Now that I have shown off the beautiful professional photos of some of my most recent projects, I thought it would be fun to illustrate a little of what goes on behind the scenes. Staging a space for a photo shoot is a lot more intensive than it may seem; people actually live in their homes and it takes a little time to hide a little bit of that 'life' such as remote controls, dog toys, etc.
Additionally, a room scene may look amazing while you're walking through it, but it totally changes through the eye of the camera: accessories blend into the background, coloring isn't quite balanced, or something just doesn't 'look right.' My two assistants, the photographer and myself look through the camera lens about 100 times before the shots are taken to make sure that it is absolutely perfect!
Here's the professional photographer, Brad Carr and his assistant setting up for a shot. While the photo makes a space look spacious, most of us are hiding in cramped spaces to avoid being included. Amber, Erika and I have crammed ourselves into a tiny commode closet to escape being photographed before!
The EcoSmart Fireplace in this recent master bathroom was definitely an experiment! It had never been lit before and it took three of us to carefully read the instructions several times before trusting ourselves to light it. Luckily, Breck Powers, the contractor was there to light up the fire!
There's a reason why that lighting stick is almost 2 feet long! As soon as the flame touched the fuel, the fireplace took off and surprised all of us!
Our jobs as interior designers are quite invasive to the lives' of our clients; we have meetings in bathrooms, tear apart walls of memories and have ask sometimes, the uncomfortable questions. But the entire process is so incredibly fun, rejuvenating, life-changing, memorable and oh-so-worth it!!
Mon, September 27, 2010
by Cindy Aplanalp