Capturing the Essence of Summer Living: Through the Lens of Tori Sikkema Photography

Tori Sikkema, AD-Published Interior | Architectural | Lifestyle Photographer

Design by Bee Hive Interiors, Photography by Tori Sikkema Photography

As the days grow longer and the sun shines brighter, the allure of summer draws us outside, and the Fourth of July often marks the peak of seasonal celebrations. It’s a time when outdoor spaces become the heart of our homes, inviting friends and family to gather, relax, and create lasting memories. Through my photography lens, I aim to capture the essence of these spaces, making them not just visually stunning but also deeply personal and inviting.

Design by Bee Hive Interiors, Photography by Tori Sikkema Photography

The Art of Capturing Outdoor Spaces

Outdoor spaces are the true stars of summer living. They offer a seamless blend of nature and comfort, creating environments that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Imagine an expansive deck overlooking the ocean, or a cozy patio with a warm fireplace on those chilly nights, these settings are perfect for capturing moments with family and friends. Through my photography, I strive to highlight the unique features of these spaces, and it’s not just about capturing what we see; it’s about telling a story. I help viewers transport into these outdoor spaces, enabling them to envision themselves and their families enjoying these moments. My goal is to make viewers feel as if they are part of the scene, experiencing the warmth of the sun, the gentle breeze, and the joy of togetherness.

One of the keys to great architectural photography is adding a layer of lifestyle. This involves styling the space to feel lived-in and inviting. Drawing inspiration from Nancy Meyers’ iconic film “Something’s Gotta Give,” we can see how the design of a shore house plays a crucial role in defining the characters and their lifestyle. The inviting interiors and exteriors reflect a sense of warmth, comfort, and elegance that resonates with the audience. Through my lens, I strive to create a similar effect by incorporating elements that reflect the personalities of those who lives in the space. This not only enhances the viewer’s experience but also helps in creating a deeper connection with the environment.

Design by Bee Hive Interiors, Photography by Tori Sikkema Photography

Tips for Styling Outdoor Spaces

Incorporate Color Palettes

Designing an inviting outdoor space relies on a harmonious mix of colors. For a coastal theme, integrating sea-inspired colored pallets of soft blues, greens, and neutrals can evoke the serene essence of the ocean and sky. These colors create a tranquil atmosphere perfect for relaxation and allows me to capture your spaces in a way that highlights their natural beauty and inviting charm.

Design by Bee Hive Interiors, Photography by Tori Sikkema Photography

Create Inviting Seating Areas

Seating areas should be arranged to encourage conversation and relaxation. Create inviting nooks with comfortable seating options, such as outdoor sofas, lounge chairs, and benches with cushions and throws for added comfort. Define different areas with outdoor rugs to create intimacy and connection. My lifestyle photography can visually emphasize the inviting and functional aspects of your designed outdoor spaces and will help potential clients envision themselves enjoying and utilizing the space.

Design by Bee Hive Interiors, Photography by Tori Sikkema Photography

Connecting with Family and Friends

Ultimately, outdoor spaces have a unique power to bring people together. Through my photography, I aim to inspire others to craft their own inviting, livable, and authentic outdoor entertaining areas, whether they’re expansive landscapes or cozy corners. As we celebrate the Fourth of July and the joys of summer living, let’s embrace the opportunity to connect with family and friends in these beautiful settings. Through thoughtful styling and professional photography, we can elevate our outdoor spaces, creating environments that are not only visually stunning but also deeply meaningful. Let’s celebrate the season, embrace the outdoors, and create lasting memories in the inviting, artfully captured spaces with Tori Sikkema Photography!

Design by Bee Hive Interiors, Photography by Tori Sikkema Photography

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