Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Behind The Scences

Last week I photographed my client's home. Photo shoots are extremely fun, but they also can be exhausting and a little crazy. Photographing interiors is very different then photographing weddings. It is a lot less free style and more structured. Every time you change angles, everything else changes - lighting, sharpness, color, tweaking and moving accessories, etc. Often times my photographer (Mrs. Charlotte Beck) is either standing on furniture or crouching down low to showcase all the design elements. A typical shot can take an hour and an half - sometimes 30 mins if you are prepared.

Just like I ask my clients to provide conceptual interiors they prefer, it is helpful to provide a list of all the shots you want to get or show examples to your photographer. Visual people are visual learners. This way the photographer will know exactly what you want.

Lighting is very important, you should know how the light will move about your house. You should have a general game plan on the order of shots you will be taking and which rooms you'll be shooting during what time of day. Be mindful that sunlight is the one thing you have no control over so let it guide your order of operation.  

It's nice to have extra accessories & arrangements on hand to play with and IF POSSIBLE you should have it all set up the day before photographing. Time is money!  But with photographing client homes, setting up days prior is not a always a realistic option. You don't want to be a burden and expect clients to tip toe around your staging. It is best to have your photographer come the day of your final design install when everything is in its place.

On a photoshoot every second counts so you scarf down lunch and barely remember to go to the bathroom.  It's one of those crazy days where you just plop down at the end and go "'phew."  We had a blast and I can't wait to get the new photos up!!

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