Hello! I’m here to let the cat out of the bag today on a secret that I very briefly mentioned last month. Don’t get too excited now- it’s not really a big deal.
I wouldn’t consider myself a regular reader of Money magazine, but this particular issue catches my eye every single year. I always have to read it- because who doesn’t want to know where the “best” places to live in the U.S. are?! (“Best” is subjective of course- Money bases their decisions on how well a town is doing economically, from unemployment rates to job growth to housing appreciation, affordability and more; whether it’s a “good” place to raise a family: plenty of green space, good schools and a strong sense of community, etc.)
If you happen to be out at your local newsstand, grocery store, library or any other place where you can buy magazines, you should pick this issue up and thumb through it a bit.
If you read the main featured article, you’ll see that the town of Sharon, Massachusetts is named the #1 Best Place to Live. Number two is Louisville, Colorado, which is the town next-door to where I live.
Louisville has been named number one twice in the past and I can see why! It’s a really cute town with a great “small town” vibe, a main street with great shoppes and restaurants and is located just outside of Boulder. As you can see from the main photo, it provides gorgeous views of the mountains.
If you flip through the magazine a little further, you may see this happy-looking couple.
Here’s a closer look:
Yup, that’s Greg and me. We’re “scouting out Louisville, CO for houses.”
And on the next page:
It’s us again- “shopping at the farmers market.”
You may be wondering how in the heck we got chosen to be photographed by Money magazine (or maybe you’re not, but I’m going to tell you anyway!). Of all of the magazines I thought I might ever appear in, Money is definitely not the first that comes to mind. It turns out my good friend Shayla is the photo editor for them. Shayla and I were art majors together in college (in Baltimore) and became great friends during our Visual Concepts class my freshman year. We had such a blast in college and have stayed in touch since graduation. She moved to New York right after graduating and worked from the ground up to have the kick-ass photo editor position that she has now. Shayla started as a photo intern for O (as in Oprah) magazine and then just kept moving up. She’s worked for Lucky, People, Vogue and Gourmet… just to name a few. I visited her at the Money office last winter when I was in New York (her office is above Anderson Cooper’s!). Ironically, in that post I mentioned how much I wanted to move to Louisville, CO. I had no idea what was in store for me back then!
Shayla gave me a call one day in June to ask if Greg and I would be interested in being featured in Money because they were doing a piece on Louisville, CO. Apparently the writer of the story was looking for a couple that had relocated from the east coast to Colorado- and we fit the bill! Of course Greg and I agreed and then were interviewed by reporters and had a big photo shoot that followed.
A hair/make-up and wardrobe team showed up at our house early one morning and after several outfit changes and selections, we got to work. It was so great to have my buddy Shayla there supervising the shoot!
The team selected outfits for us to wear. Greg loved his (and I think he looks pretty darn handsome!). I wasn’t a big fan of my outfit (it just isn’t something I’d normally wear), but it ended up looking okay in the photos. They ended up using our own clothes for the farmers market scene.
We shot at five different locations. The first one was at our house, on our back patio with the dogs.
Unfortunately they didn’t end up choosing any of the photos from the patio. Look how cute those pups are!
We shot at two different locations in downtown Louisville where were “scouting out homes” and the first was used for the feature image of the article. We then changed clothes and headed over to the farmers market, where the second shot was taken. The final shooting location was of us on the Coal Creek Trail in Louisville riding our bikes. Those didn’t make the cut either (which is fine- they could only choose so many photos).
It was actually really fun being models for the day. We were primped and pampered and just had a lot of fun with it. And now we have our little 15 minutes of fame to remember for a long time to come.
Have you ever been featured in a magazine or another form of national media (television, movies, etc.)?