This was the house Kelly and her Husband Mike bought 2 1/2 years ago (above). Renovating the inside of the house was a much higher priority than painting the exterior so when they sold the house this Spring, it remained this colour combination.
But inside the house experienced quite the transformation!
Today I want to talk to you about when it’s appropriate to use a wide angled lens if you’re a professional getting professional photos of your work taken (almost never).
A while ago, one of my True Colour Experts posted some after photos (on our private Facebook page) of a project she had just completed.
She said she was upset by how the professional photos turned out. They didn’t look right and she couldn’t figure out why.
The reason she wasn’t happy with them, was because her photographer had used a wide angled lens which distorted the rooms and made them look much larger than they actually were.
You’ll notice real estate photographers are notorious for doing this. The other dead giveaway of a real estate photo is every single light is on as well.
This often distorts the colour so much that a potential buyer is totally turned off simply because the colours are not accurate.
It’s the very reason we ask for photos taken WITHOUT FLASH and in good NATURAL LIGHT when we choose colours for our eDesign clients.
Kelly’s kitchen was white so we didn’t have that problem in these photos, but take a look at the difference between the photos taken by my photographer (Barry Calhoun) vs. the real estate photographer:
After (Cabinet BM Kensington Blue)
Kelly loves blues, she painted this entry cabinet the same colour as the powder room which is located around the corner from the entry to create flow.
Kelly and Mike installed new hardwood throughout and completely updated the staircase. They also replaced the kitchen and the powder room. The other two bathrooms you’ve recently seen, were simply given a fresh coat of paint here and here.
After (Styled by Maria Killam)
Here I am taking a before pic!
I love this playful wall of animals Kelly arranged in the powder room!
Before (living room fireplace)
This was the soooo 80s fireplace that just had to come out!
After – cozier image, colours are more vibrant. (SW Shoji White)
Lights on – REAL ESTATE PHOTOGRAPHER
You saw her living room during the holidays when we were talking about how to freshen up brown furniture here.
After – love the herringbone tile surround!
Photo by Barry Calhoun (Real Estate photographers obviously aren’t doing vignettes).
Kelly and her husband opened up the wall between the kitchen and dining room (above).
Regular photo (Pendants from IKEA)
Since Kelly was on a budget like I was when I first renovated my kitchen 6 years ago, she bought the same IKEA counter stools I used to have in my kitchen, (I bought new ones last year which I still haven’t photographed yet) I thought they could also have been black (since they are available in black) to create some contrast and relate to the black countertops, so Kelly photoshopped them so you could see the difference.
Which colour do you prefer?
Lights on – REAL ESTATE PHOTOGRAPHER (Kitchen looks HUGE and even makes the island look too small)
After – cozy, pretty photo
Lights on – REAL ESTATE PHOTOGRAPHER (Kitchen looks too big and NARROW here)
My friend Jan Romanuk helped re-design the new layout of the kitchen, Kelly did not like the awkward corner sink and windows so they moved it.
Family room photo before (the old and dated millwork was removed)
After – photo by Barry Calhoun (Kelly colour blocked the books here and I love how she arranged the gallery wall in this room)
Lights on – REAL ESTATE PHOTOGRAPHER (Room looks out of proportion)
In the end when I compared the real estate photos to the regular pics, I understand why they have to be taken with a wide angled lens.
Many times it’s impossible to get the entire room in one photo unless you use that lens, however what the designers reading this should know is that magazines don’t feature photos using a wide angle lens. It’s important to avoid using a wide angle lens as much as possible and usually only in a tiny bathroom when it’s the only way you can shoot such a small space.
Photography by Barry Calhoun
And here’s a photo of my fabulous Design Assistant Kelly! They are in the middle of a huge renovation in the new house, so stay tuned, we’ll post photos as soon as we have them!
Over to you my lovelies, how do you feel about wide angled, real estate photos? Have you ever felt duped when you arrive to see a house you’d seen online only to realize that it was much smaller than it looked in the photos?
PS. The Withit Conference in Charlston, ‘Leading with Influence‘ SC is coming up June 25 – 27, 2018. If you are in the design industry, this is an amazing conference to attend to make new connections, learn from the great speakers and get inspired! Register here.