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Our Tips For Measuring Your Space

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Creating a floor plan is tricky, and depends on measurement for success! It can be difficult to know where to start with a big space, though, so we’ve pulled together our best measuring advice so that you can start your Havenly project off on the right foot.

1. Using a tape measure, measure along the baseboard the length of one wall, from one corner of the room to another.

2. Measure the remaining walls the same way you measured the first. Most rooms have four walls, but if you’re measuring an L-shaped room, you have more to measure. Be sure to include every wall in your sketch!

3. Measure the room’s doorways and other entries. Note whether the door opens into or out of the room. Don’t forget to measure the distances of all openings to hallways and open archways!

4. Measure the height of the room from floor to ceiling, and include heights of key openings too if they will affect the layout.

5. Determine the size of the windows by measuring the window frame from outside edge to outside edge. Be sure to include the measurement from the window (on each side) to the corner of the wall (or next window or opening).

6. Measure any and all architectural features, including fireplaces, brackets, shelves, and any other built-in features.

7. Note where heat and air conditioning ducts, radiators, coverings for electric wires and plumbing pipes, and exposed pipes are located. (This step is optional, but encouraged if there are any “obstacles” that could affect the design.)

With all of your measurements in hand, you can finally get to the fun part!

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How to Build Your Home Staging Business

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Grab your coffee, time for a little coffee talk. So, since starting the Home Staging series I have gotten many questions, but, one keeps coming up.  Many have basically emailed me, “I have been staging for a few months now (maybe even a year) and I can’t seem to grow my clientele.” I thought I tackle this question and share my five tips on how to build your home staging business. I used all of these ideas for my first two years and I still use them. They worked for me and I hope it does for you all.

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How to Build Your Home Staging Business

You will read about many ways to grow your home staging business but a lot of them cost money. Lets be real, when growing a business you need to be real on where to spend your money. That is why these were simple things I did that didn’t cost me my savings, and it worked.

1 – Old School: Knock On Doors (not literally)

I subscribe to Redfin (not sponsored, I just prefer Redfin’s layout) and I set up my settings like a buyer for certain areas (I want to work in) and house price. For house price, I basically set it from $250,000-over $2 million. This allows me to see all homes that come on the market. I get an email everyday. You can set your email for weekly if you prefer. I search the photos. If a property is ‘buy owner’ it goes on my list. If a property was clearly not staged, it goes on my list. Then, I compile this address list and that day send out a mailing. In the mailing I put a handwritten note (these are written a head of time), a brochure, and my business card. I let the homeowner know I am here to help them, how I will help them, and I provide a tip that I noticed from their photos. For example, remove the large red area rug in the living room.

2 – Realtor Presentations

In my area, a few Real Estate Offices have weekly brokerage meetings on Tuesday mornings. It is a time that most of the office realtors will be there. I usually have to beg the broker to give me 5 minutes. I bring breakfast, coffee, and literally take 5 minutes of their time to show them why I will be invaluable for their team.

3 – Be at the Brokers Open House

When you get a property with a realtor, tell them that you need to be there for the Broker’s Open. You are not there to answer any questions about the property, you are NOT the realtor, you are there to hand out your brochure and answer any questions other realtors might have about your staging services. I always stay in the kitchen / living room, I bring bagels / coffee. And introduce myself, “Hello, I am Cecilia, I helped the clients get their property ready for sale by staging, if you have any staging questions I am here or feel free to call me.”

4 – Use Facebook Groups

Join neighborhood Facebook groups. Types of Facebook groups I have joined include:

-Mom Facebook groups in the areas I want to serve

-Virtual Yard Sale groups in the same areas (You will see people posts, “…need to sell bedroom dresser and other items as we are putting our home on the market soon.”—BINGO) I would reach out.

5 – PAY Attention to Your Hood

When I am driving around and I see a home that has not been touched for yours / decadess and now their are fixing it up…hmmmm, my eyes get wide. Or they have painters arriving when they have not painted their home in decades (trust me you can spot these homes). You know they are coming on the market soon. I recently caught two on a street where I am already staging a house. These two homes were getting “cosmetic outdoor repairs,” in the middle of winter. I sent a letter to them, BAM! They were planning on selling and coming on the market in a few weeks. Stay alert!

