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?

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Avoid Copyright Infringement on Photos

Avoid Copyright Infringement on Photos

A few years ago, I was talking to another designer and I warned her that some of the photos on her blog could be putting her at risk for copyright infringement.  She was immediately defensive and responded that the designers should be happy that the photos were on her site because it was free publicity.  I tried to explain that publicity or not, she was opening herself and her business to potential legal action.  She reacted like I was going to be the one to file the lawsuit!

So I hope that you'll be a little more open-minded to what I'm going to talk about today.  In other words, don't shoot the messenger.  

The bottom line is unless you took the photos on your website or have explicit permission from the copyright holder you are infringing on copyright and can have legal action taken against you.  

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How to Deal with Negative Client Feedback

How to Deal with Negative Client Feedback

Getting negative feedback from a client is inevitable.  Let's just get that out of the way: you are going to get negative feedback and so is every other interior designer out there.  You're not alone.  But sometimes it feels like you're alone if you hear anything but rave reviews.  It can feel like a giant spotlight is on you.  Or like it is written on your face and everyone knows.  But none of this is true.  

Sadly, negative feedback will probably stick with you much longer than the rave reviews.  At least it does for me.  In a way, I think this is because we don't expect our clients to have criticism.  We expect our clients to love the work we've done for them.  This kind of feedback can make you question your talent and maybe even question why you are in interior design.  

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Client Confessions: Capella Kincheloe

Client Confessions: Capella Kincheloe

You very rarely hear about design from the design client unless it is in a shelter magazine or a bad review online.  But there are thousands of experiences in between.  Here is a perspective of different projects through the eyes of a client and the value they see in interior design.  This series is to help other designers understand design clients better and for clients to see the value of interior design.

What made you decide to hire a designer?

I had to get very honest with myself about how I wanted to spend my time. While I love looking at furniture and everything related to homes and decorating, it is an entirely different process to have to shop for a room full, or a home full, of furniture, rugs, art and accessories. Even if you don’t mind the amount of time and energy it takes to do that amount of running around, I think you have to ask yourself if you have that very specific skill set 

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Client Confessions: J White Designs

Client Confessions: J White Designs

You very rarely hear about design from the design client unless it is in a shelter magazine or a bad review online.  But there are thousands of experiences in between.  Here is a perspective of different projects through the eyes of a client and the value they see in interior design.  This series is to help other designers understand design clients better and for clients to see the value of interior design.

What were your concerns about hiring a designer?

Since I don't have that "vision", I change my mind probably more frequently than the designer would want. I was afraid that the designer would be upset about not going with her "expert" opinion and not realize that I have to live in the house.  That being said, it's a fine line since I don't have the "vision". I do need to be told if something will not look good.  Also, I like working on an hourly basis versus working on a per furniture piece basis.  I do like to do my own shopping to get the best value. If it was not hourly, I would have been dropped by a designer a long time ago.

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