Don't you just love the first snow fall of the season?
When it's 80 degrees outside, you're wearing shorts, and watching the snow being shoveled off of the sidewalk of your neighbor's home?
Wait a minute.....what!?
YES, you read that right. Look closely at the girl in the left side of the photo above and NO, they were NOT filming the latest installment of the "Home Alone" series. Let me tell you how it happened.
It started with a letter, hand delivered, in the middle of a Monday afternoon, by a gal I'd never seen before. In my very small village, that's kind of unusual.
I took a quick glance at the letter that she handed to me. Needless to say the words JUMPED off the page at me. FRONTGATE...PHOTO SHOOT... and the address? Just two doors down the street from my home!
Any one who has ever seen this home can understand why it was chosen. It's spectacular. The level of detail is amazing. (and Yes, I agree, it COULD have been the site for the filming of the latest "Home Alone" movie...but that's not what we're talking about.)
1) Call to ask for permission to hang out at the shoot and blog about it and
2) Bake cupcakes.
I spoke to Kate Levinson of Kate Levinson Locations, Inc., (the location scouting service for this shoot.) She put me in touch with Elise Hibbard, her assistant, whom I'd met on Monday. It was Elise who had found the house for the shoot and who was gracious enough not only to explain how their service works, she also shared the interior shot below and some exteriors with me.
This shoot was the final day of a four-day session for Frontgate's Christmas Catalog. It included two days of shooting Christmas trees and other products in a studio, one day at a different location in the Chicago metro area (for interior shots of decorated trees), and this shoot which involved just a couple of interior shots but was mainly exterior shots of Frontgate's new holiday product line.
I also met and spoke with Brad Fox, Vice President and Partner at Big Shoulders Digital Video Productions. Big Shoulders was hired to shoot the "still shots" as well as the video for the Frontgate website.
That's "snow" under those blankets...4,700 pounds of it!
In the morning, my street was quiet and you'd never know that there had a Christmas catalog shoot on the property a mere 6 hours ago...
well...except for the fact that it was over 80 degrees and no one else on the street had snow in their front yard!
It was a remarkable experience and I'd like to sincerely thank Kate Levinson, Elise, Big Shoulders and Frontgate for allowing me to be on site and to blog about this shoot. I can't wait to see the catalog and I hope that I'll be able to join them "on location" in the future. You know that if I do, I'll absolutely share it!
P.S. For those of you who asked when you saw this on my Facebook fan page, these are pre-release products and the homeowners were not allowed to keep them. They were packed and returned at the end of the shoot. The homeowners were compensated for having their home used for the shoot.