Like always send me your questions. Happy Staging

 

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Design Story: A New Home For A Growing Family

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Moving into a new home can be an exciting time for a family. For Madeline and Brendan, though, the blank slate of a brand-new apartment building was overwhelming. They had a baby on the way and had to move quickly, but starting fresh proved challenging. The couple’s Brooklyn apartment was small, but needed to function as a space for their new baby without sacrificing their personal style.

Starting Out

As Madeline and Brendan prepared to move from Manhattan to their new Williamsburg digs, they got rid of most of their furniture, which, according to Madeline, “just seemed to accumulate over the years from living together with roommates”. A new apartment and a new baby required more purposeful design. For Madeline, a busy special education teacher, Pinterest was a little too broad. She liked the ideas she found there, but “it didn’t help [her] work within [her] actual space”, and she had trouble finding the pieces that felt like her pinned spaces. That’s when she turned to our design experts for help.

Madeline definitely began her Havenly project with ideas: she loved the bright light in her new apartment, and envisioned the space as “bright yet calming”. She needed it to work well with a baby (storage!) but still feel welcoming for the adult friends and family. Madeline knew she didn’t love bright colors, but needed help choosing pieces that went together without feeling “washed out or bland.” On top of that, the NYC couple knew that anything they chose would need to be versatile enough to work in future apartments.

When Madeline started collaborating with designer Stafford Bensen (and later on, Michelle Riley), she liked the designer’s blend of experience and East Coast style. Madeline exchanged Pinterest ideas with her designers, and liked that they were so open to her input– Madeline actually sent Stafford the West Elm modular storage system that she later chose for her living room! After her initial concepts for each room (living, master bedroom, and nursery) were delivered, Madeline was able to work with her designers piece-by-piece to combine them into something she truly loved.

 

Designing a Home

In the living room, Stafford nailed Madeline’s “neutral but cozy” style. Madeline loved the pieces she chose, but ultimately decided to keep her own sectional sofa. Brandon loved how comfortable it was, and because the couple was purchasing so many big-ticket items, it seemed like a good place to be more conservative with their budget. Stafford was able to design around the sofa, creating a space that maximizes square footage and storage without sacrificing Madeline’s relaxed, dreamy style. After concepts were delivered, Madeline asked for accent pieces (dining chairs and an arm chair) with a more modern feel, and suggested more storage. In the final designs, Stafford was able to find a middle ground between the traditional neutrals and more urban, industrial pieces that Madeline felt drawn to.

With a solid understanding of Madeline’s taste, Stafford tackled the master bedroom. Her concepts took an even lighter color direction than the living room, which Madeline agreed with. The lighter feel also translated through slightly more “classic” pieces. Madeline fell in love with the bed in the final designs, and really enjoyed the finished look that Stafford’s accessory choices brought to the space.

The final room that received the Havenly touch was the couple’s nursery! Designer Michelle was able to use Stafford’s rooms as style direction for a “light, airy, and classic” nursery. The initial concepts stuck to a neutral color palette, and Madeline opted to stay light and bright with a white crib for the final design. Madeline and Michelle also carefully thought out their storage options– the final design incorporates drawers, shelves, and baskets, none of which had to be drilled into the rental’s walls! Madeline especially loves the animal prints, which became the whimsical centerpiece of the space.

After all of the hard work put into this lovely apartment, the new family is finally enjoying their finished space. Madeline loves having her space feel “photo ready”, and she’s “proud to have people over to visit, knowing that we’re happy with these spaces and that they really speak to who we are as a family–relaxed, laid-back and comfortable!” We couldn’t write a better ending ourselves!

 

 

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Alt Summit Sponsors

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When I got my tickets last summer to attend Alt Summit 2018 I was psyched. I knew it would be a great experience for my business and creative mind. One of the highlights of attending a conference are the sponsors. You get a chance to meet those behind great brands. But guys, Lowe’s, Sherwin Williams, and Wayfair, were three of the many great sponsors at Alt Summit, and they truly knocked it out of the park. The Sherwin Williams “booth” was basically my dream office space. Wayfair, changed out their outdoor living space each day. If you haven’t experienced Wayfair yet, look at their gorgeous pieces. Talk about serious space envy. And Lowe’s had an A- MAZE-ING workshop for shooting interiors, in which they literally re-created three different interior spaces in a parking lot!

