Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Fifi and Mark visited!

Last Friday was a special day - beloved magazine editor Fifi O'Neill and fabulous photographer Mark Lohman visited our house!!!!  I'm still pinching myself that they were here.
You can imagine how nervous I was, prepping our home for a photo shoot. I don't think the house has ever been this clean.
They were such fun to meet in person.  Fifi is beautiful on the inside and out, with her sweet French accent and her kindness.  They are both very easygoing and have a great sense of humor.  Mark had my kids giggling when they arrived after school, appreciating their Animators' Workshop (a.k.a. my son's room).



It was intriguing to see how these two pros work....checking out each room for potential shots and then styling the room with vignettes, flowers, food, etc.  I was happy to fill in as an assistant, moving around curtains and such, trying to do anything useful.
There were a few tips I picked up, such as you can mix the morning's cold coffee with water to make faux 'tea' for a shot.  Also, dried lavender comes out too dark for printed photos.  Who knew?  Fifi and Mark of course!  Mark also taught me the trick of snacking on the grapes at the back of the bowl during the photo shoot.  

Since our home's shoot was the very last day of a two-week trip, Fifi needed a well-deserved nap here:

She also found some great reading lying around...the new Prairie Style magazine!    


But before resting, she worked hard reviewing photos and arranging the gorgeous flowers...


It was such a delight to have you here, Fifi and Mark.  I love how you captured our little home in pictures, and made this nervous girl feel at ease.
Safe travels and more wonderful success to you both!

25 comments:

Junkchiccottage said...

Congrats congrats oh so excited for you. This is such an honor and your home so deserving. I cannot wait to see you in the next issue.
Kris

Seawashed Kerrie said...

How wonderful Susan. I am so happy for you. Fifi is so beautiful. I love how she dresses. I can only magins how exhausting it must be for them. I look forward to seeing your home in one of her publications. xxo Kerrie

chateau chic said...

So exciting, Susan! It'll be so fun to see your lovely home in a magazine...keep us posted!
Mary Alice

It's me said...

Owww Susan !!!..i love Fifi and what she is doing !!!..so sad we can't buy her magazoine here in Holland...she send me one ...so seet of her...!!...lovely day enjoy...have fun love Ria...x !

Victoria said...

OMG, how exciting Susan! Is this going to be for her magazine? Please keep us posted because I definitely need to buy when you're in it! So very happy for you sweet girl and proud to know you too!!!

Sandi said...

Congrats! Well deserved for sure!
Blessings~

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

How exciting and fun!!! LOVE what you've shared today, Susan. Who knew about the coffee-to-tea and snacking from the back of the bowl tricks? :) I also got a kick out of seeing Fifi reading Prairie Style!!!
Your home is gorgeous & I can't wait to see how she styled it & Mark photographed it. Truly, a dream come true! Yay!!!

xoxo,
Lin

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

What a kick to see this pair in your beautiful home! Can't wait to see what turns up!

Michaela Staňková said...

Lucky you dear !!! Beautiful photos,I love Fifi !! Nice day !xoxo
Vicky

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Congratulations!!!!!! Those two are so amazing. They shot my lake cottage on Memorial Day . I love Fifis down to earth personality and her humor. Let us all know when it will be in publication. Last time it took me a year.
-Debraxxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Petite Michelle Louise said...

Oh I LOVED this post! I am sure it brought back many fond memories of the day. SO very exciting and well-deserved! Fifi and Mark are so wonderful and that Fifi is beyond fabulous!! I can't WAIT to see your spread!! ;)

Art and Sand said...

Congratulations!

What fun it must have been to meet Fifi and watch her stage your house.

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Rhonda said...

A day that will be treasured for years to come. How exciting! I cannot wait to see your home in print.

Anne Lorys said...

Big congrats, super exciting!!!
XOXO,
Anne

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

SO EXCITED for you!!!!
I absolutely love the pic of you and Fifi, you are glowing!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Oh, lucky you. Fifi found my home for her French Country Style magazine, but she and Mark didn't get to come do the shoot. I was so disappointed, but the other photographers did a great job. Can't wait to see your spread.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

How wonderful, Susan! Congratulations! That is a great shot of you and Fifi. You'll have to let us know when you will be in print.

Bohemian said...

Congratulations! I too would be a bundle of nerves, I'm so glad to hear that it went so well, your Beautiful Home is what successful Publication Shoots are made of to provide Inspiration to readers. I wait with anticipation for each issue of my fav Publications to see all of the Gorgeous Homes Profiled.

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Angela Harris said...

Wow! So exciting! Congratulations :) everything looks beautiful!

Heaven's Walk said...

Congratulations on your soon-to-be feature, Susan. Aren't Fifi and Mark just the best? They make you feel like you've known them for years and years. They spent 9 hours at my home shooting photo after photo last June, and at the end of the day, I didn't want them to leave. I just adore them both. :) I'm so happy for you - and so glad that you remembered to take a photo of you with Fifi. That's one that I completely forgot to take. :) I'm looking forward to seeing your beautiful home featured in the future, Susan. :)

xoxo laurie

Heaven's Walk said...

Congratulations on your soon-to-be feature, Susan. Aren't Fifi and Mark just the best? They make you feel like you've known them for years and years. They spent 9 hours at my home shooting photo after photo last June, and at the end of the day, I didn't want them to leave. I just adore them both. :) I'm so happy for you - and so glad that you remembered to take a photo of you with Fifi. That's one that I completely forgot to take. :) I'm looking forward to seeing your beautiful home featured in the future, Susan. :)

xoxo laurie

Pamela said...

How exciting and congrats!

lynn said...

big congrats, susan!! you must be thrilled:) you home is adorable and will look gorgeous in print!

June said...

I didn't see this post Susan, so I am a little late, but am SO excited to see this!!! Congratulations sweetie...your home is so beautiful and now more than just bloggers will get to see it :))) I adore that photo of you and Fifi!
hugs from me...

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