Following on from my last blog about shooting the 'Early Bird Christmas Shopping' promo, I thought I'd continue the theme. Although not a promo shoot, I thought you might like to hear about OB's (outside broadcasts) that I've been on with QVC over the years.
If you don't want to hear about these, please let me know via the comments section – ta very much!
So, one trip that always sticks in my mind for various reasons was the 'South Western Silver' two-hour show broadcast live from Santa Fe, New Mexico back in 2003. We were invited to join QVC US and use their impressive OB facilities.
I flew direct from my holiday in Menorca back to the UK – then I flew to Minneapolis with a 7-hour stop off! And eventually arrived at Albuquerque exhausted. It was 23 hours door to door (never can sleep on aircraft – too noisy!).
It was certainly worth the trouble as we stayed at and broadcast from a fantastic Mountain Spa – as always the QVC crew were a delight to work with and I was also to work with one of my favourite guests, Carolyn Pollack.
The show was almost a complete sell out and everything couldn't have got better until I heard in my earpiece 'There's a storm heading our way'. I couldn't understand what they meant – Carolyn and I were sitting in 30 degrees sunshine! I realised that we were in the hills at 7,000ft altitude (hills? that's two Mount Snowdons!) and the weather can change very quickly, and the biggest problem was lightning! QVC US had a huge satellite dish pointing out to space and these make very efficient lightning conductors!!
There was a huge crack as a bolt of lightning struck elsewhere and we were informed one more and we're off-air! Luckily we just made it to the end of the show and all was fine. Talking of altitude, I remember Geoff our producer getting excited as so many of the girls he spoke to appeared breathless! He thought it was his English accent and charm – he still argues this point with me to this day!
We were all on a high after the show and Carolyn suggested the whole crew go with her and her husband Bill up to Bandelier National Monument. It was a stunning place of outstanding beauty and incredible archaeology. We visited the petroglyphs, rock carvings and cave homes of ancient tribes long since gone. Carolyn is a known expert on the various tribal symbols and patiently explained the meanings to us.
The next evening Carolyn and Bill laid on a fabulous party for both the US and UK crews and the food and company was amazing, including the resident hummingbirds. It was only afterwards that Carolyn told us there were rattle snakes in her garden! An OB to remember for sure!