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Meeting the Lowes Home Improvement team was a dream. They are truly fun, energetic, and kind. I can’t imagine how exhausted they all must have felt after the conference. They partnered with Tessa Neustadt (if you don’t know her, she is just amazingly talented and sweet) to provide a hands-on workshop on how to capture a room, even when space and lighting is tricky. Tessa also gave away some insider tips to styling a space, best angles, and how to maximize natural light. Seriously! I got personal photo questions answered by the expert and then got to practice on site.

I was also just blown away by Lowe’s. That they created these gorgeous interior spaces in a hotel parking lot. I mean, c’mon, check this out. You can see how lighting was hung and these spaces were situated in a cube.

A dream kitchen in a parking lot! I also loved their bathroom set-up. DREAM!

Right? This was one of the highlights of the conference and so thankful to Alt Summit and Lowe’s.

Sherwin Williams, another Alt Summit Sponsor, created a booth, that when I walked in my first thought was, “I wish this was my office.” A boho chic living space next to a large creative desk space area. And yes, the backdrop of painted sample clothes in the Sherwin Williams color wheel would be definite office wall art.

Dream office, right?

And ff course I was drawn to the Wayfair “booth.” Being a Wayfair Homemaker I had to stop and say hi. Would you even call these booths? More like outdoor living spaces. Wayfair brought their A-GAME.

Have you ever been to Alt Summit? If not, it surely is a must. Till next year.

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How to Work With an Open Concept Space

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More and more modern homes are introducing open concept layouts for the main living spaces, allowing home owners more flexibility in terms of room layout and how they utilize their space. Unsure how to approach your own open concept space?  Read on for our designer tips!

Look to architecture and right angles for your layout.

A large open space can be daunting at first, but by breaking down your layout into linear / grid like pieces, you can easily create a layout that’s functional and looks good! Start with your core pieces (for example, the dining table and sofa) and set these parallel or perpendicular to each other as you see fit. With these anchor pieces in place, you can fill around with additional furniture and accents to flesh out the room.

Use consistent materials.
One way to keep a room from feeling too disjointed is to carry similar materials / details throughout the different areas. Whether it’s an accent color, a similar wood tone, or bold artwork, weaving in similar details will help to keep your open concept space feeling cohesive. While your color palette doesn’t have to be strictly monochromatic, you’ll want to ensure that the colors you choose for each space will complement each other, rather than fight each other.

 
Create zones.

Area rugs are a useful tool to delineate different zones in your open concept space. For dining areas, you typically want a rug roughly 3-4′ larger than your dining table in length and width, so your chairs don’t catch the edge of the rug when they slide in and out. For living areas, a rug should be large enough so that the front two feet of your seating sit on top of the rug. By adding rugs in each area, you visually indicate where the central point of each zone lies.

Pull furniture away from the walls.
A large open concept space is a great opportunity to “float” your furniture in the middle of the room and play with a more dynamic layout. You can use a sofa paired with a long sofa table to separate adjoining spaces, while a tall, backless bookcase can serve as a room divider in smaller spaces like a studio.

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The World’s Top 7 Interior Designers

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Architecture and design are not static professions: styles evolve, technologies advance, challenges propel. With the new year coming, we decided it’s time to update our list of top 10 interior designers in the world. The following famous interior designers represent a fellowship of standard-bearers whose work is imaginative, intelligent, and inspiring. All of them you probably already know from our previous articles and project galleries.

KELLY WEARSTLER

The New Yorker dubbed her “the presiding grande dame of West Coast interior design,” but Kelly Wearstler is more rock star than matronly personage. Author, blogger, outré fashion plate, branding virtuoso (from sheets to jewelry), and decorator and muse of the Viceroy and Tides hotels—Wearstler cuts a profile as colorful as those of her clients (Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, among others).

 

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JEAN-LOUIS DENIOT

Featured on the ELLE Decor and AD 100 lists of the best interior designers in the worldJean-Louis Deniot has long been in the business of creating atmospheres. His décors are his playground, spaces where spontaneity and magic are de rigueur. Recognized worldwide for his eclectic and emblematic interiors, Jean-Louis Deniot plays in a multiplicity of repertoires, never sticking to purity of style, rather letting his academic training translate into a vocabulary that is both informal and bold. If he does contemporary, it is always with a weighty dose of history and references infused into it to produce a timeless yet timely scenario.

