Our New Idea photo story came out today, woo hoo! It’s very surreal seeing my little family in the pages of a glossy mag. My hubby’s the one used to being in the spotlight working for Channel 7 and on breakfast radio at 6PR, while I prefer to stay in the background, happily doing my mummy thing and sharing little snaps of my life on my blog and social media.
It’s very different when you’re told that New Idea want to come to your home in three days time to do a photo story, which is exactly what happened two weeks ago.
I immediately had a million things race through my mind. What will we wear? I’ll have to hide my huge pile of ironing. Will they want to take shots of the house? Do I have time to have the windows cleaned? (The very next day, thanks Rudy!) How long will they be here for?
I’ve always wondered what went on behind the scenes of a magazine photo shoot, and now I’ve experienced it first-hand – I can tell you it’s nowhere near as glamorous as it looks!
The morning of the shoot, I’d only had three hours sleep. I was delirious. (That’s a whole other story.)
Four people arrived at our home at 9am. The photographer and her two assistants immediately started setting up lights and cameras and equipment and scouting or home for the best places to take photos.
Meanwhile the lovely make up artist Gail, set up her magic make up box and got to work transforming me from an exhausted mumma.
It may have taken some time.
Thanks so much lovely Gail! (Note tired twitchy left eye.)
Another two people arrived and the next few hours saw us being interviewed, smiling for photos and waiting patiently as Ava danced in and out of shot. Chloe was sick all down my dress, but we just kept on smiling. Oh the glamour.
We then changed outfits and moved from the living room to the bedroom for a ‘relaxing on the bed with our kids’ photo which actually meant that an assistant was crouched in my wardrobe with camera equipment while another five people were frantically trying to capture Ava and Chloe’s attention by making noises and tapping brushes on hairspray cans.
It was a circus!
After another costume change, we headed to Kings Park for some happy family outdoor photos. By 2pm, in the heat of the day with no break or lunch, we all started to get a bit tired, grumpy and hungry (how on earth does Beyoncé do it?!!!). Ava started asking if she could have a rest. It was time to call it a day.
How cute is Ava’s Jelly and Toto dress?
I wondered how the photos would turn out and what the story would be like. When my hubby brought home a copy of New Idea this morning, I was delighted. The story and photos are very special. It’s a happy story. A love story. One that I will treasure forever and show to my girls when they are a bit older.
Thanks so much to the team who pulled the whole story together. Photographer Chantel Concei and her assistants who captured some really beautiful images. Journalist Natalee Fuhrmann who didn’t mind my asking one million questions and kept me posted throughout the whole process and the lovely Gail Wilton for doing our hair and make up (fantastic make up artist ladies!!). You were all wonderful.
A big special shout out to to my always amazing mum who stayed for the whole shoot and helped out with absolutely everything. You are a treasure.
The special WA edition of New Idea is out right now if you want to have a little peek and say hello!
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