Our Process

Interior Design + Architecture Photography Sessions

I guide clients through every step of the process so they feel confident in their investment.



Who owns the images?

Can I give other businesses the photos to use on their IG or Website?

How many photos can I expect from one session?

How long does it take you to photograph interiors?

How can I lower the costs of an interior photography session?

Should I style my projects for sessions?

How can I maximize my time on session day?

What is the turnaround after a session?


Who owns the images?

Under Canadian law, all photographs are owned by the photographer. When someone commissions a photographer to capture a project, they are only purchasing rights for their business to use the images. Image licensing is when rights are purchased to use a photo and gain permission from the photographer to use it in a specific way. Every client's needs are different but the most common licensing arrangement is a package of rights that covers usage for company websites, social media, portfolios, industry award submissions & print collateral. It is important to understand the terms of a photo license and be fully educated on what is actually being purchased, and clients have all the rights they need to use the images in their marketing plans.

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Can I give other businesses the photos to use on their IG or Website?

Third parties will need to purchase their own licensing if they wish to use images for marketing materials such as social media pages or websites. I'm happy to let third parties use images from our shoot but there needs to be an arranged licensing agreement with me.

If you know prior to the session that a contractor, architect or interior designer wants to also use the images, clients can take advantage of a cost sharing arrangement. This reduces the overall cost for each party! Ask me for more info.

How many photos can I expect from one session?

This varies greatly from project to project but for residential design, generally I am able to create anywhere from 13-20 photographs in a full-day. Each composition can easily take up to one hour to capture, as I do collaborate closely with clients. Staging, styling & adding models (or pets!) will elevate images for an editorial look, but it will affect the number of images we can create in one day. Additionally, some spaces may require some extra time if a space has high or low natural lighting. Larger properties may require 2 session days to capture. My process is quality over quantity based, however the images we capture will be carefully planned photos that fit your needs exactly. 5 curated, polished images will be more effective than 25 snapshots of a space. Quality marketing attracts quality clients!

How long does it take you to photograph interiors?

For most projects, I will be on location for a full day to ensure that your photos are magazine-ready. The photography process is slow-paced and detail-oriented, involving several steps such as adding or removing light, adjusting decor, and determining the right composition before the shutter clicks. Throughout the process, I work collaboratively with clients on site to ensure that the final images meet all requirements.

How can I lower the costs of an interior photography session?

The cost sharing program allows multiple parties to license images from the photographer from one session. Costs of the licensing + photography session can be split between any and all relevant parties involved in your project. This may be the interior designer, architect, contractor, or supplier that had a hand in your project. This practise will also alleviate the need for each trade to find & hire a photographer. It’s a win-win. The more businesses you have involved with one session, the more you will save.

Any 3rd party that wants access to the photos after the shoot has wrapped, they will have the option to purchase the images separately based on a per-image rate.

Should I style my projects for sessions?

To create eye catching, editorial targeted images I do recommend styling and staging your projects for photography. This helps tell the story & set the mood within a space. Hours can quickly add up when you spend time sourcing & setting up for your session. If styling isn't your thing, I have stylist recommendations I can connect you with to do the styling for you! A stylist will help elevate your photos and get time back in your day to spend with your clients.

How can I maximize my time on session day?

Styling, staging & cleaning the day before the session is the key to maximizing your time + image count on session day. It is normal while we are shooting to move decor & shift furniture, but by having the spaces fully ready will allow us to focus on taking beautiful photos. If you fully stage & style the morning of the session, you may find yourself in a stressful time crunch and I want you to enjoy the day as much as possible. If you have any questions about staging or styling before the session I am more than happy to help.

What is the turnaround after a session?

Average turnaround time is 2-4 weeks after proofs are selected for editing. For larger projects, I always suggest planning closer to 3-4 weeks & try my very best for an early delivery of finals! This can vary depending on my current editing cue, size of project & retouching requirements.

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Booking process:

I. Reach out + Discovery call

Reach out by email to set up a time for a discovery call so I can learn more about you! We will chat about your business & I will give you insight on my process and how we can work together.

II. Session planning call

If you think we would be a good fit, we will plan a second call to discuss details of your upcoming project. We will discuss the scope, vision & date. I will then prepare an estimate for the project. To book & reserve your date the next step will be to sign the photography agreement and pay retainer before any pre-production planning begins.

III. Session day

Work collaboratively to create storytelling, captivating images. Review compositions & styling together on a larger screen for better analysis of photos. Photo sessions can be long days, but we will be extremely productive and take snack breaks to refuel! It is important to me that clients enjoy their experience and look forward to capturing their project.

Here's a look into our process on session day. I use a blend of artificial and ambient light to guarantee that the lighting is balanced. Before capturing the photo, I make a number of adjustments, including adding or blocking light, fine-tuning décor, and determining composition.



Walk through spaces to determine a starting point. Then review the shot list and discuss design features



Unpack and set up equipment. I will then set up the first composition for review with clients on my iPad screen


Prep the shot

Check styling, decor and shift furniture as needed. Collaborate on any other details to create the perfect image.


Light it up!

Finalize composition & styling. Take a series of photographs using natural & artificial lighting.


Break + wrap up

After 3-4 hrs of shooting we will take a break to recharge and discuss next steps. Lastly, we will review the images captured in our day.

Image licensing

Did you recently see your product or work featured in one of my photographs? Instantly upgrade your website or social media pages by purchasing a license to use images for your marketing materials. Use the contact form below to reach out! *subject to availability

Ottawa, Montreal & Kingston Photographer