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PETER MARINO

“I want to create the illusion—and the reality—of permanence.” These are not Peter Marino’s words; they belong to the late Renzo Mongiardino, one of his biggest inspirations. But Marino’s work certainly embodies this wisdom. Like the Italian illusionist, Peter Marino believes in the seamless integration of architecture and interiors and also happens to be an aesthetic polymath

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DAVID COLLINS STUDIO

David Collins Studio combines imagination and creativity to develop luxury interior design and architectural projects across the globe. Established in 1985 by the late David Collins and celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the studio has redefined how people live through a series of bespoke and innovate works, each of which has a definite sense of place.

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MARCEL WANDERS

Marcel Wanders is a Dutch designer that got the world’s attention in 1996 with his iconic Knotted Chair. Regarded by many as an anomaly in the design world, Marcel has made his mission to “create an environment of love, live with passion and make our most exciting dreams come true.” His work excites, provokes, and polarises, but never fails to surprise for its ingenuity, daring and singular quest to uplift the human spirit, and entertain.

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KELLY HOPPEN

Kelly Hoppen is an English interior designer, author and proprietor of Kelly Hoppen Interiors. Kelly has a very kind career and is one of the biggest names of Interior Design worldwide.

The Jewish and Irish descent designer designs are not only focused in hospitality or residential but also in stunning yachts of private clients, as well in commercial projects all around the world, including restaurants, offices and aircraft.

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PHILIPPE STARCK

Internationally acclaimed French creator, designer and architect, Philippe Starck is untiring and rebellious citizen of the world, who considers it his duty to share his ethical and subversive vision of a fairer planet, creates unconventional places and objects whose purpose is to be “good” before being beautiful.

Most of his designs have become cult objects, and his hotels are timeless icons that have added a new dimension to the global cityscape. An enthusiastic advocate of sustainability, this visionary recently developed the revolutionary concept of “democratic ecology” by creating affordable wind turbines for the home, soon to be followed by innovative wooden prefabricated ecological houses and solar boats. He himself lives, with his wife Jasmine, mostly on an airplane, and in Paris, Burano, and on his oyster farm in the southwest of France.

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Staircase Gallery Wall Tips

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Finally! Finally the staircase gallery wall is done. Well, at least for now. When we first moved in I created a gallery wall going up the stairs within a month of living in my home. It was a little girls dream. When I was a little girl I would visit my Tia Ruth’s house (tia=aunt) and she had this massive gallery wall. It had no rhyme or reason. She just put the pictures of family as the family grew. She never married or had kids of her own but she had the families history on that wall, from her siblings, to their kids, nephews, nieces and more. I would stand there and just take it all in. So, when we moved in I knew I wanted my walls to tell a story too. However, last year we redid our entire staircase, from paint to repairs on the banister and runner. If you missed those you can read about the banister repair, paint colors and runner. Anyhoo, I finally was ready to commit to a new gallery wall and nail some holes into the painted walls. Years ago my gallery wall got a little out of hand, kind of like my Tia Ruth, but, I am more calculated and OCD and needed it to have more flow this time around. So, my simple staircase gallery wall tips are simple and to the point.

Staircase Gallery Wall Tips

One of my 2018 resolutions was to simplify my life and home.  It has felt great and I am still in the process, but, DAILY. And it was important to me, this time around, to really pick photos that have meaning to me and those in my home and then creating a wall that made sense. So,

1 – It’s Your Home, Tell A Story

Truly pick pictures that mean something to you. Don’t put photos of that one relative you never see and they have never called you. Then lay them out like a storyline. I didn’t want the photo of my youngest child first and then my grandparents at the top of the stairs. Why? because as guest come over, they can see the bottom photos better (it is simply how my staircase is laid out). They know what my kids look like, but the black and white wedding photo of my grandparents tell more of a story for others in my home. If that makes sense.

2 – Make a Template

Years ago I just went with the flow. It was where I was at the time and what I was feeling decor wise. In life we change aesthetically and I needed more structure in my staircase gallery wall. With paper I traced out and created templates for each of the frames I knew I wanted up. Then placed them on the wall in the order I wanted. It took some re-arranging as I wanted the frames to move up a few inches with each step BUT not to exceed or go above the entryway ceiling height. See photos below.

