Going up to Hudson ahead of the gang to scout out some other locations to shoot with Meredith, my in-house stylist, proved to be a very trying day for both of us. When we arrived it was unseasonably cold and Tom, the caretaker of Eleanor’s cool upstate locations, greeted us at the old Pocketbook Factory to give us a quick tour. Eleanor bought the Hudson factory years before the neighboring Warren Street had bloomed. We are going to have to use the space with its sea of wood and sunlit factory windows for a future shoot.
Eleanor also owns an old Italianate mansion called The Elk Lodge nearby that has interesting rooms and unusual architecture, which may be a bit too specific for us. Next we finally headed out to our shoot location in Philmont, a very small town fifteen minutes outside of Hudson. On our drive to the turn-of-the-century mansion Meredith became convinced the place was haunted thanks to Tom and his elaborate ghost stories. Nonetheless we all made it out alive! Some of the ladies slept three to a bed for safety sake.
I do want to thank the gang for their hard work. The tireless Kaitlin unpacked, steamed, and repacked always with a smile. Aimee, dragged from the design department, was a fearless good sport and was the only one beside me that was brave enough to sleep on her own but, then again, she is a semi-professional belly dancer. Stephanie was a big help being Patrick’s right hand and left hand photo assistant. And of course, many thanks to Patrick, our crazy talented photographer for zooming around the house and doing a lovely job, as always.