Most of you probably know by now that earlier this year I started a new imprint (or line of books) for the publisher I work for. It’s called Stash Books. I had a vision of what it could be from the instant I accepted the position of Acquisitions Editor there two years ago and somehow managed to cajole the whole company into taking a chance that my vision could pay off. Luckily it has! One of the aspects of my job that I most enjoy is getting to work with a team who not only ‘gets’ that vision, but through their input and ideas, they help make it better.
Even though I acquire over 50 titles per year, it is the dozen or so titles on the Stash Books list that I get exceptionally passionate about. And the rest of the staff at my work seem to humour me in this regard! So, I get to collaborate with our photo studio, developmental editor and designer regarding the feel of each book and the vision of the execution that I have for each title I acquire for this list. Because, 99% of the time (and anyone who knows me personally can confirm this), I have pretty strong opinions. That could be an understatement. But why quibble?
This week was the first time I have been on a photo shoot for one of our books. I was pretty clear about what I wanted it to be. I did most of the styling for Little Birds, but that was all in the photo studio. I have never helped with the styling at an off site shoot before. Man, was it exhausting. I mean really exausting. Even though I move furniture around all day when I work at the store, and organize truckloads of items into our pick-up at garage sales every week, this work was physical and mentally just flat out tiring. But we did get to stay here
Anyhoo, I thought you might want to see some of the before, mid and after shots of the main room of the house we used for the shoot.
But we did put it all back again and the photographs taken by our amazing photo studio are really fantastic! It was a wonderful collaboration of some talented folks and exciting to see what I had envisioned this book to be, come to life before my eyes…despite what we ignored in the background (i.e. the piles of boxes, the random bits of furniture stashed all over the house…at one point I think we had all of the dining chairs in the bathroom!).
For some reason, I was obsessed with being able to photograph the steam coming out of a cup of coffee and it took us all of this mess to get that one cup of coffee and scone sitting on that plate in the middle of that range.
I wish I could tell you more about the amazing projects, but alas…you will all have to buy the book.
In the meantime, I still have to show you the quilt I made for my sister’s 40th birthday out of the Cath Kidston fabrics I bought in London and some lovely muted Fig Tree fabrics, the bag I made from Lantern Bloom, the tunic I designed, the bathrobes I made for the boys…maybe Monday! Have a great weekend all!