Last weekend we photographed one of my favorite design projects. Photo shoot days are fun but a little stressful, too. Before the photographer arrives I like to have all the flowers for each space and accessories styled. We then start to play around with each shot through an iPad to see how the lens will read the space. At this point, the writer and stylist I work with start discussing possible angles with the photographer. Seeing the room through the lens is so different from actually seeing the space in person. After my first shoot a few years ago I really had a new appreciation of rooms being featured online and in magazines. During the shoot every detail is thought out in the space that sometimes makes my head spin! Every detail has to be considered: All cords are hidden, pulls on window treatments are disguised. Then the rearranging of the furniture and accessories begin to ensure everything appears just right in the camera.
The biggest issue with photographing interiors is getting enough natural light to show how the actual space appears in real life. We usually shoot with all lights off so there isn’t any glare on the walls from lamps or ceiling lights. Also, the photographer I work with brings in a lighting/flash specialist to help determine the flash speed and dark spots in the space before each photo is taken. This past weekend’s shot took six to seven hours to photograph six rooms. The hardest part when the shoot is over is waiting to see the photos.
I can’t wait to share this house with you. This family’s home is the hub of the neighborhood, with four kids and their dogs. It’s a beautiful home where no room is off limits to the kids. I’ve been told this home has a pretty good chance of getting published so I can’t share the pictures until the editor reviews the photos from the shoot (fingers crossed that they like the shoot we did on the house). Here is a sneek peak of some of the photos we took:
Also, a special thanks to photographer Robert Radifera and Freddie Liberman, writer and stylist Charlotte Safavi. To see more photos of projects these three have help me with visit my website: www.sbieter.com or follow on my instagram feed @dcdesignsb.