The Perfect Table

 Interior Designer Barbara Schmidt sets the holiday table with photographer Alex Hayden.

Interior Designer Barbara Schmidt sets the holiday table with photographer Alex Hayden.

Setting a table seems simple, doesn’t it? Gather your linens and dishware count how many guests, and you are pretty much done, right? Well, in this case, no. Each one of these shots presented it’s own dilemma whether it was space or timing or both.

 Interior Designer Barbara Schmidt sets the holiday table with photographer Alex Hayden.

Interior Designer Barbara Schmidt sets the holiday table with photographer Alex Hayden.

With two of these shots, I was lucky to have Mr. Alex Hayden behind the camera to overcome our some of our physical limitations. We had to squeeze into our living room to shoot the tree on table shot and we had to boom up camera to capture the overhead shots.

 Dinner is served. Creative Director Barbara Schmidt, studiobstyle styles a proper coursed meal in her back porch with photographer Todd Hafermann.

Dinner is served. Creative Director Barbara Schmidt, studiobstyle styles a proper coursed meal in her back porch with photographer Todd Hafermann.

Alex was a trooper even when I wanted to rig my Japanese Fukuzumi White Pine as a centerpiece. Nothing is worth doing that isn’t worth overdoing, as they say. So we spent the day ho-ho-ho’ing for our next holiday card.

 Setting the holiday table, Creative Director Barbara Schmidt, studiobstyle styles glassware on her back porch with photographer Todd Hafermann.

Setting the holiday table, Creative Director Barbara Schmidt, studiobstyle styles glassware on her back porch with photographer Todd Hafermann.

This was one of the last times I would see Alex. He tragically passed away after an accident this past July. He was a true friend, and I miss him.  His hard work was effortless, his friendship meaningful and that will last my lifetime. Hold your friends dear and cherish your family this season no matter how hard it seems to be – we may only have these few moments together.

Barbara Schmidt