3 – Enjoy It

Some might think putting up a bunch of family photos is narcissistic. HA! I even had a friend, not a friend anymore, once say, “I would never put up the photos of my bare pregnant belly…maybe in the privacy of my own room but not for all to see.” I was younger and insecure at the time and guess what, I took them down thinking she was right. Well, I have learned, this is my home and I want to enjoy it. I want my walls to tell a story and I more so I am confident in my own skin.

Remember, I was a little girl visiting my Tia’s house and till this day I remember her wall. You never know how your wall design story will impact those you are surrounded by, so enjoy it!

4 – SECRET TIP

DON’T TAKE THE PAPER OFF until after you nail in the picture frame hook. That way you know it is exactly where you want it. See…

Okay, so here it is on the wall after some trial and error.

I went ahead and nailed in the frame hooks over the paper then pulled the paper off. This worked great and I didn’t make mistakes of placing the nails centimeters off.

AND YES, CAN YOU SEE MY BIG BARE PREGNANT BELLY FOR ALL TO SEE? PROUD MOMMA HERE

 

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ANTIQUE SOPHISTICATED PINK AND ORANGE ROOM

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Upgrade To USB Electrical Wall Outlets

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Thank You To Legrand Supplying The Outlets! I LOVE THEM

I am no electrician, truthfully, far from it. But in this 1oo year-old house I needed to start updating all the outlets and light switches. When it came to upgrading wall outlets, I knew that I wanted to upgrade to USB electrical wall outlets in our kitchen. We have a command center of sorts, aka the drop off counter. Everything lands here, from backpacks, to purses, and all of our smart devices do get charged here, the kids Ipads to our phones. If you are like us, I almost daily scream, “where is my adapter??” You know that little white AC cube that the cord plugs into. I have no idea how, but, it disappears, ALWAYS. It is like that one sock that gets lost in the dryer. So, when Legrand reached out and asked if I wanted to try any of their products from the radiant collection, I did not hesitate.

Upgrade to USB Electrical Wall Outlets

When they arrived I was so excited I couldn’t wait. I literally turned off the electricity to the entire house, cause my entire electrical box is not listed correctly, and grabbed my screwdriver. That is all you need, a screwdriver, who knew. Within 20 minutes I had installed the new USB wall outlets.

The entire family loves the new outlets. They are easy and convenient, and if need be, you can charge up to eight devices! The best part is is that they have a clean look with no visible screws. See here below, this was my old wall outlet. I was even missing a little screw for the plate.

When I had to change it out, I took a picture of what wire went where, cause like I said, I’m no electrician. Trust me, when I went back downstairs to the basement and turned on the electricity. Then plugged in my phone and turned on the cabinet lights AND IT WORKED. A little happy dance might have ensued.

Well, that was easy, here they are installed.

Do you see any of those square AC adapters? NO! Cause you don’t need them anymore. Do you see any unsightly screws? NO, cause now you have a clean, modern look.

Also, there are over seven color options, from white to grey, cream and black. I went with white because we are updating our back splash this summer and going with a white background. The radiant collection has a crazy amount of options, I opted for the Duplex 15A Tamper Resistant Outlets in White. But you can pick from many other options at Legrand.

 

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Home Staging: Photography Tips for Home Stagers

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It’s Monday and you know what that means, Home Staging tip series! So, if you are here for my home reno projects or my Friday personal rants, and not so much for Home Staging stuff, that’s all good, come back Wednesday as I am sharing how I updated my 1929 home’s electrical sola. But, if you are here for my home staging tips, welcome back. If you are new here, some of the home staging topics I have covered are Top 5 Quick Home Staging Styling Tips, Best Home Staging Courses, How to Build Your Home Staging PortfolioVacant Home Staging Tips and all my top paint colors when staging a home. Feel free to click on over there to grab those tips. So, yeah, I discussed how to start building your home staging portfolio but naturally I got some great questions from readers that I thought I tackle today and let you know what you need to build your home staging portfolio. Like literally, what you need to build it.

