Behind the scenes - getting portfolio pictures!


Getting portfolio pictures is an important part of my design business.  I thought it would be fun to give you a quick behind the scenes look at how I get them.

Portfolio Pictures Before

Long before I get those portfolio pictures, we start with a problem room.  I listen to the issues, create a plan and then implement it.  There - I just summed up months and months of work!

Here's where we go behind the scenes: the camera sees things very differently than the human eye, so I have to do some staging.  This means that a few days before the photo shoot, I'm in a couple of stores, finding lamps, artwork, etc. - whatever I need to show up well in the photos or fill in a few empty spots.  The client often buys some of these pieces, but the rest I bring back.

Portfolio Picture Prep

Here's a real behind the scenes shot--ugh.  The morning  of the photo shoot I pack up the car and head out!  I'm hot and tired just looking at this picture.

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I spend an hour or so staging the rooms before Marilyn Peryer of Style House Photography arrives.  She often has a couple of staging ideas of her own and changes what I've done!  I know interior design, but she knows photography.  Marilyn spent about 2 hours in this house, getting all kinds of shots for me.

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Here's a corner of the room.

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A closer shot.

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A detail shot.  I love details!

portfolio pictures C table

A custom C table, built by Metal Fred, here in North Carolina.  It's forged steel and barnboard.  Perfect!

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And a pretty chest and lamp. Love the mix of pattern right there, thank you very much.   I'm not sure I like that wild fern in the background, but there it is.

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Marilyn is standing in the Kitchen, looking toward the Family Room in this one.  She took a lot of great Kitchen pictures, too.  You can always go to my Houzz page to see more photos.  Here's the Kitchen link and here's the Family Room link.  I keep a lot of portfolio pictures in my Projects folders.

One more behind the scenes tidbit:  while the photographer is doing her thing with a serious camera, I'm roaming around taking pictures with my iPhone, usually focusing on other things.

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Like the flowers.

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And the cats.  Here's one.

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And the other!  They were both supervising us every step of the way.

While I do a couple of full service design projects every year, my specialty is offering 2 hour interior design consultations.  If you like to do your own decorating, but need some help getting results like these, I can tell you how to do it in a 2 hour consult!  Shoot me a note ( to schedule yours today.