The funny thing about catalogs is how far in advance you have to plan them out in order to be on time for the season. While most of us are just now starting to think about the Christmas season, the Valley Vet staff was shooting Holiday cover shots back in July! Have you seen the cover with those four cute kids on the front?? Let’s just say I wasn’t exactly the “favorite Julie” on July 3rd, by having them wear long sleeves, jeans and boots. Even sitting in the air conditioning, the stage lights got a hot for them. Side note: we are friends again; I bought them all ice cream after the shoot!
The other tricky part of planning far ahead is making sure the products you shoot are in stock and are ready to be photographed. You never know when something is going to be discontinued by the manufacturer. Take for instance those butterfly bell boots in the center of the picture……yea, they were not originally “butterfly” in the initial shot. THANK YOU Photoshop!
Those Little Buster toys that adorable five year old is playing with, those were actually my son’s birthday presents…for July 19th! We didn’t have our regular stock in the warehouse yet, so, we carefully took them out of the boxes so we could use them and then carefully put them back in the boxes so I could re-wrap them for later in July. I did confess to my son afterwards that his birthday toys were already used. Thankfully he and the little boy playing with them are the best of friends, so he was “cool with that”.
I do want to thank “my kids” for being a part of that shoot and being such beautiful/handsome models for us.
If you are still in need of a few ideas for your animal loving friends, or maybe just your animal, check out our gift selection. Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year to you all! Julie