Yesterday I was looking at Pinterest, and noticed that someone had pinned the very first buffet we overhauled, 2.5 years ago. With it being one of our very first furniture transformations, I was sooooo proud of this piece… and honestly I still am!
BUT, I cringe when I look back at my furniture-photographing-skills. YIKES!
There are so many things wrong with this photo. It’s no secret that I’m NOT a photographer… but I do have extensive experience photographing furniture over the years. And I’ve learned a lot. Here are the two most important things I want to address:
1) Use natural light whenever possible. Photographing at night (no matter how many lights you pull out) will never look as good as daytime photos.
2) Let the furniture be the star. At the time, I thought it was really important to accessorize and put pictures and flowers and lamps on my furniture… but through experience I learned that it’s just distracting and looks cluttered. You live and you learn, right?
Here is an example of doing things RIGHT!
This is my Joel Dewberry hand painted dresser. Can you see how the lighting is bright and pure? It brings out all the best features of the furniture. Now scroll back up and have a gander at the first photo again. It assaults you eyes, huh?
I know I still have lots to learn, and it’s fun trying out new angles and whatnot. If you’re a photographer and want to add anything that I forgot… or even correct me (I know I’m an amateur!), feel free to leave a comment! Let’s discuss!