I’d love to pretend that this goes without saying, but it’s incredibly important to actually understand what our clients do in order to deliver the best possible images to them. There is so much more goes into interior design than just making a space “pretty,” especially when you are considering commercial, civic, and other large-scale projects. This video by by Betty Chen from the YouTube channel ARTiculations is a great primer for better understanding what goes into an interior design project.
While we may see “curtains” on a shoot and just throw them open to let in the light and view, this may not have been the actual intent of the designer. One example that Chen mentions is how something as simple as curtains can be designed with regard to:
- Light control
- Thermal gain/loss
- Privacy needs
- Acoustic transmission
- Air circulation
- Material quality
Etc, etc. So the next time you are on a shoot, consider the why and how of each element in the scene before just snapping a picture – as the interior designer you are working with may have agonized over those decisions for months or even years before things were built. I’ll let the video speak for itself, but it’s an interesting look at a career that we should do our best to understand if we want to photograph these projects.