Last week a stylist and photographer from Ideal Home Magazine came to photograph our bathroom for a forthcoming issue. I shared a few photos on social media which prompted some questions about what it’s like to have Ideal Home magazine photograph your home, so I thought I’d do a post to tell you a bit more about the experience, if there’s anything I missed please feel free to ask further questions in the comments!
How did the shoot come about?
When we finished the work on our house last year a journalist who works regularly with our architect approached us about featuring the house. As a result of that in December Self Build & Design magazine ran a general feature on the house makeover. The journalist was able to do a lot of her research from things I had written on the blog and as a result of seeing the post about our bathroom she suggested Ideal Home Magazine featured it
Did you get paid?
A favourite question! No we didn’t, but the stylist Dilly did bring some lovely M&S goodies for us all to have for lunch
Why did we do it?
I’m always slightly wary about publicity for the sake of publicity, but I was really curious about styled shoots and wanted to know how a professional photographer would shoot the bathroom differently from me and also how much of my own stuff would be cast aside in favour of prettier props the stylist brought with her.
What was the experience like?
Dilly & David were both delightful and allowed me to be involved in the day, watching as they made decisions and David humouring me as I asked questions about his set up. They were there for most of the day, but it wasn’t rushed and we had time for cups of tea and a chat in between working. I’d invite them back again tomorrow!
What did the pros do differently?
The first thing David did differently to me was taking the bathroom door off its hinges! By doing that he was able to get a really nice view of the wallpaper and bath with the towel rail in the foreground. David also brought lights to balance out the lighting in the bathroom and he took a photo of the basin with the tap running, simple but effective! As far as styling, I was quite pleasantly surprised that all my things weren’t discarded as being unphotogenic! Dilly added some really lovely stripey towels and a few pretty toiletries, but everything else was either in the room to begin with or was borrowed from other areas of the house. I was quite amused that a cushion I made years ago with a lighthouse design on it actually got put into shot, as I didn’t think it was that great!
What did you learn?
Dilly has guided me towards some decisions about our bedroom and promised (threatened!) to come back and shoot the finished room when I have done them. It was great to have another eye to look at the room and back up some ideas I had and introduce others and whilst David did do some things differently to me, I still think I photographed the room to the best of my abilities at the time. The main thing I learned though is how us bloggers put ourselves under pressure to achieve things in a fraction of the time with a fraction of the resources that the professionals have!
When is the feature published?
It will be in the July issue which is out at the end of May, although confusingly the exterior of our house is also in the May issue which is out at the end of this month.
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