Last summer I was lucky enough to be asked to travel to Beaufort, North Carolina with a crew from Better Homes and Gardens magazine to style the Fourth of July feature that is running this month in the July 2012 issue.
The best part was the great opportunity to meet and work with fellow field editor Lisa Mowry, editor Amy Panos and photographer John Bessler. The story was shot last September, just after the hurricane swept up the east coast, so of course I was worried about the damage the hurricane was capable of inflicting down south. Luckily, the house was safe from the storm and the shoot was a go!
This was a really fun and exciting project for me to style. The challenge was to combine a nautical theme with a July 4th, red, white, and blue overlay throughout the home and the festivities. Every detail of each shot had to planned and organized ahead.
I arrived at the location with my assistant Monica and a van of props and materials we had gathered from near and far. We immediately got to work prepping and styling with a highly enthusiastic and energetic group. Over a period of three days, pushing 12 hours days with meals on the fly, we cranked out a very productive and successful feature and managed to have some really good fun doing it.
I’d love to share the feature with you, enjoy!