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A word of gratitude

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: April 24, 2014
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Beacon Journal photographer Michael Chritton shoots a door vignette at Alter'd Relics in Barberton.

As the Beatles once sang, I get by with a little help from my friends. And sometimes I get by with a lot of help from my friends.

That was the case earlier this week, when I was scrambling to figure out how to illustrate a story on giving your front door a makeover for spring.

This is the stuff that keeps me up nights. I have plenty of sources I know I can turn to for the creative fodder for my how-to stories, but finding something to photograph is a whole other matter. Unlike the big shelter magazines that have creative staffs, money and time to stage photos, I have to find examples of whatever it is I’m writing about, and usually in just a few days’ time.

Fortunately, I had the good sense to call Pamela Andrella of Alter’d Relics in Barberton. Or maybe God had the good sense to tell me to call her.

I hadn’t even broached the subject of a photo when Pamela mentioned that she and her daughter/business partner, Arica Neill, had a door vignette set up in their shop window. Not only did she happily agree to let us photograph it, she offered to come up with some other door designs we could shoot, too.

She and Arica turned it all around in less than 24 hours. Did I mention they both have full-time jobs in addition to running their shop? Amazing.

I am truly grateful.

Pamela took these photos of my colleague Michael Chritton hard at work shooting a couple of the doors vignettes. He's one of the talented ABJ photographers who always make my stories better.

Watch for the story in the May 3 Beacon Journal.

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