We got home late last night after the Wilco show, then woke up bright and early this morning for the crew from Rejuvenation coming over to shoot our hallways for their catalog. I'm so hoping that Clover made it into the catalog! We tried to take a few shots of her sitting at the end of the hall in the kitchen but she was pretty nervous. Also I had a treat in my hand while I was telling her to stay from way down the hall. This is a sure way to 1) kind of get her to stay but also 2) ensure that every muscle in her body (including her eye muscles) is focused sharply on my hand. Not exactly a relaxed pose. She had a wild look in her eye. Possibly not the emotion they were trying evoke in the hallway: vaguely obedient yet wigging. I think they were going more for serenely industrial Amish-chic (with organic undertones). But that's a guess. We'll see.
Have you ever seen a ten-person photo crew (and a catering crew) squeezed into a small house with a bobillion pounds of gear? It's quite awesome. The process of taking serious photos like this is pretty amazing. In this case, the photo was all about the hallway, and not our hallway but an imaginary hallway that is just using the bones and structure of our hallway to hang out in. The first thing they do is take pictures of all of your stuff. Then they take it all away — take our photos off the walls, our coats off the hooks, change the hardware on the cabinet doors, have an electrician change out the light fixtures, replace the switch plate covers, remove our kitchen stuff that could be seen at the end of the hallway and add all of their own props (though I will tell you that I was secretly very excited when I saw the stylist taking a couple of our newly potted herbs and tart tins off their windowsill in the dining room to use in the back hallway shot). It can be kind of nervewracking. People are coming and going every which way. Equipment is everywhere — enormous cords, enormous cameras, seriously enormous lenses, lights, cases, tripods, computers, accessories. Coats. Bags. And even with all of this going on, everyone involved was totally professional, totally chill, totally fun, and totally cool. I wasn't sure that I even wanted to do it when they approached us (someone there saw the photos my sister took), but I'm glad I did. They couldn't have been nicer or more respectful of us or our property (and yes, they put everything back exactly as we had it before they came). I love getting peeks at how professional stuff like this comes together. I can't wait to see the finished photos — the catalog will be out in April, so watch for it. Really just a super fun day. Very pleased.