How home staging makes a difference to the final images.

One thing my clients are doing more is home staging, it’s something that I usually only see with Hotels and Airbnb’s but more people are doing it for residential listing which I think really makes a house a home. It completely allows the viewers to be drag into the photo and imagine their selves there already, encouraging them to buy/let the property. Whether they look the look or not they start to move things around and make it their own without anyone saying a word. Which is why the London clientele I have always allow time for home staging before I go in and photography the luxury they have created.

In terms of photographing a luxury property that’s been home staged, it allows it's much easy to get the feel of the character of the home and how people may actually use it. It allows you to feel the flow of the home making the photos I take that much more storytelling without even be conscious of what's happening. It allows the natural or ambient light to really play with the decor and you get a sense of textures and colours that complement each other and really pull the whole house together.

Being a London photographer a lot of the properties I go to it already looks impeccable as there are a lot of quirky styles, decor taste and so many unique things about each property. It really makes me think about each shot more what should and shouldn’t include in each composition. How much of certain aspect do I ‘NEED’ to show. Should it be horizontal or vertical? All these things are going through my head when I go somewhere that has been home staged.

Luxury properties in London and around the UK could all do with a fresh touch from a home stager/interior designer so as a photographer I strongly want people to get them as it makes a massive difference to how much attention you property can get.

In the set of photos, I posted below are with the help of the following team;

Home via; www.enitanholdings.co.uk

Staging by; www.Shakerinteriors.co.uk

Shooting for the o2 Intercontinental Hotel...

I remember the first house I ever photographed, it was a new build 4 bedroom detached house worth £340,000. I never thought that i'll be in a luxury hotel penthouse 2 years later, it was such an amazing experience, so it was really cool to be in the penthouse seeing how the rich live! 

Honestly, it was such an eye-opener, there were rooms that had rooms in, hidden showers, 3 exit and entrance doors. the attention to detail and hospitality was out of this world. From the chandeliers to the fridge with specific things the customers staying asked to be available even the magazine based on the customer's preference. 

Take a moment to look through the photos below;

 

The Big Move To Uni Campus

Many students make the biggest decisions of their lives after choosing a university 👩‍🎓 - WHERE TO LIVE! 😱

That's right! This is the chance where they'll live by themselves, fending for themselves and actually being a real adult (well as 'adult' as they can ATM). And for most, if not all students, a campus that looks new, clean, has an indoor gym, cinema and a games room would be the DREAM! 😍

I had the chance to shoot a university campus this week, which had all of those features and then some! 

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The gym was amazing; kitted with modern cardio machines, boxing equipment and free weights to suit every person's needs. 🏋️

There was more than enough space in the cinema room, which had leather sofas alongside the walls and reclining seats with footrests which would have any Vue, Odeon, Cineworld, in fact, most cinema's quivering!

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The games room had a nice touch to get most if not all students interacting and active.

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Not only that but having a rooftop terrace with an outdoor daybed with a sun canopy 😍  

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In all fairness, these communal areas had to be top notch with the rooms looking as beautiful as this

What student wouldn't want to leave their room when it looks as amazing as that. Check out more of Luton's Opto Living University Campus pics

Peter Hurley inspired me!

As a photographer, weddings aren't always in the diary, you have to be available and willing to do almost any job. However, i choose to branch out a bit to try and get some inspiration from other areas of photographer to improve my wedding photography. 

I have booked in two headshot job, one of which im yet to do, in order to get a better understanding of posing faces and hands. The clients has no experience in front of a professional, given that its 2016 selfies is what most people are used to, so I took the opportunity to sharpen my portraiture skills. 

The Challenges;

                           It wasn't easy for me to do this and I faced many challenges, first of all i didnt have full creative control because my client, Danny, had criteria from his agency to which i had to follow but just add my own style into the mix. One of the challenges i face was the background i wanted to use, you will see when i post the final images, i used a sunset background which mixed well with his skin tones and i thought added to the images. Another challenge was gettin the facial expression right, i didnt want him to be smiling so much that his face screwed up. I wanted to him to smile with his eyes though .