Photographing an Interior Design Project
December 14, 2013
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As a designer of any type, it's important to document your work and build a portfolio. For interior design projects, this means photographing your projects upon completion. This can be a difficult and stressful process. Here are some tips for turning shooting sessions into a fun celebration of a job well done.
Use a High Quality Camera
Your iPhone is fine for pictures of a day at the beach with friends, but this is professional work and requires a professional grade camera. You may never have the opportunity to record your work again before the residents move in and start scuffing up the custom cabinetry, so it's important to get good quality pictures the first time. If a professional grade digital SLR camera isn't in the budget yet, try borrowing one from a friend.
Consider Hiring a Photographer
You might have a great sense for how to make a room shine, but not for how to capture that shine on camera. A professional photographer will know just what angle to shoot from and how best to capture the light. As a bonus, the photographer will provide not only a top-of-the-line camera, but also lights and other valuable tools. The result will be a portfolio of pictures that capture your interior design in all its glory.
A clean new room looks great, but it doesn't look like a lived-in home or a productive office. Bring enough books to cover the shelves, tasteful knickknacks and some magazines to spread across the coffee table. A bowl of fruit or vegetables can add color to a kitchen or breakfast table. While everything should look spotless, it doesn't need to be perfectly neat — real life creates asymmetry and natural flow. Drape a blanket across the back of a couch or put a pitcher of lemonade on the table. The room will come to life and feel real.
Give Yourself Plenty of Time
Plan to spend several hours setting up, especially if you are hiring a photographer. You want to avoid feeling rushed, which will inevitably lead to mistakes and sloppy work. Maximize the use of paid time with the photographer by having everything set to your satisfaction ahead of time. Your attention to detail should be as precise in photographing your work as it is when designing a space. If there are curtains in the shot, measure them to make sure each is retracted to the same level. Position furniture thoughtfully and make sure artwork on the walls is displayed in a way that adds to the shot.
Above all else, take pride in your work. If you have created a beautiful space and you take the necessary time, it will come across in the pictures. You're well on your way to an impressive professional interior design portfolio!
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