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At Home with Gwyneth Paltrow – Behind the Scenes

by habituallychic

10 . 04 . 07
As I mentioned earlier this week, I love photography and always check the photography credits in magazines. Another favorite photographer of mine is Eric Cahan. You may not have heard of his name but you have surely seen his work. He recently shot Patricia Herrera Lansing and Carolyn Murphy for House and Garden which I loved and had to post on my blog. Eric apparently googles himself quite often because he always seemed to know when I profiled his work and was one of the first people to leave me a comment. He was also and still is very encouraging and supportive of my blog from the very beginning. I joked it was just because I kept featuring his work but I really appreciated his kind words. So my loyalty and hard word was rewarded this week when Eric offered me a peak behind the scenes of the photo shoot!

I think it is so much fun to see the different set ups and how they resulted in the final photos like the cover shot at the top and the photo above. Notice how they changed out the artwork? The three soft-focus works by photographer by David Armstrong usually hang above the fireplace below.

And the two sunrise pieces usually hang above the little sofa…or maybe it’s the other way around. Who knows?! See how stylists move things around in order to get the best photo. Very tricky!

Eric works his magic on the cover girl in the next two photos while Gwyneth practices her poses.

Below, Ms. Paltrow checks out some of the photos on the laptop. It used to be that photographers shot on film and never knew what they had until it was developed back in the darkroom. As you know, all that has changed in the digital age. Now the photographer as well as the editors, and in this case, the model and home owner, can check out the photos immediately and make any necessary changes or adjustments.

It’s also fun to get too see the large painting that didn’t make it into the final magazine feature. I wonder who it’s by. Any guesses?

Decisions decisions. Wonder what they are discussing! Look at how many people and equipment it takes to make it all happen!

And look who wanted to get in on the fun. First she tackled the interior design of her own home and now it looks like we might have a budding photographer on our hands!

Is there anything she can’t do??? I hate her! Just kidding! I love her! She’s fabulous and so is Eric Cahan! I’m working on trying to repay his generosity by having him shoot one of our celebrity clients. I really hope it happens so I can get my own first hand account of the behind the scenes action of a photo shoot. Until then, I hope you enjoyed this sneak peak into what it takes to create your favorite magazine!

Photos courtesy of Eric Cahan

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  1. Claudia @ The Crafty Weasel October 4, 2007 | 9:27 pm

    This is fantastic! I always love before and after photos, or just like here, behind and in front of the camera!! Very cool!

    More! More! More! 😉

  2. Brilliant Asylum October 5, 2007 | 12:13 am

    You lucky girl! I love the behind-the-scenes scoop on THREE of my favorite subjects: interior design, shelter mag photography and celebrity. This just may be the best blog post I have ever seen.

  3. Suzy October 5, 2007 | 2:20 am

    How fantastic! How very privelidged of you to get the behind the scenes shots. Its so hard not hating Gwyneth though, she’s just so damned perfect!

  4. katiedid October 5, 2007 | 3:52 am

    OK, just how did you do it?!? You just about have the perfect job. Fab post and it was very fun to see. Thanks for taking us along for a look!

  5. annechovie October 5, 2007 | 12:56 pm

    This and the previous post were both fantastic and fascinating! Thank you! I love being able to see a little how it’s done “behind the scenes” and Gwyneth’s home is lovely. Just what you’d expect from someone who manages to strike the perfect balance between modern hip and classic cool. Eric did an amazing job with the photography.

  6. Style Court October 5, 2007 | 1:25 pm

    Congrats on your scoop! It took me a few extra seconds this morning to link back to you — I just wanted to tie-in Gwyneth’s use of a Ballard headboard with an earlier post, but I felt like a fool after seeing your comprehensive coverage here!


  7. Marissa October 5, 2007 | 2:35 pm

    thanks so much for these photos. love her- shes just so gorgeous and has immecable taste.

  8. Sarah Dennis October 5, 2007 | 2:47 pm

    HC, you’ve done it again!!! This post was not only amazing but this month’s H&G feature with Gwyneth Paltrow was my favorite. Did you see her dining table! The place setting was great – – – pink Calvin Klein plates (of course, she’s such a CK girl), pink stemware, the candelabra from Anthro and that fabulous Tord Boontje chandelier, I was blown away!

    Here’s the table: http://toastandtables.blogspot.com/2007/10/next-time-you-set-your-table-think-pink.html

    Thank you for the behind-the-scene peek.

  9. franki durbin October 5, 2007 | 3:45 pm

    she just seems so fun and friendly. I like that she’s gorgeous but seemingly not into her own looks.

    she seems so relaxed. there was much discussion about her home on d*s and many readers thought it too sterile and cold…and child-unfriendly.

    why does a home always have to be overdone to look fabulous? I like her home. clean, modern, warm, textured. and to me the lack absence of tchotchkeys actually makes it seem she did give consideration to its use for a child.

    Either way – nice behind the scenes images. much thanks!

  10. joel and amy October 5, 2007 | 4:35 pm

    I love this blog.

  11. kate (pm) October 5, 2007 | 6:09 pm

    great post – thanks! enjoyed the behind the scenes!

  12. Jill October 5, 2007 | 7:01 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing! The photo shoot is so beautiful – and your blog has quickly become a personal favorite for me.

  13. Mrs. Blandings October 5, 2007 | 9:23 pm

    Chic – Great pictures, great coverage. Every day it’s good, better, best. Thanks for sharing these with us.

  14. Christopher October 6, 2007 | 1:29 am

    I submit unreservedly that the 3 best photographers working today are Eric Cahan, Jeff Nakjavan, and Jessica Geula. Period.

  15. Anonymous October 6, 2007 | 3:16 am

    I would love that dreamy Tord Boontje chandelier! Where can I find one and how much? (probably the size of a small car, right?)

  16. adriana October 6, 2007 | 7:20 am

    GP is stunning. Celebrities only look good when they have photo shoot but for GP, look at her hair and pose. everything is so beautiful. that’s the life of a happily married woman.

  17. Sanctuary October 6, 2007 | 8:19 am

    What fantastic posts, I feel priviledge to have seen these 🙂 I have a thing for Gwyneth Paltrow and her lovely family so these were so nice to see. I wonder if pictures of her London home have ever been published?

  18. Natasha October 7, 2007 | 2:12 am

    Thank you sooooo much for sharing, how fantastic!! Already sent your blog spot to a couple of girlfriends, and we all can’t get enough! Keep up the good work!
    Have seen a crew work first hand at my parents country house in Denmark, lots of hard work, but a great experience!

  19. ALL THE BEST October 7, 2007 | 7:14 am

    Great post HC! Eric’s work is just brilliant!

  20. perfect bound October 7, 2007 | 2:03 pm

    I love Gwynnie just a little bit more now. thanks for sharing!

  21. Anonymous October 9, 2007 | 1:36 am

    I believe the huge painting where they are shown “behind the scene” setting up the shots is a Richard Diebenkorn.

  22. beachbungalow8 October 9, 2007 | 3:44 am

    this is such a fun post. i love that final shot of her. that girl has a jaw line to die for. good patrician bones!

    thanks for sharing this!

  23. Habitually Chic October 9, 2007 | 1:12 pm

    Thanks everyone! I’m so glad you all enjoyed the behind the scenes photos. I think more magazine should post them online. I think they are even more interesting than the finished profuct!

    And thanks to Anonymous for the info on the painting!

  24. Anonymous October 17, 2007 | 12:11 am