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a shoot in vermont

I'm amazed at the responses to my little giveaway.. I wish I had 50 books to share! I don't know how we'll pick between them all. Comments will close Tuesday night at 8 PM PST, so you can still enter if you haven't had the chance yet.

I promised some pictures, so here is a sneak peek at our first Weekend Sewing photo shoot (1 of 4) located at the charming Blueberry Hill Inn in beautiful Goshen, Vermont.

That nice guy in the green shirt is John Gruen, photographer extraordinaire, balancing a white board on his very expensive camera. Heather Ross is in the doorway, getting ready to model an apron. Various other people making sure her apron is on straight and that Heather doesn't have any spinach in her teeth. Children (mine and others who will be modeling later) left to entertain themselves on the lawn.

Because little ones have a hard time entertaining themselves for long, we soon learned they could be entertained with all different kinds of camera equipment by their new best friend Alex, John's photo assistant. (thank you again, Alex!)

A typical set up.. the photographer is hard at work setting up the shot (napkins on a wooden table). The photo assistant is making sure the lighting is right (the big scrim shades the table from direct sunlight). Heather is ready to step in and swap out a tablecloth or move things around as necessary. The art director/designer is there to approve polaroids and to make sure the shot is going to work with the layout. (Bigger shoots need bigger crews, but a typical book shoot can get by with about 4-5 good people, especially if they already know each other and work well together).

My first trip to Vermont, and I can see why people love it so. The grounds surrounding Blueberry Hill are amazing.. one morning I woke up early with my kids and we walked the grounds around the inn for an hour or so. It was a gorgeous morning with the sun just rising and fields upon fields of grass and dandelions. Blue sky, happy kids blowing dandelions.. I can't think of a better way to start a day.

Update: Looks like Heather is planning a Weekend Sewing workshop, where you can see Blueberry Hill for yourself and sew with Heather all weekend.. more details here.

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Looks like a lot of fun!

03.17.2009 | Unregistered Commenterkate

I love Vermont. We have always had such wonderful times while visiting! Those pictures make me want to go back, and soon!
I didn't enter the drawing for Weekend Sewing, mine arrived last week. I'm SO loving it!

03.17.2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn

the northeast is amazing. that last shot precious.

03.17.2009 | Unregistered Commenteramy

Are those Oliver & S shorts the little one has on? too cute! It looks absolutely beautiful there.

03.17.2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

So beautiful! All that green grass! Looks like fun.

i can see why you would just walk the grounds for so long. it's beautiful. I love the last picture there.

03.17.2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Otis

How cool! Thanks so much for this behind-the-scenes look :-)

03.17.2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I've got inspired by you, so I am doing a give away too!!!!, please visit:
Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!!!!!!!

03.17.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Wow, thanks for sharing your photo shoot. Since I am a one woman show photographer, it is always wonderful to see a crew at work together. And Vermont is so beautiful, it's been a while since my last visit, I should change that.

03.17.2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeachMama

Very beautiful!

03.17.2009 | Unregistered CommenterGidget

Beautiful shots!
I ache for spring!!

03.17.2009 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

Beautiful! My husband is from New England; I love it every time we visit.

03.17.2009 | Unregistered CommenterLecia

Love your picutures - and the word "dandelions". In German its: Pusteblume.

03.18.2009 | Unregistered CommenterIvalou

I love the last shot with the rich green grass and dreamy clouds -
You did a wonderful job modeling by the way~
Thank you for the welcome - I love children's books to!

Small world...John just did a shoot at my house a couple of weeks ago. He's fantastic. And that weekend sewing workshop? Sounds like JUST what I need...

03.18.2009 | Unregistered CommenterPaige Orloff

I just love getting behind the scenes peeks at photo shoots---it always amazes me how much work and talent goes into producing gorgeous images. And what a stunning setting too! I can just smell the sweet spring breeze...

A photography shoot in Vermont sounds divine!! I love the blogging world. You get to be whisked away to so many great places.

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