Are you addicted to watching Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators like I am? What I love most about the show (over the top personas aside) is how each installation has delays, challenges, hiccups and the like. It’s all real people. Trust me…I know. I experienced many of these delays during the planning of a photoshoot for my home.
I decided to photograph our home this year for the holidays. I have been working diligently on a “refresh” in my personal home. Five years overdue to say the least. Once that was complete and we started decorating for Christmas, I was so happy with the results, I thought it was the perfect time to shoot.
photographer at work…lots of cords and equipment required!!
Here are my tried-and-true tips for a photoshoot:
1. If you are a designer and are hoping for your project to be published, keep your images private. No Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or other social media. Magazines want your images to have a “never seen before” quality so readers are amazed and suprised.
2. Fresh flowers. Always and everywhere. If it’s not real, it better be an amazing replication and right for the season.
3. Hire the best photographer you can find. It’s worth every penny.
4. Plan for lunch and use your best hospitality skills to care for your photography team. And you!! You will be exhausted by this process and you will need nourishment.
5. Plan a cover shot. Whatever that “money shot” is, make sure it fits beautifully on the cover of your favorite publication.
6. Relax!! Your photographer is a pro and collaborating with them will be one of the most educational days of your career.
7. If it’s in your home or a clients’, plan a party. The house will never look better than when it’s fluffed after a shoot. Take advantage of that beauty and share it with your friends and family.
Here are a few sneak peeks from my shoot this week. My animals also got in on the fun!
Angel our kitty basking in the beautiful sunlight in our bedroom
Blue for Christmas?? You bet!
Peonies – my fav!