We celebrated my friend Jamie’s 50th birthday a few weeks back. This Summer has been the sunniest in years, but on that day, it rained cats and dogs. Since he’s a Brit, maybe the Gods thought he’d appreciate the joke…
His girlfriend Jurina and the kids had prepared the most enchanting set-up outside in the garden and in the woods around the house, expecting dry conditions. They now had to find a way to welcome their hundred+ guests inside. The house wouldn’t be large enough… In one single day, they were able to clean and decorate the stables and that’s where we spent our evening.
One always has to do the best with what one has and Jurina is a champion at that. The guests thought the idea of using the stables was quite fun. Remember that episode of Downton Abbey where they had to improvise an indoor picnic because Mrs. Patmore’s oven was broken? The fact that we all had to stay quite close to each other in these quarters helped the evening be a great success. People had to introduce themselves to other guests they didn’t know and wouldn’t have thought of talking to if we had been outside, free to roam around… This was also the perfect setting for me to take portraits. The light wasn’t great, but practice is always good in photography.
When life gives you lemons… Well, this was some jolly good lemonade, I tell you!
My gift to Jamie was a selection of 12 large prints of his favorite car photos that I had taken.
Note: Jurina is the Indian lady and Jamie is the guy with the kid on his knees.