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Last week I shot some interiors for Jessica Blair, interior designer. After spending a number of years in the lifestyle & interiors market as an assistant, it was like coming home.

There was a lot to shoot across three properties, and if you haven’t shot interiors before you may think you just stick a camera in the corner of a room and fire. No, there are usually space constraints, the positioning of non-moveable items, angles, and people’s ‘stuff’. Stuff in the way, stuff reflecting in other stuff, stuff that doesn’t work aesthetically. Why do we have so much stuff?!

This may be the most critical type of photography for looking around the viewfinder - it’s easy to miss a random item in a room-shot, like the plastic water bottle accidentally left on the mantlepiece in Downton Abbey!

A lot of interiors work is aspirational, and you could tell the decor and furnishings had been well matched to their owners. I met two of the home-owners and just the au pair and cleaner in the third! You know what I’m saying.

It was a drizzly, dull day which is not ideal when you want to portray a bright & breezy atmosphere, but with long exposures and a ping of flash here & there I think we pulled it off!

Here’s a taster…

Nice place to read and reflect

Nice place to read and reflect

Loving this space - it flows through to the kitchen which has the most amazing tiles 

Loving this space - it flows through to the kitchen which has the most amazing tiles 

Light fantastic!

Light fantastic!

Wow!

Wow!

Little touches

Little touches

Knitted furniture anyone? This was a great house full of quirkiness!

Knitted furniture anyone? This was a great house full of quirkiness!

Amazing mosaic feature wall

Amazing mosaic feature wall

The long view

The long view

Play that funky music!

Play that funky music!