Wednesday, September 19

behind the scenes, a new friend and a film

last april the very talented ryan marshall came to the hill to film aran's book trailer. aran, jon and miren along with ryan spent a few days on the hill. It was a very exciting time, my good friend aran was going to film a book trailer for her first cookbook and she wanted do it it here on the hill and she asked ryan marshall to film her trailer, who i had for a long while been admiring through his extremely well written and open blog pacing the panic room.  even though he has stopped writing it, it is worth a visit and i secretly wish for him to return to it ( okay not so secretly:).  what a treat it would be to have my home, the animals and my things be part of it.

Aran and the children did so well, as aran and ryan filmed,  jon, miren and i played, how close i felt to them and how fun it was to watch their mama do so well.  Ryan fell in love with the hill and his vision and calm ways made the experience so wonderful. the original plan was to shoot an early spring but the weather had other plans and cold and dampness took over, so we lit a roaring fire that never went out, we cooked, chatted and shot through out the days. In the evening we would sit by the fire after dinner exchanging stories.

 ryan who i picked up from the airport around midnight quickly started asking questions and gave me some good advice and still does,  he was what you read on his pages, kind, talented and way cool.  I had just received my x100 camera gifted to me by Kimberly and was getting used to shooting it that weekend.  Ryan would hear me mention the fog the name i named my camera that no longer worked, he would have this big smile and would say things like wow, you really loved that camera and i can not believe you shot most of your blog with your nikon d70.  later on he would tell me that the nikon d70 was his very first digital and how special it was to him and how he was keeping for his little girl. one day as we were getting ready to shoot he said to me " nadia i want you to have my d70 and when i get home i am mailing it to you" i could not believe it and of course i said you can not do that with tears in my eyes. I felt ryan's kindness from the very minute i met him but this was beyond that and i found myself very moved by it and again asked the question why would someone do that for me. a few days later i received not only a camera, but lens, a bag and book, such an act of pure kindness to someone he just met, i was beyond touched. ryan's generosity has not end there, he has given me things to think about, kind words through emails and always complimenting me on my own body of work.

I felt very lucky that week even though i worked hard, there i was watching my dear friend aran doing a wonderful effortless job in front of the camera, looking so beautiful, the children playing, laughing and showering dogs with love and even a bit for me too and on top of that i got to see ryan capturing the hill the way i see it, it such away that i knew and felt that i had nothing to worry about, for he would not spoil the hill but instead make it even more beautiful through his impeccable artistic vision and incredible talent. thank you ryan for your friendship and kindness.

aran congratulation what a very special time this all is, well deserved.

dear friends here is the beautiful collaboration that took place on the hill between aran, the children & ryan.

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to can purchase aran's beautiful book here

*the song is called Snowglobes By Rickolus you can find his beautiful music here

21 comments:

Cannelle Et Vanille said...

i'm bawling... what a beautiful recollection of what happened that weekend. i cannot thank you enough for your generosity, hard work, patience and kind heart. this means the world to us Nadia. We love you.

Laura said...

That is one beautiful video, I love the close ups and the slow moving camera. Well done! Aran, you are an amazing woman, I can't wait to see your book. Nadia, your house is so fun, it is the type of house that asks you to just grab a blanket, some tea and start reading a book. Thanks for sharing!

Angela said...

No words but this: :)

oh, and extremely over the top in love with your house, the photos of the kids, the book and your dog...and your ability to exude such emotion in your writing.

Zita said...

Your cat and dog are beautiful! And huge! :)

Milynn {Love + Whimsy} said...

lovely photos (In love with those blue bowls) and this home looks so cozy. I also have to agree with what Laura said! Such a beautiful video!

Abigail said...

This all made me so teary. It's beautiful, thoughtful, and real. What a wonderful job you did and what a beautiful home you have!

Mihaeko said...

Beautiful people, light, food, everything! Fantastic work all of you. And I'm so happy to hear someone talk about gluten free cooking as a positive, it's been a challenge for me to think in terms of what can be added instead of what's missing. Very exciting, thank you!

Anna said...

So beautiful! I've been searching for a seasonal book, and I will strongly consider this one :) It must be such a incredible feeling to have so many creative people around you. What a joy it must be. I hope I'll find them some day too!

OLČA said...

good job! beuatiful video, wonderful home, nice country, ..life is great with you and your's friends!

S. Etole said...

Wonderful comfort in these images and words.

Megan said...

Nadia, it is indeed a beautiful collaboration! You and your lovely home brings such a warmth and light to all of it! Looking forward to holding the book
xoxo

vanille said...

I just saw the beautiful trailer on Aran's blog yet your behind the scene post is priceless ! Thanks for sharing.

Indie.Tea said...

Its beautiful. And your home is exquisite.

sarah-jane down the lane said...

How wonderful...amazing the way the spirit of your home shines out through the beautiful pictures and video. These are good days indeed,

Sarah -x-

The Panic Room said...

I think there might be more photos of me in this one post then on my entire blog. Thank you for being sneaky about it, I hardly noticed you snapping away.

You truly live in a beautiful piece of America and the life and energy you pour into that house on the hill makes it an extraordinary place to be. Thanks so much for how welcomed and comfortable you made me while I was there.

Can't wait to come back for a visit.

Absolutely Fabulous said...

so beautiful and pure love

gato azul said...

vibrant photography

dreamsmusingsandglory.blogspot.com said...

I love your writings Nadia. There is so much of passion and depth in your descriptions and I totally love the way you articulate them and about your pictures .. Ah ! They are a lovely treat to the eyes. You are really lucky to be on the hill and own a sweet nice cottage. It would be nice if you happen to write some post on your happy cottage and how dear it is to you.

Noël said...

Ok, I could seriously look at these pictures and watch the video all day. Wonderful!!! I am probably going to buy the cookbook now. :)

Jennifer said...

Oh, how I love seeing your behind the scenes photos. gorgeous.

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