cottages & bungalows photo shoot

Marian ParsonsPhotography

Last fall, I received an e-mail I wasn’t expecting.  I had worked with Cottages & Bungalows for years as a contributor to their DIY essentials column, but when the editor asked me to work for them as a photographer and stylist, it was a total surprise.

I felt like I could do it, but I was really, really intimidated.

I have had photographers come to shoot my house before and they had so much gear and knew exactly what they were doing.

I was…just me.  And my gear pretty much fits in one bag.  And I had never photographed someone else’s home, dealing with all of the lighting and composition challenges that may come with it.

It may seem silly to some of my readers that I felt intimidated.  I do photo shoots in my own house and studio all the time.  I did all of the photography for my book and most of it for the MMS Milk Paint Look Book.  My work has been in magazines before and even on a cover.

But, for some reason, this felt different.

The good thing is that I have worked with Jickie, the editor of Cottages & Bungalows, a lot in the past, so I knew she would be great to work with on this.  And the homeowner, Heather from the Heathered Nest was so sweet and a long-time Miss Mustard Seed reader, so that made me feel at ease, too.  And I had Kriste there to help and she’s always awesome.

I was pleased with the pictures when I was taking and editing them, but I still had a fear, irrational as it may be, that I would open the printed magazine, flip through it, and my pictures would look subpar.

The magazine hit newsstands last week and that fear was finally put to rest.

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Not only was I pleased with my pictures, but the spread was HUGE!  It was 12 pages and felt like it just kept going and going as I was turning the pages.

And it was so rewarding to see my name there, along with Kriste’s.

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I don’t want to spoil the spread for those who want to buy the magazine, but I will show some of the pictures from my shoot that didn’t make it in the feature…

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And Heather took some pictures of me at work…

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Yep.  I’m on a toilet.

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It was such a fun and rewarding experience and I hope I have the chance to do it again at some point.

The issue is really beautiful with a lot of fall inspiration and home tours, including Melaine’s  from My Sweet Savannah.

cottages & bungalows photo shoot

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