The pictures behind the pictures, shot on location at the Citizens building

It wasn’t a long trip for the Columbus Monthly photo and style team to head around the corner from our Downtown office to the Citizens building for our spring fashion photo shoot. But it was a trip back in time, as the former bank building has been recently converted to apartments and its lobby restored to its 1917 elegance. (The restaurant Veritas is located downstairs.)  Historic furnishings and architectural details provided a perfect backdrop for Style editor Sherry Beck Paprocki’s retro concept for the feature, which included midcentury influences in the clothes as well as the hair and makeup styling.

The space was not easy to shoot in, though, says Monthly ad sales staffer Lauren Transue, who helped out and who shot many of the photos in the above slideshow (others were shot by art director Betsy Becker). “It was a little complex getting the right lighting/angles,” she notes. “It was funny seeing Tim [Johnson, photo editor] shooting barefoot so that he could stand on some of the furniture to get a good angle, or seeing Rylan [Lee, CM’s former intern] stretching over the bar to get the lighting reflecting onto the models correctly.”

Every photo shoot involves a little serendipity, and in this case, comic relief was provided by a French bulldog puppy named Arthur who dashed into a shot. He made it into print on our April Table of Contents page.

We've posted a few behind-the-scene pictures from the shoot at the top of this page. You can view the online version of the final spread here.