How to Get Published In Shelter Magazine

How to Get Published In Shelter Magazine

I met Lisa Mowry several years ago when I lived in Atlanta and she helped me get published.  She is a great person to ask about getting published because she works with multiple magazines.  In the 27 years she has worked for home & garden magazines, Lisa has produced more than 1,000 features for national and local magazines.

She is the Atlanta editor for such well-known publications as Better Homes & Gardens, Traditional Home and Decor, as well as a dozen more of BH&G’s special interest magazines...titles such as Cottage Style, Elegant Homes and Beautiful Kitchens & Baths. Lisa also serves as the homes editor for Atlanta Magazine’s HOME and has been a contributing writer for Atlanta Magazine for 20 years.

Her many other writing credits include Southern Living, Woman’s Day, Styleblueprint, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Metropolitan Home.  So you can understand why I asked her to help answer your "how to get published" questions.  

When should a designer submit projects?

In theory, nobody is ever really done with a house, but editors do need it as close as possible. When people submit kitchens and write me, “the bar stools and window treatments will be in a month from now,” I ask them to get back in touch with me then. If you only have one opportunity in front of my editors, it needs to be a good one.

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Photographing Interior Design: Interview with Kat Alves

Photographing Interior Design: Interview with Kat Alves

This week I am speaking with Kat Alves, a talented freelance interiors and architectural photographer for both commercial and residential spaces.  I was first introduced to Kat when I did Amy Aswell's Real Designer feature since she photographs all of Amy's work.  

Kat is a California native with a degree in Photography and Design Studies from San Francisco State University.  She followed that up with a Certificate in Interior Design from UC Berkeley.  So she knows a bit about photographing interiors.  Her photography showcases modern, fresh design with natural light.  Her work has been featured in numerous publications including Dwell Magazine and Luxury Home Magazine.  

Below, Kat shares with us the inside scoop on working with a professional photographer: 

What is the benefit of hiring a professional photographer to photograph interiors?  

To make your project shine and be able to present your work to the world in its best light.  Since most homes are private, it is very difficult for prospective clients and others to view all the hard work of interior design. Photos are the key to getting your work seen and noticed by others. Photos have the benefit of highlighting the best areas/details of the project and with the right point of view, masking any flaws or unhappy choices. 

A professional interior photographer knows how to light the space and/or use natural light to showcase your work.  They know how to find the best angles and interesting compositions to bring the space to live. 

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6 Tips for Better Interiors Photos

6 Tips for Better Interiors Photos

When I first started my business phones had just begun to come with cameras.  There wasn't a way to document your life and share it like there is now.  It was a much slower time.  There wasn't the pressure that there is today to create magazine-worthy images for your life and your business. 

C'est la vie.

So what are you supposed to do now that your photography skills haven't developed as quickly as technology?

1. Hire a Professional

Next week I am interviewing a professional interiors photographer on this very subject.  You want clients to hire you for your interior design skills, but often I see interior designers not want to extend the same to professional photographers.  And like interior design, photography is a skill and can make a big difference in the attentions you get from clients.  

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