Monday, September 12, 2011

The Tuscan Style Photo Shoot: Behind The Scenes


The photo shoot is just a memory now. Oh, but what fabulous memories!
Here is a peek at some "behind the scenes" moments.

The uber-talented John Granen and Bonnie Broten surveying the pool scene.

The two of them work so well together, always keying off each other.
I swear, they could read each other's minds!

For the bedroom photo, John brought out china silk to filter the sunlight.
I wish I could show these photos! So beautiful, with the dappled sunlight.
The silk gave the room a soft glow.

The wind was also blowing, so someone had to hold the silk to keep it from blowing away.
I was glad to help, freeing up Bonnie to fluff the pillows, adjust the drapes, and arrange the flowers.

In fact, we all had a job! I assisted Bonnie and was generally her "go-fer"--a job I was more than happy to do. Watching and learning about styling from a pro!

Mr. A supported us all.
If the pool needed sweeping, he was there with the broom.

You need grapes for that shot? No problem, let me cut them for you!

Olive branches too!

Hungry? Let me make you a sandwich!
In fact, Mr. A did what he does best. He fed us fabulous food!

Like our heirloom tomatoes, still warm from the garden with a little olive oil and champagne vinegar.
After all, you can work up quite an appetite during a photo shoot!

Sometimes, you need a break. So we took a couple of hours when the sun was too "hot" for the camera and went to lunch at Francis Ford Coppola, just a few miles down the road. John's treat!

The last evening, we took John and Bonnie to our neighbors for cocktails.

Our neighbors live high atop the mountain and have built a compound of tent cabins. Kind of like summer camp for grown-ups! You can read about them here.
It was a great scouting opportunity for Bonnie...

...and John got some incredible shots!

Afterwards, Bonnie treated us all to Mexican food in town.
We were all feeling pretty tired by this point, but very happy about the shoot and how the photos turned out.
Mr. A and I cannot thank Bonnie Broten and John Granen enough, and can't wait to see the magazine when it comes out!

And that's a wrap!


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32 comments:

Karena said...

Delores I love this behind the scenes look, what a great day!! Thank you for sharing!

xoxo
Karena

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Linda said...

So fun! Sounds like a heavenly time with fabulous people. Please keep us posted on when the magazine will be available at newsstands, Can Not Wait! :-)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

What a wonderful opportunity to learn and to see how all the pros do it. Your home is stunning and I am sure the pictures will be totally unreal. Hugs, Marty

Really Rainey said...

That is so cool! Can't wait to see the article...

Rainey

French-Kissed said...

So fun to hear about your photo shoot and I can't wait to see the magazine with your beautiful home gracing its pages!

Jermaine

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Delores, I can't wait to see your home in print. I know every shot will be beautiful.
xo,
Sherry

Kathysue said...

Hi D!! This is beyond exciting I can hardly wait to talk to you. I want to hear all about every little detail. Congratulations on the recoginition for the beautiful home you and Mr. A have created, xo Kathysue

Toni said...

What great fun and hard work. I can't wait to see your beautiful home in print! So very exciting for you.

Marlis said...

I love these photos, I cannot wait till the magazine comes out... you must make sure we don't miss it. Promise? Your sweet husband is certainly a treat! Congrats again, you do deserve all the celebrity status.. xo marlis

On Crooked Creek said...

Delores,
What an amazing opportunity for you and that Mr.A has to be the best host ever!!! So supportive and available...a true trooper! Please let us know when the magazine comes out so that we can make an invaluable purchase! Thank you for sharing your lovely home and views with us!
Fondly,
Pat

Amy @ Homestead Revival said...

How fun!!! Sounds like it was an amazing day. With a view off the patio like yours, it's no wonder they can get fabulous shots! Let us know when it comes out.

Bonnie said...

I was so excited to read this post. Sounds so interesting and fun for you. Looking forward to the magazine coming out.

under spanish moss said...

What a fun and interesting day. You lucky gal!!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What a fabulous opportunity!! How exciting to be a go-fer to a pro.. I can only imagine the hints and things you learned! Congrats!!! Looking forward to seeing it in print. hugs ~lynne~

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜@ Debbiedoos blogging and blabbing said...

How exciting! I can't wait to see the magazine hit the news stands. Looked like a gorgeous day too. Congrats!

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Delores - how absolutely, positively exciting for you. I am as giddy as a kid in a candy store to see your pictures. I can't wait!!!! Proud of you and all your hard work. Glad to see someone nice get noticed! :)

VICTORIA said...

Great! this is beyond exciting!Can't wait to see the article...Looks So much fun!

The enchanted home said...

This is so amazingly exciting! WOW!!!! Love it all...your setting is truly like a dream, I want to come back and live your life in my next life. Living in Napa just running over to Francis Ford Coppola for a little mid afternoon break? Are you kidding me?
You are one lucky lady!! Thanks for sharing everything...cannot wait to see the finished product!

Etta said...

How beautiful darling... you make me dream, always...
Kisses
Etta

Lizabeth said...

Oh that is so exciting! I love seeing glimpses like that! I would have loved being there and observing the details of what they did. Looks like it's going to be a fabulous issue!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

How wonderful and to be able to pick up some tips from the pros is invaluable! I am looking forward to seeing the layout in the magazine.

for the love of a house said...

Fabulous!!!!
First of all, isn't Bonnie the cutest thing?! She's told me her age (which I won't disclose;) but it's hard to believe her now after seeing her photo!!
Looks like a wonderful shoot, but lets face it- your property would look amazing with Polaroid photos;)
Sweet, sweet, sweet flyfishing husband;) helping out all over. So happy to see these photos and hear of what a great time it was. Congratualations! I can't wait to see the magazine!
xojoan

CalypsoInTheCountry said...

What an amazing opportunity! I can't wait to see the magazine when it comes out. Looks like you had a lot of fun!

Lori E said...

you are such a tease Delores. Those sandwiches look so delicious. You bottle your own olive oil don't you?

Victoria said...

Hi, Delores.
You and Mr. A have a fabulous view. I am sure the home's interior is just as beautiful and I cannot wait to see the article. Say hi to Frances for me. He makes the best arrabiata sauce, which is becoming harder and harder to find.
Best,
Victoria

Susan said...

Delores, I can't wait for the issue featuring your beautiful home! Please keep us posted! I know it will be a wonderful feeling knowing all of your hard work and vision is being enjoyed by others.
Susan

Designs By Pinky said...

How fabulous is this!!!! I know the magazine photos will be out of this world! What a great opportunity that you so richly deserve! XO, Pinky

Rettabug said...

How exciting! I can't wait till we get to see the end results of all this hard work.
A round of applause for your sweet hubby for helping out so much! He's a keeper, for sure.

Loved seeing all your "stuff" on your tables...you have lots of nice "stuff" LOL

Hugs,
Rett

Becca said...

Oh, how exciting !! The shots are fabulous ... and, what a great day of fabulous food, too! Congratulations!

Shirley said...

Delores, You must have been so excited. I would have been a total wreck..Cant wait to hit the newstands. This is so exciting...

Kathy said...

I am so excited for this to come out, I cannot tell you how much I love that magazine and I can tell you that I feel as excited as you must be about this..

Glimpse of My World said...

I can not even imagine!! This is so beautiful!!

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