On the third day of my True Colour Expert Workshops we talk about the business of colour. The best way to sell a colour consultation, etc. My advice to any designer setting up a website is NEVER use photos that are not professionally taken.
I talked about this here, with some great visuals.
If you don’t have a clients home to photograph, spend the money to decorate your house. Five professionally taken photos are a 100 times better than 20 taken by you.
Jeffrey Bilhuber (love how the drapes go right to the ceiling)
When I’m looking for inspiration to style a clients home to be photographed, I always pull out Jeffrey Bilhubers books. I think his rooms are clearly styled down to the minutia and yet they have this ‘I don’t really care’ unstyled look at the same time. Totally Brilliant.
Love the pillows. My workroom calls me “the pillow lady” because I think toss pillows totally make a room and they always have a stack to sew for my clients.
If your kitchen cabinets don’t have any under counter lighting and seems dark at night, add a lamp. You’ll be delighted by the effect.
This ottoman is so much fun!
When I decorated this dining room (below) I used this image (above) for inspiration.
A good photographer should charge a minimum of $1000 per day give or take.
And know that each photo should take you about one hour to shoot before you end up with the one that works.
Once you are looking through a lens at the room, you need to keep moving the furniture and vignettes until everything is spaced out properly and you don’t end up with items that are visually layered on top of each other.
Interior Design by Maria Killam
See the orange sitting all by itself towards the back of the table? That would look strange if you were just standing there looking at the table. Through a camera lens it creates another layer when it’s in exactly the right place.
Also the cloche with the grapes? It’s moved just slightly beside the base of the lamp because if it was any more to the right it would have visually covered up the lamp base and would have ruined the symmetrical look of the pair of lamps on the console table.
Who is your favourite designer for style inspiration?
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