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Behind the Scenes : Bright & Beautiful

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When I joined the magazine, my first assignment was the outdoor lighting story featured in the December issue of Living.

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Eric, Marcie, and I traveled to beautiful Vermont with the promise of heavy snowfall, but we met many challenges along the way: a HEAVY 16-foot tree, slippery farm roads, and unpredictable weather patterns, to name a few.

However, with the help of talented photographer Lucas Allen, we managed to capture some special moments, as seen in the December issue.  Here are some behind-the-scenes photos:

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Lucas sets up his next shot in the snow.

1 Lucas sets up his next shot in the snow.

For the picture above, we carried the tree out to the field and then covered our tracks (and extension cords!).

2 For the picture above, we carried the tree out to the field and then covered our tracks (and extension cords!).

Eric using his favorite toy (the Snow Joe) to create perfect mounds of snow.

3 Eric using his favorite toy (the Snow Joe) to create perfect mounds of snow.

Marcie holding the lighting umbrella. (Is it me or are you reminded of Mary Poppins?)

4 Marcie holding the lighting umbrella. (Is it me or are you reminded of Mary Poppins?)

Putting my tree-climbing ability to good use.

5 Putting my tree-climbing ability to good use.

Our beloved van felt like a clown car...

6 Our beloved van felt like a clown car...

Just look at how much we fit inside (and that's not even counting the tree)!

7 Just look at how much we fit inside (and that's not even counting the tree)!

It was an incredible experience and I had the best time. Four days in snow pants? Now there's one way to make a Canadian happy.

Comments (6)

  • I'm curious as to what that tree is decorated with. Are those store-bought stars or some kind of craft ornaments?

  • Crafter Comment:

    The snowflake pathway markers can be found at shop.christmascentral.com and the antique silver glass ornaments are from jamaligarden.com. Thanks for your question!

  • I'm curious as to what time of day the shoot was done? Also.. you say it was a 4 day shoot:.. how many pictures were actually used in the final story for the December issue? Looks like a GREAT deal of work!!

  • Crafter Comment:

    The pictures were taken at either dawn or dusk in order to get the light just right. You can see the full 8-page spread in the December issue, which is on newstands now. Thanks!

  • You did a beautiful job from what I can see here!... I'll have to pick up the December issue today to see them all!... thank you!

  • What a great post. I love the behind the scenes in the wintry light. You can feel the cold in the photos! This post is getting me in the spirit for the holidays--woo hoo!

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