It’s the one that got away.
On December 27th our friends Reena Newman and her husband Zac came to our house for a secret photo shoot. Reena is an amazing professional and we’d called in a favor a few days before the holiday and the couple came through as only close friends (and consummate professionals do).
Here is Reena’s shot of our ‘Great Wall of Preserves’ – a shot that was being taken for our favorite food magazine, Lucky Peach:
W had received an email a few days before the Holidays – an offer to be part of a an article in Lucky Peach dedicated to people with homemade larders/pantries (the issue was a tongue-in-cheek nod to the apocalypse). They accepted our rough photo and, though they didn’t ask for anything more, we were committed to putting our best foot forward.
Our family left the morning of the 27th (the start of the 5th year of WellPreserved) and we set up for a day of shooting. Reena got 3 shots in total including the one above of our shelf.
We were on pins and needles waiting for the issue. We knew the deadline was insane and both had an unexplainable feeling that the article wouldn’t make it – unfortunately it didn’t.
We don’t know what happened and despite a tinge of disappointment there are no hard feelings. It was an exciting opportunity and one that would have really been awesome to have seen! We’ve both been around publishing long enough to know that deadlines can force some tough decisions and I know the team working on the article was racing a tough deadline (one of our interviews was completed by answering a set of questions sent just before the interviewer boarded a trans-Atlantic flight and we answered it before they landed!)
Alas, we received a consolation prize yesterday – our house appeared as an online article on the Lucky Peach website today! They featured 5 pantries; including Langdon Cook’s (who is an author and another inspiration of mine) and ours. Warning: the first photo is a meat locker from a hunting camp featuring sides of game; if it’s not you’re thing you may not want to check out the link). You can see our interview on their site here.
A giant thanks to Reena and Zac for their help, skill and friendship.
We’ll see you in their pages in the future!