A Decorating Photographer I Am Not

It turns out there’s more to taking artistic pictures of living rooms and hallways than just snapping the camera.

dining room

This casual corner is the dining room. I must admit I LOVE the pink wall. A splash of COLOR.

First you have to clear away the clutter, anything that indicates you actually live in your house.

Thankfully I have helpers for that kind of work.

get to work, Sarah

Notice Sarah working hard to clean up the hallway.

she's a keeper

look at our clean hallway

Then there is the required posing and search for proper lighting.

standing is better

“Hey, Sarah, casually stand in front of the door stop and pose again, will ya.”

What kind of angles work best in long rectangular rooms? How do you take natural looking pictures of a room with lots of windows without the light from those windows throwing your, um, lighting off?

what do we do, David

All in all, I have a new appreciation for the gorgeous pictures you find in magazines on a regular basis. I never did get a satisfactory photo of the living room. Of course, I’m still on the look out for some things to put on the walls. The room isn’t quite finished.

My decorating money is about gone, however, so I’ll be scrimping and saving for the last few things.

50 degrees and park weather

When all else fails, throw in some pictures of cute kids playing at the park.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new blinds and curtains in the living/dining room. We’ve lived here four years, that seems long enough to wait before deciding on drapery. I see why we waited, decorating is expensive!!

Thank you for all your hard work, Dad, I couldn’t have done it without you!


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6 thoughts on “A Decorating Photographer I Am Not”

  1. Love Sarah’s “casual” pose — hee hee! Looks great, Kathy! Wish my “helpers” were a little more helpful in clearing up cutter — as opposed to piling it up. ;)

  2. love the new decorating! esp the shoe bench and shelf with baskets above–where did you get them? and do they still sell them? i have the perfect place to put both in my small apt.

    plus i love the color of your pink/red walls and the neutral. alas, i have a terrible time getting good pics too of interiors. i have no idea what the key is.

    way to go!

  3. It is hard to take back lit photographs. You should try manual exposure and take a meter reading off from something that isn’t back lit then take the picture at that setting, but facing whatever was backlit that you want to photograph…. just a suggestion. I really don’t know much about photography at all, but I’m learning…. you could google advice for photographing backlit subjects.

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