weekly wrap up + behind the scenes of amy’s book photoshoot!


I’m always sad to leave Savannah, but today, Amy and I are finally heading back home for a few days off before next week’s trek to Georgia and Alabama. It’s hard to articulate how appreciative I am to be traveling with a friend on this big book-tour adventure because it really does require putting your whole life on hold and working non-stop. I am so thankful that we even have the chance to do this, but I am also aware that someone else chose to give up her entire fall for traveling, and that means more to me than I can describe. So I was thrilled last week when we got a chance to focus on Amy’s book!



Amy has been working on turning her Past & Present column into a book, and last week, we got to work with the incredibly talented Ellen Silverman and Randi Brookman Harris on shooting the book’s 24 DIY projects. It was a whirlwind week of deliveries, styling, shooting and packing, but the final result was a gorgeous collection of photos that will be accompanied by Amy’s essays on the design history, styles and eras that inspired them. Today I wanted to share a little peek behind the scenes of the week-long shoot, so I hope you’ll enjoy the preview. I’m so proud of Amy and so happy that we get to celebrate another member of our D*S family doing something exciting. Thanks again to Ellen, Randi and Kevin for their help, as well as our amazing interns on the shoot: Lizzy Aubin-Barrett, Lauren O’Neill, Erin Griffin and Sara Nersesian.

Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you on Monday! xo, grace

Below is a summary of this week’s highlights:

25 more photos of Amy’s book photoshoot continue after the jump!

DAYS ONE + TWO: Amy and her amazing team shot her entire book in four (long) days. The first two days took place at Amy’s apartment in Brooklyn, NY. I was there to document the first day and left feeling endlessly inspired by the work of Ellen and Randi. Randi’s collection of props was awe-inspiring.










Images above: Randi’s amazing selection of props. I loved the neon theme running throughout — that neon tape made its way onto my phone by the end of the week. I wanted to decorate everything I owned with little bits of it. And that tiny paper shrimp? Adorable. I hope he makes it into the book . . .



Images above: A shot comes to life. Randi styled a project by Julia Rothman, and Ellen worked her magic to bring the photo to life.




Images above: A sneak peek of some projects in the book . . .



Images above: Amy finds free space wherever she can to work . . . even if it’s under a table. Freya the cat found free space on a blanket that doubled as the perfect camouflage.

DAY THREE: Day three was a favorite of mine because we got to visit one of my favorite Sneak Peeks in real life: Fitzhugh and Lyndsay’s house! I was tempted to take their adorable dogs, Olive and Benny, home with me. We also got to celebrate Randi’s birthday with some cupcakes from Betty Bakery; we were short on free time during the shoot, but there’s always time for cupcakes.


Image above: The team gathers to prepare for the day of shooting ahead.



Images above: The cutest members of the shoot team, Olive and Benny.


Image above: A project getting ready to be shot.



Images above: Treats for Randi’s birthday. I loved these candles.



Images above: Inspiration for tattoos #2 and #3: gorgeous flowers in the back yard and an amazing vintage compass. Lyndsay and Fitzhugh had the world’s most impressive collection of objet d’art and vintage odds and ends.

DAY FOUR: Day four took us down the street from my apartment to the beautiful home of artist Sarah Bedford and Alan Hill. Their home was even more beautiful in person, and I found myself staring at Sarah’s inspiration board for way too long. She has spectacular taste. This last day of shooting was hectic, but the team got everything done, and the final results were beautiful. I acted as chauffeur for some very fancy antiques on loan from Dienst + Dotter. I’ve never driven more slowly and carefully in my life.





Images above: Projects and props waiting to be shot.


Image above: Randi’s impressive collection of pins . . .


Image above: The family cat (Muffin) warmed up to us by the end of the shoot and felt comfortable napping next to our equipment.

Kelly

So intriguing! I am trying to piece everything together in my imagination but am sure the finished book will put my little vision to shame. Congrats Amy — I can’t wait to see it.

PS: you guys are so sweet and supportive with each other, it’s really endearing!

karie

Love the idea of a compass for a tattoo…might have to steal that for myself!

alissa

so inspiring! can’t wait to read amy’s book too!

sort of a silly question, but what app do you use for the square format photos?

Brooklyn

Excited to see the finished product! From the photos it looks so lovely, and the clock on the panel is amazing!

Amy Azzarito

Thanks for your sweet comments, guys! I’m so excited for the book. The shoot was so much fun – watching Randi and Ellen was amazing and we had seriously, the best interns ever. And I’m so lucky that Grace was there. She made countless trips into the city and many, many food, water and cupcake runs. I’m so lucky to have so many amazing people working on the book!
xo

Susan

What a whirlwind! You are lucky to be traveling together-adventures you will always treasure I’m sure. Congrats on a successful shoot for Amy’s book! ;)

Gigi

non-design question…are olive and benny border terriers? They look it and I have one of my own … best breed ever!

Nicole

I NEED that neon tape. Don’t suppose someone would share their resource? :)

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