Fall Photo Shoot – Part I

I have been planning a fall photo shoot for some time now and now that I have experience, it’s so much easier. Actually, I am kidding. I have completed only one photo shoot in my life and it was really hard … but wonderful. So with ALL of that experience, I am trying it again for fall.

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(photo from the Summer Blog Tour photo shoot)

I have a deadline for this shoot so I have been getting ready for quite some time. If you follow me here, or on Instagram, you know that I just recently finished redecorating our living room and family room. As I was trying to do both rooms at the same time, the task was pretty large. But of course, I loved every minute of it.

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The key to redecorating the main rooms in our home is that they all have a neutral color palette. Our dining room, kitchen, living room, family room and master bedroom are all in the white, tan, gray and black palette (with a bit of green mixed in). As I discussed in one of my earlier blog posts, a neutral palette allows you to add color in a much easier way. Since you don’t have to worry about de-colorizing your room, it is really easy to just add color.

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My color palette for fall is tan, off-white, sage green with a little bit of light turquoise. I decided to skip the orange this year. I use to have a lot of orange in the color palette of our home so I was ready for a change. I mostly added color with pumpkins and greens in the home. I debated about using colored pillow covers but chose to stick with the lighter tones. I decided to use throws instead. It just seems a lot cozier.

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Once the room redecorating was complete I started planning the photo sheet a few weeks in advance, First, of course, was my “plan of action”. Before I could get too specific I had to choose which rooms would be included in the photo shoot. I selected the following:

Wow! That’s a lot of rooms!

IMG_0728Next, I made a plan for every room and most importantly, identified things that I hadn’t done yet or needed to purchase or create (as in a DIY) before the shoot. The only last-minute change was that one week before the photo shoot, while I was sitting on an airplane, I came up with a great idea for our butler’s pantry. Since I never use our coffee station (I am an instant Starbucks Via girl and my copper latte machine is still broken), I decided this area in my house needed a better use. Fortunately, I had a moment of brilliance and came up with a great idea how I could change the coffee station/copper sink end of the butler’s pantry. I quickly contacted my local vintage collectors (@throughtheporthole and @vintagejunktionla) and found everything I needed to make my idea happen. (Did I mention I did all of this from the east coast? It’s amazing to think that I can shop vintage items on my phone from 3k miles away!) I am sure some of you aren’t surprised. And if you are wondering, I promise to share my “new room” idea very soon!

My list of “to-do’s and to-buy’s consisted of things like artwork (to do), painting furniture (to do), new wreaths (to do), changing the chalkboards for fall since they still have summer sayings (to do), making a new eucalyptus wreath for the front door (to-do), replanting some pots (to buy and to do), getting fresh pumpkins (to-do), and rearranging some furniture and items in the house (to do). As you can see, most of these items are all projects I need to do myself. It was time to get busy.

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(this chalkboard really needs to be updated …)

For the entire week, I’ll be talking about this photoshoot leading up to the photos! I can’t wait to share them with you!

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