Hiring a Professional Interior Design Photographer vs. DIY

Tori Sikkema, Interior | Architectural | Brand Photographer + Stylist, Central NJ NY CT

Hiring a professional interior design photographer vs. DIY
Hiring a professional interior design photographer vs. DIY

When it comes to interior design photography, it can be tempting to save money by doing it yourself (DIY). However, there are six reasons why hiring a professional interior design photographer is a better choice.

  • Equipment: Professional interior | architectural photographers have access to high-quality equipment, including cameras, lenses, and lighting, that can capture your space in the best possible way. They also have the knowledge and experience to use this equipment effectively.
  • Expertise: A professional interior design photographer has the expertise to capture your space in a way that highlights its best features. They know how to use light, angles, and composition to create stunning photos that showcase the design of the space and help get you PR and Published.
  • Time: Taking high-quality interior photos can be time-consuming, especially if you need experience. Hiring a professional interior design photographer can save you time, allowing you to focus on other aspects of your business.
  • Branding: Professional interior design photography help create a consistent brand image and give your business a more professional look, and attracts your dream design clients.
  • Image Editing: Professional photographers provide image editing and retouching services to enhance the quality of your photos. They have the expertise and knowledge to edit and retouch your photos to bring out the best in your space.
  • Professionalism: A professional interior design photographer will be able to work with you to understand your needs and provide a high level of professionalism throughout the process. They will also be able to deliver the final photos ready for use in your marketing materials.

Hiring a professional interior design photographer vs. DIY
Hiring a professional interior design photographer vs. DIY

There is no substitute for professional interior design photography, but if you must DIY it for a small project simply not in your budget or using your iPhone to capture behind-the-scenes shots for social media, Here are some secrets of making your iPhone pictures work for social media.

  • Turn off the lights: We want to invite as much natural light into the room as possible. Natural light is blue and artificial lights are warmer, so they compete.
  • Grid Lines: Did you know your iPhone has a grid setting? Enable it in camera settings for straight lines.
  • Clean your lens: Use a microfiber cloth to wipe off your lens. You don’t want smudges or streaks hindering your photos.
  • Get a little lower: Widen your stance, feel stable, and bring your iPhone lower, about waist or hip height. Viewing the room as you experience it in real life invites people into the room and creates an esthetically pleasing photo.“
  • It’s all about the highlights: By tapping on the brightest part of your phone’s screen, you are exposing the brightest part of the room. This will help your photos look balanced. 
  • Not too fast – Edit: Many apps help you edit your iPhone photos. My favorites are Lightroom, VSCO, and your phone’s editing. To have a photo that pops on your feed, sharpen your photo a smidge and add some texture and highlights. Brightening the photo is also helpful.

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Hiring a professional interior design photographer vs. DIY
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