Shooting luxury design

May 01, 2021

I have my coffee in hand, feet up on the couch & ready to talk about this beautiful design on this beautiful Saturday morning. 

Anne-Marie of Sherdian Interiors & I connected on Instagram & I am so glad we did. The project was located in Cornwall, Ontario which is a town is located about 1hr south/west of Ottawa. We had a big day of shooting & I was very excited to get started. The natural light in the home was good, it was a little rainy but I can work with that. Back in the day, I use to get so stressed out about weather for my interior shoots before I started using artificial lighting. Now that I use both artificial & natural lighting I know I can get great photos regardless of the light. I always consider what time would be best to shoot a project depending on which way the space faces (NESW). 

When doing the initial walk-thru of the spaces, I noticed the quality in the pieces Anne-Marie chose for her client. The designs were dappled with rich fabrics, custom furniture pieces, quality textiles. These were things I wanted highlight & showcase well in Anne-Marie’s photos. To me, the home as a whole felt feminine & luxurious. I added subtle highlights with my artificial lighting; like the the wallpaper in the primary bedroom. It had a unique light reflecting texture which I wanted viewers of the photos understand. The bed & living room throw pillows had wonderful fabrics that I made sure to get close up shots of. The living room had a pretty mix of glam inspired decor. The brass candlesticks on the coffee table, I loved! The custom mirrored credenza was a showstopper & made sure to get a shot featuring it as the main focal point. Moving on to the front hallway....this was a fun area for me to shoot. There was no sun that day, so I placed one of my strobes outside the front door which created a fun dapple of light on the wallpaper feature. A great day of shooting beautiful design is always a good day. 

Equipment; Nikon D750 with a Nikorr 16-35 Lens + 50mm. Elinchrom Ranger RX, Camranger II, Benro Tripod, Color Checker, black cloth


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