Photo Shoot Sneak Peak

On Thursday I spent the day at a photo shoot for a new kitchen remodel I just wrapped up. I transformed a cramped, L-shaped kitchen into a fresh, contemporary space with increased workspace and functionality. I can't wait to show you all! 

The photographer, Ryan Hainey, (who also shot the Closet Makeover >> see it here) will work on post production next week. Once I get the final images back, I'll post the before and after images so you can see the transformation; this should happen in the first week of February. In the meantime, I thought I'd give you a sneak peak into the remodel and some behind-the-scenes insight into what goes into shooting interior photography. 

Disclaimer: The images were taken with the camera on my phone, so the quality is not as good as what the final images will be.

In the days leading up the shoot, I prepped by basically just sitting in the space. I looked at the kitchen from different angles, made priorities of what elements I want to be sure to highlight, made notes on what vignettes would look good where and if there was any accessories that would need to be brought in or taken out. Then, I returned to my original space planning drawing I created at the beginning of the project. I numbered the different main elements of the room and made notes about any styling changes I would need to make the day of the shoot. 

Once I had a clear vision in my mind of what I wanted the final photographs to look like, I emailed a shot list to the photographer. A good photographer helps with setting up interesting compositions that will showcase the room in the best way possible, but it is good to have an idea of what you want the final product to look like before going into the shoot. 

The morning of the shoot, I went to the florist to pick up fresh flowers and then to the grocery to get fruits and veggies that will be used in the photographs (it is a kitchen after all!). On the grocery front, I went with a lot of root vegetables to tie into the earthy quality of the wooden elements in the room. For flowers, I decided to go with little yellow roses and lilies for the flowers in order to inject some summer color into an otherwise white kitchen with a lot of hard surfaces. Check out the lilies in the yellow ombre glass vase below. I made this vase using the instructions I posted earlier this week. Learn how to make one for yourself >> Check out the Ombre Vase DIY instructions here.

Once I got on location, I got to work styling the kitchen. When setting up vignettes, I try to set up good compositions by making sure each vignette has different depths of field. Once I have the basics set up, I work with the placement. An example of this is laying out the lemons on the wood stand below. I played with the placements, standing back each time to view the vignette in context of the rest of the room. Each tweak I'd make I'd take a photograph with my phone to make sure it is translating to 2D for 3D like I want. You'll have to wait to see the final layout!

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With photography, every speck of dust shows so even an already clean kitchen needs to be spruced up. This kitchen has a lot of stainless steel, so I had to polish the surfaces to clean up the finger print smudges caused by my going around styling for the shoot. I also Windexed all windows, light fixtures, vases and dishes that will be in the shot. I even iron the rugs and hand towels. Everything needs to be as close to perfect as it can get in order to produce the desired effect in a photograph. This part is certainly less glamorous than the styling and set up, but it is equally as important. Any smudges that can be cleaned up manually before the shoot will save time at the back end during post production. 

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During the photo shoot: Once the prep was done, the actual photo shoot took about 2 hours to get roughly 6 shots. During this time, the photographer set up his equipment (camera, tripod, lighting) and took both wide angle shots of the room and detail shots. The kitchen is fairly small so in order to get those wide-angle shots, the photographer had to get in some tight spaces; anything to get the shot!

While setting up each shot, he had me look at a tablet that was feeding from the camera lens. That way I could see exactly what the shot would look like before it was taken. This functionality is super useful and allowed me to tweak the set as needed. 

Now, all that is left to do is wait! 

If you are interested in help styling your home/office for a photo shoot, either for realty staging or marketing, then give me a call and we can work together!