I know the photo above doesn’t look like I’m working hard, but, trust me, the travel portions of our shoot were worlds away from cruising along the Gulf Coast in a Lexus convertible. Although I did get to do that too.
On Monday, Dan and I were scheduled to meet in the Tampa airport. His flight was supposed to get in a half hour earlier than mine.
When I landed at 11 AM, however, there was a message on my cell phone saying that Dan’s flight had been canceled due to plane malfunction and that he wouldn’t arrive until 4 PM.
My fabulous friend Fifi (Chez Fifi) drove an hour and a half to rescue me at the airport. She took me to lunch in Sarasota in a cute restaurant that was once a gas station.
Since there was plenty of time, we stopped by her cottage so I could borrow a few props.
Being a whirling dervish of creativity, Fifi is forever redecorating, and her cottage looks prettier than ever these days.
After stopping to buy some fruit and flowers for the photo shoot, Fifi dropped me off at Nikki’s and Jeff’s home on Casey Key to start "fluffing" the rooms we would be shooting in the little time we had left that afternoon.
Some time after 5:30 Dan arrived, and we worked in high gear to finish four shots (Nikki’s bedroom and bath) before we lost the sun.
At the end of the shoot, we grabbed a quick bite and headed for the Venice home of Susie and Mark Holt.
The Holts, owners of The Cat’s Meow, had invited us to spend the night at their guest cottage.
The cottage was featured in my last issue of Romantic Country, and I slept in the room that was on the cover. Surrounded by Suzie's vintage pink treasures, I drifted off to sleep. After sleeping for what felt like an hour or two, my cell phone alarm went off. It was 6 AM, and time to get going.
I heard Dan's alarm go off a few minutes later. A very busy day got under way.
After a quick look at the previous day's Polaroids, Dan and I went next door for a cup of coffee with Suzie and Mark. They recently removed a wall between their kitchen and living room and the new space was gorgeous--light and airy.
By 8:15 AM, we were back at Nikki and Jeff’s cottage and ready to shoot the first shot of the day, the family room.
To Be Continued…