Much of the work I do at the moment is really quite ordinary - not the glamour of a fashion shoot or the intrigue of an exotic location. Some jobs in particular I expect to find more of a labour than others. I could have thought this about my work with Stash - Wellington's best custom wardrobe and storage design company. When I saw the message from Simon, the owner of Stash, asking me about coming to generate a library of new images for their marketing, I wasn't anticipating a super satisfying job - this is the kind of work that helps our family to survive.
But, you know what? I had the best few days working at Stash. Simon and Elizabeth Morrison, and their team of designers and joiners and installers are a really wonderful bunch of people. Not only do they create a high quality range of storage systems for their clients, but their business is one with heart. I saw how the team work together - and how they actively foster a great working relationship between the different parts of the team. I had the very great pleasure of joining in with their morning tea trivial pursuit challenge a couple of times, with home made cake and good conversation. I saw the guys from the workshop completely nailing questions about politics and history, and showing me how out of my depth I was when it comes to general knowledge. The staff were so welcoming and fun, and I could see how hard they work to keep the standard of their product so high.
Chelsea, one of the designers, was assigned to accompany me and style the wardrobe and storage units we were shooting. She is one of the people you'll meet if you go to Stash for a custom wardrobe - and she's good. Really good. Talented with industrial design, but also as a visual stylist, and so professional and fun. We visited a range of client homes to shoot real installations of different systems. Some of the spaces were super tight, or the light wasn't great, or the stuff in the environment needed tweaking to make for good clean photography. Chelsea helped me to overcome all of those challenges. I could see though, how every Stash wardrobe was cleverly designed to get the best out of a space, and beautifully finished to suit the client's home. I very much want one of their wardrobes in my own house.
If you have any storage needs in your own house, I couldn't recommend Stash more highly. Go to www.stash.net.nz to see their range.