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5/30/2013: Today, I got to go to my first-ever photo shoot! In movies, they’re always super glamorous (you know what I’m talking about, those fast-paced montages you see in movies, set to pumping music with a photographer screaming things like “Give me more!” and “I love it! I love it!”), but I had no idea what to expect since our shoot centered around food, not models.

What surprised me the most was how much waiting time we had. In between shots, the photographers, food stylists and editors had to all reset, and make sure that everything still looked good, and that the shots would fit into the magazine spread in a way that was aesthetically pleasing. Just one small thing could ruin a shot, so there were a lot of fine adjustments that had to be made repeatedly throughout the shoot. Can you say that you’ve seen someone touch up a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a paintbrush and set of tweezers? I can.

It was a really eye-opening experience, and I’m starting to see articles for this issue come together, which is awesome. When reading magazines, it’s easy to just think that they all magically come together, but there’s a lot of work behind everything in their pages, and I’m so thankful I’m getting the opportunity to see first-hand every aspect of magazine publishing.

-Olivia