Because along the way, there were people who I admired and who I asked advice from- and you know what?
There were some people who didn’t want to help.
And then there were those who sent their phone numbers and took hours out of their day
to help me learn my camera settings or simply offer wise words and encouragement.
And I haven’t forgotten their kindness.
that is pretty darn awesome in my opinion.
and I will even let you in on a few secrets and tell you about the rule I break all.the.time.
Starting at the beginning for those of you who are new here.
I realize some of you might have heard this little snippet of my first hand me the smelling salts feature before- but honestly, I get goosebumps even now thinking about it and how some of those little dots connect- and are connecting even now.
The story of dreaming about my home and style being in print started years ago
and really came more into focus when we were working on this cottage
and I was just beginning to blog.
Because – our house was in construction chaos all the time.
And on occasion- a corner looked good.
So I moved that vintage upholstered chair over by the french doors
and brought the small table I picked up at the thrift store to nestle next to it.
and a bouquet of course.
I would snap a little photo of my vignettes with my iphone
and I would dream of sending the photos to an editor of a favorite magazine
and of that magazine publishing it.
‘I am not sure if it is good enough’ doubt.
But one day, a magazine editor in Europe emailed me.
I was ecstatic.
Bouncing up and down ecstatic and I rushed to send the photo over to them.
It was dark and grainy.
It couldn’t be used.
and I thought I was a failure and had missed my big opportunity.
She said she loved my style and asked me that if she sent a professional photographer to my home-
we chatted styling tips, photography tips and had a lot of fun.
And I learned a ton about photography and what types of photos work well for magazines.
And the magazine came out in France and Italy a couple of months later.
a simple styling by a french door in the only room in the house that was semi-finished
and that was spotted from a photo taken with an iphone
I have learned so much about photography and styling.
that one small corner that is perfect
Well it doesn’t look perfect in person at all-
both styling and photography often.
I have never lost that excitement of seeing something I styled
or photographed in those magazine pages.
and want that to happen.
this rambling post and
that whole style and photograph series comes in.
Because someone helped me that first time and it made a world of difference for me
and if I can help someone else have that dream come true feeling-
that would make my heart happy.
So starting next week in a several post series- because I am wordy… and this one is looong already.
magazine editor Jickie Torres.
that has print potential (or that you hope to get into print)
before the conference and were instantly long lost old friends?
So much so that people actually thought we had rehearsed our speech
and we had done it a zillion times before?
and I am pretty sure I would get some pretty amazing abs from us laughing so much.