Monday, March 14, 2011

Sneak Peak ::Surroundings:: Magazine cover unveiled!

As I'm putting the final touches on my newest issue of ::Surroundings:: magazine, I am too excited about the cover to keep it under wraps any longer!


As I'd previously written, photographer Michael J. Lee has come on board as cover photographer for the magazine. I couldn't be more excited about this partnership as it's such as opportunity for me to expand my portfolio and learn about creating a cover shot.  Some of the issues may feature my client work and some will be shots we create from scratch, as is the case with this issue. The amazing Webster and Company showroom at the Boston Design Center was our playground for the shoot. I spend an afternoon walking the floor and pulling together different concepts from their gorgeous collection of furnishings, lighting, art and accessories. I created three vignette concepts and did story boards for Michael's review and input:


Luckily, we were both on the same page as to our favorite and the decision was easy to make! On the day of the shoot, which was about two weeks ago, we arrived with flowers and lots of equipment. Well, Michael had lots of equipment, I had my point and shoot, a tape measure, a basket and a pair of scissors...


The first thing we had to do was pick where we'd set up our vignette which meant removing what was in that spot (very carefully!) and moving my selected items into place. Luckily, there was a perfect location with a big hook (we'd removed an incredibly heavy mirror from the wall) so that we could hang this amazing oil painting by Bill Fisher - and the height was right as well! The wallpaper is Gilded India Tea paper by deGournay.

In the above photo, you can that the lamp base and accessories are different than in the final shot. I'd left those details until we had the shot together, so we could decide what gave us the right feel. We were testing out a pure white vase vs. an earthenware jug. The white vase was too "precious" and the jug blended into the background too much. Don't you just LOVE the Root Table by J.F. Chen? Michael and I both loved the "earthy" nature of the piece and it's roughness next to the dainty Louis XVI chair by Dennis & Leen. As this is an early Spring edition, we also loved creating the feeling of anticipating the coming season - which in New England means that there are wee crocuses blooming amidst the bare branches and remaining piles of snow.  You will also note that the lamp base is different than the one we used in the final image. I loved this crystal ball base, but we needed something with a little more height and went with the Biarritz Crystal base from Vaughn instead and in the end, it was a much better style choice as its swirling design mimics both the Root Table as well as the freedom in the art.

Here is our final vignette set up. As you can see, we were working in a very tight little spot. And, while my imagined "story" for the cover shot was that we were in a front hall and the owner had just picked some flowers and dropped the basket on the chair on their way in the door, the reality is very different. Also, of note, is that the side chair was slightly too low for the table, so four coffee mugs later and all is perfect. (Someday I am going to write a book about photographers "tricks" to get room shots looking so perfect for the camera!).

Here's Michael reviewing the shots as we were creating the final image. What a difference it makes being able to see the final image on screen and knowing when we wrapped up, we had it! Of course, Michael is so good, there would be little doubt anyway, but still...


And, the final image photographed by Michael. Click on the image for a larger view - the detail is amazing! And stay tuned for the magazine to be released in the next day or so!!


If you would like my help on your design project, I would love to chat with you! Please email me. Thanks!

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12 comments:

Kathysue said...

Linda, this turned out GREAT!! I love the color story and all the texture, I would say that you and Michael make a great team!!! Looks amazing,KS

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Linda,
This photograph is amazing! This is the most beautiful blue, and the shoot was obviously successful.
Congratulations, and I can't wait to see the magazine.
Terea
xoxo

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I love the background of this cover. That silvery wallpaper is gorgeous and makes all the things in front of it look great.

The Devoted Classicist said...

What a successful shoot! And the blue lampshade really makes it pop.

John said...

S'Gorgeous Linda! Looking forward to reading the contents!

Patti Friday said...

Linda! I think of you often. You blow my mind. You have boundless energy and ideas and you share! I am so glad to have known you a few years...you have been such an inspiration to me. Wonderful cover! Love it!

Gina said...

Dear Linda, A spectacular cover. No wonder you couldn't wait to show it to us. So original and so unique.

Brillante Interiors said...

The cover is stunning, I can see why you could not wait! The behind the scene fascinates me, since I am also doing styling for photoshoots. Hard work but worth it as your image confirms. I wish I was there!!!

Dianne said...

Wow! This looks better than a high end magazine cover. Bravo to you both!!!!

Fay said...

hi Linda The BLUE lamp is exquisite

fay x

Market Decor said...

Well, I just checked out the latest issue of your magazine and I am so impressed! The cover is so fresh & colorful, love the yellow! I thought the magazine was very cohesive with lots of information and quite attractive - colorful! I like the size (pages) of your magazine - some of the new magazines are just way too long. The way you did the cover photo shoot was so interesting - thanks for sharing that. Good job!

Splendid Willow said...

Ok Linda, I absolutely love the cover! It looks like a piece of art in itself! And you know how much I love art. The colors, the composition - everything is perfect. Need to google Bill Fisher. Or did you get the painting from a gallery?

5 stars my friend!

Happy weekend,

Mon

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