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 

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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

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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?

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I am having a hard time multi-tasking.  We are in transition, staying with family while we look for a house.  Let me tell you, I am not good at not having my space.  Everything feels unsettled and I am the type of person who would clean the house in college before I could begin writing a paper.  Thus, the lack of posts.  But I did have something awesome happen to me and I wanted to share.  My work has been published in Jezebel Magazine.  You can see the entire spread online starting on Page 151 or you can visit my Press page on my website and look at full size photos under Spaces.


Last week I had the immense pleasure of listening to a presentation by Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Editoral Director, Clinton Smith titled "Confessions of a Home and Garden Editor: A Behind the Scenes Look".  His confessions?  What you see in the magazine is not real life.  With so many photographic advances you can make the photos look perfect for the magazine, without perfect conditions in actuality.

I know from experience that a room may look perfect and amazing in person, but the limitations of the lens restricts the beauty.  So while photographers of the past would set up the shot and shoot, photographers of today must set up the shot, shoot, and then go into post-production where they will tweak the photographs. So no wonder my amateur point-and-shoot camera never seems even remotely adequate.

When you look at old shelter magazines, you'll probably notice the lamp cords under the table, misplaced shadows, cracks and odd lines along the walls, strange reflections, and the blown out or too dark details. Nevertheless, these are the photos that got published in Architectural Digest, House & Garden, or Better Homes & Gardens.

Today photographers would have fixed that on a computer before it was ever published.  Alexa Hampton even commented on it during her keynote last week, while showing a photo of art mysteriously illuminated by lights that had been removed post-production (Alas, this image is not in her new book, should be the left half of page 25).

What about Elle Decor changing the color of the ikat pillows from blue to purple for the cover?

 What do you think of the touching up of interior photographs?