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A few weeks ago, we were contacted by The Boston Globe regarding an upcoming feature on the baby boomer generation. My mom and dad were the perfect candidates for the feature and my mom really enjoyed sharing our family life with their editor. They contacted us a few days ago and were in need of a family portrait and wanted to send a photographer that same evening. Yikes! Do you have any idea what my grandfather is like after 6pm? Lets just say crabby is being kind.
He insisted on wearing his pajama’s and then finally caved to a nice Tshirt and jeans. If you follow us on instagram and facebook, you may have already seen a couple of these pictures. My grandfather goes to bed at 7pm and wakes up for the day at 2 or 3am. The man has the craziest sleep schedule and has been like that his entire life.
The photographer was such a rockstar! Hilarious, clever and super energetic. He definitely won us over the first 5 minutes when he arrived.
Of course, I spent half the day arranging furniture and home decor so the pictures would come out great. Would you believe me if I told you we ended up outside on the road near our garbage cans to take 90% of the pictures? Our photographer giggled and said, “the best light right now happens to be near the lonely garbage barrels.”
We have been very fortunate during the last 3 years to have had many press features sharing our insane living arrangement, DIY home projects and room renovations that you would have thought I wouldn’t have gone over board preparing for the photo shoot. Of course, my brain didn’t listen to past experience and cleaned, re-arranged furniture and created cute summer vignettes. You see, when a magazine, TV show or newspaper company come to your home to do a photo shoot or article, they literally have their own ideas, locations and setup procedures that have nothing to do with what “you” thought they would use. I will admit, The Boston Globe shoot was one of my favorites :).
The article will be in print and online next week. My mom is super excited about the article and can’t wait to see it. I’ll keep you posted when it becomes available. We are headed to the lake to enjoy a relaxing weekend in the camper and doing a more work on the deck.
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