I have noticed many people tagging and sharing “throw back Thursday” posts (#tbt if you will). I decided to join this thursday in conjunction with the 1 month birthday of the release (birth) of my cookbook Picture Perfect Parties. This was one of the wackiest and one of the most fun days I have had styling and cooking for a photoshoot. So here’s the story….
Long long ago, I befriended a very tall man by the name of Brian Patrick Flynn. (yes, he has a wikipedia page and he’s super duper tall). One day he asked if he could come over (4 years ago to be exact) and photograph me cooking in my kitchen for my family and friends, (he had heard I was pretty good at it) he said he was starting a blog (Decor Demon ) and wanted to feature some of the creatives in Atlanta. So I said sure. The day started like all photo shoots… heavy with props, food and equipment. Brian arrived at the house full of energy (it was either the red bulls or his actual personality I could not tell since I did not know him well) with a beautiful and tiny cherub photographer Sarah Dorio in tow. He had some wild ideas of the shots to accomplish that day. A leap of faith made me believe he could do it … well, we could do it!!! I had never worked with Brian and the truth is I didn’t really not know all that much about him. There was one thing I knew… he stalked me for about a year, yammering on about how he wanted to be a photo stylist. This was not the first time I had someone lurking around me to see what my world was all about (it’s pretty much how I find all my assistants:)). The funny thing about Brian is that he’s so damn tall, no matter how much he tried to lurk, he was always pretty easy to spot at events we both attended around town. Needless to say once we had a real conversation I was pretty damn smitten with this charming gent.
We had a great day and ever since he, Sarah and I are very good friends and respect each others talents tremendously. Brian has gone on to found and work in his own production company Flynnside Out, producing great content for HGTV Design Star, HGTV.com and Hayneedle to name a few. I am proud of Brian he’s the most hard working man in television and online.
Here are some more shots in my favorite place on earth (well almost, Italy probably wins) we all had the best day that day. I think you can glean that from the beautiful shots Sarah took that day. I might even say that shooting this feature gave me a little kick in the butt towards my goal of producing and writing my own cookbook, it’s funny how it’s really a collection of experiences and people that sometimes drive you to your goals. It’s pretty magical… thank you Brian xx
* side note, one of these photos wound up in my cookbook in the introduction…can you spot which one?
Throw Back Thursday : Tags: brian patrick flynn, our kitchen, picture perfect parties, sarah dorio