Hello! After a three week whirlwind tour of the States with my friend and photographer Gerardo Jaconelli I am finally back in Scotland with so much to share (many more posts to come). The primary purpose of our trip was to speak at Design Camp in Atlanta (with several scouting trips on the side). Hosted by celebrity interior designers Kelli Ellis and Lori Dennis, Design Camp is an event not to be missed. The dynamic duo met while speaking at the Las Vegas World Market and developed the idea for fun and inspiring camps across the US. Camp offers not only design secrets, tips and tricks of the trade, but also gives attendees time to socialize with fabulous people and make new friends.
This time around I spoke on the evolution of blogging, the importance of strong visual imagery and the ‘Pinterest effect’. Gerardo advised on how to photograph interiors, the importance of having your work professional shot for publication (especially if you have a book in mind) and copyright issues. Below you can see some of his images shown at Design Camp.
Prior to Design Camp we hosted a giveaway for three All the Best readers to attend as my guests (Margaret Norcott, Erin Paige Pitts and Felicia Snow were the lucky winners); it was so much fun to meet everyone in person. Likewise, Gerardo donated a complimentary portrait session. Attendee Kathlee Kohl, who just happened to be a very good friend of my winner Erin Paige Pitts, took the prize. We spent a fun afternoon with the two at Kathlee’s house in Atlanta and photographed both Kathlee and Erin (see below).
As always, it was great to connect with good friends and fellow camp counsellors Barry Dixon, Susanna Salk, Bill Indursky, Clinton Smith, Leslie Newsom Rascoe, Helene Hollub, Shay Geyer and Katy Garrett. The next camp is in Seattle May 1-3, 2013 and I will be there signing my new book Designers at Home. I do hope you will attend! Thank you again Lori and Kelli for inviting us to Atlanta and hosting such a successful event.
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