As a food and prop stylist I do a lot of what I call “time traveling”. I am always working in the future…if it’s December then I am working on shoots for Easter or Mother’s Day. If it is August then I am working on Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas…it is a bit surreal at times to be shopping for the future!
This past week Relish Magazine did a location shoot at my house with one “October/Halloween/Fall” day and the other dedicated to “November/Thanksgiving”. I found myself calling my friend, Tammy Algood, person extraordinare who works for the Tennessee Agriculture office here in Nashville to get help finding ripe pumpkins…she made a few calls and a week later I was meeting her husband, George, in a parking lot to make the pumpkin pick-up. 10 beautiful pumpkins, large and small! In August! As this was happening, my friend and fantastic assistant, Liz Shenk, found just the right size turkey for our recipe. I was suddenly making pumpkin pies and Relish Chef Brian Morris was carving pumpkins for a possible October Relish cover. We were all doing a bit of culinary time traveling…
Thursday, August 12…Day One
The crew and Relish editors and art director arrive and we get started…we go into October mode….
Coming up…..pumpkin pie….
The day ends with a possible October cover shot….you’ll have to wait to see the finished shot, but here is how we got there.
For the finished shot go to relishmag.com this coming October…it’s stunning!
Friday, August 13th…Day Two…
9am everyone arrives ready to shoot Thanksgiving for the November 2o10 Relish issue.
3:30 pm we are finished with our shoot…Thanksgiving is over…this is the temperature outside on my backporch….in the shade.