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Home Staging: Photography Tips for Home Stagers

Before you launch your business you need to have your Home Staging portfolio. In my last home staging post, I went over a couple of things I did to build my portfolio before I launched, but now I want to share exactly what I use to build it. When I first started, I relied on a not so great dslr camera and/or the real estate photos done by the realtor. Sad thing is, when I started eight years ago, many realtors took their own pictures too. UGH! so looking back, a lot of my first photos provided to me by the realtor are just awful to look at now. It is amazing how far we have come in knowing how to market real estate and invest in a real estate photographer. I mean check out these photos of some staged properties back when I began.

I know. Well, as we got smarter we all (home stagers and realtors) started hiring professional photographers and, boy oh boy was it worth it. But, there is a downfall; they aren’t cheap, granted, they shouldn’t be. It is an art and we all totally appreciate it. But, if you are starting out you might not be able to have a professional photographer onsite for your projects. Heck, even now when I am onsite, almost 2-3 times per week for install or staging, I wish I could have a professional photographer with me every time. BUT I am not there,…yet. I do have professional photos done depending on the project, but the best thing I ever did was invest in photography equipment and classes.

Yup, why not add another course-load to my ever day load, but I always loved photography. I remember opting to take the classes in school and being eager to shoot with my beginner camera. So, one day I decided that I would get myself a camera and start shooting. Practice, practice, practice.

Here is what you need to start building your portfolio

1 – DSLR Camera and 2 lenses (50mm and a wide angle)

If you are just starting, don’t go crazy and spend $5,000 on a camera and lens. Go ahead and buy off Craigslist. Trust me, some people will sell amazing cameras on Craigslist cause they are moving on to a newer version or simply need to sell. I started with a Canon but I actually did the switch over to Nikon and now work with a Nikon D750 and I love it. After a ton of research on interior design photography, I was convinced this was the route for me. The built-in wi-fi is amazing, all my photos are instantly transferred to my phone! I know, amazing. It’s super easy to use and I love the Nikon community online, they have a great support system.

I also use a Nikon 50mm and a wide-angle. The 50mm is for gallery shots while the I use the wide-angle to capture the entire room.  If you have seen my business page at www.ceciliacannon.com you will see that I divided up my portfolio into gallery shots and room shots.

2 – Lightroom or Other Photoshop Software

I use lightroom because it is super user-friendly and I love that it has an app for my phone. I have not mastered Adobe but I am fine using lightroom for all my portfolio pictures. Lightroom will help me to adjust exposure, white balance, shadows, warmth, contrast, and at times remove that pesky outlet.

3 – Tripod

You must buy a tripod. I waited to long to buy one. Wish I had gotten one when I got my camera. There will be many times you need to take a photo and you don’t have enough light. AND DO NOT turn on your flash, shoot in manual. More on that in later. Anyway, when in manual, your camera will not take a picture if your lighting isn’t good. But, you can play with the settings if you use a tripod. Why a tripod? Cause, any movement will be captured. I got my tripod on amazon and love it, so far. It can handle the weight of my camera and it is easy to adjust the leg lengths quickly. Don’t forget to make sure the tripod is compatible with your camera, not all are universal.

4 – Lighting kit or Speedlight

Going off of the tripod. I didn’t get a lighting kit till this year. Why did I wait so long? just being dumb. Again, I regret not having it sooner. However, a lighting kit is not a small carry-on. It is equipment and takes time to set-up. For that reason, a speedlight is another great investment. When do I use a lighting kit versus a speedlight. I photograph my home a lot for my online portfolio on instagram and my blog. That is when I will most likely use a lighting kit. If I am headed to an event or showroom or client home, I bring my speedlight.

5 – Take a Course

My first course was a full day photo session I found on Groupon and loved it. It was onsite in a classroom and started with the basics. The instructor was fab and it took us 9 hours for $79, love groupon. I would do that same class again if it was offered. I also did a 365 day challenge. Which was taking a photo a day for 365 days with your dslr. I loved this because I now for a fact that the first photo of my living room looked a little blurry and dark. 365 days later it took me only a few seconds to know what my iso / aperture / speed had to be to take a perfect vignette picture and I did. If you can’t find an online course or something on groupon, check out your local community college, I did!

Okay, so having spent the time to learn and investment over time, here is where I am at photographing my own portfolio. Any improvements? What do you think…

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