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Lawrence and Gomez Architects

Lots of good suggestions in the article and in the comments. I appreciate a photographer that can help me see shots and angles I would not have considered. My favorite photographers want to know the narrative of the works, the scope of the project, the big ideas, the befores and afters, the unique features, the challenges. I also like to be prepared with snapshots of what I would like photographed.

Staging the shots can be very time consuming. Professional stagers are worth the money if you have the budget for it. Frequently, I like to do my own staging with an assistant. Since my practice focuses on architecture, we minimize the accessories, "bare" to "spare" being the targets. The photos in the article are good examples of spare accessorizing. Of course, if the space was designed around artwork or specific furniture pieces, those should be in the pictures. Decluttering a house to get it ready for photos can be the biggest challenge on photo day.

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Peregrine Design Build

We have found that having a "handout" to give to clients on what to expect from a shoot, has been very helpful. They don't know that getting a "few pictures" can take hours. It also helps save time if we can get them to do some of the cleaning or decluttering before we come in. We also like to explain that we bring our own props, in order not to offend the homeowners that we are not using their pieces.

   
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dreamdoctor

Remember the lighting/weather conditions outside really affect the shots on the inside.

   

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