As a color consultant, I consider myself pretty proficient when it comes to color- I'm very confident in what I do. But I also know my limits, and when it came time to staging and photographing my house for my portfolio, I knew I had to bring in the big guns.
Ready for a completely open, 'behind the scenes' peak? Prepare yourself; I'm not holding anything back!
This is my living room, in everyday mode:
It's a pretty kid-friendly space, with a big ottoman instead of a coffee table, and not a lot else. The couches appear to be big dark bulky objects here. Gold and violet look lovely together, but it's nice if they tie together somehow. Here, the couches don't relate to the surroundings.
And here's my dining room, also in everyday messy mode:
Moving upstairs to the bedrooms...
As a color consultant, it is often quite difficult to get back to a client's home to take decent portfolio pictures. People lead busy lives, and often don't understand how much time it actually takes to prepare a room for a quality shot. So, the majority of the time, I pop in for half an hour, snap some candid shots, and hope for the best. To have control over the scene, the time to arrange everything just so, is a luxury I had not experienced before. A luxury, but also, a ton of work!
Then, the big day of staging arrived.
We fluffed pillows, arranged throw blankets, poked through cabinets looking for fun nick knacks. We pulled book covers off to reveal canvas wrappings, stacking them artfully. Bowls and dishes were arranged, re-arranged, then shuffled some more. It was an intricate game where I didn't know the rules. Kelly was in her element, humming as she shuffled, hopped back to examine, then shuffle some more. I basically stood back to stay out of her way as she worked her magic.
We added a vase of flowers and a few extra throw pillows.
How has your experience been photographing interior spaces?
'Before' shots by yours truly. 'After' shots by Kelly Berg