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Wednesday Wall2Wall ☆ Livingetc Indonesia ☆ Sneak Peek & Behind The Scenes

May 24, 2011


I had a pleasure working with a team of editors and photographers for a photo shoot of my house for Livingetc Indonesia. The editor, Atri, found my blog, contacted me and we met once a couple of weeks ago. From there, we’ve made an appointment for a photo shoot and it actually happened last week. We spent nearly 3-4 hours styling, shooting, fixing and more shooting. It was my first time to have any type of professional shooting of my home and it was a great learning and hands-on experience for me. It was very interesting to me to observe editors and photographer style each room to make it look very lived in as opposed to cleaning up to make it look like a model home.

The opportunity came probably because I live abroad. Not just any country, but a city like Jakarta where expats are given more opportunities than they are at home. Do I think I would’ve had the same opportunity if I were home in Tokyo or had I lived in the U.S. or even Europe? I doubt it.

I have never imagined that my home would be a material worth to be featured on a magazine, either. It could have been you if you had a blog with your home photos posted on your blog (and live in Jakarta). I have seen so many other amazing homes that my friends decorated that I truly feel humbled. I was simply lucky to be found by a senior editor, Atri. Thank you, Atri! It was very surprising and flattering when she asked me about Livingetc featuring our home and I was honored. I still can’t believe that my home will be in print. Probably I won’t believe it until I actually see the photos in a Livingetc Indonesia magazine.

先日、リビングetcインドネシアの編集者とカメラマンと私の自宅の写真撮影をする、という稀な機会に恵まれました。編集者のアトリが私のブログを見つけ、メールで連絡をくれ、数週間前にお会いするチャンスがありました。そこから、撮影の日取りを決め、実際に先週撮影を行いました。部屋をスタイリングし、撮影、スタイリングの直しをしてはまた撮影、撮影は3−4時間に及びました。編集部の方と一緒に撮影するのは初めてで、学ぶ事の多い、非常に貴重な体験をさせていただきました。モデルルームのように完璧に片付けをするのではなく、人が住んでいる様に崩して見せるスタイリングを、編集者の方とカメラマンが行う様子を観察できて面白かったです。

撮影の機会に恵まれたのは海外生活をしているからだろうなと思います。海外の国ならどこでも、という訳ではなく、ジャカルタの様な一般の外国人が祖国に居るよりも注目を浴びる機会を与えられる環境にあるからだと思います。私がもし故郷の東京、またはアメリカやヨーロッパに住んでいたら、同じような機会を手にする事があったかと言うと、正直なところ無かったのでは、と感じずに入られません。

自分の家が雑誌のために撮影されるなど、夢にも思った事は無かったです。ブログがあって、ブログに自宅の部屋の写真を載せていたら(そしてジャカルタ在住だったら)、これを読んでいる貴方が私の代わりに選ばれても全くおかしくないと思いますよ。私の家なんかよりももっと素敵に飾られている友人の家を沢山見て知っているで、私のこんな家を褒めていただけるのはなんとも恐縮です。編集長のアトリにブログを見つけていただけて、気に入って貰えたというのは、非常にラッキーな事でした。アトリ、ありがとう!アトリにLivingetc インドネシアに家の写真を載せても良いかと訊かれた時は、驚きとともにとても嬉しく、また光栄でした。まだ自分の家の写真が本当に印刷されるなんて信じられない。多分、Livingetcインドネシアの雑誌を手に取って、実際に写真を見るまでは信じられないだろうな。

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17 Comments leave one →
  1. May 24, 2011 7:48 pm

    I am SO PROUD of you!!!
    It seems like blogging opened so many doors for you. This is GREAT!!
    I can’t wait to see the actual article!!

  2. Becca permalink
    May 24, 2011 10:45 pm

    Kaho, this is awesome! Congrats and I can’t wait to see the final photos- I hope you can post them here!

  3. May 25, 2011 1:58 am

    Oh how exciting! Congratulations! I can’t wait to see the pics!

  4. Mia permalink
    May 25, 2011 3:20 am

    Way to go Kaho… love to see Y there… :)

  5. May 25, 2011 9:28 am

    Will your face also be featured in the magazine ?? Please post the final result on the magazine into this blog :)

    • May 25, 2011 9:30 am

      Thanks! I will!! It will be a teeny-tiny photo of me if there will be one. Just guessing. :D

  6. May 25, 2011 9:54 am

    Wow kaho what a wonderful experience. Aside from luck, you are amazing at styling your home. You know how to make the most of what you’ve got. And you know that I’ve always admired your sense of style! Go you!! =)

  7. May 25, 2011 10:31 am

    congrats on the feature of your lovely home, kaho. i like that you’re sharing behind the scenes photos so we can see. :-)

  8. May 25, 2011 8:24 pm

    Kaho, omedetou!!!

    That is amazing. And I agree with the Diplo Wife – you’ve got very strong sense of style and design, hence they picked you!

    Wow, I didn’t even know LivingETC has an Indonesian version, this is very exciting. I cannot wait to see the print version. Imma have to ask my brother to buy me the issue! When is it going live?

    P.S. Thanks for sharing – it sounded like a super fun experience.

    • May 26, 2011 11:45 am

      Thank you! I appreciate your heartwarming message! Yes, Livingetc Indonesia is really cool!!!! It has gorgeous photos. You’ll love it. Especially houses in Bali that they feature are amazing. Definitely must read magazine for interior design lovers. You can see why Indonesians have wonderful aesthetics through seeing this magazine. I was told that the photos we took will be printed in the next issue which should be out at the beginning of June.

  9. May 26, 2011 2:00 am

    Oh wow Kaho!! What an exciting experience for you. Your home is lovely and all the shots look great.

  10. May 27, 2011 7:05 am

    Ahaha!! I can see me! :p

    Had a wonderful time taking pictures of your home, hope you’ll like the article when it comes out ;)

  11. May 28, 2011 8:28 pm

    Hi Kaho!

    How are you? ゆうきです。(Kiki now…気づいたか分からないけれど :) ) Congratulations on an incredible feature! This is amazing news, and I’m celebrating with you in spirit ♪ It’s been so inspiring watching you and your blog really sparkle. We’ll have so much to talk about when we see each other next, on whichever continent it may be. Please, please keep up the great work, though I don’t even know how you’re raising two little girls too. Amazing mama.

    Talk soon!
    Yuki

    • May 29, 2011 9:08 am

      Kiki! I recognized your photo!! It’s so wonderful to see you here!! Thank you for the sweet words… They mean a lot to me! I hope my blog is sparkling! I simply got very lucky. It’s hard to keep up, but we’ll see how I can keep posting the rest of the year. It looks like it’s going to be crazy busy!!

  12. May 28, 2011 8:29 pm

    P.S. My link sends you to an unfinished site…please don’t mind that. :) See, I can really learn a thing or two and get all this figured out.

  13. June 3, 2011 12:04 pm

    I want to live in a home like yours……gorgeous :) Congrats on the photo shoot. I learnt quite a bit about shooting photos and making a room more lived in with just 1 or 2 small items…very cool!

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