What do you get when you combine one of my dog Oscar's neck pain flair-ups with a tropical storm headed up the east coast?
It must be time for a location shoot where I need to be away for a few days! That's just what happened when we recently went to shoot our HOUSE TOUR contest winner in Providence, Rhode Island. Oscar was too uncomfortable to leave with anyone but Jenny, so my travel assistant Sally and I packed ourselves up for a speedy trip and shoot at the home of Christine Chitnis
Christine was the winner of our house tour contest in which hundreds of readers across the U.S. and Canada sent entries to have their home photographed and featured in HOLIDAY. Christine had just the right mix of very fresh and personal Indie style that drew us to her lovely home in Providence.
Here is how it went:
Day before shoot: Jenny and I evaluate Oscar who has not been doing well for the past few weeks. My parents have a very hard time watching him if he is not up to snuff and we have an equally hard time leaving him. We look to postpone the shoot with Christine but she, like us, has a very busy schedule and is nearly 8 months pregnant. We decide to shorten the shoot to a day and a half. I give Jenny and Oscar big kisses and hit the road with a van full of props.
Day of Shoot: I rise extra early to meet my trainer to help stretch out my back and keep me limber for at least the first day. Sally and I meet near Boston and make our way to Providence. By 9:30 am we have reached Christine's house and unloaded the van contents into the garage and are back on the road (with Christine in tow) to cut a fresh tree at a tree farm about 30 minutes away. We twist and turn thru the countryside and make a few wrong turns and then arrive at a very tall meadow (did I mention it is high humidity and 96 degrees?). We jump in the farm owner's truck and four-wheel through tall meadow grasses and beautiful trees. It is truly lovely but a bit surreal. We arrive at a small patch of trees and under a bit of pressure (the farmer is running late and has another place to be) I select a tree. Within seconds -and the use of a chain saw - it is on the ground. We drive back to the van, load it up and off to WHOLE FOODS for food props and lunch... and yes, lots and lots of water!
To read Christine's take on the shoot head here!
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