By Katja Kromann

Better Homes and Gardens photo shoot - vini, vidi, vici

Better Homes and Gardens photo shoot - vini, vidi, vici
They came, they saw, they conquered our little guest bath. We laughed, we cried, we hugged. Ok we didn't cry, but it was amazing.

This is my minute by minute recount of this Monday... I am totally kidding of course - it will only be hour by hour ha ha.

This was one of the most spectacular day I have had in a long time and I spent it with with Laura (Hull), Edmund (Barr) and Cris (Spindler) of Better Homes and Gardens when they came to shoot our bathroom for an upcoming issue. Laura is a Regional Editor for BHG and professional zhoosher, Edmund is a Photographer extraordinaire and Cris was his fabulous Assistant on this day.

Better Homes And Gardens Photo shoot bath room 1

Laura came with her hands filled with huge bags of stuff to stage the bathroom. Toilet paper, tissue, vases, flower, soaps, brushes, towels. You name it, she got it. Here she is preparing the flowers that would later go in the room. Oh and Laura and I were handbag twins :) 

Edmund was thinking deep thoughts about how to best turn himself into a pretzel so that he could fit himself and all his lighting and stuff into our tiny 6x6 ft space.

Better Homes And Gardens Photo shoot bath room 1

Here is Cris working the main flash through an umbrella and a screen to bounce light around and into the bathroom which is just behind the wall of shelves.

Better Homes And Gardens Photo shoot bath room 1

Edmund and I are camera twins, and light meter twins.  ;)  Oh and did I mention that the night before I gave the door to the bathroom a fresh coat of white paint and we switched the door handles to the new ones we are getting for all the doors. Now tell me, what was the first thing to go?... Yup, 10 minutes into it all, I had our impacter in my hand, unscrewing the door, then putting it in the garage.

Better Homes And Gardens Photo shoot bath room 1

Meanwhile, Edmund showed a little love for our entry hall.

Better Homes And Gardens Photo shoot bath room 1

Edmund and Cris brought in suitcase after suitcase filled to the rim with photo equipment. I may have drooled into one or two of them by accident.

Better Homes And Gardens Photo shoot bath room 1

The morning was spent hanging pictures, fluffing and staging and setting up lights, taking shots, then scrutinizing them on Edmund's laptop. Repeat, repeat, repeat. That really spoke to this perfectionist's heart :)

It was an absolute joy watching Laura work on the photo styling. I want to be her when I grow up :) I soaked it all in as much as I could.

When everything was ready for the main shots, we broke for lunch. I had made lunch for us all and we ate outside on our newly finished patio.

Better Homes And Gardens Photo shoot bath room 1

Here is what we had for lunch:

Better Homes And Gardens Photo shoot bath room 1

I made fresh herb quinoa lentil balls orbs with garlic potato torte and flash cooked asparagus in a balsamic vinaigrette, sun dried and plum tomatoes sprinkled with pine nuts. I used the same balsamic dressing as I made for this salad.

I will post the recipes in an upcoming post.

Better Homes And Gardens Photo shoot bath room 1

For dessert, I made a lime coconut ice cream from scratch. I served it with a chocolate grid, mixed berries and toasted unsweetened coconut. Recipe will also be forthcoming. This is such a great non-dairy dessert and quite easy to make.

Better Homes And Gardens Photo shoot bath room 1

After lunch, they finished up shooting the main shot, then went into all the detail shots.

Better Homes And Gardens Photo shoot bath room 1

They worked with notes and print-outs off my blog to make sure they got everything they needed. One of the notes was to make sure B's Koala drawing was documented. And it was :)

Better Homes And Gardens Photo shoot bath room 1

Cris and I documented the day with our cameras. I am so glad I have all these pictures. My arm was red from pinching myself. I also bought one of the accessories from Laura, because a - it was just the perfect mat for our space and b - I realized afterwards that every time I see it, I think: "Yes, they really were here". Not just in my head :)

Better Homes And Gardens Photo shoot bath room 1

In the afternoon, I served some yellow watermelon and my home made chocolate coconut oatmeal truffles.

Better Homes And Gardens Photo shoot bath room 1

Here is some of the dress changes my shower went through. Pfffftttt!

Better Homes And Gardens Photo shoot bath room 1

Here Edmund is folding himself into a pretzel to fit in a shot of a detail.

I whisked Cris away for 5 minutes and coaxed her into snapping a couple of pictures for my blog since I had already combed my hair and ironed my outfit. She did an outstanding job and I put this collage up on my About page:

KatjaKromann ShiftCtrlArt by Cris Spindler

After that, it was time for my closeup to shoot me in the bathroom. I got to wear my new orange bracelet in the shoot.

Laura approved my outfit and made sure everything was in the right spot. At the right time.

Can I just say how awesome it was to talk with Laura about all things design and decorating. Heaven. I so rarely meet and talk with anyone who has my specific interest, that when I do, it's just so amazing and takes me a bit by surprise how much I love it. What can I say. I just love to hang out with creative people.

Edmund was so great at capturing me from my good angle, getting a genuine smile and a great posture. I have to be honest, this was the part I was the most nervous about because I don't have the easiest mug to photograph. He definitely nailed it and I am so happy with the photos he shot.

What stood out to me was that when we discussed which images were best, we were all looking for the same things in terms of composition, scale, and look. You know, details down to the last pore.

Better Homes And Gardens Photo shoot bath room 1

After my shoot was done, I looked at the clock and the day had just whizzed by. They had been here for more than 9 hours.

What a whirlwind. I didn't want the day to end, but of course it had to...

We hugged and said our goodbyes. Then we waved...


Better Homes And Gardens Photo shoot bath room 1

Can you see me in the reflection with my white hanky, wiping off a little tear as they were leaving? :)

Some days you have experiences that just fills you creatively. This was such a day. I was practically beaming the rest of the evening, we didn't even have to turn on the lights when it got dark...

Thanks BHG for a wonderful day that I will never forget!

Next: the first - very colorful - patio reveal


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Katja Kromann
About Katja Kromann

I am a Danish American decorating life in Seattle. I love all things design and DIY.

I can’t think of anything more fun than coming up with project, making it, photographing it and sharing it with you on my websites.

I am a Graphic Artist and homeschooling mom to a teenager by day.

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