The ridiculousness of these behind the scenes images inspired this post. Basically, sometimes the fact that your can work in a narrow space in a short time frame says a lot about your abilities. Today was gloomy, windy, and cool. My yard is a hot mess. But I got the images I needed. Enjoy the read.

      I’ve been doing a lot of writing lately, and one my projects involved discussing cocktails. After I flipped through wedding images, I realized I’d need to make my own. Naturally, I felt a little overwhelmed by this realization until I realized that I had whiskey and wine, interesting looking glasses, mint and rosemary and tons of Camellias and roses grew in my yard, and I even owned something that looked like a cocktail table. So I went to the store and spent $20 on Gin, raspberries and blue berries (note: use blackberries instead. I just ate the blue berries at the end.) . And I set out to make these images happen. NOTE: I’ve never made cocktails before and I’ve never done any sort of styled shoot at my house. This shoot could really go either way at this point.

      Next, I felt more low key concern because we’re renovating our backyard. By ourselves. (Ourselves = awesome husband is doing it.) And that I had limited choices as to where to stage this deal. I briefly considered a park, but in my town, alcoholic beverages at a park are fat NO. Every other place required a fee to shoot or permit, and I didn’t feel like dealing with that. So I picked literally the one place I could shoot in, on the edge of the yard in front of a neighbors hedge.

      Next, my sweet pup Penelope was not amused that I was doing this. She’s a bit of diva, and generally thinks that humans exist only for her, so naturally, she was like, “WUT.” But I persisted through her staring as a guilt trip act. Next, I evaluated my space. It had a lot of drawbacks. Also, it looked out over the street and people walking by could see me. More on that later. And yes, that’s one of my daughters bed sheets. Remember, I spent exactly $20 on this.

      At some point, my deck was covered in alcoholic beverages, lenses, downy, and fruit. And yes, that’s a bird house. Next to a bottle of wine. But I think the results were nice! If I hadn’t shown you the behind the scenes of these images, you might not have known that I was crammed into a weird space in my yard.

      One fun fact about the image below: Where I parked my shoot looked out over the street. People walking by could see me, and it’s really really quiet on the street during the day and you can hear people talk from a block away. So as people were walking by I heard comments. Mostly it was curiosity. “Is that the photographer? I heard there was a photographer on the street.” “Is that wine?” (yep.) “I hope she has a party to finish that off. I’d go to that party even at 10 AM.” I wish I had stopped working to gush about the joys of day drinking in moderation, but I was on a tight schedule. BUt yes. Day drinking is great. A glass of wine with lunch is fantastic. I highly recommend it. But I digress.

      Behind the scenes

      behind the scenes


      Basically, I just want to encourage all of you out there who have to produce images for writing on short notice and are going nuts looking for a place. Look around your own house and neighborhood. In 90 minutes I had everything I needed, and I just needed to shoot with my 85, so that I could block out the funk of our backyard renovation. I got the results I needed and they look fantastic in my piece. Go with what you know and what you have. Also, I love that giant Camellia bloom. I jumped up and down when I found it.

      Behind the scenes