robinson is a Vancouver interior designer, and she produced this story along with Jamie Deck. They created most of the props - love that. The bird's nest advent calendar was a clever idea!

Angela busy at work, attaching the birds nests while the little ladies of the house observe.

A little Italian treat, baked by the homeowner, to keep us going on this long shoot. 

Erin McLaughlin, editor-in-chief of Style At Home, vacuums up bits of nest before we start shooting. 

The kitchen smelled great. Cookies everywhere. Naturally, I was all over it. Angela kept the decoration simple, with a loose garland of cedar and glass ornaments for the window. 

A glimpse at some of the other handmade goodness that was going on for this story. Love the family's name spelled out in a variety of sizes and types of letters, for the front door. 

After a long day, the cookies/props could finally, be eaten. 

Check out the December issue of Style At Home - full of Christmas inspiration. 

Back soon!


Amanda (Small Acorns) said...

Gorgeous looking home Janis, and I love that wee birds nest advent calender. Thanks for the insight into the work that goes into a shoot like this. They are no mean feat are they!

elisa said...

i love seeing you working, janis. hanging the type is such a great idea, the houses around here all have names, not numbers, and i really need something outside for people to find us! if i can get hold of some letters i'd love to do that. i give my sister this magazine, she'll be thrilled to see this. xx

Sarah(Gather&Glean) said...

Great photos as always, love your work!

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

Looks like you guys did a great job with the light and the photographs... I love Christmas decorating! xx

lisaroyhandbags said...

Total gorgeousness! I miss photo shoot days. And Italian cookies? doesn't get any better than that! xo

ThisTinder said...

I just *love* your photography! My favorite out of this batch is the one with the little branchy tree and the girl and teddy bear standing by :)

tinyparticlesoflight said...

I love seeing behind the scenes of your work - you seriously have my dream job!


Briar {Sunday Collector} said...

All so beautiful! Light at Christmas on your side of the world is so different to over here - changes the mood in photographs completely. Not in a bad way, of course, just completely different.

Pooch Purple Reign said...

thats a really beautiful home. you need a scratch'n'sniff photo so we can smell it too !!
~laura xx

Alexandra said...

what a gorgeous home! beautiful photos!!


Vintage Home said...

this was a great story and of course the best pictures!